A nice range of employers are represented in this list, from Advance Auto Parts through Staples. Retail and restaurants dominate this list of 15 employers, as they usually do, but healthcare is well-represented, too, with 3 employers on this list, and top employers Deloitte and Northwestern University are also hiring a substantial number of people.
These employers are listed in descending order based on the number of jobs they currently have open in the state of Illinois. The jobs with these employers are at all levels, from executive through intern, full-time and part-time.
Click on the employer’s name to visit the employer’s company job board where you can search for jobs and apply directly to the employer.
These employers currently have 12,477 jobs open in Illinois:
1. McDonald’s - 2,385 jobs
In Illinois, most of McDonald’s open jobs are in Chicago (353), but there are also openings in Champaign (74), Oak Brook (65), Rockford (65), and Decatur (64), with the remaining 1,500+ distributed across the rest of the state.
The job titles with the greatest current availability include: Crew, Management, Zone Management, Shift Manager, Department Manager, Maintenance, and Assistant Manager. They also indicate a significant number of part-time opportunities.
According to Wikipedia, “McDonald’s is the world’s largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, serving around 68 million customers daily in 119 countries. McDonald’s primarily sells hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken, french fries, breakfast items, soft drinks, milkshakes and desserts. In response to changing consumer tastes, the company has expanded its menu to include salads, wraps, smoothies and fruit.”
2. CVS/Caremark –1,544 jobs
CVS/Caremark is the 2nd largest chain of pharmacies in the USA (Walgreens is # 1). CVS openings are mostly in the Chicago area (545 jobs). They also have openings in Northbrook (62), Springfield (42), and several other Illinois locations.
The job titles in greatest demand for CVS/Caremark in Illinois are Pharmacy Technician, Shift Supervisor, Customer Service, Photo Lab Supervisor, Merchandiser, and Beauty Advisor, plus Overnight Crew, Pharmacy Interns, and a Store Detective.
3. Target – 1,472 jobs
Target is the 2nd largest chain of discount retailers in the USA (Walmart is # 1). The Illinois locations with job openings at Target are in Chicago (41), DeKalb (35), Broadview (32), Hillside (29), Oak Lawn (29), and many other Illinois locations.
The greatest number of openings are in the fields of training and instruction, logistics, supply chain, accounting and finance, and more.
4. Pizza Hut - 1,189 jobs
Pizza Hut is an American restaurant chain and international franchise that offers different styles of pizza. The jobs are open in Pizza Hut locations across the state of Illinois including Chicago (79), Springfield (23), Peoria (20), Rockford (17), Aurora (17), and other Illinois locations.
The job titles in greatest demand include Shift Manager, Assistant General Manager, Restaurant General Manager, Delivery Driver, and Server.
5. Deloitte - 945 jobs
Deloitte, officially named Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, is a large professional services (consulting) firm. It is #3 in Forbes 2012 list of Best Accounting Firms to work For, and #67 in 2012 Fortune Best Companies to Work For (# 63 in 2011). Most Deloitte openings currently in Illinois are in the Chicago area (185), followed by Lincolnshire (3), Evanston (2), and many other locations.
The job titles vary widely in the fields of tax consulting, accounting, technology, and more.
6. Toys R Us - 806 jobs
Toys R Us is a large chain of retail toy stores. Most of the open jobs in Illinois for Toys R Us are in Springfield (44), Downers Grove (43), Chicago (42), Burbank (40), Schaumburg (40), and several other locations.
Open positions include Department Supervisor, Assembler, Pricing and Signage Team Member, Store Receiving Specialist, Sales Team Member, Human Resources Department Supervisor, Off-Hours Stock Crew, Maintenance/Housekeeping Team, and more.
7. Advocate Health - 729 jobs
Advocate Health describes itself as the largest integrated health care system in Illinois, based in Oak Brook, with 250 “sites of care” including 10 acute-care hospitals, and 2 integrated children’s hospitals. It has been on several “great places to work” lists. Current open positions are in Chicago (123), Park Ridge (119), and Normal (110), with many other openings in their other locations.
The jobs currently available are primarily in the fields of health and medicine and nursing. In addition, they have openings in technology, social services, healthcare management, and finance.
