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Iowa Degrees Lead to Iowa Careers

Agriculture has long been the mainstay of Iowa's economy, accounting for more than a quarter of the state's economy. Methanol fuel from corn has given Iowa agriculture a boost in recent years despite a down economy elsewhere. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) put the October 2010 unemployment rate in Iowa at 6.7 percent, one of the lowest in the country. Manufacturing is the second largest economic contributor, with food processing and farm machinery the biggest sectors. Des Moines is a leading insurance center, and healthcare is a growing segment. The mean annual income for Iowans is $36,960.


Iowa's Job Market

As in most states, the BLS projects technology to provide the fastest-growing Iowa jobs from 2008 to 2018. May 2009 mean annual incomes computer software systems engineers ($76,830) and database administrators ($67,860) are all well above the average. The Iowa job market is also strong in the growing healthcare segment, with mean annual incomes ranging from physician's assistant ($82,580) to physical therapist ($70,100) and registered nurse ($51,930).

Iowa Schools and Degree Programs

Iowa has three major public universities as well as a number of private colleges, technical institutes, and community colleges. Most post-secondary Iowa schools offer degree programs in a variety of career paths, and many of these are offered online as well as on campus. Getting a an associate's, bachelor's, or higher degree at one of the many Iowa schools may help you earn more and remain employed. According to the BLS, a bachelor's degree holder earns a median of $1025 weekly compared to a high school graduate at $699. The unemployment rate for holders of bachelor's degrees is 5.2 percent versus 9.7 percent for high school grads.

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