Durham, NC (population: 235,337) has twenty administrative assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Liberty University, the highest ranked school in this group with an administrative assistant program, has a total student population of 46,312. It is the 2962nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 55th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Administrative Assistant students from Durham 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 Durham area alone, there are 270 employed switchboard operators, including answering service earning an average salary of $27,110. Office and administrative support employees in this area earn $34,180/yr and there are 43,480 employed.
Durham lies in Durham county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Durham area has 275,570 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $24.27/hr average worker wage, and a $50,480 average annual salary. Thus, about 157.774 out of every 1000 jobs in Durham are held by office and administrative support employees, and 0.971/1000 are held by switchboard operators, including answering service.
Of the 20 administrative assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Durham, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Brookstone College comes out as the most expensive ($33,983/yr) for administrative assistant students, with Nash Community College as the lowest, reported at only $481/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Durham|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||8.1 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||61.0 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||61.6 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||75.1 miles|