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There are more than 19 post-secondary institutions in Utah. Of these schools, 19 offer online programs. Of these accredited online colleges, four are public four-year colleges or universities and two are public community or technical colleges and 13 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. 234 online certificate programs, 1,632 online associates programs, 2,006 online bachelors programs, 1,053 online masters programs, 1,327 online professional programs, and 274 online doctoral programs are offered at these schools. Veterinary assisting, medical coding, and law are examples of subjects offered by these programs.
Of the online colleges in Utah, the one with the greatest number of programs online is University of Phoenix, which is a 4-year research university. The school offers 54 online programs in the following subjects:
- Advanced Nursing
- Automotive Technology
- Business Administration
- Business Management
- Computer Science
- Criminal Justice
- Educational Leadership
- Elementary Education
- Emergency Management
- Forensic Accounting
- Health Information
- Healthcare Administration
- Human Resources
- Human Services
- Information Systems
- Information Technology
- Interior Design
- Legal Assisting
Tuition may vary for online college courses depending on factors such as the type and location of the institution as well as the program. In Utah, the average in-state tuition at the public four-year colleges and universities was $4,100 per year. Public community and technical colleges charged students an average of $2,520 per year. Annual tuition at private accredited online colleges ranged from $9,960 to $27,350.
College students in Utah received an estimated $6,036,048,056 worth of financial aid each year to help offset tuition. While some of this aid was in the form of loans that had to be paid back, approximately 36.23% of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. Institutional grants account for a reported 79.19% of the scholarships and grants. In 2010, the accredited Utah online colleges gave their students $1,976,821,788 in institutional scholarships and grants.
Job and Careers
Based on the total gross state product for Utah, which was $119.192 billion in 2010, Utah has the 19th weakest economy amongst the states in the nation.
There are a total of 1,148,520 workers employed in the state. The three largest industries in the state are:
- Public administration
- Wholesale trade
Utah’s public administration industry employs about 6% of all Utah employees. Another 3% are employed in Utah’s wholesale trade industry. Also, Utah’s agriculture industry employs about 2% of the total number of Utah employees.
The average wage of Utah employees is less than the average wage for employees across the country. Employees in Utah earn an average annual income of $40,120 while the national average annual income is $42,871. The median income for employees is $31,290 per year. But, the top 10% of the state’s employees earn over $72,070 per year, while the bottom 10% earn under $17,510. Pediatricians are the highest paid employees. They can make up to $199,920 per annum. Food preparation workers are the lowest paid employees in the state. They can make as little as $17,320 per year. Around the country, pediatricians earn, on average, $165,720 per year. On the other hand, food preparation workers around the US make $22,760 annually on average.
Named from the Spanish name for the Ute tribe, meaning “people of the mountains”, Utah is located in the Southwest region of the United States. With an area of 84,897 square miles, it is the 13th largest state in the country. The average annual temperature in the state is approximately 56°F.
Utah has the 18th smallest population in the nation. It has an estimated population of 2,763,885 residents living in its 29 counties. An estimated 51% of Utah’s population is under the age of 30. With approximately 20% of its population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group, the state has one of the least diverse populations in the US.
Utah’s capital city is Salt Lake City, which is the largest city in the state, with a population of 186,440 residents. Of the state’s residents, approximately 14.82% reside in the greater Salt Lake City area. Some of the other populous cities in Utah include West Valley City, Provo, West Jordan, and Orem.
As compared to residents in other states around the nation, Utah residents generally have a lower than average level of education. According to the 2010 Census, about 14% of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have finished high school, 5.9% have at least an associates degree, 4.6% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree.