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Illinois Careers - Education and the Economy

Illinois, like every state, has suffered from the economic recession of the past few years. On the bright side, certain sectors of the Illinois economy are experiencing modest to moderate growth. The mean annual income for Illinois residents as of May 2009 was $46,110, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The finance sector in Chicago has rebounded, and transportation and distribution is stable. Information technology is experiencing strong growth, and health care and human services demand is also growing.

Illinois Careers & Job Market Outlook

The highest Illinois jobs growth is expected in the computer and information technology segment, with the BLS anticipating strong demand for computer engineers and programmers. Mean annual incomes of over $90,000 for these jobs in Illinois were recorded in May 2009. The financial sector should have only average growth, but financial analysts, financial examiners, and personal financial advisors may receive mean annual incomes of over $80,000. In healthcare, medical and health services management positions will grow faster than average, with mean annual compensation of over $95,000. Demand for registered nurses should grow much faster than average, and RNs may expect to earn a mean of over $65,000.

IL Educational Resources

Illinois has a strong educational system, with post-secondary Illinois schools consisting of public and private universities as well as technical institutes and community colleges. Illinois degrees can be obtained through both on-campus and online programs in any number of fields. Many higher-paying Illinois jobs require an associate, bachelor, or higher degree. The BLS puts the median weekly compensation for holders of bachelor's degrees at $1025 compared with $699 for a high school graduate. The unemployment rate is 5.2 percent for bachelor's degree holders and 9.7 percent for high school graduates.