Mesa, AZ (population: 474,115) has four vocational schools within its city limits. East Valley Institute of Technology, the highest ranked school in the city with a vocational program, has a total student population of 270. It is the 1263rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Vocational students from Mesa schools who go on to become vocational educators, event planners, landscape architects, landscape designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 114,420 people working as vocational education teachers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $52,030. Also, Middle school teachers make on average $53,550 per year and there are about 665,420 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 3,080 employed middle school teachers earning an average salary of $38,990. Vocational education teachers in this area earn $61,850/yr and there are 1,220 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 vocational education teachers, and 2/1000 are held by middle school teachers.
Of the 4 vocational schools in Mesa, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Everest College-Mesa comes out as the most expensive ($25,179/yr) for vocational students, with Mesa Community College as the lowest, reported at only $9,090/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|