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Representation: Career and Education Opportunities in Iowa

Representation: Business Representatives provide those with no business skills the help they need as they interact with professionals. Acting as agents, brokers and buyers, they provide the guidance that people sometimes need when entering to agreements and contracts.

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Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and largest city is Des Moines. In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist attractions include the Science Center of Iowa, the Italian, and the Hubbell Historical Center.


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Farm Product Purchasing Agent

Farm Product Purchasing Agents purchase farm products either for further processing or resale. Farm Product Purchasing Agents need to actively seek out need information and learn from it. They also need to respond to the actions of other and coordinate activities with them.
Wholesale Buyer

Wholesale Buyers buy merchandise or commodities, other than farm products, for resale to consumers at the wholesale or retail level, including both durable and nondurable goods. Wholesale Buyers need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues. They also need to think through complex problems and develop a critical analysis of the situation and possible solutions.