Santa Barbara, CA (population: 86,382) has twenty-six 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 Santa Barbara 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 Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta area alone, there are ** employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $69,170. Dental assistants in this area earn $33,650/yr and there are 700 employed.
Santa Barbara lies in Santa Barbara county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta area has 170,790 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $22/hr average worker wage, and a $45,310 average annual salary. Thus, about 4 out of every 1000 jobs in Santa Barbara are held by dental assistants, and **/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 26 dental assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Santa Barbara, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, West Coast University comes out as the most expensive ($43,034/yr) for dental assistant students, with Pasadena City College as the lowest, reported at only $4,790/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Santa Barbara|
|Santa Maria||CA||88,641||3||25.1117||131||54.1 miles|
|Simi Valley||CA||121,990||0||-||0||56.6 miles|
|Woodland Hills||CA||-||1||17.7823||121||66.2 miles|
|Santa Clarita||CA||171,722||2||23.9284||128||69.1 miles|
|Canyon Country||CA||-||1||21.1219||9||71.3 miles|
|Panorama City||CA||-||2||25.093||11||74.7 miles|
|Santa Monica||CA||89,350||5||12.7862||74||76.1 miles|
|Los Angeles||CA||3,878,715||57||23.6333||1,355||78.1 miles|
|San Luis Obispo||CA||43,926||3||26.8283||217||78.9 miles|
|Culver City||CA||-||2||5.62439||79||80.8 miles|
|Rancho Palos Verdes||CA||41,164||1||20.67||2||90.6 miles|
|East Los Angeles||CA||135,682||0||-||0||92.9 miles|
|Long Beach||CA||464,505||6||26.5161||271||99.7 miles|