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Production: Career and Education Opportunities in Arkansas

Production: Most individuals involved in Production create and distribute goods for consumer use. They are often responsible for moving a product from initial creation or manufacture, through distribution channels, to the actual consumer.

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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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Assembling and Fabrication

Fabricators and Assemblers form and assemble the products that are built on a factory floor. Working with electronics, metals and plastics, their work turns parts into products.
Book Binding and Printing

Printers and Binders produce the books that line the shelves of our libraries, homes and book stores. Starting with paper and ink, they produce the books, magazines, and newspapers we read every day.
Computer Controls

Within the production environment Computer Controllers provide the specialized expertise needed to fabricate products and control the factory floor. With skills in both computers and product, they keep precise control over operations as they proceed.
Fabric and Leather

In factories and small shops, Fabric and Leather workers cut and bind the materials of the natural world into shoes, bags, clothing and more. Working in large scale production facilities or in mom and pop shops, they make sure that the products they produce fit the customer's needs.

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.
Foundry and Metal Work

Metal and Foundry workers forge, shape and weld metals under difficult conditions. They work at all stages of metal and part production from the initial forging of the alloys to the final construction of finished metal products.
Other Production

From tires to paper goods, everything has to be built. For every product, there are Production workers whose jobs are aimed at shaping, crafting, packaging and getting that product to market.
Painting and Coating

Workers in Painting and Coating perform the last stages of the manufacturing and production process. Through the control of complex staged processes or by hand, they provide the finishing touches to products before they are released into the world.