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Illinois Jobs and Career Information

RELATIVE POPULARITY

Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in Illinois Than Elsewhere

Whether you're looking for a career to pursue, or just want to get a feel for occupations in the state, the table below should be helpful. And we haven't seen anything like it from anyone else.

This table tells us which jobs are more common in Illinois, relative to the state population, compared to their popularity in every other US state. A Local Popularity Index of 1.0 matches the average across all US states; higher and lower numbers indicate the job is proportionally more or less popular here.

RankJobMean Local Salary .Local Jobs .Local Popularity Index
1Rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers$32,74051019.1
2Terrazzo workers and finishers$44,94050015.5
3Timing device assemblers, adjusters, and calibrators$30,06020014.8
4Barbers$26,77076013.6
5Library science teachers, postsecondary$59,50046010.5
6Mine cutting and channeling machine operators$30,8801009.5
7Flight attendants$44,70010,5209.3
8Therapists$43,7701,2207.4
9Communications equipment operators$35,7052907.4
10Metal workers and plastic workers$30,4865,2207.0
11Rail car repairers$37,6507806.6
12Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers$106,8606,2906.0
13Nuclear engineers$99,7406705.9
14Patternmakers, metal and plastic$26,8003205.7
15Environmental science teachers, postsecondary$75,3702705.5
16Telephone operators$36,7009105.4
17Archivists$45,4904505.1
18Woodworkers$20,9402805.0
19Transportation attendants, except flight attendants and baggage porters$19,6702,2605.0
20Occupational therapist aides$34,0904804.9
21Food preparation and serving related workers$18,4637,2104.5
22Geography teachers, postsecondary$56,3001904.3
23Social sciences teachers, postsecondary$50,8502604.2
24Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians$17,5501,4704.1
25Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$34,1632,7503.8
26Physicists$92,2601,2903.6
27Aircraft cargo handling supervisors$32,2204803.4
28Pile-driver operators$64,5502203.4
29Personal care and service workers$21,4205,6403.3
30Biological science teachers, postsecondary$77,0602,9903.3
31Boilermakers$62,2931,0003.2
32Physics teachers, postsecondary$64,0308103.2
33Shampooers$18,5951,6603.2
34Sales and related workers$32,46120,2003.1
35Chemistry teachers, postsecondary$56,7001,2303.1
36Floor layers, except carpet, wood, and hard tiles$70,8307003.1
37Air traffic controllers$130,1509002.9
38Cooks$19,9727502.9
39Designers$63,6858902.9
40Health diagnosing and treating practitioners$32,4604,3102.8
41Radio mechanics$36,5001502.8
42Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$35,4155,4102.8
43Area, ethnic, and cultural studies teachers, postsecondary$51,3602902.8
44Food scientists and technologists$61,2604102.8
45Social workers$40,3205,2102.8
46Education, training, and library workers$29,7364,7902.7
47Forensic science technicians$53,7506602.7
48Anthropology and archeology teachers, postsecondary$68,7102402.7
49Athletic trainers$37,4558002.7
50Engine and other machine assemblers$28,9101,2002.7
51Bridge and lock tenders$45,3701202.6
52Slaughterers and meat packers$18,9401,0202.6
53Model makers, metal and plastic$39,4901902.5
54Coil winders, tapers, and finishers$24,7308002.5
55Social science research assistants$42,5906802.5
56Atmospheric and space scientists$62,3002602.4
57Social work teachers, postsecondary$53,3901702.4
58Tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners$33,9238402.4
59Plant and system operators$37,9166302.4
60Financial specialists$54,53510,0702.4
61Food cooking machine operators and tenders$26,0002,1202.4
62Sociology teachers, postsecondary$63,6757702.4
63Economics teachers, postsecondary$64,3606202.4
64Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$29,9102,4602.4
65Extraction workers$31,6001702.3
66Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers$20,4308302.3
67Media and communication equipment workers$39,6501,1002.3
68Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers, postsecondary$52,8803002.3
69Foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary$51,4231,2702.3
70Anesthesiologists$179,3806702.2
71Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products$47,6865402.2
72Production workers$28,77219,4002.2
73Gaming cage workers$25,5908502.2
74Law teachers, postsecondary$90,3204202.2
75Computer specialists$60,0339,5602.2
76Pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators, vegetation$38,3601,1702.1
77Automotive glass installers and repairers$34,7303402.1
78Manicurists and pedicurists$24,1352,9102.1
79Managers$70,56427,5002.1
80Actuaries$98,1301,0202.1
81Obstetricians and gynecologists$131,2309002.1
82Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$27,7009,0802.1
83Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary$56,9401802.1
84Brokerage clerks$41,9055,0602.1
85Pourers and casters, metal$31,6204602.1
86Music directors and composers$47,7503202.1
87Milling and planing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic$31,1901,3802.0
88Tool and die makers$46,9706,4402.0
89Directors, religious activities and education$38,9306402.0
90Artists and related workers$54,6901302.0
91Desktop publishers$32,2731,6702.0
92Assemblers and fabricators$25,68812,7902.0
93Philosophy and religion teachers, postsecondary$57,5938702.0
94Fire fighters$45,25512,5502.0
95Communications teachers, postsecondary$52,5459601.9
96Health technologists and technicians$31,2204,3801.9
97Chiropractors$80,9521,2501.9
98Radiation therapists$49,5704801.9
99Special education teachers, middle school$49,7835,0801.9
100Healthcare practitioners and technical workers$33,9002,6701.9

ABSOLUTE POPULARITY

The Most Common Jobs in Illinois

Unlike the table above, which shows where jobs in Illinois are unusually common compared to other states, the table below lists jobs which are the most common in raw numbers in the state.

