Lynchburg, VA (population: 70,334) has four dental assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia Commonwealth University, the highest ranked school in this group with a dental assistant program, has a total student population of 32,172. It is the 222nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University). To learn more about dental assistant programs in Lynchburg, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of dental assistant professors at Virginia Commonwealth University such as Coral Diaz.
Dental Assistant students from Lynchburg 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 Lynchburg area alone, there are 120 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $59,960. Dental assistants in this area earn $31,700/yr and there are 180 employed.
Lynchburg lies in Lynchburg county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Lynchburg area has 99,980 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.5% unemployment rate, $17.03/hr average worker wage, and a $35,420 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.757 out of every 1000 jobs in Lynchburg are held by dental assistants, and 1.189/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 4 dental assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Lynchburg, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Virginia Commonwealth University comes out as the most expensive ($15,907/yr) for dental assistant students, with J Sargeant Reynolds Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,170/yr.
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