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Chicago Education Jobs to Reach 351,245 workers by 2014

Posted on September 3, 2008

Chicago education jobs are continuing to grow.

As of July 2008, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet area’s education and health services industry employed 505,800 people, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, an increase of 1.4 percent from last year. The Illinois Department of Employment Security states Chicago’s educational services industry is expected to employ 351,245 people by 2014, up from 300,399 in 2004.

There are 600 public schools, 394 private schools and 83 colleges in Chicago. The city’s public schools are maintained by Chicago Public Schools, an organization that governs the district of more than 600 elementary and high schools, which includes some selective-admission magnet schools. The school district has an enrollment of more than 400,000 students and ranks as the third largest in the country.

Most of Chicago’s private schools are run by religious groups. The two largest systems are run by Christian religious denominations and Roman Catholic and Lutheran denominations. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago operates the city’s Roman Catholic Schools, including Jesuit preparatory schools. Other schools run by the Archdiocese include: St. Ignatius College Prep, Loyola Academy and St. Scholastica Academy.

The city is has 32 Lutheran schools, as well as the Ida Crown Jewish Academy, Latin School, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Francis W. Parker School and Chicago City Day School.

As far as colleges and universities, Chicago is home to some of the best, including Northwestern University, DePaul University and the University of Chicago. The city also is home to the University of Illinois at Chicago, Lake Forest College and Illinois Institute of Technology. The city has the largest concentration of seminaries and theological schools outside the Vatican.

State funded universities also are found in the city, including Chicago State University and Northeastern Illinois University. There also is the City Colleges of Chicago system. Other colleges in the city include Roosevelt University, Rush University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The American Academy of Art, Columbia College Chicago and the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago.