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Other Production: Career and Education Opportunities in Iowa

Other Production: From tires to paper goods, everything has to be built. For every product, there are Production workers whose jobs are aimed at shaping, crafting, packaging and getting that product to market.

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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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CAREERS WITHIN Other Production


Machinists set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Machinists need to test products and systems both during and after development to evaluate and catch faults as they occur. They also need to attend to equipment so as to monitor and adjust its activity.