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Industrial: Career and Education Opportunities in Arkansas

Industrial: Industrial Managers direct the operations of our plants and factories. They manage the people and resources needed for the production of the products we need and the engineering that is used to create them.

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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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Engineering Manager

Engineering Managers plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields. Engineering Managers need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to respond to the actions of other and coordinate activities with them.
Industrial Production Manager

Industrial Production Managers plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications. Industrial Production Managers need to pay attention to ongoing situations and monitor them as they develop. They also need to evaluate and judge the efficacy of solutions.