Hilo, HI (population: 45,456) has one medical assistant school within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Heald College-Honolulu has a total student population of 1,376. It is the 3430th highest ranked school in the USA and the 9th highest in the state of Hawaii (#1 is University of Hawaii at Manoa).
Medical Assistant students from Hilo 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 Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 460 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $43,310. Medical assistants in this area earn $32,930/yr and there are 500 employed.
Hilo lies in Hawaii county, which is one of the 4 counties in Hawaii. Overall, the Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area has 157,120 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $19.24/hr average worker wage, and a $40,030 average annual salary. Thus, about 3.154 out of every 1000 jobs in Hilo are held by medical assistants, and 2.904/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Heald College-Honolulu ends up costing a student $14,988/yr.
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