Mesa, AZ (population: 474,115) has two dental assistant schools within its city limits. Pima Medical Institute, the highest ranked school in the city with a dental assistant program, has a total student population of 1,274. It is the 2416th highest ranked school in the USA and the 24th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Dental Assistant students from Mesa schools who go on to become dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 294,020 people working as dental assistants alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $34,000. Also, Dental hygienists make on average $67,860 per year and there are about 173,900 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 1,860 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $74,460. Dental assistants in this area earn $35,800/yr and there are 4,550 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 3 out of every 1000 jobs in Mesa are held by dental assistants, and 1/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 2 dental assistant schools in Mesa, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Pima Medical Institute comes out as the most expensive ($16,281/yr) for dental assistant 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|