Albuquerque, NM (population: 535,923) has two administrative assistant schools within its city limits. Brookline College, the highest ranked school in the city with an administrative assistant program, has a total student population of 357. It is the 4586th highest ranked school in the USA and the 18th highest in the state of New Mexico (#1 is New Mexico State University-Main Campus).
Administrative Assistant students from Albuquerque 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 Albuquerque area alone, there are 540 employed switchboard operators, including answering service earning an average salary of $25,540. Office and administrative support employees in this area earn $30,060/yr and there are 66,760 employed.
Albuquerque lies in Bernalillo county, which is one of the 23 counties in New Mexico. Overall, the Albuquerque area has 381,870 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $19.31/hr average worker wage, and a $40,170 average annual salary. Thus, about 174.828 out of every 1000 jobs in Albuquerque are held by office and administrative support employees, and 1.411/1000 are held by switchboard operators, including answering service.
Of the 2 administrative assistant schools in Albuquerque, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Brookline College comes out as the most expensive ($15,598/yr) for administrative assistant students, with Central New Mexico Community College as the lowest, reported at only $10,387/yr.