Kansas is an agricultural state that boasts of its high production of wheat, sunflowers and sorghum. Although Wichita is the largest city, Kansas City and the suburb of Overland Park create an equally large metropolitan area.
Because the geography of the Kansas lends itself to wind energy, there are several wind farms throughout the state. One of the best known is the Smoky Hills Wind Farm near Topeka. The state has a goal of getting 20 percent of their energy from wind turbines by 2020. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is increasing the need for enviornmental engineeer technicians by 24%.
Some of the larger companies in Kansas that hire engineering professionals include: Sprint Nextel Corp., Spirit Aerosystems, Cessna Aircraft, Hawker Beechcraft, General Motors, AT&T Corporation, United Parcel Service, Black & Veatch, Farmers Insurance, BNSF Railway, Bombardier Aerospace, Garmin International, Honeywell, FedEx, Koch Industries, Century Link, Ericsson, Blue Cross & Blue Shield and Goodyear.