Palm Coast, FL (population: 76,000) has eleven medical assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Southern Technical College, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical assistant program, has a total student population of 982. It is the 1143rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 46th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Medical Assistant students from Palm Coast 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 Palm Coast area alone, there are 80 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $35,170. Medical assistants in this area earn $27,220/yr and there are 90 employed.
Palm Coast lies in Flagler county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Palm Coast area has 16,180 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 5% unemployment rate, $17/hr average worker wage, and a $35,600 average annual salary. Thus, about 5 out of every 1000 jobs in Palm Coast are held by medical assistants, and 5/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 11 medical assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Palm Coast, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Southern Technical College comes out as the most expensive ($31,500/yr) for medical assistant students, with Brevard Community College as the lowest, reported at only $5,563/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Palm Coast|
|Saint Augustine||FL||-||2||46.0117||74||23.3 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||28.0 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||30.6 miles|
|Orange Park||FL||-||3||22.5405||26||50.9 miles|
|Lake Mary||FL||-||1||18.3465||21||56.5 miles|
|Winter Park||FL||-||6||33.3306||155||67.5 miles|