Missoula, MT (population: 70,460) has one administrative assistant school within its city limits. The University of Montana has a total student population of 14,921. It is the 331st highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Montana (#1 is Carroll College).
Administrative Assistant students from Missoula 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 Missoula area alone, there are 70 employed switchboard operators, including answering service earning an average salary of $24,550. Office and administrative support employees in this area earn $29,590/yr and there are 10,070 employed.
Missoula lies in Missoula county, which is one of the 36 counties in Montana. Overall, the Missoula area has 55,570 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.1% unemployment rate, $17.12/hr average worker wage, and a $35,610 average annual salary. Thus, about 181.200 out of every 1000 jobs in Missoula are held by office and administrative support employees, and 1.225/1000 are held by switchboard operators, including answering service.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The University of Montana ends up costing a student $12,641/yr.