Fresno, CA (population: 490,930) has one medical assistant school within its city limits. Heald College-Fresno has a total student population of 1,430. It is the 4547th highest ranked school in the USA and the 421st highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Medical Assistant students from Fresno schools who go on to become medical assistants, nurses, dental assistants, medical office assistants, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 495,970 people working as medical assistants alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $29,450. Also, Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses make on average $40,900 per year and there are about 728,670 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Fresno area alone, there are 1,200 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $48,530. Medical assistants in this area earn $28,920/yr and there are 2,300 employed.
Fresno lies in Fresno county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Fresno area has 323,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,460 average annual salary. Thus, about 7 out of every 1000 jobs in Fresno are held by medical assistants, and 4/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Heald College-Fresno ends up costing a student $16,315/yr.
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