Arizona Colleges & Universities

When you consider attending one of the many colleges in Arizona, you have many choices in education and career opportunities. The Grand Canyon State can offer you a great place to go to school and plenty of things to do in your free time.

Arizona Colleges: Hot Opportunities in Work and Play: Renowned for its stunning scenery, amazing hiking, and adventure recreation--as well as the laid-back culture inherent to the Southwest--Arizona is home to more than 150 post-secondary institutions offering a wide range of degrees, vocational training, and career specializations. Schools in Arizona include some of the country's best research facilities and several well-respected community colleges.

Arizona Schools & Degree Programs: In a state known for its stark mountain ranges and dry deserts, there is a surprising abundance of quality Arizona schools providing virtually every type of education.

The two major public colleges in Arizona are the University of Arizona and Arizona State University (Downtown Phoenix campus), both of which have been listed on the U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges in the Southwest. Phoenix, the capital city, is home to dozens of universities and colleges, including several of the ten Maricopa Community College campuses scattered across the state. The second-largest city, Tucson, boasts more than twenty Arizona schools.

First among many in the Grand Canyon state, the University of Arizona is ranked among the top twenty research schools in the U.S., with roughly 37,000 students passing through its 150 undergraduate programs and over 200 graduate programs each year. The U of A's many fields of study are divided into twelve schools and eighteen separate colleges on three campuses, and the campus is known for its range of specializations and unique student-centered research programs.

Arizona also has two famous cooking schools, the Arizona Culinary Institute and the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, the latter of which is connected with the highly respected Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. Both are located in Scottsdale, conveniently close to Phoenix. Other career and vocational colleges in Arizona include Avondale's Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott.

Career & Employment Opportunities in Arizona: In addition to its thriving commercial success, Arizona has booming cultural, tourism, and adventure industries. Phoenix is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., known for its diverse offering of museums, entertainment, and dining.

From 2008 to 2018, the state of Arizona predicted growth in business and financial operations occupations such as financial examiners and personal financial advisors. Arizona also projected a significant increase in medical career opportunities, from doctors and nurses to holistic health care experts, medical assistants, physiotherapists, and more. Job opportunities in education and specialized training are also on the rise. Teachers with strengths in health care, environmental studies, all types of chemistry, economics, and performance arts are expected to be highly in demand in Arizona throughout the next several years, along with nurses, medical aides, and authorities on early childhood education.

Other strong industries include small businesses and private entrepreneurs, where commerce and business students can leverage their education and training, as well as tourism and hospitality industries, including restaurant and hotel management. Colleges in Arizona cater to these growth areas with specialized programs.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual income in Arizona is $40,910, with over 2,479,000 people employed across the state.

Melissa Rudy.


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