Skokie, IL (population: 66,692) has forty administrative assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. National Latino Education Institute, the highest ranked school in this group with an administrative assistant program, has a total student population of 113. It is the 1213th highest ranked school in the USA and the 35th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Administrative Assistant students from Skokie 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 Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 4,670 employed switchboard operators, including answering service earning an average salary of $27,570. Office and administrative support employees in this area earn $35,780/yr and there are 612,900 employed.
Skokie lies in Cook county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area has 3,669,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,910 average annual salary. Thus, about 167 out of every 1000 jobs in Skokie are held by office and administrative support employees, and 1/1000 are held by switchboard operators, including answering service.
Of the 40 administrative assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Skokie, only 10 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Nothwestern College comes out as the most expensive ($26,938/yr) for administrative assistant students, with Gateway Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $220/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Skokie|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||8.2 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||9.3 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||10.5 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||10.5 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||10.7 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||12.8 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||16.5 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||19.3 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||20.2 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||20.6 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||21.0 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||21.7 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||22.0 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||25.9 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||26.7 miles|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||28.2 miles|