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Farming: Career and Education Opportunities in Illinois

Farming: Farm workers keep the corps and animals that feed us growing and healthy. In both industrial and smaller settings, they manage existing farming techniques as well as develop new ones in response to advances in technology and practice.

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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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Agricultural Equipment Operator

Agricultural Equipment Operators drive and control farm equipment to till soil and to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops. Agricultural Equipment Operators need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis. They also need to install equipment in line with existing requirements.
Farm Labor Contractor

Farm Labor Contractors recruit, hire, and supervise seasonal or temporary agricultural laborers for a fee. Farm Labor Contractors need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.
Greenhouse Assistant

Greenhouse Assistants work in nursery facilities or at customer location planting, cultivating, and transplanting trees, shrubs, or plants. Greenhouse Assistants 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.
Livestock Farmer

Livestock Farmers attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, and bees. Livestock Farmers need to respond to the actions of other and coordinate activities with them. They also need to train others in tasks and process.