Columbia, SC (population: 130,246) has nineteen 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 Columbia 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 Columbia area alone, there are 440 employed switchboard operators, including answering service earning an average salary of $23,460. Office and administrative support employees in this area earn $30,820/yr and there are 61,830 employed.
Columbia lies in Richland county, which is one of the 27 counties in South Carolina. Overall, the Columbia area has 334,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $18.76/hr average worker wage, and a $39,020 average annual salary. Thus, about 184.802 out of every 1000 jobs in Columbia are held by office and administrative support employees, and 1.326/1000 are held by switchboard operators, including answering service.
Of the 19 administrative assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Columbia, 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 Augusta Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $4,330/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Columbia|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||62.8 miles|
|North Augusta||SC||-||1||27.4739||4||72.2 miles|
|North Charleston||SC||99,930||3||24.6487||24||92.3 miles|