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Engineering: Career and Education Opportunities in Mississippi

Engineering: Engineers design and often construct new devices and technologies. Working is a variety of areas, including aerospace, automotive and biomedical, they are the drivers of new inventions and innovations.

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Mississippi has a population of 2,951,996, which has grown by 3.77% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Magnolia State," Mississippi's capital and biggest city is Jackson. In 2008, there were a total of 1,558,262 jobs in Mississippi. The average annual income was $30,383 in 2008, up from $29,542 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Mississippi was 9.6% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 16.9% of Mississippi residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Mississippi include furniture product manufacturing, household furniture cabinet manufacturing, and household furniture manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Audubon Society Jackson Chapter, the Manship House Museum, and the Glory of Baroque Dresden Exhibition.


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Civil Engineer

Civil Engineers perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, water and sewage systems, and waste disposal units. Civil Engineers need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to use core mathematical skills in problem solving.
Computer Engineer

Computer Engineers research, design, and test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, or scientific use. Computer Engineers need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to evaluate and judge the efficacy of solutions.
Materials Engineer

Materials Engineers evaluate materials and develop machinery and processes to manufacture materials for use in products that must meet specialized design and performance specifications. Materials Engineers need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to understand and use core scientific concepts.