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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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  • Biologists study plants, animals, and the environments they live in.
  • Geographers study physical and cultural characteristics of a given area.
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    Economists study laws and market forces to understand and predict changes in business cycles.
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    Editors select and prepare written material for newspapers, magazines, and books.
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    Education administrators are in charge of schools and school districts.
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    High school teachers teach specific subjects to students who are between 14 and 18 years old.
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    Cardiovascular technologists and technicians help doctors identify and treat cardiac (heart) and vascular (blood vessel) problems.
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    Electric motor repairers maintain and repair electric motors.
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    Electrical and electronics engineers design, develop, test, and maintain electrical and electronic equipment.
  • Electrician helpers assist electricians as they install and maintain electrical systems.
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    Electricians install, test, and maintain electrical systems.
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    Cardiovascular technologists and technicians help doctors identify and treat cardiac (heart) and vascular (blood vessel) problems.
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    Engineering technicians design, test, and assess products to improve them.
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    Electronics engineering technologists help engineers design, test, and use new electronics systems or products.
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    Electrical and electronics engineers design, develop, test, and maintain electrical and electronic equipment.
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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.
  • Elevator installers and repairers assemble and maintain elevators.
  • Elevator installers and repairers assemble and maintain elevators.
  • Government benefits interviewers help determine if people qualify for government assistance.
  • Embalmers provide an important service in times of sadness and loss. They make sure that a deceased body is cleaned, preserved, and made presentable for funeral rites.
  • Emergency management specialists plan and coordinate plans to respond to natural, wartime, and technological disasters.
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    Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) give care to ill or injured people. If patients need more care, EMTs drive them to medical facilities.
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    Dispatchers coordinate the movement of workers and motor vehicles.
  • Employee training specialists plan and organize instructional activities.
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    Employment interviewers help job seekers find jobs. They also help employers find qualified employees.
  • Human resources managers plan and direct policies about employees.
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    Employment recruiters search for and screen promising job applicants.
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    Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) give care to ill or injured people. If patients need more care, EMTs drive them to medical facilities.
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    Energy auditors evaluate energy use patterns. They look at both home and commercial buildings, and recommend ways buildings can use less energy.
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    Energy engineers design, develop, and evaluate energy-related projects and programs. They study ways to reduce energy costs or improve energy efficiency.
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    Geologists and geophysicists study the earth's interior and exterior.
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    Engineering managers plan and design new products and systems.
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    Engineering technicians design, test, and assess products to improve them.
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    Ship engineers operate engines and other equipment on many types of ships.
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    Locomotive engineers run trains that carry cargo and passengers.
  • Actors portray characters in front of live audiences, cameras, or both.
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    Compliance officers and inspectors enforce rules that protect the public.
  • Environmental engineering technicians survey the effects of pollution on the environment. They reports their findings using charts and graphs.
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    Environmental engineers create solutions to environmental problems affecting the welfare of humans and nature.
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    Landscape architects design and plan outdoor areas for use and beauty.
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    Environmental scientists study problems in the natural world that affect the health of living things.
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    Science technicians conduct tests and experiments to assist scientists.
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    Medical scientists conduct research to find causes of and treatments for disease.
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    Compliance officers and inspectors enforce rules that protect the public.
  • Crane and tower operators use machinery to lift and move heavy loads.
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    Chemical equipment operators control equipment that processes chemicals.
  • Counter and rental clerks rent items such as tools or vehicles to customers.
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    Loan officers evaluate applicants' financial backgrounds. They decide whether applicants will receive loans.
  • Skin care specialists clean and care for clients’ skin. They also remove unwanted hair and apply makeup.
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    Insurance adjusters and examiners decide how much to pay on insurance claims.
  • Chefs and dinner cooks measure, mix, and cook food according to recipes.
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    Hotel and motel managers make sure guests receive good service.
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    Executive secretaries assist managers and direct office activities.
  • Exercise physiologists use physical activity to treat people who are ill. They also help healthy people improve or maintain their fitness or performance.
  • Set designers determine what furnishings are needed to represent a time period. Exhibit designers create displays to give information.
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    Production and planning clerks keep the flow of work and materials running smoothly.
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    Explosives workers use explosive devices to demolish rock or structures.
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    Farm and home management advisors teach people how to manage their farms and homes.
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    Pest control workers use chemicals and other methods to destroy or repel bugs and rodents.
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    Material moving machine operators use machines to move earth, mining products, and other heavy loads.
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    Optometrists examine patients' eyes to diagnose vision problems. They prescribe corrective lenses or other treatments.
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    Lens grinders and polishers make lenses for eyeglasses and equipment such as telescopes.

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