Fresno, CA (population: 490,930) has four dental assistant schools within its city limits. MCed Career College, the highest ranked school in the city with a dental assistant program, has a total student population of 438. It is the 1716th highest ranked school in the USA and the 152nd highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Dental Assistant students from Fresno 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 Fresno area alone, there are 360 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $66,460. Dental assistants in this area earn $34,230/yr and there are 1,050 employed.
Fresno lies in Fresno county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Fresno area has 323,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,460 average annual salary. Thus, about 3 out of every 1000 jobs in Fresno are held by dental assistants, and 1/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 4 dental assistant schools in Fresno, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Galen College of Medical and Dental Assistants comes out as the most expensive ($20,610/yr) for dental assistant students, with Fresno City College as the lowest, reported at only $6,031/yr.
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