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 16.3%
SOME COLLEGE, NO DEGREE 18.4%
ASSOCIATES DEGREE 7.6%
BACHELOR’S DEGREE 31.3%
GRADUATE OR PROFESSIONAL DEGREE 19.6%
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE OR HIGHER 93%
BACHELOR’S DEGREE OR HIGHER 51%
Source: JobsEQ, January 2020

EMPLOYMENT DATA

NUMBER OF JOBS 656,549
JOB GROWTH (ANNUAL) 0%
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 2.5%
AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE $64,876
NUMBER OF BUSINESSES 90,000
Source: JobsEQ, January 2020, Intersect Illinois 

DUPAGE’S MOST-IN-DEMAND JOBS

OCCUPATION TOTAL ADS
2019
TOTAL ADS
2018
% CHANGE
RETAIL SALESPERSON 12,717 10,296 23.51%
SALES REPRESENTATIVES, SERVICES, ALL OTHER 7,262 6,014 20.75%
CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES 6,810 6,246 9.03%
FIRST-LINE SUPERVISORS OF RETAIL SALES WORKERS 6,551 4,669 40.31%
COMBINED FOOD PREPARATION AND SERVING WORKERS, INCLUDING FAST FOOD 5,738 3,377 69.91%
FIRST-LINE SUPERVISORS OF FOOD PREPARATION AND SERVING WORKERS 4,861 1,668 191.43%
LABORERS AND FREIGHT, STOCK, AND MATERIAL MOVERS, HAND 4,842 4,707 2.87%
REGISTERED NURSES 4,674 3,334 40.19%
COMPUTER USER SUPPORT SPECIALISTS 4,520 3,835 17.86%
MAINTENANCE & REPAIR WORKERS, GENERAL 3,768 3,133 20.27%
SECRETARIES AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS, EXCEPT LEGAL, MEDICAL, AND EXECUTIVE 3,677 3,852 -4.54%
HEAVY AND TRACTOR-TRAILER TRUCK DRIVERS 2,093 3,514 -40.44%
Source: JobsEQ, January 2020