Illinois Technical Schools

Chicago is the third-largest city in the United States behind New York City and Los Angeles. The United States Census Bureau reported an estimated 2012 population of 2,714,856 people. Almost one-quarter of the population consists of children from infants through age 17.

Females have a slight edge over males in Chicago at 51.5 percent of the population. The city consists of 227.64 square miles of land. There are 11,841 people for every mile in Chicago. The median age of a Chicago resident is 32.9 years old, which is nearly a decade younger than the statewide average of 42.2 years old.

The most populated cities in Illinois are Chicago, Aurora and Rockford, with Chicago having the highest employment at 3,582,770 workers, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report on 2011 employment. The report estimates that there are 5,574,180 workers in the state.

Although most workers are unskilled retail salespersons, cashiers and office clerks, workers with some postsecondary education, such as certifications or associate degrees, have better paying jobs. For example, cashiers average $20,470 per year, but supervisors average $40,350 annually. Students can get certificates and degrees through the extensive Illinois educational system of technical schools, community colleges and universities.

Income and Housing Values in Chicago

The median household income in Chicago was $45,734 in 2009. This figure is on-par with the average income of $53,996 for the rest of Illinois. The poverty level in Chicago is 21.4 percent. Each resident earned an average of $27,138 during 2009, the last year income statistics were compiled by

The average value of a house or condo in Chicago during this reporting period was $261,600. The median gross rent was $866 a month. It cost approximately $202,000 to purchase a home elsewhere in Illinois. The United States Census Bureau reports a home ownership rate of 47 percent in Chicago and 68.7 percent statewide. There were 1,194,137 housing units available in 2010 with more than 70 percent of these consisting of multi-unit structures.

One in Three Chicago Residents Has a College Degree

Chicago residents understand the value of a higher education, as evidenced by the fact that 32.9 percent of adults over age 25 possess at least a bachelor degree. The city also has an 80 percent high school graduation rate. There are 255,052 unique businesses in Chicago where students can seek employment after graduation.

According to the website, there are 178 colleges in Illinois. Of these, 54 colleges and universities that offer at least an undergraduate degree are located within the Chicago city limits. Chicago also has 14 graduate schools and six schools offering specialty programs such as art and cooking.

Enjoy the Four Distinct Seasons in Chicago

Like most cities in the middle part of the United States, Chicago has diverse weather conditions depending on the season. Temperatures range from 18 to 31 degrees in January, the coldest month of the year and 68 to 84 degrees during July, the hottest month of the year. Spring and fall range from 42 to 65 degrees.

Career Opportunities in Illinois

Illinois has many of the nation's top employers, including Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) headquartered in Decatur, Walgreens in Deerfield and Boeing in Chicago. Some companies, such as ADM, offer internships, scholarships and other incentives for employees to continue their education. Many companies collaborate with the Illinois educational system to ensure that graduates have important job-related skills. The following list shares employment numbers and mean annual wage information from the BLS report on various occupations requiring only two-year associate degrees:

The Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL metropolitan area has the highest employment of United States metropolitan areas for chemical technicians, second for cashiers and third for retail salespersons. Often, cashiers and salespeople return to school to get degrees to improve their work status. For example, furnishing store employees may increase their wages by getting an associate degree in interior design, which averages $54,730 annually. Illinois placed fifth in the nation for employment of interior designers in 2011. New technology has created a few new employment opportunities, such as wind technician positions that require a technical associate degree.

Additional Illinois Technical Schools and Colleges


Technical Schools Guide makes finding the right Illinois Technical Schools simple. We list both large and small Technical Colleges throughout the United States. Whether you are planning on attending a 2-year college, 4-year college, vocational college, purely technical college, or just single college courses, the listings above should contain each type of trade school, college, or university. Financial aid is available for many of these colleges but visitors will need to contact each school directly to get assistance. Technical Schools Guide does not maintain specific course, tuition, application, accredation or records of information on specific schools. All inquiries should be made directly with such schools. All information contained above is believed to be accurate and reputable. If a discrepancy is found, please contact the Technical Schools Guide staff by clicking on the "contact us" link below. We are also able to update college information and locations through this contact address. Featured listings on Technical Schools Guide are generally for-profit school listings. These listings help pay for bandwidth and maintenance of the Technical Schools Guide site. Thanks for visiting Technical Schools Guide and good luck in your Illinois Technical school experience!

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