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Food: Career and Education Opportunities in Indiana

Food: Food production workers are at the starting point of the food industry. With a few exceptions, their work is aimed at getting food products ready for restaurants and stores rather than consumers.

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Indiana has a population of 6,423,113, which has grown by 5.63% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hoosier State," Indiana's capital and most populous city is Indianapolis. In 2008, there were a total of 3,718,148 jobs in Indiana. The average annual income was $34,543 in 2008, up from $33,702 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Indiana was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.3% since the previous year. Roughly 19.4% of Indiana residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Indiana include manufacturing, primary metal manufacturing, and iron mills manufacturing.


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Bakers mix and bake ingredients according to recipes to produce breads, rolls, or other baked goods. Bakers need to pay attention to ongoing situations and monitor them as they develop. They also need to train others in tasks and process.