Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has three administrative assistant schools within its city limits. Everest College-Portland, the highest ranked school in the city with an administrative assistant program, has a total student population of 737. It is the 4443rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 53rd highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College).
Administrative Assistant students from Portland 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 Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 780 employed switchboard operators, including answering service earning an average salary of $28,680. Office and administrative support employees in this area earn $34,810/yr and there are 163,930 employed.
Portland lies in Clackamas county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 165.010 out of every 1000 jobs in Portland are held by office and administrative support employees, and 0.788/1000 are held by switchboard operators, including answering service.
Of the 3 administrative assistant schools in Portland, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Heald Colllege-LLC-Portland comes out as the most expensive ($20,427/yr) for administrative assistant students, with Portland Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,829/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Portland|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||12.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||71.8 miles|