Waycross, GA has five medical assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Heritage Institute-Jacksonville, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical assistant program, has a total student population of 500. It is the 3943rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 209th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Medical Assistant students from Waycross 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 South Georgia nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 2,330 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $30,660. Medical assistants in this area earn $23,110/yr and there are 620 employed.
Waycross lies in Ware county, which is one of the 106 counties in Georgia. Overall, the South Georgia nonmetropolitan area has 188,200 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $15.30/hr average worker wage, and a $31,820 average annual salary. Thus, about 3.281 out of every 1000 jobs in Waycross are held by medical assistants, and 12.357/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 5 medical assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Waycross, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Heritage Institute-Jacksonville comes out as the most expensive ($24,688/yr) for medical assistant students, with Southeastern Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $4,291/yr.