Workforce

OUR PEOPLE ARE THE ADVANTAGE.

Highly educated and skilled across industries, the workforce of DuPage is primed for your business.

Our workforce has the deepest education in Illinois, and major employers are taking notice. Fortune 500 companies—including Navistar and Dover Corporation, among others—are fueled by the talents and competitive spirit of our people, with more companies choosing DuPage every day.

Driven by a collective will to push the boundaries, powered by a higher standard of education, fostered in a community built to prosper: our people are different on purpose.

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT 

POPULATION 25 YEARS + %
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE 16.5%
SOME COLLEGE, NO DEGREE 19.0%
ASSOCIATES DEGREE 7.7%
BACHELOR’S DEGREE 30.9%
GRADUATE OR PROFESSIONAL DEGREE 19.3%
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE OR HIGHER 92%
BACHELOR’S DEGREE OR HIGHER 46%
Source: JobsEQ, January 2019

EMPLOYMENT DATA

NUMBER OF JOBS 653,232
JOB GROWTH (ANNUAL) 0.2%
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 2.9%
AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE $54,900
NUMBER OF BUSINESSES 74,838
Source: JobsEQ, January 2019, Intersect Illinois 

DUPAGE’S MOST-IN-DEMAND JOBS

OCCUPATION TOTAL ADS
2018
TOTAL ADS
2017
% CHANGE
RETAIL SALESPERSON 10,296 7,965 29.17%
CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES 6,246 4,863 28.44%
SALES REPRESENTATIVES, SERVICES, ALL OTHER 6,014 5,687 5.75%
LABORERS & FREIGHT, STOCK, & MATERIAL MOVERS 4,707 3,463 35.92%
FIRST-LINE SUPERVISORS OF RETAIL SALES 4,669 4,692 -0.49%
SECRETARIES & ADMIN ASSISTANTS, EXCEPT LEGAL, MEDICAL AND EXECUTIVE 3,852 3,118 23.54%
COMPUTER USER SUPPORT SPECIALISTS 3,835 3,219 19.14%
HEAVY AND TRACTOR-TRAILER TRUCK DRIVERS 3,514 2,279 54.19%
COMBINED FOOD PREP & SERVING WORKERS 3,377 2,783 21.34%
REGISTERED NURSES 3,334 2,495 33.63%
MAINTENANCE & REPAIR WORKERS 3,133 2,382 31.53%
SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS, APPLICATIONS 2,875 2,467 16.54%
MEDICAL SECRETARIES 2,662 2,145 24.10%
BOOKKEEPING, ACCOUNTING, & AUDITING CLERKS 2,555 2,095 21.96%
HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALISTS 2,359 1,913 23.31%
Source: JobsEQ, January 2019