Chicago, IL (population: 2,878,948) has fifteen engineering schools within its city limits. University of Illinois at Chicago, the highest ranked school in the city with an engineering program, has a total student population of 26,840. It is the 161st highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University). To learn more about engineering programs in Chicago, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of engineering professors at University of Illinois at Chicago such as Elodie Adida, Rashid Ansari, Robert Becker, John Bell, Jezekiel Ben-Arie, and Michael Brown.
Engineering students from Chicago schools who go on to become engineers, audio engineers, aerospace engineers, automotive engineers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 2,412,730 people working as architecture and engineering employees alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $73,590. Also, Aerospace engineers make on average $96,270 per year and there are about 70,570 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 80 employed aerospace engineers earning an average salary of $102,830. Architecture and engineering employees in this area earn $73,960/yr and there are 54,660 employed.
Chicago 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 15 out of every 1000 jobs in Chicago are held by architecture and engineering employees, and 0/1000 are held by aerospace engineers.
Of the 15 engineering schools in Chicago, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, DeVry University-Illinois comes out as the most expensive ($24,959/yr) for engineering students, with BIR Training Center as the lowest, reported at only $3,504/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Chicago|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||6.6 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||8.0 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||10.0 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||12.6 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||13.3 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||16.3 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||16.7 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||17.0 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||17.3 miles|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||17.4 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||17.7 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||18.2 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||19.7 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||20.1 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||20.8 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||21.3 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||23.2 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||23.2 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||23.8 miles|