Food Processing Workers


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Occupation is in demand for the following regions: Career Cluster
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100323
Food Processing Workers

Food Processing Workers - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

Many food processing workers work only during the summer and fall harvest.

Major employers:

  • Bakeries and tortilla manufacturers
  • Fruit and vegetable processing companies
  • Meat processing companies
  • Dairy product manufacturers
  • Sugar processing companies

Outlook

There will be slow growth for food processing workers. This is because more food processors are automating their food processing systems. This means fewer workers are required.

Despite little growth, openings will become available as current workers leave this occupation. Job prospects are best in rural areas where large food processing plants are located.

Food Processing Workers (CIS 100323)

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Illinois
10,720
Large
&
9.1%
5.8%
>>>>
1,630
Very High
  Champaign Area
262
Large
&
13.7%
7.0%
>>>>
42
Very High
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
271
Large
&
12.2%
5.0%
>>>>
42
Very High
  Cook County
4,357
Large
&
12.1%
5.6%
>>>>
685
Very High
  Decatur Area
623
Very large
&
13.5%
7.0%
>>>>
99
Very High
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
598
Large
&
12.4%
9.7%
>>>>
95
Very High
  Du Page County
805
Large
&
14.2%
5.4%
>>>>
130
High
  Edwardsville Area
105
Medium
&
12.4%
5.1%
>>>>
16
High
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
57
Large
&
8.8%
7.0%
>>>>
8
High
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
169
Large
&
13.6%
5.2%
>>>>
26
Very High
  Lake County
371
Large
&
14.8%
8.6%
>>>>
59
High
  McHenry County
146
Large
&
15.8%
6.8%
>>>>
22
High
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
63
Medium
&
4.8%
6.8%
>>>>
9
Moderate
  Northwest Illinois Area
371
Very large
&
13.2%
3.6%
>>>>
60
Very High
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
348
Large
&
14.4%
7.3%
>>>>
55
High
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
317
Very large
&
12.6%
4.3%
>>>>
49
Very High
  Rock Island-Moline Area
343
Very large
&
13.1%
5.7%
>>>>
54
Very High
  Rockford Area
357
Large
&
13.4%
7.6%
>>>>
59
Very High
  Shawnee National Forest Area
24
Small
&
8.3%
2.4%
>>>>
3
Few
  Springfield Area
273
Large
&
13.6%
4.7%
>>>>
42
High
  St Louis-Belleville Area
358
Large
&
12.0%
6.4%
>>>>
56
Very High
  Vermilion County
136
Very large
&
14.7%
4.9%
>>>>
21
Very High
  Will County
366
Large
&
11.5%
9.1%
>>>>
58
High
United States
215,000
Large
&
1.0%
3.7%
>>>>
27,300
High
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.