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Jobs, Travel and History in Madison, Wisconsin

Updated on December 4, 2019
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The Capitol at Madison, Wisconsin.
The Capitol at Madison, Wisconsin. | Source

Revolutionary War City

Madison, Wisconsin is one of the Top 25 Best medium-sized Cities in America for success in Jobs and Business and recognized by a number of economics and financial publications.

The County Seat of Dane County and the Capital of Wisconsin, Madison's background dates back to the Revolutionary War and the Northwest Territories. Several places in the city and county are on the National register of Historic Places.

Dane County was founded in 1836 and named in honor of Nathan Dane, who was originally from Massachusetts on the East Coast of the US. Mr. Dane was a delegate to the First Continental Congress in the founding of the New Nation post-revolution.

Dane guided Wisconsin to become the last US State to be formed from out of the Northwest Territories.

Wisconsin was the last US State to be formed from out of the Northwest Territories.

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History Museum in downtown Madison (plasticboy on's Mansion
History Museum in downtown Madison (plasticboy on
History Museum in downtown Madison (plasticboy on | Source
Governor's Mansion
Governor's Mansion | Source

Public Transportation is Improving

Wisconsin rail projects have stalled under Governor Scott Walker. The Amtrak Hiawatha service from Milwaukee to Chicago is perfect for the implementation of high-speed rail, but no concrete plans have been made for high-speed rail construction on this route.


State Capitol: Residents wish for light rail to begin.

Greyhound Bus, Madison WI:
Greyhound bus stop, Madison, WI 53704, USA

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Residents want another train depot and passenger rail service from Madison outwards. Distance to Milwaukee is about 80 miles.

Chazen Museum of Art Madison:
Chazen Museum of Art, 750 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706, USA

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One pickup point for Badger Bus. No terminals or stations. Some points are drop-off only. Tickets should be purchased online.

Amntrak, Luddington WI:
Amtrak Station - CBS, 359 N Ludington St, Columbus, WI 53925, USA

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Amntrak, Milwaukee WI:
Amtrak Station - MKE, 433 W St Paul Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203, USA

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Madison Area Train Routes as of January 1, 2016

Dane County communities served by freight and passenger trains:

Madison (no internal AMTRAK stations), Middleton, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Oregon, Dane, McFarland, Mazomanie, and Stoughton.

Over $800,000,000 for light rail was given to Wisconsin by the federal government, but rejected by the Governor. In Ohio, $400,000,000 was rejected in the same way. However, light rail would boost the economy of both states.

Heathcare, Insurance, and Medical Jobs Are Rising

Top 10 Health & Medical Jobs in Madison

State statistics from Workforce Investment Act-inspired development programs and information from county reports indicate that Healthcare as an industry is and will continue to be a leader in Madison, Wisconsin.

This is supported by by the medical needs of America's aging population in the Baby Boom Generation, but also in the Millennial Generation born roughly from 1980 - 2000. The Millennials meet the numbers of the Boomers and as the aging Boomers pass on, the younger generation will create an aging America again until at least 2100 AD or longer.

The top 10 Healthcare Careers in Madison are gathered in Technicians, Technologists, RNs, and important Assistants, as well as Veterinarians and Vet Techs.

  1. Physician/Physician's Assistants (PAs) - Many of these can be filled by incoming Nurse Practitioners (NPs)
  2. Radiation Therapists
  3. Dental Hygienists
  4. Surgical Technologists
  5. Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
  6. Pharmacy Technicians
  7. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  8. Physical Therapists
  9. Respiratory Therapists
  10. Veterinarians and related Techs

The next 10 highest-demand jobs in Healthcare are the following occupations:

  • Medical Assistants
  • Dental Assistants
  • Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Home Health Aides
  • Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides
  • Occupational Therapist Aides
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Patient Care Techs and others

New Job Numbers Rose Consistently to 2016


SNAPSHOT: Jobs Increasing Significantly 2012 - 2015

  • June 2012: 9,300+ Jobs
  • May 2013: 15,600+ Jobs
  • February 2015: 19,400+ Jobs - Major spike in job growth.
  • October 2015: 15,000 Job Listings, numbers increasing after mid-October.

