Fresno, CA (population: 490,930) has two administrative assistant schools within its city limits. Heald College-Fresno, the highest ranked school in the city with an administrative assistant program, has a total student population of 1,430. It is the 4547th highest ranked school in the USA and the 421st highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Administrative Assistant students from Fresno 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 Fresno area alone, there are 390 employed switchboard operators, including answering service earning an average salary of $25,870. Office and administrative support employees in this area earn $32,780/yr and there are 54,580 employed.
Fresno lies in Fresno county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Fresno area has 323,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,460 average annual salary. Thus, about 169 out of every 1000 jobs in Fresno are held by office and administrative support employees, and 1/1000 are held by switchboard operators, including answering service.
Of the 2 administrative assistant schools in Fresno, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Heald College-Fresno comes out as the most expensive ($16,315/yr) for administrative assistant students, with Fresno City College as the lowest, reported at only $6,031/yr.
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