These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Jobs In Illinois In 2017

We used projected job growth data to find the fastest growing jobs in IL.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarFastest Growing Jobs, Rankings - 3 months ago

Fastest Growing Jobs In Illinois

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Illinois is, and has been since its founding, a state in change. We’re growing, we’re progressing, we’re constantly on the move, it seems, financially, industrially, technologically, and of course, in the work force.

Some jobs that were popular fifty or sixty years ago are unheard of these days. Jobs that will be popular in fifty or sixty years — we may not even be able to guess.

But today, what we can guess are which jobs are going to be the most beneficial in one year, or even a few. Because we’ve crunched the data, and we’ve come up with a list of the fastest growing jobs in Illinois.

Here are the top 10 fastest growing jobs in Illinois, and below, we’ll show you the top 100:

  1. Operations Analyst
  2. Web Developer
  3. Software Developer
  4. Home Health Aid
  5. Occupational Therapy Aide
  6. Veterinary Technician
  7. Nurse Practitioner
  8. Business Analyst
  9. Occupational Therapy Assistant
  10. Software Engineer

Okay, so really–this is pretty cool. Who would have thought, even twenty years ago, that operations research analystss and web developerss would be so in demand?

Not only does this mean we’re progressing in some important areas, but it also means you might just be able to snag yourself a more secure job.

We’ll get to the details of said jobs in a moment. First, here’s how we came up with this list.

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

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How we determined the fastest growing jobs in Illinois in 2017

Every couple of years each state’s Department of Labor works in conjunction with the Bureau of Labor Statistics to compile projections for job growth by occupation. The government last completed this research in 2014 with projections going out until 2024.

Because this is America and the government never makes it easy, we had to gather the data from all the states individually to develop a master database.

We then identified the occupations in Illinois that are projected to have at least 1,000 workers in 2024 so that the jobs will still be relevant. This left us with data for 421 occupations in Illinois.

Next, we ranked every occupation based on job growth in 2017, from 1 to 421.

At the end of the day, the data showed that operations research analystss will be the fastest growing job in Illinois.

Why the fastest growing jobs in Illinois matter

Sure, it’s certainly interesting to see what sort of trends jobs will take over the next decade, because jobs are a great way to see what direction Illinois is heading.

But aside from being merely ‘interesting,’ it’s also good to note which jobs will be more secure, and more readily available now and in the coming years. If you’re looking for something that will last–take a look at this list.

From operations research analystss to web developerss, these jobs aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

And now, here’s a look at the 100 fastest growing jobs in the Prairie State for 2017.

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Detailed List Of The Fastest Growing Jobs In Illinois

