Joliet, IL (population: 153,577) has eight laboratory technician schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Indiana University-Northwest, the highest ranked school in this group with a laboratory technician program, has a total student population of 5,560. It is the 670th highest ranked school in the USA and the 29th highest in the state of Indiana (#1 is Indiana University-Bloomington).
Laboratory Technician students from Joliet schools who go on to become laboratory technicians, clinical laboratory technicians, medical laboratory technicians, laboratory technicians, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 152,420 people working as medical and clinical laboratory technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $37,860. Also, Environmental science and protection technicians, including health make on average $43,520 per year and there are about 30,870 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,150 employed environmental science and protection technicians, including health earning an average salary of $42,510. Medical and clinical laboratory technicians in this area earn $41,080/yr and there are 3,460 employed.
Joliet lies in Kendall 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 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Joliet are held by medical and clinical laboratory technicians, and 0/1000 are held by environmental science and protection technicians, including health.
Of the 8 laboratory technician schools with a 100-mile radius of Joliet, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Ivy Tech Community College-Northcentral comes out as the most expensive ($11,882/yr) for laboratory technician 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 Joliet|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||15.0 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||16.8 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||19.3 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||19.4 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||20.1 miles|
|Sugar Grove||IL||-||1||14.036||67||23.2 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||23.5 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||24.2 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||24.4 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||25.1 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||25.8 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||27.0 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||27.0 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||27.1 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||30.0 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||30.2 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||31.1 miles|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||31.1 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||32.5 miles|