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Plan Your Future

Workforce and career information help job seekers, students, parents, counselors, educators, and business leaders to make informed career and education decisions. Most jobs in Illinois require at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers also stress that "soft skills," such as positive attitude and reliability, are as important as technical and computer skills when they look for job candidates.

The economic impacts of high school dropouts are astounding. Research shows that:

  • High school dropouts account for half of the households on welfare and over 60% of the population incarcerated in state and federal prisons.
  • Persons without a high school education or equivalent are twice as likely to be unemployed and earn over $8,700 less per year than high school graduates.

Use the information in this publication to explore the facts on employment opportunities that you can use to plan for your future. Visit the Illinois Career Information System (CIS) at for even more information. Workforce and career information will enable you to make informed career, education and training decisions.