Rank Job Title Growth % Average Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Operations Analyst 133.2% $87,020 5,100
2 Web Developer 132.4% $74,960 6,740
3 Software Developer 126.2% $97,930 36,990
4 Home Health Aid 125.6% $23,840 40,840
5 Occupational Therapy Aide 125.0% $25,880 1,350
6 Veterinary Technician 124.7% $33,530 4,640
7 Nurse Practitioner 124.5% $98,300 7,920
8 Business Analyst 124.5% $89,630 28,010
9 Occupational Therapy Assistant 124.3% $61,590 1,790
10 Software Engineer 122.8% $104,310 17,160
11 Pipe Insulator 122.6% $76,590 1,680
12 Physical Therapist Assistant 122.1% $56,220 4,590
13 Industrial Mechanic 122.0% $54,850 14,020
14 Physician Assistant 121.5% $98,670 3,440
15 Physical Therapy Aide 120.8% $41,020 4,120
16 Interpreter And Translator 120.3% $45,350 1,600
17 Physical Therapist 120.2% $90,370 13,200
18 Substance Abuse Counselor 119.4% $37,360 3,140
19 Management Consultant 119.3% $89,770 37,500
20 Personal Care Assistant 119.1% $22,840 59,340
21 Computer Numerical Controller Supervisor 118.9% $51,740 1,950
22 Computer Numerical Controller Machinist 118.8% $40,860 8,070
23 Miner 118.1% $73,430 4,700
24 Marketing Internship 118.0% $62,920 20,280
25 Phlebotomist 117.9% $35,490 5,610
26 Nurse Anesthetist 117.2% $128,080 2,180
27 Hardware Engineer 116.9% $95,270 2,420
28 Information Security Analyst 116.8% $93,800 3,330
29 Gas Station Attendant 116.7% $25,990 4,060
30 Diagnostic Medical Sonographer 116.5% $74,770 2,690
31 Information Technology Manager 116.4% $134,760 15,950
32 Actuarial Internship 116.4% $103,490 1,420
33 Massage Therapist 116.4% $43,590 6,180
34 Optician 116.2% $35,800 3,650
35 Crew Member 116.1% $20,600 128,890
36 Cargo Agent 116.1% $39,950 6,430
37 Environmental Engineer 115.8% $81,570 1,610
38 Millwright 115.8% $54,630 1,760
39 Cardiovascular Technician 115.7% $58,850 2,280
40 Bartender 115.6% $24,160 33,300
41 Hvac Technician 115.5% $57,250 8,890
42 Dental Laboratory Technician 115.4% $40,030 1,350
43 Computer Technician 115.2% $54,710 25,610
44 Mechanic 115.1% $49,050 11,130
45 Electrician 115.0% $73,160 28,090
46 Instructor 115.0% $36,400 12,730
47 Taxi Driver 114.9% $27,180 9,310
48 Computer Scientist 114.8% $103,350 1,320
49 Occupational Therapist 114.7% $82,450 5,150
50 Network Technician 114.7% $70,300 7,200
51 Network Engineer 114.5% $109,110 5,360
52 Transportation Assistant 114.4% $24,130 2,140
53 Front Desk Clerk 114.2% $22,510 8,200
54 Assistant Manager 114.1% $33,270 34,720
55 Preschool Teacher 113.9% $32,950 21,160
56 Roofer 113.9% $54,130 5,990
57 Environmental Scientist 113.8% $83,920 2,230
58 Education Director 113.6% $59,480 2,840
59 Captain 113.4% $64,560 1,100
60 Music Therapist 113.4% $56,820 2,120
61 Executive Chef 113.3% $47,110 5,360
62 Security Technician 113.2% $46,540 1,800
63 Database Administrator 113.2% $88,670 5,150
64 Concierge 113.1% $32,000 1,120
65 Optometrist 113.0% $104,430 2,350
66 Audio Visual Technician 112.7% $42,950 3,200
67 Accountant 112.6% $76,950 58,280
68 Recreation Therapist 112.6% $45,710 1,070
69 Veterinary Technician Assistant 112.5% $27,280 1,980
70 Certified Nursing Assistant 112.5% $26,830 71,090
71 Mental Health Counselor 112.5% $43,380 5,420
72 Plastic Technician 112.4% $48,350 6,170
73 Plumber 112.3% $75,530 19,210
74 Insurance Agent 112.2% $65,720 42,400
75 Veterinarian 112.2% $89,560 3,310
76 Sales Assistant 112.1% $40,280 5,380
77 Medical Assistant 112.0% $32,920 21,390
78 Contact Lens Technician 111.9% $48,200 1,970
79 Cement Mason 111.7% $62,780 5,930
80 Volunteer 111.7% $33,300 13,220
81 Detailer 111.7% $27,420 16,390
82 Residential Advisor 111.5% $28,300 2,910
83 Advertising Manager 111.4% $92,540 3,520
84 Food Runner 111.2% $22,890 12,840
85 Sales Representative 111.0% $65,330 34,840
86 Dental Hygienist 111.0% $73,290 8,480
87 Ophthalmic Technician 110.9% $36,670 1,220
88 Dental Assistant 110.8% $37,860 14,520
89 Food Preparer 110.7% $22,690 50,140
90 Physicist 110.6% $125,000 1,250
91 Dietitian 110.6% $56,390 2,710
92 Esthetician 110.5% $34,520 3,250
93 Machinist 110.5% $39,500 33,650
94 Registered Nurse 110.5% $70,890 128,590
95 Community Health Representative 110.4% $36,980 3,280
96 Mental Health Worker 110.4% $53,240 4,240
97 Baker 110.3% $26,890 9,950
98 Producer 110.3% $80,230 3,210
99 Crane Operator 110.3% $46,290 1,500
100 Guest Lecturer 110.1% $28,010 1,420

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