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Chicago Job Market to 2024

Updated on October 16, 2017
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Ms. Inglish has spent 30 years working in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, and aerospace education for Active USAF Civil Air Patrol.

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Best Long-Term Jobs in Chicago

Over 80,000 Jobs Open in 4th Quarter 2016

  1. Wind Turbine Manufacturing and Service Professionals at companies like Siemens, Invenergy, and Woodward MPC. Alternative energy professions are increasing in number.
  2. Occupational and Physical Therapy assistants
  3. Physical and Occupational Therapy aides
  4. Home Health Aides
  5. Truck Drivers
  6. Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
  7. Physical Therapists
  8. Statisticians
  9. Operations Research Analysts
  10. Financial Advisors
  11. Genetic Counselors
  12. Interpreters and Translators
  13. Optometrists and Hearing Specialists and Technicians
  14. Forensic Technicians
  15. Health Technologists and Support Staff


Best Categories of Workplaces for Job Vacancies

  1. Offices of Hospitals, Physicians, and Other Healthcare Practitioners
  2. Home Healthcare Services
  3. Public Health Services, especially Government
  4. Computer Systems and Data Companies
  5. Temp-to-Perm Employment Services
  6. Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
  7. Schools and Educational Support Services
  8. Management, Scientific and Technical Companies. Example: Argonne National Laboratory.
  9. Motor Vehicle and Parts Manufacturers and Dealers. Note that Chicago Assembly is the oldest operating ford assembly plant in America.
  10. Mineral and Energy Extraction and Manufacturing
  11. Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory provides jobs and internships under the auspices of the University of Chicago for the U.S. Department of Energy.


Initiatives include:


Supercomputing to help cure cancer.

Improvement in clean rooms and telescopes.

New ways to use hydrogen fuel.

Archaeology and dinosaurs.

New findings about the laws of physics.

Most Prosperous Growing Industries

Chicago, Illinois offers many job openings in a number of important industries.

The Healthcare Industry

The rapidly-aging population of the Chicago, Cook County, Illinois and the Midwest and a surging health-consciousness among residents of the state has created a demand for jobs in the occupational titles of medical assistant, physician assistant, home health aide, physical therapist, occupational therapist, respiratory therapist, pharmacy technician, dental hygienist, and medical scientist.

Animals need healthcare as well, thus the Chicago area pet population needs more veterinary technicians and technologists, as well as veterinarians.

Information Technology (IT)

Chicago is attracting increasing numbers of information technology (IT) companies that are bringing job openings with them. These job titles include network systems and data communications analyst, database administrator, computer systems analyst, computer software engineer, and computer and information systems manager.

Urban Planning

This is very important to Chicago's urban renewal projects. Chicago is also expanding quickly. This has led to a higher demand for all of those professions involved in city/urban planning, such as environmental engineer, landscape architect, and surveyor, to name a few. Chicago is working on green industries and sustainable resources in this area as well.


Many jobs are available for preschool and childcare teachers, early childhood administrators, K-12 teachers and administrators, special education specialists, vocational education teachers, and for teachers of self-improvement courses.

Chicago Dream Job: Public Address Announcer, Wrigley Field

Find this position and many more Chicago sports listings that could lead to your Dream Job at major job search engines.

"Become the new Voice of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field":


  • Strong vocal talent, excellent enunciation skills
  • Strong public speaking skills and ability to speak extemporaneously to large crowds
  • Strong knowledge of baseball
  • Must be available for all Chicago Cubs 81 regular season home games, makeup games, tie breaker games, play-off games and non-game day events. Schedule includes nights, weekends, non-traditional hours and holidays, as needed
  • Ability to work outdoors during periods of extreme weather
  • Prior experience working as a Public Address Announcer in collegiate or professional sports (television or radio preferred)
  • Interest in supporting Cubs' community and charitable efforts a plus"

Chicago, IL, USA

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Highest Demand Jobs Expected Through 2024

  1. Physical Therapists
  2. Project Managers
  3. Occupational Therapists
  4. Account Executives
  5. Customer Service Representatives
  6. Business Analysts
  7. Sales Representatives
  8. Event Specialists
  9. Senior Accountants
  10. Java Developers
  11. Administrative Assistants
  12. Account Managers
  13. Financial Analysts
  14. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  15. General Practice Dentists

Top Hiring Employers

  1. Deloitte
  2. Accenture
  3. IBM
  4. JPMorgan Chase
  5. Advocate Health Care Network
  6. HCR Manorcare
  7. Navistar
  8. University of Chicago
  9. Safeway
  10. Resurrection Health Care
  11. US Cellular
  12. Ernst & Young
  13. PricewaterhouseCoopers
  14. Fifth Third Bank
  15. Aerotek

Women Owned Businesses

Over 1400 businesses are registered and certified as Women and Minority Owned Businesses in Chicago.

Higher Education: City Colleges of Chicago

This group is a network of seven community colleges, a distance learning center for computer and internet-based studies, a culinary school, a French pastry school, and several satellite branches. This group of schools also has their own TV station, listed below.

  • Richard J. Daley College
  • Harold Washington College
  • Kennedy-King College
  • Malcolm X College
  • Olive-Harvey College
  • Harry S Truman College
  • Wilbur Wright College
  • Center for Distance Learning
  • French Pastry School
  • Washburne Culinary Institute
  • Satellite Campuses
  • WYCC Channel 20 - 21 DT


Four-Year & Other Colleges and Universities

© 2007 Patty Inglish MS


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    • Angel Guzman profile image

      Angel Guzman 

      3 years ago from Joliet, Illinois

      Hmm I need to take a deeper look at this article...

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      March 2 2011 -- Over 126,500 jobs are open in Chicago today.

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      roger bissell 

      11 years ago

      Hi my name is Roger Bissell and my self and Justin Rechter own R and RJ Associates. Which is one of the best IT and Finance recruiting companies in Chicago we have many position available right now including IT manager, Information analyst , network engineer, help desk analyst , and many more. Please feel free to call us to discuss your employment opportunities or visit our website at or email us at Please get started on your new job today or switch companies now. I look forwqard to working with you on a personal one on one level

    • yojpotter profile image


      12 years ago from Iloilo City

      These are great list of universities but I'm particularly interested with Westwood College...

      To know more about Westwood College and other online private colleges just visit this site --->

      Thanks a bunch Patty!


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