The cost of living in Chicago Illinois is 20% lower than that of New York City which makes it a great option for security personnel who benefit from the big cities’ many job opportunities while still maintaining a better purchasing power. Since most people’s biggest expense is housing, Chicago presents an even better option as it’s average rent is half of New York’s average rent prices. The population density of Chicago is high with a population of almost 300,000 people.
Industry is very strong in Chicago. It is often called the “candy capital”, and has manufacturing, printing, finance, and insurance as well as food processing industries. There are lots of things to do in Chicago as well with a beach, several zoos, sports arenas, museums, and conservatories. There is also a thriving shipping port which adds more opportunities for security.
The median level income in Chicago is $43,000. Since only 30% of residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher the competition for higher level security jobs will not be as fierce as other areas. Because the crime rate in Chicago is much higher than the national average security jobs are likely to be high demand! In fact the Bureau of Labor Statistics rated Illinois as one of the top states for security professionals with over 40,000 jobs available. Those interested in law enforcement work will also have plenty of opportunity. Chicago has double the rate of law enforcement positions per person than the state and over 15,000 full-time police officers. With three airports, all the attractions and many hospitals there are many opportunities for people in the security industry. Security guards can make up to $20.00 an hour.
There are twenty different universities and colleges in Chicago so financial aid is plentiful. The first step is always to fill out a Federal Application for Student Aid. A tax return from the prior year will be necessary. Federally subsidized student loans can significantly reduce the cost of education. If more funding is needed private loans are also available but often require established credit or a cosigner.
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