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Use this search tool to find education and training programs in Illinois. Learn about programs at many types of schools, including:
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    Physician assistants (PAs) provide health care services under the supervision of doctors.
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    Packaging and filling machine operators run machines to produce or wrap products.
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    Packers and packagers prepare materials for shipping.
  • Page layout workers format information so it will look nice when printed.
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    Painters apply paint, stain, varnish, and other finishes to buildings and other structures.
  • Fine artists create works of art to communicate ideas, thoughts, or feelings.
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    Painting and coating machine operators set up and run machines that coat or paint a wide variety of products.
  • Wallpaper hangers apply wall coverings to decorate and protect walls.
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    Paralegals research and investigate facts for lawyers.
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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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    Park naturalists create programs to teach park visitors about natural areas.
  • Parking enforcement officers check cars parked in metered and limited-time spaces. They leave tickets on cars parked over the time limits.
  • Parking lot attendants park cars in lots and garages, or assist customers in parking cars.
  • Models pose for photos, paintings or sculptures, or live audiences.
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    Electric motor repairers maintain and repair electric motors.
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    Parts salespeople sell parts and equipment in repair shops or parts stores.
  • Clergy provide spiritual leadership.
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    Coroners work to find the cause of deaths that are accidental, violent, or unexplained.
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    Ambulance drivers drive ambulances to move patients who are sick, injured, or recovering.
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    Paving equipment operators use machines to apply asphalt and concrete to roads.
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    Bill and account collectors locate and seek payment from people, called debtors, who have overdue bills.
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    Payroll and timekeeping clerks check employee time records and issue paychecks.
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    Communications equipment mechanics set up and maintain equipment that transmits signals to carry information.
  • Telephone operators help people make phone calls.
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    Dentists examine patients’ teeth and mouth and correct dental problems.
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    Pediatricians treat the physical, emotional, and social health of children from birth to 21 years.
  • Manicurists clean, shape, and polish clients’ nails.
  • Actors portray characters in front of live audiences, cameras, or both.
  • Personal and home care aides provide services to elderly, disabled, and ill clients so they can live in their own homes.
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    Secretaries perform a variety of clerical and administrative duties needed to run an office.
  • Human resources managers plan and direct policies about employees.
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    Human resources assistants organize and file companies' information about their employees.
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    Employment interviewers help job seekers find jobs. They also help employers find qualified employees.
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    Employment recruiters search for and screen promising job applicants.
  • Employee training specialists plan and organize instructional activities.
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    Pest control workers use chemicals and other methods to destroy or repel bugs and rodents.
  • Petroleum engineers plan and supervise the drilling of new oil wells. They also supervise well operation and maintenance.
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    Geologists and geophysicists study the earth's interior and exterior.
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    Gas and oil plant operators control the refining process for crude oil or natural gas.
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    Science technicians conduct tests and experiments to assist scientists.
  • Petroleum engineers plan and supervise the drilling of new oil wells. They also supervise well operation and maintenance.
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    Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists provide medicines and other health care products to patients.
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    Pharmacists dispense drugs and provide information about their use.
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    Pharmacy aides help pharmacists with clerical duties.
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    Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists provide medicines and other health care products to patients.
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    Medical laboratory technicians conduct tests to help detect, diagnose, and treat diseases.
  • Phlebotomists draw blood samples from people. The blood is analyzed, donated, or used for other medical purposes.
  • Photograph processing workers develop film and make prints or slides.
  • Photograph processing workers develop film and make prints or slides.
  • Copy machine operators run copy machines to fill orders for customers or coworkers.
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    Cartographers and photogrammetrists make maps of different areas.
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  • Photographers produce images that paint a picture, tell a story, or record an event.
  • Camera and photographic equipment repairers fix and adjust cameras and related equipment.
  • Photographers produce images that paint a picture, tell a story, or record an event.
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    Photonics engineers use their knowledge of engineering and mathematics to design laser and fiber optic technology.
