Palatine, IL (population: 67,435) has twenty-eight automotive schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Andrews University, the highest ranked school in this group with an automotive program, has a total student population of 3,589. It is the 317th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Automotive students from Palatine schools who go on to become automotive technicians, automotive engineers, mechanics, automotive specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 606,990 people working as automotive service technicians and mechanics alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $37,880. Also, Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles make on average $29,880 per year and there are about 17,090 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 290 employed electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles earning an average salary of $32,470. Automotive service technicians and mechanics in this area earn $42,600/yr and there are 17,590 employed.
Palatine 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 5 out of every 1000 jobs in Palatine are held by automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 0/1000 are held by electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles.
Of the 28 automotive schools with a 100-mile radius of Palatine, only 11 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, UTI of Illinois Inc comes out as the most expensive ($61,824/yr) for automotive students, with Gateway Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $220/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Palatine|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||3.4 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||5.8 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||6.2 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||9.1 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||9.4 miles|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||12.5 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||13.3 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||13.9 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||15.5 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||16.1 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||16.5 miles|
|Crystal Lake||IL||42,672||3||24.3677||64||17.0 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||18.7 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||19.9 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||21.5 miles|
|Sugar Grove||IL||-||1||14.036||67||31.8 miles|