Chicago Heights, IL has ten occupational therapy assistant schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Illinois at Chicago, the highest ranked school in this group with an occupational therapy assistant 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).
Occupational Therapy Assistant students from Chicago Heights schools who go on to become occupational therapy assistants, medical assistants, medical office assistants, registered occupational therapists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 26,680 people working as occupational therapist assistants alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $50,830. Also, Occupational therapist aides make on average $28,890 per year and there are about 8,040 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 390 employed occupational therapist aides earning an average salary of $34,130. Occupational therapist assistants in this area earn $51,820/yr and there are 820 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 occupational therapist assistants, and 0/1000 are held by occupational therapist aides.
Of the 10 occupational therapy assistant schools with a 100-mile radius of Chicago Heights, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Brown Mackie College-South Bend comes out as the most expensive ($18,433/yr) for occupational therapy assistant students, with City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College as the lowest, reported at only $5,604/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|