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Railroad: Career and Education Opportunities in Illinois

Railroad: Railroad Technicians are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the nations oldest and most dependable infrastructures. Working on railcars and switches, they literally make sure the trains run on time.

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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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Signal and Track Switch Repairer

Signal and Track Switch Repairers install, inspect, or repair electric gate crossings, signals, or intercommunications systems within a railroad system. Signal and Track Switch Repairers need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis. They also need to diagnose equipment problems and failures.