These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Jobs In Illinois In 2017

Chris Kolmar
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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, and below, we’ll show you the top 100:

  1. Operations Research Analysts
  2. Web Developers
  3. Software Developers, Applications
  4. Home Health Aides
  5. Occupational Therapy Aides
  6. Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
  7. Nurse Practitioners
  8. Computer Systems Analysts
  9. Occupational Therapy Assistants
  10. Software Developers, Systems Software

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.

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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 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.

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 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.

Detailed List Of The Fastest Growing Jobs In Illinois

Rank Job Growth % Average Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Operations Research Analysts 33.16% $86,200 5,100
2 Web Developers 32.42% $73,830 6,740
3 Software Developers, Applications 26.16% $91,020 36,990
4 Home Health Aides 25.62% $23,640 40,840
5 Occupational Therapy Aides 25.0% $25,670 1,350
6 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 24.73% $32,940 4,640
7 Nurse Practitioners 24.53% $90,620 7,920
8 Computer Systems Analysts 24.49% $88,390 28,010
9 Occupational Therapy Assistants 24.31% $59,590 1,790
10 Software Developers, Systems Software 22.83% $104,860 17,160
11 Insulation Workers, Mechanical 22.63% $75,370 1,680
12 Physical Therapist Assistants 22.07% $53,090 4,590
13 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 22.02% $55,520 14,020
14 Physician Assistants 21.55% $88,650 3,440
15 Physical Therapist Aides 20.82% $42,060 4,120
16 Interpreters and Translators 20.3% $42,850 1,600
17 Physical Therapists 20.22% $85,210 13,200
18 Cooks, Restaurant 20.03% $24,080 48,120
19 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 19.39% $37,270 3,140
20 Management Analysts 19.31% $91,380 37,500
21 Personal Care Aides 19.13% $22,060 59,340
22 Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic 18.9% $49,850 1,950
23 Personal Financial Advisors 18.88% $108,380 16,500
24 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 18.85% $39,660 8,070
25 Athletic Trainers 18.31% $47,380 1,680
26 Brickmasons and Blockmasons 18.09% $71,860 4,700
27 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 18.04% $64,110 20,280
28 Phlebotomists 17.86% $34,340 5,610
29 Nurse Anesthetists 17.2% $124,820 2,180
30 Computer Hardware Engineers 16.91% $92,460 2,420
31 Information Security Analysts 16.84% $90,130 3,330
32 Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants 16.67% $25,190 4,060
33 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 16.45% $74,710 2,690
34 Actuaries 16.39% $94,620 1,420
35 Massage Therapists 16.38% $37,460 6,180
36 Opticians, Dispensing 16.24% $32,290 3,650
37 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 16.11% $19,880 128,890
38 Cargo and Freight Agents 16.06% $45,950 6,430
39 Environmental Engineers 15.83% $81,510 1,610
40 Millwrights 15.79% $52,520 1,760
41 Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 15.74% $55,600 2,280
42 Bartenders 15.63% $23,180 33,300
43 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 15.45% $51,590 8,890
44 Dental Laboratory Technicians 15.38% $42,010 1,350
45 Computer User Support Specialists 15.2% $54,150 25,610
46 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 15.18% $31,700 23,450
47 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 15.1% $47,490 11,130
48 Electricians 15.03% $69,830 28,090
49 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 15.0% $37,710 12,730
50 Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs 14.94% $25,750 9,310
51 Computer and Information Research Scientists 14.78% $103,930 1,320
52 Occupational Therapists 14.7% $79,440 5,150
53 Computer Network Support Specialists 14.65% $68,030 7,200
54 Computer Network Architects 14.53% $112,510 5,360
55 Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants 14.44% $25,180 2,140
56 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 14.21% $22,450 8,200
57 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 14.14% $31,940 34,720
58 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 13.95% $32,210 21,160
59 Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 13.9% $73,990 2,540
60 Roofers 13.88% $47,090 5,990
61 Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 13.78% $86,140 2,230
62 Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 13.4% $75,400 1,100
63 Therapists, All Other 13.37% $55,340 2,120
64 Chefs and Head Cooks 13.32% $44,350 5,360
65 Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers 13.21% $47,320 1,800
66 Healthcare Social Workers 13.2% $57,180 5,230
67 Database Administrators 13.19% $82,800 5,150
68 Concierges 13.13% $30,410 1,120
69 Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners 13.04% $49,010 1,300
70 Optometrists 12.98% $96,130 2,350
71 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 12.75% $0 3,450
72 Audio and Video Equipment Technicians 12.68% $43,520 3,200
73 Accountants and Auditors 12.64% $72,550 58,280
74 Recreational Therapists 12.63% $46,440 1,070
75 Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 12.5% $26,950 1,980
76 Nursing Assistants 12.45% $26,080 71,090
77 Maintenance Workers, Machinery 12.39% $44,160 6,170
78 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 12.27% $72,200 19,210
79 Insurance Sales Agents 12.23% $60,650 42,400
80 Veterinarians 12.2% $89,180 3,310
81 Sales and Related Workers, All Other 12.08% $37,020 5,380
82 Medical Assistants 11.99% $31,970 21,390
83 Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians 11.93% $43,840 1,970
84 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 11.68% $58,600 5,930
85 Social and Human Service Assistants 11.66% $33,390 13,220
86 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 11.65% $23,400 16,390
87 Anesthesiologists 11.51% $185,920 1,550
88 Residential Advisors 11.49% $27,840 2,910
89 Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 11.17% $22,850 12,840
90 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 11.03% $64,070 34,840
91 Dental Hygienists 10.99% $69,880 8,480
92 Dentists, General 10.93% $149,400 4,870
93 Ophthalmic Medical Technicians 10.91% $34,290 1,220
94 Dental Assistants 10.76% $37,120 14,520
95 Food Preparation Workers 10.73% $21,310 50,140
96 Surgeons 10.69% $248,420 1,760
97 Physicists 10.62% $123,040 1,250
98 Dietitians and Nutritionists 10.61% $56,570 2,710
99 Food Processing Workers, All Other 10.58% $27,040 2,300
100 Skincare Specialists 10.54% $34,480 3,250