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Hot Jobs in Illinois Not Available Elsewhere

Updated on March 28, 2015
Daley Plaza, Chicago (photos this page public domain)
Daley Plaza, Chicago (photos this page public domain)

Hot Jobs In Illinois to 2020

IDES, the state employment services website of Illinois, predicts that the following job titles will experience the growth and/or advertising of the most jobs in the state from 2010 - 2020. At this writing, we are in the middle of this range of time, so it is interesting to see if job listings match projections of this sort.

The most jobs will be available in Computers and Information Technology, Architecture and related Engineering; additional Engineering specialties, especially Aerospace, Agricultural and Biomedical; Technicians in Life, Physical and Social Sciences; and Scientists of all kinds.

These are high paying jobs in IT and sciences that are not available in such large numbers in any other state in the USA in 2015 - 2016.

Predicted Hot Jobs to 2020

  1. IT jobs: Database Administrators, Network & Computer System Administrators, Computer Support Specialists, IT Security Analysts & Web Developers (a type of Forensics)
  2. Mathematical Scientists: Actuaries. Mathematicians, Operations Research Analysts, Statisticians
  3. Architecture & Engineering jobs: Architects, Surveyors & Cartographers (map makers), Landscape Architects, Photogrammetrists
  4. Engineers: Aerospace, Agricultural, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil Engineers, Computer Hardware Engineers, Electrical, Electronics, Environmental, Health & Safety Engineers, and other specialists.
  5. Engineering Technicians and Drafters (Draftsmen, Draftswomen)
  6. Mapping Technicians
  7. Life Scientists - Several types, including Medical and Epidemiological
  8. Physical Scientists, especially Astronomers, Physicists, and Atmospheric & Space Scientists
  9. Social Scientists
  10. Social Science Technicians

Data references from BLS and State Agencies. Gaming did not do as well as predicted by the state.
Data references from BLS and State Agencies. Gaming did not do as well as predicted by the state. | Source

What Happened With Choreographers?

The high demand for choreographers projected from 2004 through 2014 did not match actual jobs listed, although a few of these jobs were posted each year for elementary schools and other places. It would have been easy to meet the 100-new-jobs projection for the total state. This job title is not in the highest demand projections for 2010 - 2020, but a few related job openings have been posted each year.

The US Department of Labor reports that the median annual earnings of salaried choreographers was approximately $34,000 in 2010.

  • The middle 50 percent earned between $21,000 and $49,000.
  • The lowest 10 percent earned less than $15,000.
  • The highest 10 percent earned more than $68,000.

Median annual earnings were over $34,000 in "other schools and instruction", like dance studios and schools. Since Chicago is a hub of theatrical productions, choreographers should be needed for some time in the future, although competition may be tough.

Most salaried dancers and choreographers covered by union contracts receive some sort of paid sick leave and other health and pension benefits, such as extended sick pay and family-leave benefits secured by their unions. Employers contribute toward these benefits.

Dancers and choreographers not covered by union contracts usually do not enjoy such benefits and must purchase theiur own insurance.

STEM Jobs Are the Winners

Employment in the IT Industry was projected to grow in Illinois much more quickly than the statewide average through, in fact, did that. It will continue to grow through 2020 if projects hold on track. These jobs are involved with Healthcare, Aerospace Programs around America and Mission to Mars, Biomedical Engineering, Education, Manufacturing, and other industries.

Job growth will be driven by the continuing expansion of computer system and component design and computer-related services in Illinois, projected to remain a top growth industry in spite of some recent job losses in the state from 2008 - 2010. Job growth will not be as quick and expansive as in some previous decades, the the advance of technology and the exploration and mining of outer space may surprise us. Also, look for jobs to be in-sourced back from foreign countries as new emerging occupations develop simultaneously. For instance, Stellar Cartographer is not far in development from the architectural and mapping jobs already demanding many workers.

Rapid growth in most areas of the information technology industry is projected to be an impetus toward fuel demand for specialists trained in network, data, and communications security. Security for information and date will experience substantial growth.

Job prospects will be best for college grads that stay up to date on the latest IT skills and technologies. There is even more opportunity for those that have supplemented formal education with relevant work experience.

Industries that Illinois experts suggest will expand most prolifically to 2020 include:

Jackson Park, in Chicago
Jackson Park, in Chicago | Source

Most Aggressively Expanding Industries In Illinois

  1. Healthcare & Related Social Services
  2. Professional, Scientific & Technology Services
  3. Educational Services, especially Elementary & Secondary Schools (Pre-K to 12)
  4. Accommodations and Food & Drink Services
  5. Administrative & Waste Management Services
  6. Transportation Services
  7. Financial Products and Activities
  8. Retail Trade
  9. Colleges, Universities & Professional Schools
  10. Transportation/Trucking & Warehousing (Logistics)
  11. Local Government Jobs
  12. Construction

Hot Jobs Advertised 2014 - 2016

Over 280,000 jobs were advertised in March 2014 alone:

  1. Nurses (RN licensed)
  2. Truck Drivers - Swift Transport, Roehl Transport, Barr Nunn Transportation, Nussbaum, CRST Malone. These jobs have increased faster than any other cluster of job titles in America in 2014 - 2015, out-pacing "physical therapist", the former leader.
  3. Physicians
  4. Engineers of many types
  5. Architects, including IT Architects
  6. Technicians - Engineering and Health fields.
  7. Insurance Sales jobs
  8. Mathematics and related jobs
  9. Physical Therapists
  10. Scientists - Medical and Food

These high demand jobs match state employment projections through 2020, with the addition of truck drivers. STEM jobs and Transportation are dominant among ob listings.

Some High Demand Illinois Job Markets

Chicago, Illinois:
Chicago, IL, USA

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Northbrook, Illinois:
Northbrook, IL, USA

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Glencoe, Illinois:
Glencoe, IL, USA

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Rockford, Illinois:
Rockford, IL, USA

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Plano, Illinois:
Plano, IL 60545, USA

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Aurora, Illinois:
Aurora, IL, USA

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Joliet, Illinois:
Joliet, IL, USA

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Joliet, Illinois - often mentioned by The Blues Brothers: Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.
Joliet, Illinois - often mentioned by The Blues Brothers: Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.
Aurora, Illinois, outside Chicago
Aurora, Illinois, outside Chicago

Hot IT Job Description Summaries for Chicago

Computer and Information Scientists

Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors.

Computer Programmers

Convert project specifications and statements of problems and procedures to detailed logical flow charts for coding into computer language.

Computer Software Engineers, Applications

Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions.

Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software

Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications.

Computer Support Specialists

Provide technical assistance to computer system users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, via telephone or from a remote location.

Computer Systems Analysts

Analyze science, engineering, business, and all other data processing problems for application to electronic data processing systems.

Database Administrators

Coordinate changes to computer databases, test and implement the database applying knowledge of database management systems.

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet system or a segment of a network system.

Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts

Analyze, design, test, and evaluate network systems, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), Internet, intranet, and other data communications systems.

Computer Hardware Engineers

Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.

Lincolnshire, Illinois - Another Interesting Chicago Suburb

A large restaurant in Lincolnshire, Illinois
A large restaurant in Lincolnshire, Illinois | Source

Lincolnshire Jobs

This Chicago suburb lists over 134,000 job openings within 25 miles of the center of the village. The highest demand jobs are well paying and in upper level IT Management, Insurance, Trucking/Transportation, Engineering, and Technologies.

A good number of jobs are available with the University of Chicago. The University Center in the village offers courses from 20 different universities in the area. Read more about fast growing suburban jobs below:

Another Attractive Suburb, North Along the Shoreline

Lincolnshire, Illinois:
Lincolnshire, IL, USA

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This village was planned around mature trees, adding luxury homes beginning in 1957 and winning many awards as a town.

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