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Top 100 Occupations Ranked by Employment: 1997

Chicago Six-county Region
       
Rank OES Code Occupation Employment
1 55347 General office clerks 148,483
2 19005 General managers and top executives 140,329
3 49011 Salespersons, retail 129,476
4 55108 Secretaries, except legal and medical 124,846
5 49023 Cashiers 107,652
6 67005 Janitors and cleaners 94,026
7 55338 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 87,677
8 32502 Registered nurses 87,626
9 98999 All other helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 77,472
10 51002 Clerical supervisors and managers 64,928
11 21114 Accountants and auditors 53,699
12 49021 Stock clerks, sales floor 52,783
13 65008 Waiters and waitresses 52,670
14 49008 Other sales representatives, except retail 51,585
15 97102 Truck drivers, heavy 48,445
16 49999 All other sales and related workers 48,399
17 41002 Marketing and sales worker supervisors 48,334
18 66008 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 47,094
19 63047 Guards 46,075
20 55305 Receptionists and information clerks 45,050
21 63014 Police patrol officers 44,674
22 85132 Maintenance repairers, general utility 41,164
23 65038 Food preparation workers 40,443
24 98700 Freight, stock, and material movers, hand 39,489
25 98902 Hand packers and packagers 39,273
26 39999 All other professional, paraprofessional, and technical workers 39,209
27 13002 Financial managers 37,896
28 55307 Typists, including word processing 36,497
29 93198 All other precision assemblers, except metals 36,004
30 53102 Bank tellers 33,483
31 97105 Truck drivers, light 31,611
32 87102 Carpenters 31,081
33 59999 All other clerical and administrative support workers 30,617
34 28108 Lawyers 30,283
35 19999 All other managers and administrators 29,953
36 21999 All other management support workers 28,135
37 65017 Counter attendants, lunchrooms, cafeterias 28,108
38 58023 Stock clerks, stockroom, warehouse, or storage yard 27,852
39 58028 Traffic, shipping, and receiving clerks 27,501
40 13011 Marketing, advertising, and public relations managers 27,396
41 67002 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 27,087
42 25102 Systems analysts 27,072
43 65032 Cooks, fast food 26,869
44 65014 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bar helpers 26,248
45 56017 Data entry keyers, except composing 26,159
46 87202 Electricians 25,830
47 63008 Fire fighters 24,747
48 32102 Physicians 24,268
49 49005 Sales representatives, scientific products and services 23,006
50 85302 Automotive mechanics 22,584
51 97108 Bus drivers 22,258
52 32505 Licensed practical nurses 21,537
53 25105 Computer programmers 21,139
54 53123 Adjustment clerks 19,658
55 65026 Cooks, restaurant 19,173
56 81008 First line supervisors, production and related 18,405
57 55102 Legal secretaries 17,978
58 97947 Industrial truck and tractor operators 17,766
59 31305 Teachers, elementary 17,750
60 69999 All other service workers 17,709
61 65005 Bartenders 17,605
62 55344 Billing, cost, and rate clerks 16,329
63 22505 Electrical and electronic technicians and technologists 16,289
64 21511 Personnel, training, and labor relations specialists 16,277
65 79014 Gardeners and groundskeepers, except farm 16,213
66 65041 Food preparation and service workers, fast food 16,174
67 55323 Order clerks, materials, merchandise, and service 15,455
68 32999 All other health professionals and paraprofessionals 15,310
69 87502 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 15,079
70 22126 Electrical and electronics engineers 14,859
71 56011 Computer operators, except peripheral equipment 14,741
72 43014 Securities and financial services sales workers 14,230
73 13017 Engineering, mathematical, and natural science managers 14,162
74 68005 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 14,111
75 89108 Machinists 13,493
76 43002 Insurance sales workers 13,490
77 92974 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 13,479
78 55321 File clerks 13,322
79 61000 First line supervisors, service workers 13,263
80 81002 First line supervisors, mechanical and related 13,239
81 66011 Home health aides 13,013
82 83005 Product inspectors, testers, graders, sorters, samplers, etc. 12,917
83 21108 Loan officers and counselors 12,349
84 31314 Teachers and instructors, vocational education and training 12,037
85 53508 Bill and account collectors 12,027
86 65035 Cooks, short order 11,905
87 13014 Administrative services managers 11,678
88 15026 Food service and lodging managers 11,613
89 13008 Purchasing managers 11,598
90 93999 All other hand workers 11,564
91 49017 Counter and rental clerks 11,563
92 85311 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 11,458
93 31308 Teachers, secondary school 11,430
94 68026 Flight attendants 11,365
95 53302 Insurance adjusters, examiners, and investigators 11,313
96 15017 Construction managers 11,136
97 67099 All other cleaning and building service workers 11,108
98 53128 Brokerage clerks 11,062
99 13005 Personnel, training, and labor relations managers 11,014
100 49014 Salespersons, parts 10,913
 
Source: Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL)

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