Elgin, IL (population: 111,179) has five veterinary technician schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Fox College Inc, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary technician program, has a total student population of 370. It is the 1969th highest ranked school in the USA and the 69th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Veterinary Technician students from Elgin schools who go on to become veterinary technicians, veterinarians, veterinarian assistants, veterinary scientistss, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 79,200 people working as veterinary technologists and technicians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $30,580. Also, Veterinarians make on average $90,110 per year and there are about 54,130 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,270 employed veterinarians earning an average salary of $92,900. Veterinary technologists and technicians in this area earn $32,260/yr and there are 1,950 employed.
Elgin lies in Kane 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 Elgin are held by veterinary technologists and technicians, and 0/1000 are held by veterinarians.
Of the 5 veterinary technician schools with a 100-mile radius of Elgin, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Brown Mackie College-Michigan City comes out as the most expensive ($15,946/yr) for veterinary technician students, with Joliet Junior College as the lowest, reported at only $4,130/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Elgin|
|West Dundee||IL||-||1||23.2604||5||4.0 miles|
|Hoffman Estates||IL||54,568||1||19.0736||10||7.8 miles|
|Hanover Park||IL||-||1||22.3828||2||8.0 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||11.7 miles|
|Crystal Lake||IL||42,672||3||24.3677||64||13.3 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||13.7 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||16.1 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||16.3 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||18.1 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||18.6 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||20.0 miles|
|Sugar Grove||IL||-||1||14.036||67||20.8 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||21.6 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||24.6 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||26.4 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||27.7 miles|