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Public Service: Career and Education Opportunities in Michigan

Public Service: The public sector has very different transportation needs and Public Service Transportation personnel have to meet these needs. From bus drivers to ambulance attendants, these workers are focused on public service.

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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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Paramedics drive ambulance or assist ambulance driver in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons. Paramedics need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues. They also need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis.