Hickory, NC (population: 42,082) has twenty-three administrative assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. King's College, the highest ranked school in this group with an administrative assistant program, has a total student population of 648. It is the 1960th highest ranked school in the USA and the 44th highest in the state of North Carolina (#1 is Duke University).
Administrative Assistant students from Hickory 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 Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area alone, there are 190 employed switchboard operators, including answering service earning an average salary of $23,080. Office and administrative support employees in this area earn $29,280/yr and there are 19,690 employed.
Hickory lies in Catawba county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton area has 144,150 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $16.84/hr average worker wage, and a $35,020 average annual salary. Thus, about 136.562 out of every 1000 jobs in Hickory are held by office and administrative support employees, and 1.317/1000 are held by switchboard operators, including answering service.
Of the 23 administrative assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Hickory, 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 Hickory|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||42.1 miles|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||57.9 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||65.7 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||76.4 miles|