RankJob Local Jobs .Mean Local Salary .Local Popularity Index
1Retail salespersons152,770$21,9660.9
2Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand128,450$22,2731.5
3Cashiers110,730$16,8870.9
4Office clerks, general91,570$23,8470.8
5Registered nurses87,020$49,7781.0
6Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners86,340$23,1431.1
7Customer service representatives81,020$27,6721.0
8Waiters and waitresses66,540$17,1220.8
9Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products66,510$54,0101.2
10Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks65,620$29,4531.0
11Stock clerks and order fillers63,080$21,4771.0
12Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive60,030$26,2490.9
13Executive secretaries and administrative assistants56,870$33,6261.0
14Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer56,430$35,8261.0
15Elementary school teachers, except special education55,880$43,8201.2
16General and operations managers54,940$85,2530.9
17Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food54,330$15,8580.6
18Business operations specialists51,480$59,9661.4
19Team assemblers48,760$26,7601.2
20Accountants and auditors48,610$53,8651.1
21First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers45,880$41,9220.9
22Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education45,750$49,2771.4
23Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants42,660$21,5210.9
24Receptionists and information clerks42,630$22,4151.0
25Maintenance and repair workers, general40,850$36,5760.9
26Security guards40,380$24,2811.0
27Packers and packagers, hand38,950$20,1151.3
28Truck drivers, light or delivery services35,330$27,1421.0
29Food preparation workers35,160$17,7431.1
30Landscaping and groundskeeping workers35,110$23,3781.0
31Carpenters33,320$46,7421.0
32First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers32,770$38,0280.8
33Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks32,250$26,0511.1
34Teacher assistants30,070$19,8950.7
35Maids and housekeeping cleaners29,070$17,4120.9
36Managers27,500$70,5642.1
37Cooks, restaurant27,130$19,5730.9
38Lawyers27,000$91,3241.2
39Helpers--production workers26,300$21,0341.5
40First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers26,190$49,7431.1
41Cooks, fast food25,670$16,3971.2
42Industrial truck and tractor operators24,380$30,0051.1
43Construction laborers24,310$41,3010.7
44Automotive service technicians and mechanics23,520$34,2671.0
45Electricians22,850$54,4881.0
46Tellers21,120$21,2181.1
47Computer support specialists20,800$43,7091.1
48First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers20,460$30,2520.7
49Dishwashers20,420$15,4761.1
50Sales and related workers20,200$32,4613.1
51Computer programmers19,500$58,3271.3
52Production workers19,400$28,7722.2
53Machinists19,290$33,6321.6
54Bill and account collectors19,040$28,9641.2
55Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers19,030$33,5731.1
56Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders18,640$25,7261.4
57Office and administrative support workers18,450$28,2911.8
58Financial managers18,440$84,4901.0
59Bartenders17,820$16,7591.0
60Management analysts17,760$66,7371.0
61Computer systems analysts17,630$65,4260.9
62Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses17,550$34,7990.7
63Home health aides17,420$21,5880.8
64Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop17,110$16,3500.9
65Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products16,830$62,6521.2
66Sales representatives, services16,460$50,3671.0
67Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education16,260$42,9130.8
68Chief executives16,240$132,1011.3
69Bus drivers, school16,030$24,8771.1
70Billing and posting clerks and machine operators15,720$28,2480.8
71Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters15,500$57,0761.0
72Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers15,450$16,5571.0
73Sales managers14,860$87,2111.2
74Computer software engineers, applications14,630$73,0210.8
75Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists14,440$22,7431.1
76First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers14,180$56,4630.9
77Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents14,070$82,5821.5
78Loan officers13,830$54,9921.1
79Child care workers13,490$18,4260.7
80Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop13,420$17,7261.0
81Postal service mail carriers13,090$44,7811.0
82Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic12,950$28,0511.5
83Assemblers and fabricators12,790$25,6882.0
84Fire fighters12,550$45,2552.0
85Data entry keyers12,520$24,8931.1
86Counter and rental clerks12,490$20,2520.7
87Computer and information systems managers12,470$85,4771.2
88Preschool teachers, except special education12,350$23,7671.0
89Personal and home care aides11,860$17,1240.6
90First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers11,800$63,0170.6
91Pharmacy technicians11,710$23,9401.2
92Cleaners of vehicles and equipment11,600$19,5950.9
93Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists11,340$42,1951.6
94Computer software engineers, systems software11,330$74,9801.0
95Insurance sales agents11,290$56,6581.0
96Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators11,160$42,3911.3
97Legal secretaries11,090$33,0681.1
98Cooks, institution and cafeteria10,900$20,9410.9
99First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers10,640$66,5980.9
100Telemarketers10,630$21,8320.8

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