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, and below, we’ll show you the top 100:
Okay, so really–this is pretty cool. Who would have thought, even twenty years ago, that operations research analysts and web developers 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.
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 415 occupations in Illinois.
Next, we ranked every occupation based on job growth in 2017, from 1 to 415.
At the end of the day, the data showed that Operations Analyst is the fastest growing job in Illinois.
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 analysts to software developers, systems software, 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.
|1||Operations Research Analysts||33.16%|
|3||Software Developers, Applications||26.16%|
|4||Home Health Aides||25.62%|
|5||Occupational Therapy Aides||25.0%|
|6||Veterinary Technologists and Technicians||24.73%|
|8||Computer Systems Analysts||24.49%|
|9||Occupational Therapy Assistants||24.31%|
|10||Software Developers, Systems Software||22.83%|
|11||Insulation Workers, Mechanical||22.63%|
|12||Physical Therapist Assistants||22.07%|
|13||Industrial Machinery Mechanics||22.02%|
|15||Physical Therapist Aides||20.82%|
|16||Interpreters and Translators||20.3%|
|19||Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors||19.39%|
|21||Personal Care Aides||19.13%|
|22||Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic||18.9%|
|23||Personal Financial Advisors||18.88%|
|24||Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic||18.85%|
|26||Brickmasons and Blockmasons||18.09%|
|27||Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists||18.04%|
|30||Computer Hardware Engineers||16.91%|
|31||Information Security Analysts||16.84%|
|32||Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants||16.67%|
|33||Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||16.45%|
|37||Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food||16.11%|
|38||Cargo and Freight Agents||16.06%|
|41||Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians||15.74%|
|43||Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers||15.45%|
|44||Dental Laboratory Technicians||15.38%|
|45||Computer User Support Specialists||15.2%|
|46||Bus Drivers, School or Special Client||15.18%|
|47||Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists||15.1%|
|49||Self-Enrichment Education Teachers||15.0%|
|50||Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs||14.94%|
|51||Computer and Information Research Scientists||14.78%|
|53||Computer Network Support Specialists||14.65%|
|54||Computer Network Architects||14.53%|
|55||Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants||14.44%|
|56||Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks||14.21%|
|57||First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers||14.14%|
|58||Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education||13.95%|
|59||Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary||13.9%|
|61||Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health||13.78%|
|62||Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels||13.4%|
|63||Therapists, All Other||13.37%|
|64||Chefs and Head Cooks||13.32%|
|65||Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers||13.21%|
|66||Healthcare Social Workers||13.2%|
|69||Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners||13.04%|
|71||Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary||12.75%|
|72||Audio and Video Equipment Technicians||12.68%|
|73||Accountants and Auditors||12.64%|
|75||Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers||12.5%|
|77||Maintenance Workers, Machinery||12.39%|
|78||Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters||12.27%|
|79||Insurance Sales Agents||12.23%|
|81||Sales and Related Workers, All Other||12.08%|
|83||Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians||11.93%|
|84||Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers||11.68%|
|85||Social and Human Service Assistants||11.66%|
|86||Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment||11.65%|
|89||Food Servers, Nonrestaurant||11.17%|
|90||Sales Representatives, Services, All Other||11.03%|
|93||Ophthalmic Medical Technicians||10.91%|
|95||Food Preparation Workers||10.73%|
|98||Dietitians and Nutritionists||10.61%|
|99||Food Processing Workers, All Other||10.58%|