Joliet, IL (population: 153,577) has eighteen physical therapy schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Northwestern University, the highest ranked school in this group with a physical therapy 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.
Physical Therapy students from Joliet schools who go on to become physical therapists, PTs, exercise physiologists, physical therapy assistants, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 174,490 people working as physical therapists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $76,220. Also, Physical therapist aides make on average $24,990 per year and there are about 44,160 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,800 employed physical therapist aides earning an average salary of $24,550. Physical therapists in this area earn $81,820/yr and there are 5,200 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 physical therapists, and 0/1000 are held by physical therapist aides.
Of the 18 physical therapy schools with a 100-mile radius of Joliet, only 7 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Northwestern University comes out as the most expensive ($28,371/yr) for physical therapy 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|