The Illinois Job Market Overview
According to a Crain's publication report, a study that projected state-by-state job growth found that Illinois will boast nearly 7 million total jobs in 2018, (a 9% jump from 2008). Illinois would rank fifth in 2018 in terms of total jobs (behind California, Florida, New York and Texas).
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Or, how about an operations research analyst? It is also fast-growing, with a high level of employment in Illinois, pays a median annual wage of $82,940 and only requires a bachelor's degree.
Even without a college degree there are some good paying jobs available in Illinois. Those that pay above $75,000 and require only a high school diploma or equivalent include commercial pilots, detectives and criminal investigators, nuclear power reactor operators and electrical power distributors and dispatchers. Additionally, there is elevator installation and repair, which pays a median annual salary of $76,490. Have you considered becoming a cartographer or photogrammetrist? People in these fast-growing occupations "collect, measure, and interpret geographic information in order to create and update maps and charts for regional planning, education, emergency response, and other purposes." Annual pay is $60,930, and it requires a bachelor's degree. Wind turbine technicians make $48,800 a year and have the fastest growth rate, projected to double in positions by 2024.
When it comes to actual number of jobs that will become available over the next decade in Illinois, personal care aides top the list and require no education but earn only $20,440 a year. Registered nurses, which require a bachelor's degree, are second in job outlook and pay three times as much, with a median salary of $66,640.
Nerd wallet has identified several towns where job seekers would thrive:
Wilmette is located 4 miles north of Chicago, on the shores of Lake Michigan. There are plenty of local businesses in Wilmette, and the government strives to help emerging businesses get off the ground.
Plainfield has a fantastic standard of living, with a high median household income of $108,239. Major employers in Plainfield are Diageo Global Supply and Mid-States Warehouse.
Oswego has attracted many new residents in recent years and the median household income is very high, at $93,588. Oswego is focusing on economic development, with two industrial parks in place and plans for further development.
4. Park Ridge
Park Ridge is located near O'Hare International Airport, around 15 miles northwest of downtown Chicago and residents earn a high median income of $90,177. Park Ridge's major employers include the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, the Maine Township High School District and the Park Ridge-Niles School District.
5. Vernon Hills
Vernon Hills is a retail hub for many surrounding neighborhoods. Residents earn a high median household income of $90,301. Top employers in Vernon Hills include companies such as Zebra Technologies Corp., American Hotel Register and CDW Computer Centers.
6. North Brook
Just north of Chicago, Northbrook has lots of amenities and ample opportunities to work. Allstate Insurance Company employs a ton of people, in addition to Kraft and Baxter. Crate and Barrel is headquartered there and is a desirable place to work.
Illinois is a thriving state and the employment outlook is great so access more Illinois Jobs with us.