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Visual and Performing Arts Transfer & Career Guide


Career Information Databases


Take an online suite of inventories relating to your career interests, abilities, and values; find information about hundreds of occupations; locate colleges by characteristics and more. User ID and Password required. (Available in the Library, in C.O.D. computer labs, and from home to College of DuPage Library cardholders only.)

Try the following keywords under "Occupations", "Majors", or "Schools":

  • graph
  • desig
  • art
  • multi
  • web
  • drama

Take a work values inventory and find information about hundreds of occupations. See handout for login information. (Available to College of DuPage Library cardholders only.)

CIS Horizons

Find information about hundreds of occupations; locate colleges and financial aid by characteristics.
(You must be an Illinois resident to use segments of CIS Horizons.)

Career Resources in the Library


These guides list many resources for careers in fine and applied arts, the performing arts, and technology. These materials are located in the Library's College & Career Information Center.

Adobe PDF file Fine and Applied Arts Careers 
Adobe PDF file Computer Careers 
Adobe PDF file Performing Arts Careers 

Career Information Web Sites

America's Career InfoNet

A "must see" site. Links to a wide array of internet sites, from outlook guides, to general career sites, to salary and wage surveys.

Occupational Outlook Handbook On the Web

Full-text of the most essential career information source in the United States.


Information on over 950 occupations, including work tasks, skills, abilities, values, and more for each job.


Well-done Career Profiles include overview, requirements, outlook, career tracks, and compensation. Interesting interviews under "Real People Profiles."

Employment Outlook & Salaries

Illinois Labor Market Information
Find employment outlook and wage data for over 700 occupations in specific Illinois counties or metropolitan statistical areas.

Use the following Standard Occupational Classification codes when searching for wage data:
  • 27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations
  • 15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations
Salary Expert
Basic salary reports for hundred of job titles in U.S. metro areas that include renter’s Cost of Living estimates for each locality. For job transfers, basic cost of living report available. Premium Salary Report can be ordered for a fee.
Salary Wizard Basic Report estimates salary for hundreds of job categories under 60 job families in major U.S. Metro areas, while Cost of Living Wizard to help job changers learn living cost differences between specified U.S. locations. Personal Salary Report available for a fee.

Competitive Intelligence


Use ReferenceUSA to locate contact and background information for all types of area businesses.
(Available to College of DuPage Library cardholders only.)

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