Naperville, IL (population: 146,177) has fifteen occupational therapy 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 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 students from Naperville schools who go on to become occupational therapists, therapists, occupational therapy assistants, counseling psychologists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 97,840 people working as occupational therapists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $70,680. Also, Occupational therapist assistants make on average $50,830 per year and there are about 26,680 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 820 employed occupational therapist assistants earning an average salary of $51,820. Occupational therapists in this area earn $75,510/yr and there are 2,870 employed.
Naperville lies in DuPage 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 Naperville are held by occupational therapists, and 0/1000 are held by occupational therapist assistants.
Of the 15 occupational therapy schools with a 100-mile radius of Naperville, only 5 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 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 Naperville|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||7.3 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||9.2 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||11.1 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||11.7 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||12.2 miles|
|Sugar Grove||IL||-||1||14.036||67||15.2 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||16.6 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||18.6 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||19.3 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||19.8 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||19.8 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||20.6 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||20.8 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||22.4 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||22.7 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||23.6 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||24.0 miles|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||24.4 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||24.4 miles|