Indianapolis, IN (population: 803,930) has three dental assistant schools within its city limits. Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, the highest ranked school in the city with a dental assistant program, has a total student population of 30,383. It is the 419th highest ranked school in the USA and the 15th highest in the state of Indiana (#1 is Indiana University-Bloomington).
Dental Assistant students from Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis-Carmel area alone, there are 1,250 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $72,080. Dental assistants in this area earn $37,410/yr and there are 1,760 employed.
Indianapolis lies in Marion county, which is one of the 39 counties in Indiana. Overall, the Indianapolis-Carmel area has 870,660 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $20.15/hr average worker wage, and a $41,900 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.027 out of every 1000 jobs in Indianapolis are held by dental assistants, and 1.431/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 3 dental assistant schools in Indianapolis, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kaplan College-Indianapolis comes out as the most expensive ($22,680/yr) for dental assistant students, with Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis as the lowest, reported at only $12,394/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Indianapolis|
|West Lafayette||IN||-||1||78.6553||122||60.0 miles|
|Terre Haute||IN||60,269||5||28.5376||204||68.9 miles|
|North Manchester||IN||-||1||55.0629||70||86.8 miles|
|Crestview Hills||KY||-||1||24.073||65||98.5 miles|