Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has three dental assistant schools within its city limits. Concorde Career Institute, the highest ranked school in the city with a dental assistant program, has a total student population of 720. It is the 1149th highest ranked school in the USA and the 12th highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
Dental Assistant students from Portland 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 Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 1,590 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $78,730. Dental assistants in this area earn $38,450/yr and there are 3,130 employed.
Portland lies in Clackamas county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 3.148 out of every 1000 jobs in Portland are held by dental assistants, and 1.597/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 3 dental assistant schools in Portland, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Concorde Career Institute comes out as the most expensive ($23,664/yr) for dental assistant students, with Portland Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,829/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Portland|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||12.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||71.8 miles|