Overview of Career Opportunities in Illinois

Numerous career opportunities are available in Illinois. Read on to find out about the industries that are projected to see the fastest job growth through 2024, in addition to the careers with the most job openings.

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Illinois Career Information

Illinois' (IL) labor force was the fifth largest in the nation in 2017, with around 6.5 million workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In 2016, the per capita income was $31,500, based on data from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis. The BLS reported an average hourly wage of $25.20 across all occupations in Illinois in May 2017. Additionally, the state had a reported unemployment rate of 4.4% in April 2018.

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  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Fastest Growing Illinois Careers

According to CareerOneStop, these are expected to be the fastest-growing careers in the state between 2014-2024. These occupations will experience anywhere from 25% - 33% growth over the decade and include several computer careers and several healthcare careers:

  • Farm and Home Management Advisors
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Web Developers
  • Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Hearing Aid Specialists
  • Biomedical Engineers
  • Home Health Aides
  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Nurse Practitioners

Illinois Jobs with the Most Projected Openings

CareerOneStop reports that these are the careers with the highest number of projected job openings for the 2014-2024 period in Illinois. These professions have been forecasted to add anywhere from 3,250 - 7,920 jobs per year over that decade.

  • Retail Salespersons
  • Cashiers
  • Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  • Waiters and Waitresses
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Registered Nurses
  • General and Operations Managers
  • General Office Clerks
  • Stock Clockers and Order Fillers
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