El Paso, TX (population: 631,862) has three dental assistant schools within its city limits. Computer Career Center, the highest ranked school in the city with a dental assistant program, has a total student population of 994. It is the 1168th highest ranked school in the USA and the 53rd highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Dental Assistant students from El Paso 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 El Paso area alone, there are 230 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $52,490. Dental assistants in this area earn $25,330/yr and there are 510 employed.
El Paso lies in El Paso county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the El Paso area has 269,250 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $16.37/hr average worker wage, and a $34,050 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.882 out of every 1000 jobs in El Paso are held by dental assistants, and 0.839/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 3 dental assistant schools in El Paso, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Career Centers of Texas-El Paso comes out as the most expensive ($22,014/yr) for dental assistant students, with El Paso Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,368/yr.