Maricopa, AZ (population: 53,723) has sixteen administrative assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. East Valley Institute of Technology, the highest ranked school in this group with an administrative assistant program, has a total student population of 270. It is the 1263rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 8th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Administrative Assistant students from Maricopa schools who go on to become administrative assistants, dental assistants, medical secretaries, medical office assistants, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 22,336,450 people working as office and administrative support employees alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $32,990. Also, Switchboard operators, including answering service make on average $26,000 per year and there are about 146,980 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 2,660 employed switchboard operators, including answering service earning an average salary of $26,860. Office and administrative support employees in this area earn $32,930/yr and there are 350,830 employed.
Maricopa lies in Pinal county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary. Thus, about 199 out of every 1000 jobs in Maricopa are held by office and administrative support employees, and 2/1000 are held by switchboard operators, including answering service.
Of the 16 administrative assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Maricopa, only 6 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Brookline College comes out as the most expensive ($19,338/yr) for administrative assistant students, with Pima Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,259/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Maricopa|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||21.5 miles|