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Illinois Vocational and Technical Schools

The U.S. Census Bureau estimated Illinois's population in 2013 at 12,882,135. More than 40 percent of the state's population is concentrated in Cook County, especially in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville metropolitan area. The city of Chicago, with an estimated 2,718,782 people, continues to be the third most populous city in the U.S., trailing only New York City and Los Angeles, according to 2013 Census Bureau estimates. Illinois added 105,496 jobs between May 2013 and May 2014, according to the BLS. As of May 2014, Illinois had a civilian workforce of 6,551,500. More than 77 percent of the state's workers were employed in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville area, and they earned an average of $49,210 annually. The average wage in Illinois was $47,680 for all occupations.

Jobs in construction, professional and business services, and health care saw the greatest gains in the spring of 2014 in the Chicago area. Other service businesses have also seen job growth. Manufacturing has not yet had a significant rebound in job growth since the latest recession; however, major U.S. manufacturers that are located in Illinois include Caterpillar, Ford, John Deere, Chrysler, Navistar, Tenneco and Kraft Foods.

Vocational schools in Illinois: training for jobs in demand

A look at the top 25-ranked employers in the state by number of employees gives you an idea of where the job opportunities are in Illinois. Insurance firms, universities, medical centers/hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies dominate the list compiled for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. They employ between 5,000 and 13,000 people each.

Job Growth in Illinois

Vocational Schools in Illinois
This list also contains online schools that accept students from Illinois

 
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At University of Phoenix, we believe everyone deserves access to higher education.

Programs : B.S. in Communication, BS in Human Services/Gerontology, BS in Business/Service Sector, and more.

Campus Locations :

Warrenville: 4525 Weaver Parkway Warrenville, IL 60555

Chicago: 203 N LaSalle St Chicago, IL 60601

Schaumburg: 1500 McConnor Parkway Suite 700 Schaumburg, IL 60173

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Programs : Hospitality Management (BS), Interior Design (BFA), Culinary Management (BS), and more.

Campus Locations :

Chicago: 350 N. Orleans Street Chicago, IL 60654

Schaumburg: 1000 N. Plaza Drive, Suite 100 Schaumburg, IL 60173

Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy.

Programs : Creative Writing, Master of Fine Arts (Online), Entertainment Business, Master of Science (Online), Audio Production Bachelors (Online), and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Why earn your degree at Grand Canyon University? GCU is a regionally accredited university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education & more. Apply today!

Programs : M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure), M.S. in Leadership: Disaster Preparedness & Executive Fire Leadership, M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

The MSW@USC is the first top-ranked MSW program offered nationally. Many online programs are limited to certain geographic areas or the availability of courses, making it necessary to travel to campus. Our program can be completed from virtually anywhere without the need to relocate to Southern California.

Programs : Master of Social Work, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Degree programs and specialized concentrations based on the current and expected demand for professionals in a broad range of disciplines.

Programs : Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security – Computer Systems Security, Master of Business Administration – Operations and Supply Chain Management, Doctor of Management – Technology Management (Executive Format), and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Are you interested in pursuing a high-tech career? Getting an education from ITT Tech is a great place to start!

Programs : BS - Project Management and Administration: IT Option, AS - Criminology and Forensic Technology, AS - Network Systems Administration, and more.

Campus Locations :

Arlington Heights: 3800 N. Wilke Road, Suite 100 Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Orland Park: 11551 184th Place Orland Park, IL 60467

Matteson: 600 Holiday Plaza Drive Matteson, IL 60443

Willowbrook: 7040 High Grove Blvd. Willowbrook, IL 60527

Mount Prospect: 1401 Feehanville Drive Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Oak Brook: 800 Jorie Blvd., Suite 100 Oak Brook, IL 60523

Advance your teaching career with an online master's degree from University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.

Programs : Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Master of Arts in Teaching, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Get hands-on training with Le Cordon Bleu Schools of North America.

Programs : Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago - Associate Degree in Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Online - Associate Degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management 60 weeks, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago - Certificate in Culinary Arts, and more.

Campus Locations :

Chicago: 361 West Chestnut Chicago, IL 60610

With your busy schedule and the desire to move your career forward, you can earn an accredited associate, bachelors or master’s degree at a pace that works for you anywhere, anytime, 24/7.

Programs : Bachelor's (BBA) - Entrepreneurship, MBA - Finance, Bachelor's (BBA) - International Business, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Occupations in some of those industries, especially health care, are projected to have a continued high rate of job growth through 2020:

CareerTotal EmploymentAnnual Median WageProjected Employment Change
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians18605316015,700
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers21907357027,000
Respiratory Therapists46205498022,700
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics116704040055,300
Paralegals and Legal Assistants120704710046,200
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

With the exception of biomedical engineers, these are jobs that typically require two years or less of training, which you may get from vocational schools in Illinois or from online programs available to Illinois students.

Jobs that may require less than a four-year degree and which are expected to have a high number of job openings yearly through 2020 include the following (with May 2013 average annual earnings :

  • Registered nurses: 2,018 jobs annually; $66,730 average annual earnings
  • Home health aides: 1,442 jobs annually; $23,320 average annual earnings
  • Personal care aides: 835 jobs annually; $21,920 average annual earnings
  • Hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists: 560 jobs annually; $28,260 average annual earnings
  • Emergency medical technicians and paramedics: 314 jobs annually; $49,340 average annual earnings
  • Computer user support specialists: 311 jobs annually; $51,320 average annual earnings
  • Medical assistants/secretaries: 259 jobs annually each; $31,230 and $34,160, respectively, average annual earnings
  • Paralegals and legal assistants: 226 jobs annually; $49,050

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians (HVAC), dental hygienists and radiologic technologists also earn well above the average wage in Illinois, and completion of coursework typically takes two years or less. if you are looking for a career with a short training period and either a good income and/or plenty of job openings in the next few years, contact some of the vocational schools in Illinois for more information.

Sources:

American FactFinder, U.S. Census Bureau, Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places of 50,000 or More, Ranked by July 1, 2013 Population, http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=bkmk

Illinois Statewide Unemployment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2004-2014, http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST170000000000005?data_tool=XGtable

Economy at a Glance, Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI, July 22, 2014, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.il_chicago_msa.htm

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, March/April 2014 Newsletter, http://www.illinois.gov/dceo/DCEONewsletter/March%20April%202014%20DCEO%20Reporter.pdf

State Profile: Largest Employers, Illinois, CareerOneStop for U. S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, http://www.acinet.org/oview6.asp?soccode=&stfips=17&from=State&id=&nodeid=12

Illinois Department of Employment Security, Statewide Employment Projections, long-term, (2010-2020), http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/Pages/Employment_Projections.aspx

Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2013, State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Illinois, http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.il_chicago_msa.htm

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