Roanoke, VA (population: 93,951) has four medical assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Academy of Careers and Technology, the highest ranked school in this group with a medical assistant program, has a total student population of 261. It is the 2216th highest ranked school in the USA and the 32nd highest in the state of West Virginia (#1 is Marshall University).
Medical Assistant students from Roanoke 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 Roanoke area alone, there are 1,130 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $36,850. Medical assistants in this area earn $27,370/yr and there are 360 employed.
Roanoke lies in Roanoke county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Roanoke area has 153,060 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.9% unemployment rate, $17.71/hr average worker wage, and a $36,840 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.362 out of every 1000 jobs in Roanoke are held by medical assistants, and 7.387/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 4 medical assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Roanoke, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Brookstone College comes out as the most expensive ($33,983/yr) for medical assistant students, with Academy of Careers and Technology as the lowest, reported at only $7,080/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Roanoke|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||83.1 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||89.9 miles|