Gastonia, NC (population: 75,340) has twenty-one 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 Gastonia 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 Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area alone, there are 900 employed switchboard operators, including answering service earning an average salary of $26,830. Office and administrative support employees in this area earn $33,010/yr and there are 142,840 employed.
Gastonia lies in Gaston county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area has 837,820 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $21.10/hr average worker wage, and a $43,890 average annual salary. Thus, about 170.496 out of every 1000 jobs in Gastonia are held by office and administrative support employees, and 1.076/1000 are held by switchboard operators, including answering service.
Of the 21 administrative assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Gastonia, 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 ($34,289/yr) for administrative assistant students, with Montgomery Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,315/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Gastonia|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||22.9 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||74.4 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||78.5 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||82.9 miles|