Killeen, TX (population: 125,411) has eight dental assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. The College of Health Care Professions, the highest ranked school in this group with a dental assistant program, has a total student population of 260. It is the 2781st highest ranked school in the USA and the 128th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Dental Assistant students from Killeen 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 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood area alone, there are 150 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $71,150. Dental assistants in this area earn $31,030/yr and there are 250 employed.
Killeen lies in Bell county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood area has 121,180 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.0% unemployment rate, $17.15/hr average worker wage, and a $35,680 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.042 out of every 1000 jobs in Killeen are held by dental assistants, and 1.249/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 8 dental assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Killeen, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Allied Health Careers comes out as the most expensive ($32,850/yr) for dental assistant students, with Temple College as the lowest, reported at only $5,939/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Killeen|
|Cedar Park||TX||72,258||0||-||0||41.3 miles|
|College Station||TX||90,406||1||0.218495||0||90.6 miles|