Careers & Labor Statistic Information from the state of Illinois

What are the job outlooks for my career?

Illinois Department of Employment Security offers much insight into careers, jobs, labor statistics, etc. To learn more about any of this, click on the link below:


Occupational Outlook Handbook

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Occupation Outlook Handbook is extremely helpful in finding statistics about particular careers, jobs, etc. Spend some time looking up certain careers to see if there is a demand for the career and what the beginning salary is projected to be. Have fun!


Study Fashion Design and Merchandising at Illinois State University

What does ISU have to offer?

Tailor your passion for fashion! Study Fashion Design & Merchandising leading to a bachelor's degree in the field. ISU offers a state-of-the-art design studio & textile lab. There is a student-run fashion show every spring. Another offering is the annual behind-the-scenes field trips to companies such as TOMS, Old Navy, Kohl's, Target, Disney World, Von Maur, & beyond! Study fashion abroad in Europe or Asia.

Career choices include fashion designer, fashion buyer, visual merchandiser, trend forecaster, social media specialist, and more.

For more information, go to http://FCS.IllinoisState.edu/Fashion


STEM careers!

Engineering careers are very popular and lucrative. If you think you want to pursue an engineering degree, you need to start NOW. There are several types of engineering. But they all require heavy math and science. So take as much rigorous math and science courses as you can. And try to reach the highest level that DHS offers. Engineering is very competitive and rigorous. Several colleges offer summer camps where you can get an introduction into the different types. We suggest you attend these. Go to the colleges' websites and find high school summer camps (See the Summer Opportunities on the guidance page). You must work on this now.

40 Different Types of Engineering Degrees

Engineering is a broad term that covers a wide range of applications and industries. Combining mathematics, science, and technology, engineers produce creative solutions to real world problems. As a result there are many different types of engineering degrees available.

There are now six major branches of engineering: Mechanical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Management, and Geo-technical, and literally hundreds of different subcategories of engineering under each branch.

Take a look over the list on the link below - all types of engineering degrees are provided in summary with a link to a full article with more detail on each where available. You can also find links to universities offering that specific degree.


Below is an article that gives you some great information about WHY you should seek an engineering career,.

Top 5 Reasons to Get an Engineering Degree

Some local colleges that are known for their engineering degrees are:

University of Illinois - Urbana

Missouri University of Science & Technology (at Rolla, MO) http://futurestudents.mst.edu/degrees/undergraduate/fe/

SIU - Carbondale has some engineering choices. You should take a look at them too. Since the college is so close to us, you should attend an Open House at SIU and visit the engineering dept. They offer: Civil & Environmental, Technology, Electrical & Computer, Mechanical & Energy Processes, and Mining & Mineral Resources. http://engineering.siu.edu


Moving products from start to finish

Careers in Logistics

This article from Link Magazine (http://linkforcounselors.com) explains the supply chain that is necessary today. There are MANY job opportunities throughout the supply chain. The Dept. of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook indicates that the job category they identify as Logisticians has above-average pay ($72,780 median annual wages in 2012) and much faster-than-average growth in employment from 2012 to 2022. Qualities include skills in communication, critical-thinking, organization and problem solving.

Check out the article above!


What careers relate to my favorite subject?

Have you every wondered what career you could go into that directly relates to your favorite subject in school? The attached link takes you to an article that lists many occupations and/or careers under academic subjects. So if you're good in English, what career relates to it? Other subject areas are natural sciences, math, art, social studies, and foreign language. Keep in mind that careers often overlap in subject areas. Rarely does a career or occupation relate to just one academic subject. Take some time and look over the list! You are certainly worth some time.

Career Connections!

This list comes from the American College Testing Program (ACT).

Programs of Study at Du Quoin High School linked with John A. Logan College

What courses should I take at DHS for my career area?

A program of study is a structured sequence of academic and career and technical education courses that lead to a postsecondary-level credential (United States Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, 2010).

Programs of Study that can be taken at Du Quoin High School and then finished up at John A. Logan College are listed below. If you have a program of study chosen or considered, it is best to review the course sequence as you enter DHS. Take some time to look over your career choice.


Programs of Study available are:

  • Accounting AAS degree
  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Auto Collision Technology AAS degree
  • Auto Collision Technology Certificate AAS degree
  • Automotive Services Technology AAS degree
  • Computer Forensics AAS degree
  • Computer Information Systems AAS degree
  • Computer Support & Networking AAS degree
  • Construction Management AAS degree
  • Cosmetology Licensure/AAS degree
  • Criminal Justice AAS degree
  • Dental Assisting Certificate/Dental Hygiene AAS degree
  • Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer AAS degree
  • Early Childhood Education AAS degree
  • Early Childhood Education AS degree (toward a B.S. degree)
  • Graphics Design AAS degree
  • HVAC
  • Interpreter Preparation AAS degree
  • Medical Administrative Assistant AAS degree

Food Service Specialist

Coast Guard offers free training!

