Asheville, NC (population: 75,836) has twenty-seven administrative assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Forrest Junior College, the highest ranked school in this group with an administrative assistant program, has a total student population of 94. It is the 1452nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 18th highest in the state of South Carolina (#1 is Clemson University).
Administrative Assistant students from Asheville 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 Asheville area alone, there are ** employed switchboard operators, including answering service earning an average salary of $20,260. Office and administrative support employees in this area earn $29,480/yr and there are 26,410 employed.
Asheville lies in Buncombe county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Asheville area has 169,720 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $17.31/hr average worker wage, and a $36,010 average annual salary. Thus, about 155.629 out of every 1000 jobs in Asheville are held by office and administrative support employees, and **/1000 are held by switchboard operators, including answering service.
Of the 27 administrative assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Asheville, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, South College comes out as the most expensive ($22,450/yr) for administrative assistant students, with Western Piedmont Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,437/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Asheville|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||55.9 miles|
|Toccoa Falls||GA||-||1||28.3429||33||81.6 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||96.3 miles|