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Financial: Career and Education Opportunities in Arkansas

Financial: Financial Managers run the banks and investment organizations that are at the core of our economic system. Dealing with the complexities of regulations and customer needs, they keep track of the people who keep our money and credit flowing.

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Arkansas has a population of 2,889,450, which has grown by 8.08% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Natural State," Arkansas's capital and biggest city is Little Rock. In 2008, there were a total of 1,599,446 jobs in Arkansas. The average annual income was $32,257 in 2008, up from $31,517 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Arkansas was 7.3% in 2009, which has grown by 2.1% since the previous year. Approximately 16.7% of Arkansas residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Arkansas include poultry processing, hardware, and plumbing equipment merchant wholesalers, and ventilation, heating, air-conditioning, and commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Museum of Discovery, the Macarthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, and the Quapaw Quarter Association.


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Banking Manager

Banking Managers direct and coordinate financial activities of workers in a branch, office, or department of an establishment, such as branch bank, brokerage firm, risk and insurance department, or credit department. Banking Managers need to train others in tasks and process. They also need to manage their own time and the time of others.

Comptrollers direct financial activities, such as planning, procurement, and investments for all or part of an organization. Comptrollers need to manage and maintain budgets and other financial resources. They also need to evaluate and judge the efficacy of solutions.