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  • Option 1 - to search an education or training program by occupational keyword,
  • Option 2 - to search an education or training program by career area, or
  • Option 3 - to search an education or training program by alphabetical listing.

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Look for a Demand OccupationA Demand Occupation is defined as follows.

The hierarchy for qualification is the Regional Demand
(the occupation had a entry wage equal to or greater
than 90% of the Economic Development Region (EDR) negotiated
wage as an average of all LWIA’s in the EDR AND at
least 25 annual average job openings in the EDR);
State Wide (the occupation qualified for at least
5 of the Regional Demands and thus was added to all
ten EDR lists); Career Cluster (the occupation is
listed on at least one of the six career clusters
Illinois has identified as priority [data is available
under the career clusters on the The National
Association of State Directors of Career Technical
Education Consortium website at ]), and Regional
Request (an LWIA received approval of a request to
add an occupation code to its EDR list based on substantiative
data and information supporting a need in the region).
NOTE: Only those occupations with a Source of Regional
Demand or State Wide will be eligible for incentive
bonus award under the Minimum Training Expenditure
policy requirements.

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    Locksmiths install and repair locks and safes.
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    Safety engineers look for ways to prevent accidents in the workplace.
  • Retail salespeople help customers find items in stores. They try to convince customers to buy those items.
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    Sales representatives sell products to manufacturers, businesses, and many other types of clients.
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    Sales managers direct and coordinate the sales of goods and services for businesses.
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    Sales representatives sell products to manufacturers, businesses, and many other types of clients.
  • Route salespeople drive trucks to sell and deliver products or services to customers.
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    Sales worker supervisors direct and manage salespeople. They also keep track of merchandise and help customers.
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    Sawing machine operators run machines that turn logs into lumber.
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    Log graders and scalers estimate the market value of logs.
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    Production and planning clerks keep the flow of work and materials running smoothly.
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    School bus drivers transport elementary, middle, and high school students to and from school.
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    School counselors help students learn about career and education choices. They counsel students about personal problems.
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    Education administrators are in charge of schools and school districts.
  • School psychologists help students with educational and behavioral problems. They work with teachers and parents to improve a student’s school experience.
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    Education administrators are in charge of schools and school districts.
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    Elementary school teachers work in public and private schools. They instruct children in grades one through six.
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    High school teachers teach specific subjects to students who are between 14 and 18 years old.
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    Preschool and kindergarten teachers help children explore their interests and develop their talents. They help children build self-esteem and learn how to behave with others.
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    Science technicians conduct tests and experiments to assist scientists.
  • Coaches teach and motivate players in individual and team sports. Scouts seek out top athletes for a team or sport.
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    Material moving machine operators use machines to move earth, mining products, and other heavy loads.
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    Writers use words to express thoughts and interpret information.
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    Surgical technologists prepare for and assist with surgical procedures.
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    Commercial divers work underwater to build or repair structures. They also perform search and rescue duties.
  • Fine artists create works of art to communicate ideas, thoughts, or feelings.
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    High school teachers teach specific subjects to students who are between 14 and 18 years old.
  • Secret service agents are federal law enforcers. They protect the President and investigate fraud and counterfeiting.
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    Secretaries perform a variety of clerical and administrative duties needed to run an office.
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    Legal secretaries perform clerical duties in law offices. They must be familiar with legal procedures.
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    Brokerage clerks record the purchase and transfer of securities.
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    Financial analysts collect, analyze, and interpret financial information.
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    Securities salespeople buy and sell securities or offer financial services.
  • Security and fire alarm system installers configure and mount security and fire alarms in private homes.
  • Security guards provide protection to their employers. They protect property from illegal entry, vandalism, theft, and fire.
  • Computer security specialists set up plans to protect companies' information and technology from outsiders.
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    Geologists and geophysicists study the earth's interior and exterior.
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    Adult and vocational education teachers teach basic education, self-improvement courses, or occupational training skills.
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    Heavy truck drivers drive large trucks or tractor-trailers to transport goods and materials.
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    Semiconductor processing operators make wafers and microcircuits. These parts do the thinking for computers and other digital devices.
  • Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners clean and repair septic tanks, sewer lines, and drains.
  • Waiters and waitresses serve food in restaurants and other dining establishments.
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    Customer service representatives try to solve customer complaints.
  • Service station attendants sell fuel and clean windshields. They also provide basic automotive services.
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    Automobile mechanics inspect, maintain, and repair cars and light trucks.
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    Electric motor repairers maintain and repair electric motors.
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    Coin and vending machine repairers install, maintain, and repair coin machines.
  • Set designers determine what furnishings are needed to represent a time period. Exhibit designers create displays to give information.
  • Set designers determine what furnishings are needed to represent a time period. Exhibit designers create displays to give information.
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    Water treatment plant operators treat water so that it is safe to drink. Wastewater treatment plant operators remove pollutants from wastewater so it is safe to return to the environment.
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    Pipelayers lay various kinds of pipe for sewers, drains, water mains, or oil or gas lines.
  • Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners clean and repair septic tanks, sewer lines, and drains.
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    Sewing machine operators run or tend machines that join parts of garments and other items.
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    Sheet metal workers make and install metal building parts and products.
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    Drywall installers attach drywall panels to the inside walls of houses and other buildings.
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    Sheriffs and deputy sheriffs enforce the law at the county level.
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    Ship captains and mates direct and navigate all kinds of ships.
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    Ship engineers operate engines and other equipment on many types of ships.
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    Tank car, truck, and ship loaders pump liquids from storage tanks to vehicles.
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    Ship pilots navigate ships through channels, harbors, or other difficult waterways.
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    Transportation agents coordinate the movement of freight, mail, baggage, and passengers at airports.
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    Shipping and receiving clerks keep records, prepare shipments, and accept deliveries of goods.
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    Shoe and leather workers create and repair products such as footwear, wallets, luggage, and saddles.
  • Tailors construct, alter, or repair items of clothing.
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    Light truck drivers drive small trucks to transport people, goods, or materials.
  • Short-order cooks prepare food in restaurants that emphasize fast service.
  • Tour guides develop and oversee activities for groups of tourists or visitors.
  • Interpreters and translators convert spoken or written words from one language into another.
  • Singers perform songs on stage and in recording studios.
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    Construction managers schedule and coordinate the work on construction projects.
  • Sketch artists draw pictures of people based on witnesses' descriptions.
  • Life guards and ski patrollers monitor recreational areas, such as lakes and ski runs. They rescue people and provide first aid when needed.
  • Skin care specialists clean and care for clients’ skin. They also remove unwanted hair and apply makeup.
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    Bill and account collectors locate and seek payment from people, called debtors, who have overdue bills.
  • Baggage porters and bellhops handle luggage for travelers at transportation terminals or for guests at hotels.
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    Meat cutters convert animal carcasses into pieces of meat for sale to consumers.
  • Casino gaming workers exchange money, monitor activities, or conduct games such as poker or keno.
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    Coin and vending machine repairers install, maintain, and repair coin machines.
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    Executives run companies or government agencies. They create plans to help their organizations grow.
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    Small engine mechanics service and repair outdoor power equipment.
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    Fire fighters put out fires and rescue people who are in danger.
  • Professional athletes compete in athletic events as members of a team or as individuals.
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    Social and community service managers plan and direct social service programs.
  • Social and human service assistants help clients get social services.
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    Social science research assistants gather and analyze data.
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    Anthropologists use scientific research methods to study elements of human cultures and societies.
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    Economists study laws and market forces to understand and predict changes in business cycles.
  • Geographers study physical and cultural characteristics of a given area.
  • Historians research, analyze, and explain past events and people.
  • Political scientists study political systems, political behavior, and public policy.
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    Psychologists counsel people who have life or emotional problems. They also study human behavior and mental processes.
  • Sociologists study human society and social behavior.
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    Urban and regional planners conduct studies and develop proposals. They plan for the overall growth and improvement of urban, suburban, and rural areas.
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    Social workers help people solve social, financial, and health problems.
  • Sociologists study human society and social behavior.
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    Computer engineers design and test computer hardware and software.
  • Computer programmers write and test the instructions that computers follow to perform tasks.
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    Conservation scientists manage, develop, and help protect soil and rangelands.
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    Agricultural scientists study plants and soils. They use science to protect, develop, and manage these resources.
  • Solar panel installers place solar panels in sunny places to gather the sun's power.
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    Welders and solderers use heat to permanently join pieces of metal.
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    Welding and soldering machine operators run machines that join pieces of metal.
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    Lawyers study, explain, and apply laws to specific problems.
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    Medical sonographers use ultrasound equipment to examine and test areas of a patient's body.
