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Industrial: Career and Education Opportunities in Illinois

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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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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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.