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    Anthropologists use scientific research methods to study elements of human cultures and societies.
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    Chemists search for new knowledge and use existing knowledge about chemicals.
  • Coaches teach and motivate players in individual and team sports. Scouts seek out top athletes for a team or sport.
  • Geographers study physical and cultural characteristics of a given area.
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    Physical therapist aides care for patients suffering from injuries or disease.
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    Physical therapist assistants help patients regain physical function after illness or injury.
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    Physical therapists treat patients to relieve their pain and increase their strength and mobility.
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    Athletic trainers help prevent and treat injuries in people who are physically active.
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    Physician assistants (PAs) provide health care services under the supervision of doctors.
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    Anesthesiologists are doctors who give patients drugs to relieve pain or put them to sleep during surgery.
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    Family and general practitioners help people maintain and improve their health.
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    Internists treat people who have illnesses that don't require surgery. They also promote and maintain overall health of adults.
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    Obstetricians and gynecologists treat female patients. They focus on women's health, including pregnancy, birth, and general well-being.
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    Pediatricians treat the physical, emotional, and social health of children from birth to 21 years.
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    Podiatrists diagnose and treat disorders and injuries of the foot and lower leg.
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    Surgeons perform surgery to diagnose and treat patients.
  • Astronomers study the sun, moon, planets, stars, and galaxies to learn about the nature of the universe.
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    Physicists use scientific methods to study the properties of matter and energy.
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    Musical instrument repairers and tuners adjust, repair, and tune instruments to improve their sound.
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    Airplane pilots fly aircraft used to transport people and cargo.
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    Ship pilots navigate ships through channels, harbors, or other difficult waterways.
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    Pipelayers lay various kinds of pipe for sewers, drains, water mains, or oil or gas lines.
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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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    Pipelayers lay various kinds of pipe for sewers, drains, water mains, or oil or gas lines.
  • Casino gaming workers exchange money, monitor activities, or conduct games such as poker or keno.
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    Production and planning clerks keep the flow of work and materials running smoothly.
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    Social science research assistants gather and analyze data.
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    Industrial engineers design systems for producing goods. They try to use people and machines efficiently.
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    Industrial production managers coordinate resources and activities to produce millions of products every year.
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    Chemical plant operators run the machines and control the processes used when making chemicals.
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    Agricultural scientists study plants and soils. They use science to protect, develop, and manage these resources.
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    Agricultural scientists study plants and soils. They use science to protect, develop, and manage these resources.
  • Plasterers prepare and apply coats of plaster or stucco to walls and other building surfaces.
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    Metal and plastic processing workers set up and operate machines that make products.
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    Writers use words to express thoughts and interpret information.
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    Podiatrists diagnose and treat disorders and injuries of the foot and lower leg.
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    Writers use words to express thoughts and interpret information.
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    Police and detective supervisors manage police departments and the officers and detectives who work there.
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    Police patrol officers keep order in their communities and make sure that people follow laws.
  • Geographers study physical and cultural characteristics of a given area.
  • Political scientists study political systems, political behavior, and public policy.
  • Baggage porters and bellhops handle luggage for travelers at transportation terminals or for guests at hotels.
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    Postal clerks help customers and ensure that mail is collected, sorted, and paid for.
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    Mail carriers deliver mail to homes and businesses along an established route.
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    Postal clerks help customers and ensure that mail is collected, sorted, and paid for.
  • Postmasters and mail superintendents direct the services and workers at post offices.
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    Potters create artistic or functional objects from clay.
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    Power plant operators control the machinery that makes electricity. They also control the flow of power over the lines.
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    Power plant operators control the machinery that makes electricity. They also control the flow of power over the lines.
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    Line installers and repairers construct and maintain networks of wires and cables.
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    Power plant operators control the machinery that makes electricity. They also control the flow of power over the lines.
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    Aircraft mechanics service and repair aircraft and aircraft engines. They do this to ensure safe and dependable performance.
