Professional Opportunities

"It's a great opportunity to work for a high-tech company like Yahoo! but yet live in a place like Champaign that is very family-oriented, and the cost of living is reasonable." - Yahoo! Engineering Director, Cathy Singer

The University of Illinois Research Park offers unique opportunities in a professional atmopshere. More than 100 companies are located in the Research Park, employing nearly 1,700 people working mostly in high-tech fields. 

Research Park provides high-wage jobs for a highly-skilled workforce in a technology community that values professional development, networking, and fun. Full-time Professional and Technical Services employees  have an average wage of $61,080, compared to $40,020 for workers in Champaign County, $49,497 for Illinois and $46,751 for the nation. Full-time employees are not the only ones reaping the benefits of the competative wages at Research Park -- student interns that work here are also valuable assets to any company and their hourly wages are a reflection of this. Student interns reported earning an average hourly wage of $18.19, some reported hourly wages as high as $30.00. 

The Research Park provides amentities including an on-site daycareelectric vehicle chargingI Hotel and Conference Centerworkout facilities, free parking and networking/social events for its employees.

Champaign- Urbana's various attractions offer its residents a fulfilling big city living experience, without the big city traffic (the average commute time is 14 minutes). The C-U area boasts international film festival Roger Ebert’s Ebertfest, the annual Illinois Marathon, affordable housing (median home price $146,000) and Krannert Center -- the leading university-based performing arts center. Champaign-Urbana is consisently cited as a bike-friendly community, and has been named a Top 10 Best Green City, a Top 10 Hottest Tech City and is home to one of the Top 5 Farmers' Market in Illinois. Visit to learn more about what Champaign-Urbana can offer you.