These Are The 5 Best Industries For Jobs In Illinois For 2018

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 7 months ago
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When we normally think of Illinois things like great hikes and trails, all time best things to do, and good food and home cooking.

But there’s also a strong economy and job market that has been improving in recent years.

Here at Zippia, we like to take a closer look at local economies to understand what jobs and industries are doing better than others. We think this helps job seekers and people thinking of moving to the area for a job know what to expect.

So we set our sights on uncovering the best industries within Illinois.

Read on to see how we determined which industries rise above the competition to become the best of the best.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the Illinois job scene here:

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How we determined the best industries in the Prairie State for jobs

We believe that the data never lies or that it at least lies a lot less than any one person’s opinion. So we went on a mission to collect as much data as we could about the Illinois job market.

At the end of the day, we were able to find the following, relevant criteria for determining the best industries:

  • Average Salary
  • Job Availability
  • Average Stress Level Of Jobs In The Industry

The sources of data include the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Department of Labor.

Stress level is an index created by self reported statistics from people in the industry. We ranked each industry on these from 1 to 22 where 1 was the best.

Finally, we averaged all the rankings together to create a ‘Best Industry’ index. We crowned the industry with the lowest score, Management, as the best industry in Illinois.

For a detail table of the data, check out the bottom of the post. But now, carry on to learn more about why the various industries are so great for jobs.

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Detailed List Of The Best Industries In Illinois

Rank Industry Average Salary # Of People
1 Management $111,130 425,610
2 Computer And Mathematical $85,340 177,360
3 Education, Training, And Library $57,480 373,290
4 Business And Financial Operations $73,730 323,350
5 Healthcare Practitioners And Technical $76,250 341,890
6 Legal $105,180 44,870
7 Production And Manufactoring $37,150 434,220
8 Office And Administrative Support $37,760 915,900
9 Architecture And Engineering $80,260 90,510
10 Transportation $36,840 473,430
11 Protective Service $51,370 153,090
12 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, And Media $52,410 69,260
13 Community And Social Service $48,780 76,500
14 Life, Physical, And Social Science $73,060 34,820
15 Sales $42,090 579,000
16 Installation, Maintenance, And Repair $49,000 207,630
17 Healthcare Support $30,470 166,980
18 Construction And Extraction $64,400 175,450
19 Personal Care And Service $27,060 163,280
20 Food Preparation And Serving Related $23,060 501,550
21 Building And Grounds Cleaning And Maintenance $30,350 169,140
22 Farming, Fishing, And Forestry $31,890 6,690

Summing up the best industries in Illinois

There you have it; Management is the best industry to be in if you live around Illinois.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Farming, Fishing, And Forestry Industry ranks as the worst in Illinois mostly due to bad pay and scarcity of jobs.

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