Chicago is the largest city in Illinois and home to a number of Fortune 500 companies, including manufacturing giant Boeing. The information technology sector shows promising growth in Illinois. Projections Central predicts that computer systems analysts will see 26.4 percent growth, and information security analysts will see 30.1 percent growth from 2012-2022 in Illinois.
Information Technology in Illinois
Chicago's population far outnumbers the other cities in Illinois, though cities like Aurora and Rockford offer career opportunities for graduates of the many IT training programs in the state. Students in Illinois' local career training programs can train for careers in computer networking, information systems management and security. According to BLS data, computer and mathematical occupations employed 166,350 people in Illinois in 2014. Nationwide growth in the IT industry is likely to have a positive effect on careers within Illinois, particularly in larger markets such as Chicago.
- Chicago Tribune, Illinois' Fortune 500 Companies, April 2015, http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-chicago-fortune-500-companies-apr15-photogallery.html
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, Illinois, Occupational and Employment Wage Estimates, May 2014, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_il.htm
- Projections Central, Illinois, https://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm