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Bloomington Employment

Employment and Industries in the Bloomington, Illinois Area

The economy is primarily based on insurance, agriculture, livestock and the production of farm seeds. The production of candy and vacuum cleaners are also important factors for the economy. The major sectors for employment in Bloomington are finance and insurance, education, healthcare, accommodation and food services; manufacturing and construction. Computer specialists and business operations specialists are a significant part of the workforce. About 37% of the workforce is employed in management, professional and related occupations. In addition, State Farm Insurance is the city's largest employer.

The largest employers in Bloomington are shown below:

  • State Farm Insurance Company
  • Illinois State University
  • Country Insurance & Financial Services
  • BroMenn Healthcare
  • Electrolux North America
  • Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing
  • Unit 5 Schools
  • OSF St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Afini
  • County of McLean
  • City of Bloomington
  • Walmart Inc
  • Verizon Communications
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Nestle USA
  • Heritage Enterprises
  • Meijer
  • Heartland Community College
  • Wildwood Industries/Studley Products Inc
  • Growmark Inc
  • Bridgestone/Firestone Off-Road Tire Co
  • Stark Excavating & Materials
  • Chestnut Health Systems
  • U.S. Cellular Coliseum
  • Beer Nuts

Some of the most popular occupations where the majority of the workers are college graduates are managers, computer system analysts, teachers, registered nurses, management analysts, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, financial analysts, financial managers and lawyers.

Notable information about Bloomington: The city was ranked #50 in Forbes.com's "Best small places for business" list. Regarding the residents over the age of 25, about 40% hold a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2008 the cost of living index in Bloomington was 78.3 which is low when compared to the national average of 100. In 2009 the average salary in Bloomington was $41,000.

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Most Popular Jobs in Bloomington, Illinois Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Managers, all other 1,270 $77,390 $27,760 - 131,050 7% 55%
2 Computer systems analysts 950 $93,090 $55,420 - 130,250 29% 68%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 920 $52,270 $31,270 - 82,360 6% 96%
4 Registered nurses 800 $53,260 $31,310 - 78,810 24% 56%
5 Management analysts 790 $76,000 $41,090 - 124,770 22% 78%
6 Teachers and instructors, all other 760 $26,220 $19,850 - 37,920 9% 54%
7 Accountants and auditors 610 $58,650 $38,350 - 83,640 18% 79%
8 Elementary school teachers, except special education 580 $51,180 $31,630 - 77,220 14% 95%
9 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 550 $48,670 $15,600 - 82,390 8% 51%
10 Financial analysts 480 $73,420 $49,560 - 107,900 34% 87%
11 Financial managers 460 $98,650 $55,100 - 145,500 13% 60%
12 Lawyers 380 $139,490 $50,990 - 11% 99%
13 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 350 $88,670 $31,290 - 130,840 18% 56%
14 Network and computer systems administrators 280 $64,720 $31,910 - 98,580 27% 50%
15 Marketing managers 270 $110,100 $47,330 - 14% 69%
16 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 220 $49,730 $32,840 - 73,940 11% 95%
17 Coaches and scouts 220 $28,430 $16,030 - 51,360 15% 60%
18 Computer and information systems managers 210 $129,430 $78,040 - 16% 73%
19 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 200 $52,840 $34,250 - 77,870 13% 73%
20 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 190 $91,670 $32,480 - 148,620 12% 51%
21 Industrial engineers 170 $73,300 $56,050 - 94,790 20% 74%
22 Financial specialists, all other 170 $65,490 $30,370 - 104,100 12% 50%
23 Network systems and data communications analysts 150 $71,540 $45,190 - 99,540 53% 57%
24 Training and development specialists 150 $46,520 $26,350 - 82,930 18% 56%
25 Child, family, and school social workers 150 $43,370 $26,720 - 62,540 19% 77%
26 Market research analysts 130 $70,850 $33,960 - 122,350 20% 82%
27 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 120 $124,060 $29,630 - 25% 67%
28 Special education teachers, secondary school 120 $49,350 $33,800 - 72,780 9% 87%
29 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 110 $51,520 $35,140 - 73,960 20% 87%
30 Sales and related workers, all other 110 $50,170 $21,800 - 108,680 14% 62%
31 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 100 $81,910 $39,890 - 135,320 8% 78%
32 Physical therapists 100 $72,900 $56,070 - 99,160 27% 89%
33 Librarians 100 $51,980 $25,140 - 78,280 4% 85%
34 Graphic designers 100 $37,020 $27,130 - 53,020 10% 55%
35 Community and social service specialists, all other 100 $27,430 $17,700 - 39,550 25% 58%
36 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 90 $72,850 $39,470 - 101,700 17% 56%
37 Public relations managers 90 $71,750 $44,560 - 103,090 17% 75%
38 Medical and health services managers 80 $73,030 $32,980 - 129,480 16% 57%
39 Social and human service assistants 80 $27,100 $17,200 - 38,750 34% 58%
40 Human resources managers, all other 70 $122,130 $56,600 - 11% 58%
41 Pharmacists 70 $111,880 $90,650 - 133,380 22% 97%
42 Speech-language pathologists 70 $56,850 $36,260 - 79,840 11% 98%
43 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 60 $57,190 $31,870 - 89,140 16% 99%
44 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 60 $55,580 $30,990 - 95,730 5% 58%
45 Advertising sales agents 60 $38,310 $22,040 - 52,490 20% 56%
46 Legislators 60 $26,440 $15,600 - 73,050 1% 65%
47 Computer software engineers, systems software 50 $84,260 $48,830 - 123,620 28% 85%
48 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 50 $46,500 $27,790 - 67,380 18% 56%
49 Social and community service managers 50 $46,280 $35,300 - 66,200 25% 72%
50 Meeting and convention planners 50 $38,880 $17,280 - 62,190 20% 67%
51 Dentists, general 40 $195,240 $138,450 - 9% 100%
52 Civil engineers 40 $83,510 $58,900 - 108,630 18% 87%
53 Instructional coordinators 40 $44,660 $29,110 - 65,070 23% 79%
54 Engineering managers 30 $98,090 $51,950 - 130,430 7% 84%
55 Occupational therapists 30 $61,910 $35,400 - 89,930 23% 90%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 2,300 $22,120 $16,040 - 31,670 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 2,180 $18,510 $15,830 - 23,260 -3% 10%
3 Customer service representatives 2,040 $26,630 $16,380 - 40,950 25% 22%
4 Waiters and waitresses 2,040 $19,880 $15,850 - 30,590 11% 14%
5 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,730 $17,960 $16,000 - 20,610 18% 5%
6 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,690 $25,350 $16,590 - 38,860 15% 4%
7 Office clerks, general 1,470 $25,310 $16,000 - 38,270 13% 19%
8 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,330 $33,450 $18,960 - 47,890 13% 16%
9 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,270 $40,000 $24,350 - 60,270 10% 4%
10 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 1,030 $42,650 $27,640 - 62,950 15% 18%
11 Stock clerks and order fillers 940 $21,010 $16,050 - 29,030 -8% 8%
12 Team assemblers 900 $44,630 $41,150 - 50,650 0% 5%
13 Maintenance and repair workers, general 830 $37,700 $21,840 - 60,550 10% 6%
14 Office and administrative support workers, all other 830 $28,790 $16,360 - 41,080 -9% 32%
15 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 810 $30,400 $19,390 - 45,280 1% 18%
16 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 770 $24,160 $16,610 - 34,330 2% 5%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 680 $42,170 $22,380 - 69,550 6% 29%
18 Cooks, restaurant 670 $23,010 $17,570 - 29,020 12% 5%
19 Security guards 650 $23,520 $16,780 - 30,610 17% 13%
20 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 650 $23,120 $17,200 - 29,910 18% 7%
21 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 640 $38,360 $20,840 - 58,490 4% 25%
22 Teacher assistants 640 $20,930 $15,870 - 30,160 10% 18%
23 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 620 $27,950 $17,170 - 40,810 8% 4%
24 Food preparation workers 620 $18,230 $16,060 - 20,810 15% 7%
25 Bartenders 590 $17,770 $15,910 - 21,170 11% 17%
26 Receptionists and information clerks 580 $24,120 $16,730 - 33,870 17% 13%
27 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 540 $19,660 $16,030 - 25,080 13% 5%
28 Cooks, fast food 500 $18,820 $15,990 - 22,910 8% 5%
29 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 470 $30,760 $22,340 - 40,100 11% 14%
30 All other information and record clerks 460 $25,420 $20,460 - 35,610 -13% 21%
31 Carpenters 450 $54,720 $29,430 - 79,890 10% 6%
32 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 420 $41,240 $19,200 - 63,290 14% 4%
33 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 420 $17,860 $15,850 - 21,670 10% 17%
34 Packers and packagers, hand 410 $21,320 $16,160 - 30,950 -12% 3%
35 Home health aides 410 $20,670 $17,140 - 25,120 49% 7%
36 Helpers--production workers 400 $28,160 $16,190 - 39,410 -1% 4%
37 Construction laborers 390 $46,280 $25,640 - 65,010 11% 5%
38 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 380 $17,440 $15,850 - 19,680 12% 6%
39 Dishwashers 360 $17,420 $15,850 - 20,230 10% 3%
40 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 350 $23,150 $15,850 - 33,910 11% 5%
41 Child care workers 350 $18,810 $16,100 - 22,790 18% 15%
42 Sales representatives, services, all other 330 $50,540 $22,580 - 86,140 28% 48%
43 Production workers, all other 320 $32,000 $17,520 - 68,970 2% 5%
44 Preschool teachers, except special education 300 $23,970 $17,840 - 32,000 26% 43%
45 Electricians 280 $66,290 $45,930 - 82,280 7% 7%
46 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 280 $44,070 $22,530 - 71,360 11% 33%
47 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 270 $38,800 $20,730 - 67,680 27% 47%
48 Tellers 270 $23,610 $17,840 - 30,490 14% 16%
49 Industrial truck and tractor operators 260 $39,390 $22,490 - 51,220 -2% 2%
50 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 240 $26,660 $20,350 - 36,330 4% 6%
51 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 240 $19,890 $16,260 - 25,320 17% 14%
52 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 230 $40,990 $30,610 - 50,770 14% 7%
53 Personal and home care aides 230 $17,170 $15,930 - 19,320 51% 10%
54 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 220 $54,150 $33,410 - 77,940 -5% 15%
55 Counter and rental clerks 220 $29,480 $16,180 - 58,150 23% 16%
56 Postal service mail carriers 220 $0 $ - 1% 11%
57 Dental hygienists 210 $47,440 $28,340 - 72,370 30% 33%
58 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 210 $43,470 $24,150 - 72,910 11% 4%
59 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 210 $24,370 $15,950 - 38,540 12% 6%
60 Food service managers 190 $40,320 $22,690 - 63,220 5% 24%
61 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 190 $40,210 $25,690 - 60,480 12% 3%
62 Medical secretaries 190 $31,200 $20,040 - 46,530 17% 18%
63 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 190 $20,110 $16,550 - 26,140 10% 5%
64 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 180 $42,780 $33,270 - 50,730 -7% 14%
65 Painters, construction and maintenance 180 $35,420 $22,980 - 51,000 12% 6%
66 Medical assistants 180 $27,770 $19,690 - 40,020 35% 10%
67 Maintenance workers, machinery 180 $0 $ - -1% 0%
68 Cement masons and concrete finishers 170 $64,850 $29,730 - 84,060 11% 2%
69 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 170 $56,600 $33,410 - 84,370 7% 13%
70 Pharmacy technicians 160 $28,060 $18,380 - 44,100 32% 16%
71 Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 160 $24,880 $16,030 - 39,120 -18% 0%
72 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 160 $0 $ - -8% 12%
73 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 150 $87,000 $50,010 - 134,850 4% 38%
74 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 150 $0 $ - 13% 11%
75 Administrative services managers 140 $74,110 $28,370 - 121,760 12% 40%
76 Loan officers 140 $54,490 $38,260 - 77,830 12% 49%
77 Logisticians 140 $54,200 $30,530 - 77,090 17% 43%
78 Paralegals and legal assistants 140 $51,910 $32,680 - 78,220 22% 45%
79 Bill and account collectors 140 $35,730 $23,500 - 47,200 23% 13%
80 Amusement and recreation attendants 140 $17,940 $15,960 - 21,560 24% 22%
81 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 130 $80,910 $44,530 - 106,930 9% 10%
82 Legal secretaries 130 $42,940 $29,260 - 64,380 12% 18%
83 Parts salespersons 130 $34,150 $19,070 - 59,820 -2% 6%
84 Library assistants, clerical 130 $21,350 $15,980 - 31,840 8% 37%
85 File clerks 130 $19,320 $16,600 - 21,320 -41% 20%
86 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 130 $18,050 $15,900 - 22,960 10% 8%
87 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 120 $20,770 $16,390 - 26,660 14% 3%
88 Fire fighters 120 $0 $ - 12% 18%
89 Sheet metal workers 110 $57,220 $31,670 - 68,230 7% 4%
90 Automotive body and related repairers 110 $46,380 $30,330 - 63,620 12% 3%
91 Radiologic technologists and technicians 110 $46,130 $34,650 - 67,240 15% 25%
92 Roofers 110 $36,290 $19,080 - 57,010 14% 3%
93 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 110 $30,320 $20,740 - 43,690 4% 15%
94 Nonfarm animal caretakers 110 $20,860 $16,680 - 27,330 18% 16%
95 Telecommunications line installers and repairers 100 $52,600 $44,910 - 63,550 5% 8%
96 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 100 $43,240 $27,500 - 65,700 9% 3%
97 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 100 $33,280 $18,360 - 60,650 12% 0%
98 Printing machine operators 100 $32,860 $17,380 - 59,060 -6% 6%
99 Driver/sales workers 100 $32,100 $20,370 - 40,710 -5% 4%
100 Medical records and health information technicians 100 $30,670 $21,170 - 44,210 18% 12%
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Jobs More Common Near Bloomington Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Managers, all other 77,390 1,270 7
Office and administrative support workers, all other 28,790 830 7
Maintenance workers, machinery 0 180 6.1
Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 88,670 350 5.9
All other information and record clerks 25,420 460 4.4
Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 24,880 160 4.2
Financial analysts 73,420 480 3.8
Computer systems analysts 93,090 950 3.6
Teachers and instructors, all other 26,220 760 3.3
Marketing managers 110,100 270 3.2
Production workers, all other 32,000 320 3
Logisticians 54,200 140 2.9
Coaches and scouts 28,430 220 2.8
Management analysts 76,000 790 2.8
Library assistants, clerical 21,350 130 2.6
Dental hygienists 47,440 210 2.5
Bartenders 17,770 590 2.5
Financial specialists, all other 65,490 170 2.5
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 38,800 270 2.4
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 19,890 240 2.4
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 17,860 420 2.4
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 23,150 350 2.3
Community and social service specialists, all other 27,430 100 2.1
Cooks, fast food 18,820 500 2
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 52,270 920 2
Food service managers 40,320 190 2
Roofers 36,290 110 2
Special education teachers, secondary school 49,350 120 1.9
Helpers--production workers 28,160 400 1.9
Team assemblers 44,630 900 1.9
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 20,110 190 1.9
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 17,440 380 1.9
Financial managers 98,650 460 1.8
Customer service representatives 26,630 2,040 1.8
Cement masons and concrete finishers 64,850 170 1.8
Nonfarm animal caretakers 20,860 110 1.8
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 52,840 200 1.8
Waiters and waitresses 19,880 2,040 1.8
Industrial engineers 73,300 170 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 0 150 1.7
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 40,000 1,270 1.7
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 40,210 190 1.7
Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 0 160 1.7
Network and computer systems administrators 64,720 280 1.6
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 25,350 1,690 1.6
Sales and related workers, all other 50,170 110 1.6
Automotive body and related repairers 46,380 110 1.6
Preschool teachers, except special education 23,970 300 1.6
Cooks, restaurant 23,010 670 1.6
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 33,450 1,330 1.5

