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The Best Jobs in Chicago

Chicago has always been a great place to work, but this summer is shaping up to be a great time to move to the Windy City. “Despite a slowing housing market, lingering fears of a trade war with China, and waning consumer confidence, the economy’s fundamentals remain strong on Glassdoor as we head into the summer months,” says Andrew Chamberlain, Chief Economist at Glassdoor. If you needed another reason to move, here are the 10 highest ranked jobs in terms of worker satisfaction using data compiled from thousands of professional reviews on Glassdoor.

Teaching Assistant

Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.4

With over 30 accredited universities and almost 40 private high schools, Chicago is full of opportunities to work as a teaching assistant. Working as a teaching assistant is a great opportunity to try working in education, as it allows you to have a direct impact on students without the full responsibilities associated with working as a teacher.

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Corporate Recruiter

Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.4

It is no surprise that corporate recruiters love their jobs so much. They are required to be fully in tune with the company culture and staff to know if a candidate is the right choice. If you are a recruiter, or are looking to transition into a role as one, be sure to take a look at our Hiring and Recruiting tips on the Glassdoor for Employers Blog.

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Human Resources Manager

Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.3

Human Resource Managers are faced with the unique challenge of balancing the needs of their company with the needs of the other employees that work there. Great human resources managers are skilled mediators and supervisors.

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Tutor

Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.3

Tutors are in high demand in Chicago. Tutoring is the perfect job for college students or those looking to make money on the side, as they often get to choose their hours and academic subjects. These factors have lead to some of the highest satisfaction ratings on our list.

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Marketing Manager

Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.2

Marketing managers oversee teams that generate the leads necessary to grow sales, working closely with PR professionals, designers, and researchers to make informed marketing decisions. Marketing managers enjoy a dynamic role in the workplace, where they may spend the morning writing blog content and their afternoon crafting email campaigns. This opportunity to wear many hats and their median salary that is well above average for the Chicago area helps explain why so many marketing managers love their job.

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Research Assistant

Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1

The Windy City is a major hub for academic research worldwide thanks to the University of Chicago, Loyola University, DePaul University and the nearby Northwestern University. There are also plenty of opportunities for research work outside of an academic environment with openings in financial, biotechnology, and education.  

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Project Engineer

Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0

Are you a great multitasker with a technical background? Project engineers typically steer multiple projects to ensure that they are hitting deadlines and budgetary goals. They also manage engineers working for them, so if you are looking for a job where you get the best of an engineering, financial, and human resources role, then apply to openings today.

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Technical Recruiter

Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9

The huge demand for software engineers, IT professionals, and other tech-focused workers has led to a corresponding need for hiring staff with the knowledge necessary to understand an applicant’s technical skills. The best technical recruiters often have a background working in the positions they are looking to fill, as well as great interpersonal skills.

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Developer

Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9

Developers in Chicago enjoy a benefit that many in their field don’t: living in a big city for a relatively low cost. With huge tech firms such as Google, Microsoft and Uber all having major offices in town, developers can enjoy a high salary without the Silicon Valley cost of living.

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Business Development Representative

Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9

The goal of any marketing department is to generate high-quality leads at a consistent rate, but whose job is it to actually turn those leads into outbound sales? Enter the business development representative, who leads the sales charge by emailing, calling, and meeting with potential customers to establish lasting relationships.

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According to a recent survey by Time Out, Chicago residents are the most satisfied residents of any city in the world and had the highest praise for their local restaurants and bars. Why not be as satisfied with your career as you are with your local eateries?

Methodology: Glassdoor’s Jobs With the Highest Satisfaction in Chicago report identifies jobs with the highest overall job satisfaction rating. For a job title to be considered, it must receive at least 30 job satisfaction ratings shared by Chicago-based employees from 5/16/18-5/15/19. This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles. C-suite and intern level jobs were excluded from this report.

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