Raleigh, NC (population: 421,938) has one dental assistant school within its city limits. Wake Technical Community College has a total student population of 15,203. It is the 5106th highest ranked school in the USA and the 105th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Dental Assistant students from Raleigh 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 Raleigh-Cary area alone, there are 770 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $63,020. Dental assistants in this area earn $38,740/yr and there are 1,180 employed.
Raleigh lies in Wake county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Raleigh-Cary area has 499,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $20.85/hr average worker wage, and a $43,370 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.363 out of every 1000 jobs in Raleigh are held by dental assistants, and 1.541/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Wake Technical Community College ends up costing a student $12,759/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Raleigh|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||22.6 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||48.6 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||75.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||90.8 miles|