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Financial: Career and Education Opportunities in Kansas

Financial: Financial Managers run the banks and investment organizations that are at the core of our economic system. Dealing with the complexities of regulations and customer needs, they keep track of the people who keep our money and credit flowing.

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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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Banking Manager

Banking Managers direct and coordinate financial activities of workers in a branch, office, or department of an establishment, such as branch bank, brokerage firm, risk and insurance department, or credit department. Banking Managers need to train others in tasks and process. They also need to manage their own time and the time of others.

Comptrollers direct financial activities, such as planning, procurement, and investments for all or part of an organization. Comptrollers need to manage and maintain budgets and other financial resources. They also need to evaluate and judge the efficacy of solutions.