Fastest-growing jobs, Cook County

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Occupation
Projected growth over 10 years (%)
Projected employment 2010
Hourly wages 2002-03, entry-level
Required Education Level
Computer software engineers, applications
90
19,343
$24
bachelor’s degree
Computer support specialists
79
20,084
12
associate’s degree
Network and computer systems administrators
75
9,471
18
bachelor’s degree
Network systems and data communications analysts
73
4,031
19
bachelor’s degree
Computer software engineers, systems software
70
6,852
22
bachelor’s degree
Database administrators
59
4,765
16
bachelor’s degree
Desktop publishers
58
1,786
10
H.S. diploma w/training
Computer systems analysts
54
20,969
22
bachelor’s degree
Social and human service assistants
50
7,936
7
H.S. diploma w/training
Medical assistants
48
6,213
9
H.S. diploma w/training

Note: These are the top 10 fastest-growing jobs, ranked by projected
percentage growth. Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators would
have ranked sixth, but they were dropped from the list because though
those jobs will grow, they are projected to have less than 1,000 openings
in 2010.

SOURCE: Illinois Department of Employment Security