Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has two dental assistant schools within its city limits. Concorde Career College, the highest ranked school in the city with a dental assistant program, has a total student population of 1,113. It is the 1335th highest ranked school in the USA and the 22nd highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
Dental Assistant students from Memphis 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 Memphis-MS-AR area alone, there are 660 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $57,980. Dental assistants in this area earn $31,490/yr and there are 1,020 employed.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.687 out of every 1000 jobs in Memphis are held by dental assistants, and 1.091/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 2 dental assistant schools in Memphis, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Concorde Career College comes out as the most expensive ($20,264/yr) for dental assistant students, with Tennessee Technology Center at Memphis as the lowest, reported at only $10,620/yr.