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Emergency: Career and Education Opportunities in Louisiana

Emergency: Emergency care workers are the first line of medical defense for people who have injuries or unexpected medical crises. Working both in the field and emergency rooms, they are often called upon to provide life saving services under demanding conditions.

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Louisiana has a population of 4,492,076, which has grown by 0.52% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Pelican State," its capital is Baton Rouge, though its largest city is New Orleans. In 2008, there were a total of 2,576,960 jobs in Louisiana. The average annual income was $36,091 in 2008, up from $35,340 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Louisiana was 6.8% in 2009, which has grown by 2.3% since the previous year. Roughly 18.7% of Louisiana residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Louisiana include petroleum products manufacturing, petroleum refineries, and basic chemical manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Longue Vue House & Gardens, the Reverend Zombies House of Voodoo, and the Louisiana Children's Museum.


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Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technicians assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Emergency Medical Technicians need to think through complex problems and develop a critical analysis of the situation and possible solutions. They also need to speak clearly and communicate with others.