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Stone and Glass: Career and Education Opportunities in Illinois

Stone and Glass: Stone and Glass workers are focused on integrating natural materials with products and buildings. Cutting, polishing and glass blowing are only some of the tasks that they engage in on a daily basis.

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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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CAREERS WITHIN Stone and Glass

Stone Cutter

Stone Cutters cut or carve stone according to diagrams and patterns. Stone Cutters need to use core mathematical skills in problem solving. They also need to determine which tools and techniques should be applied to solve a problem or deal with a situation.