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The Most Iconic Job in Every State

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11. Hawaii
> Most iconic job: Airfield operations specialists
> Employed in job statewide: 780
> Median salary: $43,870
> Share of all U.S. airfield operations specialists in Hawaii: 8.1%

Airfield operations specialists are about 18 times more concentrated in Hawaii than they are nationwide. The relative high employment in the industry is likely necessitated by the state’s geography. Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is the only state in the country not accessible by land.

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12. Idaho
> Most iconic job: Forest and conservation technicians
> Employed in job statewide: 2,240
> Median salary: $32,860
> Share of all U.S. forest and conservation technicians in Idaho: 7.3%

Of the 52.9 million acres of land in Idaho, over 60% are federally owned and managed. Much of that land is managed by the national park service, including the Craters of the Moon National Preserve and a portion of Yellowstone National Park. This land requires expert management by forest and conservation technicians, a category of professions that is 15 times more common in Idaho than it is nationwide.

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13. Illinois
> Most iconic job: Misc. production workers
> Employed in job statewide: 53,610
> Median salary: $29,620
> Share of all U.S. misc. production workers in Ill.: 20.9%

Miscellaneous production workers are manufacturing workers that do not fit into any one specific category. Some of the largest companies operating in Illinois include Caterpillar, with nine production facilities across the state, and John Deere, with a manufacturing facility in East Moline and another in Moline. About one in every five miscellaneous production workers nationwide are employed in Illinois.

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14. Indiana
> Most iconic job: Engine and other machine assemblers
> Employed in job statewide: 4,310
> Median salary: $55,610
> Share of all U.S. engine and other machine assemblers in Ind.: 11.4%

Auto-manufacturing is big business in Indiana. Toyota employs nearly 6,000 people at a plant in Princeton; Honda has a factory with 3,000 associates in Greensburg; and GM has a facility that employs nearly 4,700 in Roanoke. In addition, GE is currently expanding its workforce to fill a brand new $110 million facility in Lafayette. Additionally, the Kokomo and Elkhart-Goshen metro areas are adding manufacturing jobs faster than nearly any other U.S. city.

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15. Iowa
> Most iconic job: Agricultural and food science technicians
> Employed in job statewide: 1,790
> Median salary: $45,410
> Share of all U.S. agricultural and food science technicians in Iowa: 8.5%

Agricultural and food science technicians can work in a variety of settings, from farms to labs, measuring and analyzing food and agricultural product quality. These workers are nearly eight times more common in Iowa’s labor force than the U.S. workforce as a whole. Due in part to the quality of soil in the state, over 85% of land in Iowa is used for agriculture. Iowa leads the nation in soybean, corn, pork, and egg production.

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