Mesa, AZ (population: 474,115) has two travel and tourism schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Arizona State University, the highest ranked school in this group with a travel and tourism program, has a total student population of 68,064. It is the 730th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Travel and Tourism students from Mesa schools who go on to become travel agents, tourism agents, tourism specialists, tour guides, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 76,990 people working as travel agents alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $32,450. Also, Travel guides make on average $33,300 per year and there are about 4,270 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are ** employed travel guides earning an average salary of $34,190. Travel agents in this area earn $28,070/yr and there are 1,750 employed.
Mesa lies in Maricopa county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Mesa are held by travel agents, and **/1000 are held by travel guides.
Of the 2 travel and tourism schools with a 100-mile radius of Mesa, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Maricopa Skill Center comes out as the most expensive ($16,056/yr) for travel and tourism students, with Arizona State University as the lowest, reported at only $9,603/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Mesa|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||36.7 miles|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||88.8 miles|