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Financial: Career and Education Opportunities in Illinois

Financial: Financial Managers run the banks and investment organizations that are at the core of our economic system. Dealing with the complexities of regulations and customer needs, they keep track of the people who keep our money and credit flowing.

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Illinois has a population of 12,910,409, which has grown by 3.95% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Land of Lincoln," its capital is Springfield, though its largest city is Chicago. In 2008, there were a total of 7,657,328 jobs in Illinois. The average annual income was $42,540 in 2008, up from $41,720 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Illinois was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.7% since the previous year. Roughly 26.1% of Illinois residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Illinois include construction machinery merchant wholesalers, beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers, and nonchocolate confectionery manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Chicago Peregrine Release, the Dusable Museum of African American History, and the Chinatown Museum Foundation.


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Banking Manager

Banking Managers direct and coordinate financial activities of workers in a branch, office, or department of an establishment, such as branch bank, brokerage firm, risk and insurance department, or credit department. Banking Managers need to train others in tasks and process. They also need to manage their own time and the time of others.

Comptrollers direct financial activities, such as planning, procurement, and investments for all or part of an organization. Comptrollers need to manage and maintain budgets and other financial resources. They also need to evaluate and judge the efficacy of solutions.