Albuquerque, NM (population: 535,923) has two dental assistant schools within its city limits. Pima Medical Institute, the highest ranked school in the city with a dental assistant program, has a total student population of 1,003. It is the 2978th highest ranked school in the USA and the 11th highest in the state of New Mexico (#1 is New Mexico State University-Main Campus).
Dental Assistant students from Albuquerque 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 Albuquerque area alone, there are 480 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $74,840. Dental assistants in this area earn $31,550/yr and there are 950 employed.
Albuquerque lies in Bernalillo county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Albuquerque area has 381,870 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $19.31/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.485 out of every 1000 jobs in Albuquerque are held by dental assistants, and 1.249/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 2 dental assistant schools in Albuquerque, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Pima Medical Institute comes out as the most expensive ($11,907/yr) for dental assistant students, with Central New Mexico Community College as the lowest, reported at only $10,387/yr.