Springfield, IL: Career Guide & Top Growing Careers

Springfield, Illinois, is an area of growth, with many opportunities for job seekers. Whether you are a current resident or you are looking to relocate, this article gives you some facts about the area and reveals the fastest-growing careers and largest employers in Springfield, IL.


Springfield, Illinois, is located in the Midwest of the United States. It is the capital of Illinois and is the county seat of Sangamon County. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2017-2018, the city had an estimated population of 116,250. In March 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a 4.1% unemployment rate for Springfield, which was higher than the national rate of 4.1% at that time, but lower than the overall IL rate of 4.6%. The average hourly wage for Springfield was $23.67 as of May 2017. Top professions, as far as the average hourly wage is concerned, were surgeons, chief executives and family and general practitioners, who all made from $73-$115 per hour.

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  • Agriculture
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  • 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

Largest Employers

According to the Springfield Office of Planning and Economic Development, the following were the top ten largest public and private employers in Springfield as of 2016. Most are government or healthcare organizations.

  • State of Illinois
  • Memorial Health System
  • St. John's Hospital
  • Springfield School District #186
  • Springfield Clinic
  • Illinois National Guard
  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • City of Springfield
  • University of Illinois at Springfield
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Fast-Growing Occupations

As reported by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), the following occupations are projected to be among the fastest-growing in Local Workforce Investment Area 20, of which Springfield is a part, over the period of 2014-2024. This is a broad mix of occupations, including several healthcare jobs as well as positions in the travel and tourism industry, forensic science and cartography:

  • Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
  • Statisticians
  • Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Midwives
  • Ambulance Drivers and Attendants (except EMTs)
  • Concierges
  • Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
  • Forensic Science Technicians

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