Chicago Heights, IL has nine industrial design schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Northwestern University, the highest ranked school in this group with an industrial design program, has a total student population of 19,853. It is the 11th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Illinois.
Industrial Design students from Chicago Heights schools who go on to become industrial designers, commercial designers, architecture designers, designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 65,460 people working as industrial engineering technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $49,030. Also, Graphic designers make on average $47,820 per year and there are about 200,870 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 7,690 employed graphic designers earning an average salary of $53,710. Industrial engineering technicians in this area earn $48,500/yr and there are 1,330 employed.
Chicago Heights 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 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Chicago Heights are held by industrial engineering technicians, and 2/1000 are held by graphic designers.
Of the 9 industrial design schools with a 100-mile radius of Chicago Heights, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, School of the Art Institute of Chicago comes out as the most expensive ($38,965/yr) for industrial design students, with Danville Area Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,570/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Chicago Heights|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||5.2 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||6.7 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||8.7 miles|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||9.4 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||9.6 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||10.7 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||13.2 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||14.0 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||27.7 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||28.4 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||28.6 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||30.8 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||32.2 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||34.0 miles|