The job for an assistant is getting harder to fill as technology evolves.
According to a new survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, only 12 percent of all U.S. college students say they are currently looking for a new assistant.
The number of applicants has been on a steady rise since the first national survey in 2013.
The survey found that nearly 3 in 4 applicants said they were looking for an additional assistant.
The median salary for an associate in the field is $27,000, according to the survey.
“There’s a huge demand,” said Daniel W. Wicker, a professor of business administration at the University of Miami who was part of the survey team.
Wicker said that the increase in demand from students, alumni, and prospective employees was due to an uptick in demand for digital assistants.
He noted that the demand for assistant jobs was more pronounced in recent years because of the explosion of online learning.
Wickers noted that, even though many people in the market are looking for assistant roles, the vast majority of people are hiring a virtual employee as an assistant.
Watter said that, despite the shortage of assistant positions, he was encouraged by the response from students.
He added that students are using social media to post job offers.
Walsh said the demand from alumni was similar to that of students, but that he was surprised to see that the majority of applicants were interested in the same job.
“The average salary of the person who’s hired is $20,000,” Walsh said.
“But the average salary for the job is $45,000.”
Walsh added that while the median salary in the assistant field was $20k, the median hourly wage was $22.40.
Watson said the average assistant salary was higher than in most industries because of that salary.
He said that students have the same salary as assistant teachers, which makes it difficult to get the salary they want.
However, Walsh said the median pay for assistant was lower than the average for many other occupations, including medical assistant, computer systems analyst, computer support specialist, and medical technician.
“When you take all those jobs and divide them by the number of people who want them, the average pay for the assistant is much lower than that of a medical technician,” Walsh explained.
Wallis said that when looking at other industries, assistants were paid much less than other employees because of lower salary requirements.
“In general, assistant jobs are more expensive than other jobs because they’re not as high-paying,” Walsh added.