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Dredge and Mining: Career and Education Opportunities in Illinois

Dredge and Mining: The recourses the country needs have to be mined and moved. Dredging and Mining Material Movers make sure that this happens. From dredge operators working to clear the waterways to excavation machine operators, they are working to help capture and control the resources that fuel 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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CAREERS WITHIN Dredge and Mining

Loading Machine Operator

Loading Machine Operators operate underground loading machines to load coal, ore, or rock into shuttles or mine cars or onto conveyors. Loading Machine Operators need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis. They also need to run the operations of equipment, machinery and systems.