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Food: Career and Education Opportunities in Arizona

Food: Food production workers are at the starting point of the food industry. With a few exceptions, their work is aimed at getting food products ready for restaurants and stores rather than consumers.

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Arizona has a population of 6,595,778, which has grown by 28.56% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona's capital and biggest city is Phoenix. In 2008, there were a total of 3,437,191 jobs in Arizona. The average annual income was $34,339 in 2008, down from $34,365 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Arizona was 9.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.2% since the previous year. Approximately 23.5% of Arizona residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Arizona include consumer lending, truck, utility trailer, and rv rental, and truss manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Phoenix Art Museum, the Phoenix Museum of History, and the Heard Museum.


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Bakers mix and bake ingredients according to recipes to produce breads, rolls, or other baked goods. Bakers need to pay attention to ongoing situations and monitor them as they develop. They also need to train others in tasks and process.

Butchers cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments. Butchers need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues. They also need to think through complex problems and develop a critical analysis of the situation and possible solutions.
Meat Cutter

Meat Cutters use hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and fish. Meat Cutters need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues. They also need to manage their own time and the time of others.