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Illinois Career Information System

IDES offers all Illinois residents a variety of comprehensive, free-of-charge career exploration tools to help learn about the world of work, choose a career path and explore education and training.

CIS Job Seeker (Recommended for career explorers and career changers)

CIS Job Seeker is for the worker preparing for a career change or who wants to get back into the workforce after a layoff or retirement. It features job search resources, retraining options, and offers career planning guidance. Use Jobseeker Success Mindset Training to help overcome barriers to reemployment and find your new career direction (found in the Employment tab).

CIS (Recommended for high school students, college students, and adults)

Learn about occupations, higher education requirements, financial aid and employment options. Create a personal “My CIS portfolio” to organize your career research and objectives, and save assessment results and resumes. Use Reality Check, a budgeting tool that helps everyone, regardless of age, make the connection between what you want in life and what it will take to get there.

CIS Junior (Recommended for middle and junior high school students, grades 5-8)

​Peek into the world of work. Take the Career Cluster Inventory, a fun survey that matches your interests to hundreds of occupations like scientist, video game designer, and professional athlete. Explore questions like: What are my strengths, interests, and talents? How do I make decisions and plans? How do my school and community activities help me reach my goals?

CIS Plus (Recommended for school counselors)

For a low annual fee a school can access a variety of college and career preparatory tests to help all students succeed. Available options include: realistic, timed ACT and SAT practice tests (powered by Peterson’s, a Nelnet company); civil service practice exams; the IDEAS interest inventory.​

Licensed Occupations in Illinois​​ - Information provided in Illinois State Licensed, Certified and Registered Occupations has been developed to provide information about occupations that are regulated in some way by a state entity. It is designed to be a helpful tool for individuals, students, counselors, educational training program planners and administrators, economic development professionals, employers, and policy-making bodies. This information is presented only as a guide. If more detailed information is desired, please contact the appropriate regulatory agency.

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