Traverse City, MI has one dental assistant school within its city limits. Northwestern Michigan College has a total student population of 5,065. It is the 5204th highest ranked school in the USA and the 119th highest in the state of Michigan (#1 is Kalamazoo College).
Dental Assistant students from Traverse City 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 Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 380 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $60,620. Dental assistants in this area earn $34,430/yr and there are 380 employed.
Traverse City lies in Grand Traverse county, which is one of the 62 counties in Michigan. Overall, the Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area has 113,210 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.1% unemployment rate, $17.26/hr average worker wage, and a $35,910 average annual salary. Thus, about 3.326 out of every 1000 jobs in Traverse City are held by dental assistants, and 3.348/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Northwestern Michigan College ends up costing a student $8,627/yr.