Grants, NM has four dental assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of New Mexico-Main Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a dental assistant program, has a total student population of 27,241. It is the 1620th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Dental Assistant students from Grants 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 North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 60 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $70,430. Dental assistants in this area earn $32,660/yr and there are 180 employed.
Grants lies in Cibola county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area has 66,930 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.6% unemployment rate, $*/hr average worker wage, and a $* average annual salary. Thus, about 2.657 out of every 1000 jobs in Grants are held by dental assistants, and 0.934/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 4 dental assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Grants, only 2 have 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 University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus as the lowest, reported at only $5,804/yr.