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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.

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Lincoln Tech , Melrose Park
  • Encompasses the Lincoln Tech, Lincoln Culinary Institute, and Lincoln College of New England brands.
  • Lincoln schools made more than $15 million available nationally through scholarships to qualified students in 2015.
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  • First Lincoln Tech campus opened in 1946; now 30 campuses in 15 states across the United States.
  • Campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), Accrediting Commission of Career Schools (ACCSC), Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), and New England Association of Schools and Colleges – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC)
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Diesel

At Universal Technical Institute (UTI), you won't just train for a career. You'll train for success. The hands-on training and high-tech skills you'll get at UTI can put you on the fast track toward a rewarding career as a professional technician. Across the nation, you'll find UTI-trained technicians working in great jobs with leading manufacturers, dealerships and repair shops. 

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Psy.D. Clinical Psychology
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  • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013, for the sixth consecutive year.
  • Links students to hundreds of training opportunities ( beyond their traditional internships and practicum) at their many “partner agencies” in each of their local communities. 
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
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Audio Production (BS)
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  • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
  • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
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Electrical (Diploma)
  • ATS prepares students with the knowledge & skills they need to reach their goals
  • Offers exciting training programs in HVAC, Electrical, & Information Technology
  • ACCSC accredited and conveniently located near St. Louis, MO
  • Higher-level technical skills are also offered to qualified students
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Cortiva Institute , Crystal Lake
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Master of Architecture (M.Arch) Program

The School of Architecture at Taliesin builds architects of the future by offering comprehensive study towards a professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree. The program is designed for students who thrive in a multifaceted environment focusing on rigorous design, critical thinking, and hands-on learning. The School’s specialized approach facilitates an individualized educational experience and fosters a close relationship between students, faculty, and staff.

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