Wichita, KS (population: 374,803) has eleven administrative assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Northwest Technology Center, the highest ranked school in this group with an administrative assistant program, has a total student population of 35. It is the 1308th highest ranked school in the USA and the 19th highest in the state of Oklahoma (#1 is Oklahoma City University).
Administrative Assistant students from Wichita 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 Wichita area alone, there are 370 employed switchboard operators, including answering service earning an average salary of $22,670. Office and administrative support employees in this area earn $30,370/yr and there are 47,810 employed.
Wichita lies in Sedgwick county, which is one of the 67 counties in Kansas. Overall, the Wichita area has 295,670 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $18.81/hr average worker wage, and a $39,110 average annual salary. Thus, about 161.697 out of every 1000 jobs in Wichita are held by office and administrative support employees, and 1.256/1000 are held by switchboard operators, including answering service.
Of the 11 administrative assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Wichita, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Tabor College comes out as the most expensive ($19,528/yr) for administrative assistant students, with Salina Area Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $5,176/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Wichita|
|North Newton||KS||-||1||30.3056||44||26.4 miles|
|El Dorado||KS||-||2||14.14||133||27.6 miles|
|Arkansas City||KS||-||1||16.4747||36||46.5 miles|
|Ponca City||OK||-||2||30.535||26||69.4 miles|
|Great Bend||KS||-||1||20.0068||110||90.6 miles|