Overview of Career Opportunities in Illinois

Jul 07, 2020

Illinois Career Information

Illinois' (IL) labor force was the sixth largest in the nation in 2019, with around 6.45 million workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In 2019, the per capita income was $30,000, based on data from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis. The BLS reported an average hourly wage of $26.51 across all occupations in Illinois in May 2019. Additionally, the state had a reported unemployment rate of 15.2% in May 2020.

Fastest Growing Illinois Careers

According to CareerOneStop, these are expected to be the fastest-growing careers in the state between 2016-2026. These occupations will experience anywhere from 23% - 38% 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 2018-2028 period in Illinois. These professions have been forecasted to add anywhere from 11,340 - 31,330 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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