Normal has a total population of 45,386 and a student population of 26,450. Of these students, 21,184 are enrolled in schools that offer counseling programs.
The largest counseling school in Normal, by student population, is Illinois State University. In 2010, approximately 25 students graduated from the Counseling program at Illinois State University.
In 2010, 32 students graduated with a counseling degree from one of Normal's counseling schools. Tuition in 2009 at Normal's counseling schools was $22,751 per year for instate students and $28,781 per year for out of state students.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,084 for counseling related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the Normal-based counseling schools, you will have an added expense of $7,882 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $0.
Many counseling graduates choose to work as counselors after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Normal, your job prospects are good. In 2010, 1 out of every 66 counselors in Illinois were working in the greater Normal area. The government projects that the number of counselors in Normal will increase by 12% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is the same as the projected nationwide trend for counselors.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a counselor in Normal is $47,620 per year. This is higher than the state-wide average salary for counselors.