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Furniture: Career and Education Opportunities in Minnesota

Furniture: Furniture builders do exactly that, build furniture. From wood working to upholstery, they craft the chairs, tables, and couches we depend on.

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Minnesota has a population of 5,266,214, which has grown by 7.05% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "North Star State," its capital is Saint Paul, though its largest city is Minneapolis. In 2008, there were a total of 3,567,295 jobs in Minnesota. The average annual income was $42,953 in 2008, up from $41,693 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Minnesota was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 2.6% since the previous year. Roughly 27.4% of Minnesota residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Minnesota include medical, dental, and hospital equipment merchant wholesalers, general-line grocery merchant wholesalers, and real estate credit. Notable tourist destinations include the Hennepin History Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Fridley Historical Society Museum.


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Cabinet Maker

Cabinet Makers cut, shape, and assemble wooden articles or set up and operate a variety of woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, and mortisers to surface, cut, or shape lumber or to fabricate parts for wood products. Cabinet Makers need to train others in tasks and process. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.
Woodworking Machine Setter and Operator

Woodworking Machine Setter and Operators set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, and wood nailing machines. Woodworking Machine Setter and Operators need to determine which tools and techniques should be applied to solve a problem or deal with a situation. They also need to train others in tasks and process.