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Railroad: Career and Education Opportunities in Mississippi

Railroad: Railroad Technicians are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the nations oldest and most dependable infrastructures. Working on railcars and switches, they literally make sure the trains run on time.

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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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Signal and Track Switch Repairer

Signal and Track Switch Repairers install, inspect, or repair electric gate crossings, signals, or intercommunications systems within a railroad system. Signal and Track Switch Repairers need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis. They also need to diagnose equipment problems and failures.