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Opportunities for bioenergy and biofuels workers are available throughout the United States, although certain areas of the country may offer better opportunities than others. For example, the majority of ethanol production takes place in the Midwest. The top five states for ethanol production are Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, and Indiana. Scientists, biologists, and researchers work for universities, laboratories, and research institutes, as well as government agencies and private firms. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), there are about 87,380 environmental scientists employed in the United States. Most environmental scientists work for state and local governments, testing laboratories, or consulting firms. About 21 percent work for management, scientific, and technical consulting services; 10 percent work for engineering services, and 7 percent for the federal government.

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