Highest Demand Jobs:

  1. Truck Driving and Truck Maintenance - Several large companies have hubs in Madison and Milwaukee: Gordon, CSRT divisions, Swift, JB Hunt, and others.
  2. Engineers - IT, Mechanical and Electrical - Aerospace Engineers are goring in demand.
  3. Health Insurance Sales and Management
  4. Professors and Staff - University of Wisconsin
  5. Business Developers and Analysts
  6. Registered Nurses (RNs) and Professors of Nursing (U of W)
  7. Home Health Aides, companions and babysitters for Thumb Tack company
  8. Physical and Occupational Therapists
  9. Project Managers - most in the IT sector, many in Healthcare
  10. Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Restaurants, all Positions

Madison is Great for Senior Workers

As of mid-2008, the US Census Bureau's partnership with Wisconsin produced a profile of older workers, age 55 and older. The profile includes age groups, job gains/losses by industry, identifies industries in which older workers numerous, and job stability/earnings.

Thus far through 2015, evidence shows that:

  • Older workers in Madison are increasing;
  • The Manufacturing Industry employs the highest percentage of older workers, not Service;
  • Older workers earned $3,182/monthly on average as of June 2008.

Careers for Mature Workers In Madison

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Madison SkylineState Capitol
Madison Skyline
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State Capitol
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Postsecondary Education

Universities, Colleges & Vocational Schools

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

Other Institutions

Famous Local Son Chris Farley

Chris Farley (February 14, 1864 - December 18, 1997)

Growing Up With Chris Farley is a presentation that commemorates Saturday Night Live and film comedian Chris Farley's life, based on books by his brothers.

Mr. Farley was raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He studied theater and communications at Marquette University, graduating in 1986. After Saturday Night Live, and several films, Farley was cast originally in the title role of Shrek, but died and the part was given to Michael Myers.

Farley Brothers Radio

Chris Farley's Voice and Story Board As Shrek

Local Native North Americans

Wisconsin Native Americans

The indigenous nations of the Menominee, Ojibwe/Chippewa, Potawatomi, and Ho-Chunk or Winnebago groups are some of the first inhabitants in the lands that became Wisconsin. Because of this, Madison is the location of some entertaining and educational annual pow wows.

The Ojibwe/Chippewa People settled in Wisconsin, Michigan, and other North Central US States, as well as Canada just to the north. Some of these families moved back and forth across the Canadian border when food became scarce and when "Indian Wars" and confrontations with the US Union Army became heated in the past. Some historical accounts reveal that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police kept the Indigenous People under scrutiny as well. It was a tough life for them and this tribal nation is one of survivors, to be sure.

Dance contests are fascinating to watch in these events and include traditional and modern men's, women's, children's and couple's dances. many demonstrations are performed of tribal traditions and the food kiosks are always well populated. Music is played around the grounds throughout the pow wows.

Tribal Occupation of Wisconsin and Madison

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Winnebago (or Ho-Chunk) men Red Bird and Wekau. Red Bird is wearing a special suit made for his surrender in the Winnebago War.Menominee PeopleAt a modern day pow wow in Wisconsin.
Winnebago (or Ho-Chunk) men Red Bird and Wekau. Red Bird is wearing a special suit made for his surrender in the Winnebago War.
Winnebago (or Ho-Chunk) men Red Bird and Wekau. Red Bird is wearing a special suit made for his surrender in the Winnebago War. | Source
Menominee People
Menominee People | Source
At a modern day pow wow in Wisconsin.
At a modern day pow wow in Wisconsin. | Source
State Capitol
State Capitol | Source

Sports Near Madison

College Level Sports

League Sports Teams

  • Madison Mallards - Baseball at Warner Park.
  • Milwaukee Admirals (IHL)
  • Milwaukee Rampage (USL)
  • Milwaukee Wave (NPSL)

Nearby Professional Sports

  • Milwaukee Brewers (MLB)
  • Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)
  • Milwaukee Mustangs (AFL)

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2008 Patty Inglish MS


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