Taft has a general population of 6,400 and an overall student population of 7,031. Approximately 7,031 of Taft's students are enrolled in schools that offer dental hygienist programs.
The largest dental hygienist school in Taft, by student population, is Taft College. In 2010, Taft College graduated approximately 24 students with credentials in dental hygiene.
In 2010, 24 students graduated with a dental hygiene degree from one of Taft's dental hygienist schools. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $8,406 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Taft dental hygiene schools was an average of $13,296 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,545 for dental hygiene related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $3,824 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $6,460.
If you plan on staying in Taft after graduating from dental hygienist school, you should know that job prospects for dental hygienists in Taft, which is the most popular dental hygiene profession, are good. There were 18,500 dental hygienists working in California and 260 working in the greater Taft area in 2010. The number of dental hygienists in Taft is expected to increase by 25% by the year 2018. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for dental hygienists.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a dental hygienist in Taft is $82,120 per year. This is lower than the state-wide average salary for dental hygienists.