8. Best Buy - 684 jobs
Best Buy is a large retailer of consumer electronics in the USA. In Illinois, currently Best Buy’s opportunities are in these locations: Chicago (72), Downers Grove (35), Niles (23), Skokie (22), Joliet (18) and several other locations.
The job titles for the positions available include: Supervisor of Non-Sales, Geek Squad Deputy of Counter Intelligence, Geek Squad Counter Intelligence Agent, Mobile Wireless Sales Consultant, Asset Protection Specialist, Sales Associate, Customer Service Specialist, Home Delivery Driver, Geek Squad Double Agent, and many more. Some interesting job titles!
9. Staples - 664 jobs
Staples is a large chain of office supply retail stores. Open positions in Illinois, currently, are located in Richmond (65), Alexandria (45), Manassas (27), Falls Church (26), Roanoke (24), and other Staples locations across the state.
These open positions appear to be concentrated in the Copy & Print Center currently with many Copy & Print Center Expert and Copy & Print Center Associate positions open. In addition, Inventory Associate, Service Desk Associate, Office Supplies Associate, Furniture Associate, and many other positions are open.
10. Taco Bell – 658 jobs
Taco Bell is a chain of fast-food Tex-Mex restaurants. In Illinois, Taco Bell has jobs open in Chicago (35), plus 25 in Rockford, 15 in Belleville, 10 in Naperville, 10 in Waukegan, and many more at Taco Bell locations distributed across Illinois.
Open positions include hourly jobs like Shift Lead, Team Member Trainer, and Team Member (Cashier and Food Prep), plus other positions like Assistant Manager and Restaurant General Manager.
11. Adventist Health System – 645 jobs
A system of hospitals and health care centers across 12 states including several locations in Illinois: Hinsdale (274 jobs open), La Grange (130), Glendale Heights (129), and Bolingbrook (112).
The job titles of their open positions include nursing, health and medicine, therapy and rehabilitation, restaurant and food service, hospitality and travel, and healthcare technologies.
12. Northwestern University - 599 jobs
Northwestern University is a private research university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago. Currently, openings are distributed geographically with 332 in Evanston and 267 in Chicago.
Most open positions are related to research (Research Technologist, Research Study Assistant, Research Project Coordinator, etc.) plus Program Assistants and also Assistant/Associate Professor for the Institute of Public Health and Medicine.
13. Panera Bread - 588 jobs
Panera Bread is a chain of bakery/casual restaurants. Most of the Panera Bread opportunities are located in Chicago (63) and also Downers Grove (19), Champaign (16), Aurora (15), Orland Park (15), and several other Illinois locations.
Open jobs for Panera are Baker and Night Baker (no surprise), Catering Coordinator, Shift Supervisor, Restaurant Manager, and many others.
14. Advance Auto Parts - 524 jobs
Advance Auto Parts is the 2nd largest retailer of automotive replacements parts and accessories in the USA with openings in Carpentersville (10), Belvidere (8), Franklin Park (8), Champaign (7), Palatine (7), Bloomington (7), and more. Most of the job opportunities are general management, sales and business development, and transportation.
15. Provena Health - 468 jobs
Provena Health (Presence Health) is the largest Catholic healthcare system in Illinois with 12 hospitals, 27 long-term care and senior residential facilities, numerous outpatient services and clinics, home health services, hospices, and more. Currently, Provena has 126 openings in Elgin, 87 in Joliet, 86 in Aurora, 55 in Kankakee, plus other Illinois locations.
More Jobs in Illinois:
Check out Job-Hunt’s Directory of Illinois’ Largest Employers which includes over 200 Illinois employers, from hospitals and medical centers to colleges and universities, banks, insurance companies, and many other Illinois employers.
Most Popular Careers in Illinois gives you a breakdown by city of which careers are most numerous in a given Illinois city.
More Jobs, Information, and Resources by State:
- Job-Hunt’s Directory of Employers
- Job-Hunt’s Directory of US Government Employers
- Job-Hunt’s Directory of the Fortune 500 Employers by State
- Job-Hunt’s Association Directory
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About the author…
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. In 1998, her company, NETability, Inc. purchased Job-Hunt.org, and Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt since then. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Google+.