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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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  • Building maintenance workers keep buildings in good shape. They repair plumbing, electrical fixtures, machinery, and the structure of buildings.
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    Industrial production managers coordinate resources and activities to produce millions of products every year.
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    University and college teachers teach classes, conduct research, and write papers.
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    Loggers work in teams to build and repair roads, clear brush, cut and buck trees, and move logs to mills and shipyards.
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    Family and general practitioners help people maintain and improve their health.
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    Farm and home management advisors teach people how to manage their farms and homes.
  • Farm and ranch workers help raise crops and livestock for market.
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    Farm equipment mechanics make sure that farm machinery operates correctly.
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    Buyers and purchasing agents try to buy the best products at the lowest possible prices.
  • Farmers and farm managers raise crops and livestock for market.
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    Animal caretakers give care to animals at shelters, zoos, kennels, pet shops, stables, aquariums, and research labs.
  • Fashion designers design clothes and accessories for manufacture and sale to the public.
  • Models pose for photos, paintings or sculptures, or live audiences.
  • Fast food cooks prepare food for customers at fast food restaurants.
  • Counter attendants work at counters in coffee shops and small restaurants. They also work in cafeterias.
  • Food service worker supervisors direct and oversee the work of staff who prepare and serve food.
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    Restaurant managers plan and direct the activities of places that serve food and beverages.
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    Detectives and investigators gather facts and evidence for criminal cases.
  • Fence builders construct and repair metal and wooden fences and gates.
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    Industrial electronics repairers install, maintain, and fix complex electronic equipment.
  • File clerks classify, store, find, and update information.
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    Packaging and filling machine operators run machines to produce or wrap products.
  • Service station attendants sell fuel and clean windshields. They also provide basic automotive services.
  • Film and video editors use editing equipment to remove unwanted parts of a film or video. They reassemble the best parts so that the film is entertaining and interesting.
  • Photograph processing workers develop film and make prints or slides.
  • Movie projectionists set up and operate projectors, lights, and sound equipment to show films to audiences.
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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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    College and university administrators manage the business affairs and student services of colleges.
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    Financial counselors explain funding options to students or teach money management skills to clients.
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    Financial analysts collect, analyze, and interpret financial information.
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    Financial counselors explain funding options to students or teach money management skills to clients.
  • Financial examiners analyze the finances of organizations to make sure they comply with laws and regulations.
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    Financial managers take care of the budgets and investments for companies.
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    Financial counselors explain funding options to students or teach money management skills to clients.
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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.
  • Fine artists create works of art to communicate ideas, thoughts, or feelings.
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    Carpenters cut, fit, and assemble wood and other materials to construct buildings.
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    Fire fighters put out fires and rescue people who are in danger.
  • Fire inspectors inspect buildings to detect fire hazards.
  • Fire investigators determine the origin and causes of fires.
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    Budget analysts help prepare and manage budgets.
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    Budget analysts help prepare and manage budgets.
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    Fish and game wardens enforce the laws that protect fish and wildlife.
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    Fish and game wardens enforce the laws that protect fish and wildlife.
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    Commercial fishers catch ocean fish and other marine life using nets, hooks, and traps.
  • Recreation guides organize and conduct hunting, fishing, rafting, or similar trips in scenic and wilderness areas.
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    Athletic trainers help prevent and treat injuries in people who are physically active.
  • Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors help people get in shape. They teach aerobics classes or set up individual training programs.
  • Crossing guards direct the movement of walkers and drivers at street intersections and construction sites.
  • Flight attendants keep airline passengers safe and comfortable.
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    Air traffic controllers coordinate air flights to make sure that pilots and passengers travel safely.
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    Airplane pilots fly aircraft used to transport people and cargo.
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    Airplane pilots fly aircraft used to transport people and cargo.
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    Air traffic controllers coordinate air flights to make sure that pilots and passengers travel safely.
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    Floor and carpet layers install carpet, linoleum, and other floor coverings in homes or buildings.
  • Floor sanding machine operators sand wood floors to finish them.
  • Floor sanding machine operators sand wood floors to finish them.
  • Floral designers cut and arrange live, dried, and artificial flowers and plants.
  • Floral designers cut and arrange live, dried, and artificial flowers and plants.
  • Floral designers cut and arrange live, dried, and artificial flowers and plants.
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    Hotel and motel managers make sure guests receive good service.
  • Food preparation workers get food ready for cooking or serving.
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    Food processing workers prepare raw food items and combine ingredients to make food products.
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    Food scientists conduct research to develop and improve food products that are healthy, safe, and appealing.
  • Waiters and waitresses serve food in restaurants and other dining establishments.
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    Restaurant managers plan and direct the activities of places that serve food and beverages.
  • Food service worker supervisors direct and oversee the work of staff who prepare and serve food.
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    Podiatrists diagnose and treat disorders and injuries of the foot and lower leg.
  • Professional athletes compete in athletic events as members of a team or as individuals.
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    Meteorologists study the earth's atmosphere and the ways it affects our environment. Many of them forecast the weather.
  • Interpreters and translators convert spoken or written words from one language into another.
  • Foreign service officers represent the United States throughout the world. They help Americans who live or travel abroad and help promote American foreign policy. Some work to support American business interests.
  • Forensic accountants assemble, analyze, and check the accuracy of financial information. They conduct audits, looking for signs of fraud.
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    Coroners work to find the cause of deaths that are accidental, violent, or unexplained.
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    Forensic science technicians study physical evidence in order to solve crimes.
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    Fire fighters put out fires and rescue people who are in danger.
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    Foresters manage, use, and help protect forests and other natural resources.
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    Forestry technicians help develop and protect forests.
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    Forklift operators use tractors to lift and move heavy loads of materials.
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    Freight handlers move materials from one spot to another, such as into and out of trucks.
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    Transportation inspectors enforce safety rules that protect people and cargo. They inspect equipment and services and investigate accidents.
  • Hotel desk clerks perform a variety of services for hotel guests.
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    Hotel and motel managers make sure guests receive good service.
  • Short-order cooks prepare food in restaurants that emphasize fast service.
  • Fuel cell engineers design and test fuel cell technology to generate power. They use this technology to power everyday items as well as large buildings.
  • Fuel cell technicians install, operate, and maintain fuel cell systems.
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    Chemical engineers solve problems that involve using or making chemicals.
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    Pest control workers use chemicals and other methods to destroy or repel bugs and rodents.
  • Funeral attendants assist mourners and funeral directors during wakes and funerals.
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    Funeral directors provide an important service in times of sadness and loss. They organize and direct funeral services.
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    Furniture finishers sand, stain, and finish new or repaired furniture.

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