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Railroad: Career and Education Opportunities in Kansas

Railroad: Railroad Technicians are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the nations oldest and most dependable infrastructures. Working on railcars and switches, they literally make sure the trains run on time.

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Kansas has a population of 2,818,747, which has grown by 4.85% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Sunflower State," its capital is Topeka, though its biggest city is Wichita. In 2008, there were a total of 1,875,134 jobs in Kansas. The average annual income was $38,886 in 2008, up from $37,414 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Kansas was 6.7% in 2009, which has grown by 2.3% since the previous year. Approximately 25.8% of Kansas residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Kansas include machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers, mineral wool manufacturing, and medical laboratories. Notable tourist destinations include the Exploration Place, the Indian Center Museum & Gift Shop, and the Great Plains Nature Center.


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Signal and Track Switch Repairer

Signal and Track Switch Repairers install, inspect, or repair electric gate crossings, signals, or intercommunications systems within a railroad system. Signal and Track Switch Repairers need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis. They also need to diagnose equipment problems and failures.