Laguna Beach, CA has forty-eight dental assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Southern California, the highest ranked school in this group with a dental assistant program, has a total student population of 34,824. It is the 10th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Dental Assistant students from Laguna Beach 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 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,640 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $85,230. Dental assistants in this area earn $34,410/yr and there are 5,060 employed.
Laguna Beach lies in Orange county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine Metropolitan area has 1,433,060 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,940 average annual salary. Thus, about 4 out of every 1000 jobs in Laguna Beach are held by dental assistants, and 1/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 48 dental assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Laguna Beach, only 13 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Concorde Career College comes out as the most expensive ($43,332/yr) for dental assistant students, with Hacienda La Puente Adult Education as the lowest, reported at only $1,200/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Laguna Beach|
|Aliso Viejo||CA||42,862||1||75.2668||4||3.6 miles|
|Laguna Niguel||CA||65,471||0||-||0||4.9 miles|
|Newport Beach||CA||80,777||1||0.80626||0||6.9 miles|
|Mission Viejo||CA||95,388||1||19.6994||137||9.0 miles|
|Costa Mesa||CA||113,091||7||22.8122||265||11.5 miles|
|Fountain Valley||CA||56,133||3||26.6774||70||15.1 miles|
|Garden Grove||CA||167,800||4||26.4852||22||19.3 miles|
|Yorba Linda||CA||67,194||0||-||0||24.1 miles|
|Long Beach||CA||464,505||6||26.5161||271||27.7 miles|
|Lake Elsinore||CA||56,703||0||-||0||28.1 miles|
|Chino Hills||CA||74,322||0||-||0||29.7 miles|
|Diamond Bar||CA||57,662||0||-||0||31.7 miles|
|Hacienda Heights||CA||52,748||0||-||0||33.4 miles|
|West Covina||CA||106,032||5||23.6693||37||35.9 miles|
|Rancho Palos Verdes||CA||41,164||1||20.67||2||36.5 miles|