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Paving: Career and Education Opportunities in Illinois

Paving: Pavers build our roads. Using both large-scale industrial approaches and small-scale craftsmanship, they build the surfaces on which we walk every day.

Illinois photo by Hary Han

Illinois has a population of 12,910,409, which has grown by 3.95% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Land of Lincoln," its capital is Springfield, though its largest city is Chicago. In 2008, there were a total of 7,657,328 jobs in Illinois. The average annual income was $42,540 in 2008, up from $41,720 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Illinois was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.7% since the previous year. Roughly 26.1% of Illinois residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Illinois include construction machinery merchant wholesalers, beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers, and nonchocolate confectionery manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Chicago Peregrine Release, the Dusable Museum of African American History, and the Chinatown Museum Foundation.


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Black Top Paver Operator

Black Top Paver Operators operate equipment used for applying concrete, asphalt, or other materials to road beds, parking lots, or airport runways and taxiways, or equipment used for tamping gravel, dirt, or other materials. Black Top Paver Operators need to determine which tools and techniques should be applied to solve a problem or deal with a situation. They also need to attend to equipment so as to monitor and adjust its activity.
Highway Maintenance Worker

Highway Maintenance Workers maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. Highway Maintenance Workers need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis. They also need to respond to the actions of other and coordinate activities with them.
Track Layer

Track Layers lay, repair, and maintain track for standard or narrow-gauge railroad equipment used in regular railroad service or in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits, and mines. Track Layers need to diagnose and repair equipment and system in the face of problem and faults. They also need to install equipment in line with existing requirements.