Knoxville, TN (population: 187,071) has two dental schools within its city limits. The University of Tennessee, the highest ranked school in the city with a dental program, has a total student population of 29,934. It is the 932nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 16th highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University).
Dental students from Knoxville schools who go on to become dentists, orthodontists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 86,270 people working as dentists, general alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $156,850. 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 Knoxville area alone, there are 470 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $63,510. Dentists, general in this area earn $196,950/yr and there are 120 employed.
Knoxville lies in Knox county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Knoxville area has 324,080 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $18.18/hr average worker wage, and a $37,820 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.383 out of every 1000 jobs in Knoxville are held by dentists, general, and 1.436/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 2 dental schools in Knoxville, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The University of Tennessee comes out as the most expensive ($13,139/yr) for dental students, with Tennessee Technology Center at Knoxville as the lowest, reported at only $3,768/yr.
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