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    Precision agriculture technicians use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) to improve agricultural practices. They use data to make precise decisions about watering, planting, and pesticide application.
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    Precision assemblers build complex products from manufactured parts.
  • Prepress workers create printing plates that are used on printing presses.
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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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    Public relations specialists help build a positive public image for organizations.
  • Clergy provide spiritual leadership.
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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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    Engineering managers plan and design new products and systems.
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    Education administrators are in charge of schools and school districts.
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  • Fine artists create works of art to communicate ideas, thoughts, or feelings.
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    Corrections officers keep order and enforce rules in jails and prisons.
  • Private detectives and investigators assist lawyers, businesses, and the public with a variety of cases.
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    Probation officers help legal offenders become productive in the community.
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    Purchasing managers try to buy the best goods and services at the best possible prices.
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    Producers select plays or scripts, arrange financing, and make other production decisions. Directors interpret plays or scripts by directing the work of the cast and crew.
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    Safety engineers look for ways to prevent accidents in the workplace.
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    Production and planning clerks keep the flow of work and materials running smoothly.
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    Industrial engineers design systems for producing goods. They try to use people and machines efficiently.
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    Production helpers move items between work areas or feed items into machines.
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    Industrial production managers coordinate resources and activities to produce millions of products every year.
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    Packers and packagers prepare materials for shipping.
  • Professional athletes compete in athletic events as members of a team or as individuals.
  • Professional bloggers and podcasters write and deliver information. They cover a variety of topics. Their products are usually delivered via websites.
  • Professional makeup artists prepare actors for performances on stage or in front of cameras.
  • Professional organizers help their clients to live organized lives. They remove clutter, set up filing and organizing systems, and teach clients how to maintain their new system.
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    University and college teachers teach classes, conduct research, and write papers.
  • Computer systems analysts improve existing computer systems. They also plan and develop new systems.
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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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    Chemical engineers solve problems that involve using or making chemicals.
  • Project managers manage teams of people in order to complete projects.
  • Movie projectionists set up and operate projectors, lights, and sound equipment to show films to audiences.
  • Demonstrators and promoters show how products work and answer questions about them.
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    Advertising managers plan and direct ads for businesses.
  • Proofreaders read printed copy or proofs to find and mark errors.
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    Property managers take care of the daily operation of properties. Some find, buy, and develop property.
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    Appraisers and assessors estimate the value of items such as buildings, art, or antiques.
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    Lawyers study, explain, and apply laws to specific problems.
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    Orthotic and prosthetic specialists design, build, and fit orthopedic braces, surgical supports, and artificial limbs. They usually work from doctors' prescriptions.
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    Medical appliance technicians build, fit, and repair artificial limbs, braces, and supports.
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    College and university administrators manage the business affairs and student services of colleges.
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    Psychiatric aides care for patients with mental disorders.
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    Psychiatric aides care for patients with mental disorders.
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    Psychiatric technicians assist in the care and treatment of patients who are mentally ill or have developmental disabilities.
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    Psychiatrists diagnose and treat people who have mental illnesses.
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    Psychologists counsel people who have life or emotional problems. They also study human behavior and mental processes.
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    Physical therapists treat patients to relieve their pain and increase their strength and mobility.
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    Public relations specialists help build a positive public image for organizations.
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    Lawyers study, explain, and apply laws to specific problems.
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    Public health educators plan, direct, and carry out health education programs.
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    Public relations managers direct all efforts to build a positive public image for organizations.
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    Transportation inspectors enforce safety rules that protect people and cargo. They inspect equipment and services and investigate accidents.
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    Construction and building inspectors inspect new or remodeled structures.
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    Editors select and prepare written material for newspapers, magazines, and books.
  • Service station attendants sell fuel and clean windshields. They also provide basic automotive services.
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    Pump operators control the transport of oil and natural gas between wells and storage tanks.
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    Buyers and purchasing agents try to buy the best products at the lowest possible prices.
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    Purchasing managers try to buy the best goods and services at the best possible prices.

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