Thornton, CO (population: 120,487) has seven administrative assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Emily Griffith Opportunity School, the highest ranked school in this group with an administrative assistant program, has a total student population of 2,230. It is the 2063rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 22nd highest in the state of Colorado (#1 is Colorado College).
Administrative Assistant students from Thornton 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 Denver-Aurora area alone, there are 1,100 employed switchboard operators, including answering service earning an average salary of $27,740. Office and administrative support employees in this area earn $36,610/yr and there are 207,170 employed.
Thornton lies in Adams county, which is one of the 55 counties in Colorado. Overall, the Denver-Aurora area has 1,218,790 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $23/hr average worker wage, and a $48,560 average annual salary. Thus, about 170 out of every 1000 jobs in Thornton are held by office and administrative support employees, and 1/1000 are held by switchboard operators, including answering service.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Emily Griffith Opportunity School comes out as the most expensive ($/yr) for administrative assistant students, with Community College of Denver as the lowest, reported at only $9,358/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Thornton|
|Commerce City||CO||46,807||0||-||0||5.0 miles|
|Greenwood Village||CO||-||2||15.5036||87||18.9 miles|
|Highlands Ranch||CO||129,817||0||-||0||23.5 miles|
|Lone Tree||CO||-||1||9.20591||39||24.7 miles|
|Castle Rock||CO||49,815||0||-||0||35.8 miles|
|Fort Collins||CO||141,921||5||27.6422||154||46.7 miles|
|Colorado Springs||CO||388,306||17||23.417||343||72.0 miles|