Elgin, IL (population: 111,179) has seven animal care schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Wisconsin-Madison, the highest ranked school in this group with an animal care program, has a total student population of 41,654. It is the 23rd highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Wisconsin.
Animal Care students from Elgin schools who go on to become animal care supervisors, veterinarians, animal trainers, animal behavioralists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 15,320 people working as animal control workers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $33,560. Also, Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers make on average $23,400 per year and there are about 71,350 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,260 employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $25,080. Animal control workers in this area earn $37,400/yr and there are 280 employed.
Elgin lies in Kane 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 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Elgin are held by animal control workers, and 0/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 7 animal care schools with a 100-mile radius of Elgin, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Olivet Nazarene University comes out as the most expensive ($19,517/yr) for animal care students, with Joliet Junior College as the lowest, reported at only $4,130/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Elgin|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||4.0 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||7.8 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||8.0 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||11.7 miles|
|Crystal Lake||IL||42,672||3||24.3677||64||13.3 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||13.7 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||16.1 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||16.3 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||18.1 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||18.6 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||20.0 miles|
|Sugar Grove||IL||-||1||14.036||67||20.8 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||21.6 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||24.6 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||26.4 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||27.7 miles|