Illinois Careers: Top Growing Career Opportunities in Illinois (IL)

With a labor force over six million strong, Illinois was the state with the fifth most employees in the country in 2013. The per capita income for the state in 2012 was $45,800, the 16th highest in the nation. Unemployment was at 5.7% in 2015.

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Careers with Good Outlooks in the State of Illinois (IL)

Occupational Therapy Assistant

This is the sixth fastest growing career in Illinois, according to America's Career InfoNet ( Projected employment for this occupation for 2022 stands at 1,810, a 37% increase over 2012 levels. Occupational therapy assistants are those who assist occupational therapists in providing appropriate treatments and procedures, in order that the client is able to perform routine functions. The median income for occupational therapy assistants in Illinois in 2014 was $57,100.

Athletic Trainers

Employment for athletic trainers will increase 25% by the year 2022, making it the 31st fastest growing job in Illinois and somewhat above the national growth average for athletic trainers. There will be over 2,100 of these positions available in Illinois by 2022. These individuals instruct clients in exercise related activities and the process of recovering from injuries. In 2014, the mean income for athletic trainers in Illinois was $43,450, somewhat below the national mean income of $45,730.

Highest Paid Careers in Illinois:

The following is a list of the highest paid careers in Illinois, as of 2014. All of these jobs have salaries of more than $163,000 per year:

  • Anesthesiologists
  • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  • Surgeons
  • Internists, General
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