Banner Elk, NC has twenty-seven administrative assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Valley College, the highest ranked school in this group with an administrative assistant program, has a total student population of 34. It is the 776th highest ranked school in the USA and the 13th highest in the state of West Virginia (#1 is Marshall University).
Administrative Assistant students from Banner Elk 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 Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 190 employed switchboard operators, including answering service earning an average salary of $22,680. Office and administrative support employees in this area earn $28,080/yr and there are 27,590 employed.
Banner Elk lies in Avery county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area has 195,830 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $15.74/hr average worker wage, and a $32,740 average annual salary. Thus, about 140.862 out of every 1000 jobs in Banner Elk are held by office and administrative support employees, and 0.989/1000 are held by switchboard operators, including answering service.
Of the 27 administrative assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Banner Elk, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Brookstone College comes out as the most expensive ($34,289/yr) for administrative assistant students, with Wytheville Community College as the lowest, reported at only $1,335/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Banner Elk|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||91.0 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||97.0 miles|