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Industrial: Career and Education Opportunities in Kansas

Industrial: Industrial Managers direct the operations of our plants and factories. They manage the people and resources needed for the production of the products we need and the engineering that is used to create them.

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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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Engineering Manager

Engineering Managers plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields. Engineering Managers need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to respond to the actions of other and coordinate activities with them.
Industrial Production Manager

Industrial Production Managers plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications. Industrial Production Managers need to pay attention to ongoing situations and monitor them as they develop. They also need to evaluate and judge the efficacy of solutions.