For students interested in culinary careers & all things food, the Coast Guard is offering world-class training & promising careers as Food Service Specialists. Any student wishing to become an FS will undergo their ACE accredited training in culinary arts - at no cost - where they will gain adept understanding of food preparation & dining facility management.

Upon completion of training, students will have a rewarding career earning a starting salary of $46,595 with strong work/life balance & important benefits like health coverage & tuition assistance.

For more information, go to their website: http://www.uscg.mil/petaluma/FS_School/default.asp

American Institute of CPAs

How can I learn more about being a CPA?

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)!

Welcome to the world of Start Here, Go Places brought to you by the AICPA. This student site is packed with info about what it takes to be a CPA & what students can do now to start on their path to becoming one. There are articles, games, interviews with real CPAs, videos - even a magazine. Check it out at http://www.StartHereGoPlaces.com

Bowling Industry Management & Technology

A career in bowling management!

Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana offers a one-of-a-kind two-year associate's degree in Bowling Industry Management & Technology. This degree studies the business & technical sides of operating a bowling center. Students learn about pinsetters' components and parts, the lane machines and how the oil goes down. They also learn about management procedures, running tournaments and ball drilling. VU also has a top collegiate bowling team. The website is http://www.vinu.edu.

Farrier Science degree!


Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, New Mexico offers a degree in Farrier Science. According to one instructor, "There's always a demand for farriers because a machine can't replace us." There's a huge equine industry with rodeos, show horses, dressage, & even horse Olympics. This degree is available at only a handful of U.S. colleges that offer two-year associates degrees or certificates in equine services. Farriers need to know lameness issues, terminology, and computer equipment. They work closely with veterinarians. For more information, go to http://www.mesalands.edu.

Horticultural degree in Citrus Studies

Where can I major in Citrus Studies?

Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida offers a Citrus Studies degree. Orange groves abound on the campus of the nation's only college where a student can earn a bachelor's degree in citrus. This major is in the horticultural science department and is very active, engaged, experiential, and hands-on. Offered since 1953, the degree prepares graduates for jobs as production managers on large citrus farms & in the fertilizer & agri-chemical industries. For more information, go to http://www.flsouthern.edu.

Music Major in Bagpipes!

A major in Bagpipes??

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania offers a music major in bagpipes! Since 1990 when the university became the first in the nation to offer the four-year bachelor of fine arts degree in bagpipe performance, four students have earned the degree. In 2010 the college established a bagpipes master's program. Instead of using the violin, piano, or voice, students can use the Great Highland bagpipe as their principal instrument. This is in the College of Fine Arts. It would probably be best if you had taken bagpipe lessons from a young age!!! For more information, go to http://www.cmu.edu.

Puppetry Degrees??

I never thought of a degree in Puppetry!

University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn offers puppetry degrees, including master's degrees. Puppetry is an international art form so they have students from all over the world. Puppeteer grads are in demand, especially to work in film, theater, & television. "Nobody can sit down & watch television for an hour without seeing a puppet. If you see a T-shirt jump out of a clothes dryer, that's a puppet," according to director Bart Roccoberton. The puppetry degree is in the School of Fine Arts. Go to http://www.drama.uconn.edu.

Adventure Sports Management Career

Sounds like a fun career!

Garrett College in McHenry, Maryland offers a two-year Associates in Applied Science degree in Adventure Sports Management. The program is designed to meet the needs of the extreme sports industry. Students combine adventure skills training with courses in business management, science, marketing & leadership. Adventure activities are taught at various local challenging locations: Back Country Living Skills; Orienteering; Canoeing, Kayaking,& Rafting; Mountain Biking Techniques & Mechanics; Alpine & Nordic Skiing; Swiftwater, Vertical Rock and Search & Rescue; Rock Climbing & Rappelling; Challenge/Ropes Course; Wilderness First Responder; and SCUBA. For more information, go to http://www.garrettcollege.edu. Home of the Lakers!

Aviation Careers

Is aviation the career for you?


Ever wanted to learn about a career in aviation? The Guidance office has a copy of the Learn to Fly & Aviation Careers magazine from the Editors of PLANE&PILOT. In this magazine some article titles are Pilot Career Options, Industry Outlook, License Fast Track, Top Schools, & 10 Flying Tips. This premier resource for aspiring pilots has also created a website just for you - http://www.learntoflykit.com. Request their FREE Learn to Fly Kit and receive the materials necessary to start following your dreams. On the select list of Flight Training Schools, one of the choices is our Southern Illinois University - Carbondale (http://aviation.siuc.edu) How 'bout that?

Cybersecurity Careers

A hot & growing career area!

Cybersecurity Careers

Here is an article on Cybersecurity Careers by Joseph Giordano of Utica College. Great article. I found this article in the LINK for Counselors magazine (linkforcounselors.com). These professionals are needed from the smallest business to the largest. If you are big into computers, think about this career. Do some research. Google it!