Brookings, SD has five administrative assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Dordt College, the highest ranked school in this group with an administrative assistant program, has a total student population of 1,322. It is the 295th highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Iowa (#1 is Luther College).
Administrative Assistant students from Brookings 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.
Brookings lies in Brookings county, which is one of the 37 counties in South Dakota. Overall, the Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area has 123,140 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $15.15/hr average worker wage, and a $31,510 average annual salary.
Of the 5 administrative assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Brookings, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Dordt College comes out as the most expensive ($20,913/yr) for administrative assistant students, with Minnesota West Community and Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $9,264/yr.