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Bloomington, Illinois Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Cement masons and concrete finishers 64,850 1.75 170
Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 88,670 1.69 350
Team assemblers 44,630 1.63 900
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 124,060 1.57 120
Construction laborers 46,280 1.49 390
Electricians 66,290 1.41 280
Carpenters 54,720 1.4 450
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 80,910 1.39 130
Sheet metal workers 57,220 1.37 110
Lawyers 139,490 1.36 380
Computer systems analysts 93,090 1.35 950
Industrial truck and tractor operators 39,390 1.31 260
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 38,800 1.29 270
Computer and information systems managers 129,430 1.28 210
Sales and related workers, all other 50,170 1.28 110
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 42,780 1.28 180
Counter and rental clerks 29,480 1.27 220
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 91,670 1.26 190
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 87,000 1.25 150
Paralegals and legal assistants 51,910 1.21 140
Market research analysts 70,850 1.21 130
Legal secretaries 42,940 1.19 130
Helpers--production workers 28,160 1.19 400
Automotive body and related repairers 46,380 1.18 110
Bill and account collectors 35,730 1.16 140
Financial specialists, all other 65,490 1.14 170
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 41,240 1.14 420
Parts salespersons 34,150 1.12 130
Network systems and data communications analysts 71,540 1.11 150
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 25,350 1.11 1,690
Production workers, all other 32,000 1.1 320
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 42,650 1.1 1,030
Maintenance and repair workers, general 37,700 1.1 830
Cooks, fast food 18,820 1.08 500
Marketing managers 110,100 1.08 270
Medical secretaries 31,200 1.08 190
Child, family, and school social workers 43,370 1.07 150
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 40,000 1.07 1,270
Financial managers 98,650 1.06 460
Waiters and waitresses 19,880 1.06 2,040
Cooks, restaurant 23,010 1.06 670
Network and computer systems administrators 64,720 1.05 280
Packers and packagers, hand 21,320 1.05 410
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 33,450 1.05 1,330
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 30,400 1.04 810
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 17,960 1.04 1,730
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 40,990 1.04 230
Management analysts 76,000 1.03 790
Painters, construction and maintenance 35,420 1.03 180
Financial analysts 73,420 1.03 480

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