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Careers with Most Openings
These are the occupations that were expected to have the most annual job openings for the 10-year period of 2016 to 2026 (for states) or 2019 to 2029 (for the United States overall). Please note that these projections do not account for the impacts of the current pandemic. Many occupations are likely to have very different numbers of job openings due to the rapidly changing economy. When revised data are available, they will be published here.
We found 710 occupations with openings in Illinois.
Rank Occupation
2016
Employment
Projected Annual Job Openings Earnings Typical Education
1
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
140,200
31,330
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
2
Retail salespersons
187,400
27,710
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
3
Cashiers
128,780
23,660
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
4
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
148,680
22,720
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
5
Waiters and waitresses
92,190
19,440
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
6
Office clerks, general
145,150
16,120
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
7
Customer service representatives
120,800
15,630
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
8
Stock clerks and order fillers
105,490
14,270
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
9
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners
89,220
12,260
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
10
General and operations managers
123,020
11,340
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
11
Packers and packagers, hand
52,770
8,700
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
12
Registered nurses
125,050
8,690
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
13
Personal care aides
48,670
8,470
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
14
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
70,310
8,180
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
15
Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive
88,560
8,170
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
16
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products
71,470
7,990
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
17
Cooks, restaurant
44,450
7,460
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
18
Security guards
53,290
7,380
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
19
Nursing assistants
61,550
7,340
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
20
Food preparation workers
36,770
6,860
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
21
Maids and housekeeping cleaners
44,310
6,220
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
22
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks
58,800
6,170
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearSome college, no degree
23
Maintenance and repair workers, general
57,440
6,100
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
24
Teacher assistants
56,660
6,090
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearSome college, no degree
25
Home health aides
39,430
5,900
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
26
Light truck or delivery services drivers
48,630
5,810
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
27
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
51,560
5,620
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
28
Business operations specialists, all other
56,420
5,570
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
29
Accountants and auditors
56,080
5,510
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
30
Receptionists and information clerks
41,020
5,440
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
31
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers
42,350
5,360
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
32
First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers
32,580
5,320
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
33
Sales representatives, services, all other
40,280
5,280
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
34
Production workers, all other
42,630
5,170
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
35
Bartenders
28,360
4,940
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
36
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop
20,670
4,750
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
37
Childcare workers
31,260
4,700
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
38
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
45,810
4,450
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
39
Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
58,850
4,390
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
40
Insurance sales agents
40,930
4,370
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
41
Recreation workers
25,310
4,340
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
42
Elementary school teachers, except special education
57,650
4,330
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
43
Construction laborers
37,480
4,260
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
44
Management analysts
39,980
4,170
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
45
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers
19,470
3,690
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
46
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop
14,580
3,650
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
47
Machinists
34,370
3,630
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
48
Financial managers
35,850
3,450
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
49
Industrial truck and tractor operators
27,020
3,390
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential
50
Carpenters
33,110
3,250
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
51
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks
31,420
3,230
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
52
Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education
42,600
3,110
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
53
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists
24,730
3,030
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
54
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
30,820
3,010
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
55
Market research analysts and marketing specialists
23,160
2,960
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
56
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment
18,620
2,910
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
57
Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants
37,940
2,910
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
58
Dishwashers
17,060
2,890
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
59
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors
16,020
2,830
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
60
Bus drivers, school or special client
21,710
2,820
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
61
Software developers, applications
26,930
2,690
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
62
Helpers--production workers
15,610
2,660
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
63
Cooks, fast food
19,100
2,630
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
64
Electricians
21,420
2,580
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
65
Medical assistants
20,500
2,580
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
66
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders
20,270
2,570
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
67
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
23,730
2,560
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
68
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
24,730
2,530
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
69
Police and sheriff's patrol officers
34,710
2,380
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
70
Sales managers
24,800
2,360
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
71
Amusement and recreation attendants
9,570
2,290
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
72
Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers
8,930
2,270
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
73
Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education
29,770
2,240
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
74
Computer systems analysts
30,090
2,230
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
75
Cooks, institution and cafeteria
15,260
2,230
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
76
Human resources specialists
21,480
2,230
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
77
Preschool teachers, except special education
19,960
2,230
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearAssociate's degree
78
Computer user support specialists
25,780
2,220
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearSome college, no degree
79
Food servers, nonrestaurant
13,290
2,200
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearNo formal educational credential
80
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
17,310
2,160
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
81
Tellers
20,830
1,950
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
82
Clergy
17,120
1,930
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
83
Lawyers
36,230
1,870
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearDoctoral or professional degree
84
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents
19,400
1,860
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
85
Nonfarm animal caretakers
10,130
1,840
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
86
Office and administrative support workers, all other
15,620
1,750
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
87
Medical secretaries
14,430
1,730
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
88
Billing and posting clerks
15,440
1,680
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
89
Social and human service assistants
13,020
1,650
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
90
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
22,500
1,640
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
91
Flight attendants
11,770
1,620
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
92
Pharmacy technicians
19,050
1,600
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
93
Driver/sales workers
13,970
1,560
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
94
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers
13,700
1,540
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
95
Self-enrichment education teachers
12,230
1,490
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
96
Coaches and scouts
10,490
1,480
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearBachelor's degree
97
Dental assistants
12,060
1,470
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearPostsecondary non-degree award
98
Production, planning, and expediting clerks
13,350
1,450
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
99
Protective service workers, all other
5,600
1,440
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
100
Counter and rental clerks
10,800
1,420
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearNo formal educational credential