Oak Park, IL (population: 49,270) has ten allied health schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Wheaton College, the highest ranked school in this group with an allied health program, has a total student population of 2,920. It is the 74th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Allied Health students from Oak Park schools who go on to become allied health professionals, physicians, nurses, forensic nurses, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 271,710 people working as medical and health services managers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $90,970. Also, Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists make on average $72,310 per year and there are about 98,330 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 2,490 employed clinical, counseling, and school psychologists earning an average salary of $79,330. Medical and health services managers in this area earn $102,910/yr and there are 6,160 employed.
Oak Park lies in Cook county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area has 3,669,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,910 average annual salary. Thus, about 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Oak Park are held by medical and health services managers, and 1/1000 are held by clinical, counseling, and school psychologists.
Of the 10 allied health schools with a 100-mile radius of Oak Park, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Wheaton College comes out as the most expensive ($23,398/yr) for allied health students, with Milwaukee Area Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $6,574/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Oak Park|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||1.3 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||3.4 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||10.2 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||11.2 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||13.4 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||14.3 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||14.6 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||15.0 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||15.4 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||16.9 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||17.1 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||17.6 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||19.6 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||19.8 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||20.0 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||21.5 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||22.1 miles|