  • Sound engineering technicians use console boards to record, copy, and edit music and voice.
  • Sound engineering technicians use console boards to record, copy, and edit music and voice.
  • Sound engineering technicians use console boards to record, copy, and edit music and voice.
  • Astronomers study the sun, moon, planets, stars, and galaxies to learn about the nature of the universe.
  • Special education teachers work with children and youth who have a variety of disabilities.
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    Technical writers put scientific or technical information into language that is easy for others to understand.
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    Speech pathologists and audiologists help people speak more clearly or hear better.
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    Agents and business managers advise writers, performers, and athletes on business details.
  • Coaches teach and motivate players in individual and team sports. Scouts seek out top athletes for a team or sport.
  • Coaches teach and motivate players in individual and team sports. Scouts seek out top athletes for a team or sport.
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    Athletic trainers help prevent and treat injuries in people who are physically active.
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    News reporters write and report news stories for newspaper, radio, or television.
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    Animal caretakers give care to animals at shelters, zoos, kennels, pet shops, stables, aquariums, and research labs.
  • Set designers determine what furnishings are needed to represent a time period. Exhibit designers create displays to give information.
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    Communications equipment mechanics set up and maintain equipment that transmits signals to carry information.
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    Stationary engineers operate and maintain large equipment such as steam engines and generators.
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    Statisticians apply their knowledge of math to the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data.
  • Statistical clerks gather information and analyze it using statistics.
  • Statistical clerks gather information and analyze it using statistics.
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    Mathematicians study and research numbers. They create new theories and try to solve problems with those theories.
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    Statisticians apply their knowledge of math to the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data.
  • Clothes pressers operate presses to remove wrinkles, flatten seams, and give shape to garments.
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    Plumbers and pipefitters install and repair pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other fluids or gases.
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    Structural metal workers make and install steel frameworks used in buildings and other structures.
  • Court reporters record official court proceedings using stenotype machines.
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    Medical equipment preparers clean and sterilize surgical instruments and medical equipment. They also prepare instruments and equipment for use.
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    Freight handlers move materials from one spot to another, such as into and out of trucks.
  • Flight attendants keep airline passengers safe and comfortable.
  • Stock clerks receive, unpack, check, store, and track merchandise or materials.
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    Securities salespeople buy and sell securities or offer financial services.
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    Securities salespeople buy and sell securities or offer financial services.
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    Bricklayers and stonemasons build walls and structures using bricks, stones, and mortar.
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    Storage and transportation managers direct the pickup, transport, and storage of goods.
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    Subway operators drive commuter trains that run below city streets. Streetcar operators drive electric-powered trains that move on tracks set into streets.
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    Architects plan and design all types of buildings and structures.
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    Civil engineers plan and design roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and water systems. They may also supervise the construction.
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    Structural metal workers make and install steel frameworks used in buildings and other structures.
  • Plasterers prepare and apply coats of plaster or stucco to walls and other building surfaces.
  • Hairstylists and cosmetologists wash, cut, color, perm, and style customers' hair. Cosmetologists also apply makeup.
  • Addictions counselors help people overcome alcohol, drug, gambling, and other dependencies.
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    Subway operators drive commuter trains that run below city streets. Streetcar operators drive electric-powered trains that move on tracks set into streets.
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    Education administrators are in charge of schools and school districts.
  • Building maintenance workers keep buildings in good shape. They repair plumbing, electrical fixtures, machinery, and the structure of buildings.
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    Supply chain managers coordinate and plan all the steps necessary to make and sell a product, from beginning to end.
  • Computer support specialists help people solve problems with their computer hardware and software.
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    Administrative services managers coordinate support services for businesses and organizations.
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    Surgeons perform surgery to diagnose and treat patients.
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    Dental assistants help dentists with patient care, office tasks, and lab duties.
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    Surgical technologists prepare for and assist with surgical procedures.
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    Surgical technologists prepare for and assist with surgical procedures.
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    Surveying and mapping technicians help surveyors measure and map land.
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    Surveyors measure and map land, air space, and water boundaries.
  • Sustainability specialists work to find ways to keep a high quality of life and cut costs by finding ways to make better use of limited resources like water and energy.
  • Receptionists greet visitors and determine whom they need to see or where they need to go.
  • Telephone operators help people make phone calls.
  • Computer systems analysts improve existing computer systems. They also plan and develop new systems.
  • Computer programmers write and test the instructions that computers follow to perform tasks.

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