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Power Plant: Career and Education Opportunities in Illinois

Power Plant: Just as products must be produced, power must be as well. Power Plant workers mange the difficult job of keeping the flow of power running through the lines that crisscross the country.

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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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Power Plant Operator

Power Plant Operators control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Power Plant Operators need to respond to the actions of other and coordinate activities with them. They also need to read and understand what has been read.