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Food: Career and Education Opportunities in Michigan

Food: Food production workers are at the starting point of the food industry. With a few exceptions, their work is aimed at getting food products ready for restaurants and stores rather than consumers.

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Michigan has a population of 9,969,727, which has grown by 0.31% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Great Lakes State," its capital is Lansing, though its most populous city is Detroit. In 2008, there were a total of 5,397,807 jobs in Michigan. The average annual income was $34,953 in 2008, up from $34,185 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Michigan was 13.6% in 2009, which has grown by 5.3% since the previous year. About 21.8% of Michigan residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Michigan include transportation equipment manufacturing, motor vehicle manufacturing, and motor vehicle parts manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Bullock Edwards & Associates, the Detroit Historical Society, and the Charles H Wright Museum of African American Histry.


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Bakers mix and bake ingredients according to recipes to produce breads, rolls, or other baked goods. Bakers need to pay attention to ongoing situations and monitor them as they develop. They also need to train others in tasks and process.