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Air: Career and Education Opportunities in Illinois

Air: The country moves through the air and Air Transportation workers support this. From pilots to aviation inspectors, they make sure the country stays in flight.

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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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Air Cargo Supervisor

Air Cargo Supervisors direct ground crew in the loading, unloading, and staging of aircraft cargo or baggage. Air Cargo Supervisors need to look for ways to help others. They also need to note the reactions and responses of others in both work and social situations.
Aircraft Inspector

Aircraft Inspectors inspect aircraft, maintenance procedures, air navigational aids, air traffic controls, and communications equipment to ensure conformance with Federal safety regulations. Aircraft Inspectors need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to actively seek out need information and learn from it.
Airline Pilot

Airline Pilots pilot and navigate the flight of multi-engine aircraft in regularly scheduled service for the transport of passengers and cargo. Airline Pilots need to attend to equipment so as to monitor and adjust its activity. They also need to run the operations of equipment, machinery and systems.