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Hot Springs Employment

Employment and Industries in the Hot Springs, Arkansas Area

Hot Springs is known as a spa town. Its thriving tourist industry is primarily due to the well known mineral water bubbling up from the numerous underground springs. The horse race track, Oaklawn Park, is also a major tourist attraction. The primary sectors for employment in Hot Springs are education, arts and entrainment, recreation, accommodation and food services, health and social services and retail trade.

Hot Springs has been ranked the third hottest labor market for cities with less than 50,000 jobs by the American City Business Journal. One of the major factors for the ranking is the flourishing tourism industry. According to the ACCRA Cost of Living Index, Hot Springs is the 12 least expensive urban area to live in when compared to the 311 urban areas that were evaluated. In addition, the average salary in early 2009 was $23,000. For the population over the age of 25 about 11% have a bachelor's degree and about 6% have a graduate degree.

The most popular occupations in Hot Springs which are typically filled by college graduates are registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, accountants and auditors, social and human service assistants, medical and health services managers and pharmacists. The jobs which are more common in Hot Springs than most of the nation's other cities are aircraft mechanics and service technicians, sheet metal workers, structural metal fabricators and fitters, cabinet makers and bench carpenters.

Shown below are the major employers in Hot Springs:

  • St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center
  • Walmart
  • National Park Medical Center
  • Oaklawn Park
  • City of Hot Springs
  • Hot Springs School District
  • Southwest Hotels
  • Delta Plastics
  • Kroger's
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • Chem-Fab Corporation/ Related Co's
  • Garland County
  • Abilities Unlimited
  • Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center
  • National Park Community College
  • Alliance Rubber
  • Window Mart
  • Alumna-Weld Inc DBA Xpress Boats
  • Hi-Tech Compact

Business organizations offering assistance to Hot Springs companies:

The Sentinel-Record provides information about the current business activities in Hot Springs.

Most Popular Jobs in Hot Springs, Arkansas Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 1,160 $53,110 $33,390 - 70,090 24% 56%
2 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 330 $46,750 $35,980 - 60,130 6% 96%
3 Elementary school teachers, except special education 300 $42,040 $33,820 - 51,640 14% 95%
4 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 280 $55,620 $28,420 - 98,310 8% 51%
5 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 240 $44,730 $35,190 - 55,260 11% 95%
6 Medical and health services managers 120 $77,580 $40,660 - 102,850 16% 57%
7 Pharmacists 110 $85,680 $49,260 - 121,540 22% 97%
8 Teachers and instructors, all other 100 $44,890 $28,680 - 60,110 9% 54%
9 Child, family, and school social workers 100 $34,980 $28,040 - 43,480 19% 77%
10 Social and human service assistants 100 $29,520 $18,720 - 47,310 34% 58%
11 Accountants and auditors 90 $47,130 $27,260 - 78,090 18% 79%
12 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 90 $45,940 $28,230 - 64,050 13% 73%
13 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 80 $49,120 $34,000 - 66,320 12% 51%
14 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 70 $71,060 $56,320 - 85,500 8% 78%
15 Physical therapists 70 $65,250 $36,440 - 96,960 27% 89%
16 Financial managers 60 $77,710 $37,570 - 132,190 13% 60%
17 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 60 $34,570 $24,860 - 43,710 15% 51%
18 Sales managers 50 $87,720 $29,950 - 145,300 10% 69%
19 Civil engineers 50 $57,020 $43,550 - 79,760 18% 87%
20 Computer software engineers, applications 50 $54,550 $36,590 - 81,040 45% 85%
21 Medical and public health social workers 50 $42,420 $27,930 - 59,390 24% 77%
22 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 50 $32,850 $21,760 - 45,830 18% 56%
23 Chief executives 40 $117,950 $75,660 - 2% 65%
24 Managers, all other 40 $82,880 $38,200 - 151,440 7% 55%
25 Network and computer systems administrators 40 $46,800 $29,850 - 64,450 27% 50%
26 Rehabilitation counselors 40 $40,060 $28,210 - 51,610 23% 73%
27 Meeting and convention planners 40 $35,730 $25,710 - 50,670 20% 67%
28 Dentists, general 30 $178,850 $87,020 - 9% 100%
29 Librarians 30 $50,540 $40,100 - 63,090 4% 85%
30 Special education teachers, secondary school 30 $43,140 $35,370 - 52,210 9% 87%
31 Community and social service specialists, all other 30 $34,100 $23,560 - 47,090 25% 58%
32 Interior designers 30 $23,530 $17,570 - 35,160 20% 55%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 2,050 $22,550 $14,430 - 31,280 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 1,470 $17,350 $13,900 - 22,710 -3% 10%
3 Waiters and waitresses 1,000 $16,300 $14,030 - 19,240 11% 14%
4 Office clerks, general 940 $21,690 $14,980 - 30,930 13% 19%
5 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 780 $20,040 $16,770 - 24,970 18% 7%
6 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 730 $25,200 $15,270 - 36,950 13% 16%
7 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 650 $30,220 $17,510 - 47,000 4% 25%
8 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 640 $23,680 $17,050 - 32,700 1% 18%
9 Stock clerks and order fillers 570 $20,660 $14,880 - 29,220 -8% 8%
10 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 570 $20,520 $15,390 - 25,580 2% 5%
11 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 530 $14,840 $13,670 - 16,100 18% 5%
12 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 520 $32,950 $26,740 - 40,710 14% 7%
13 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 520 $20,010 $15,020 - 26,390 15% 4%
14 Food preparation workers 460 $18,910 $14,510 - 24,460 15% 7%
15 Maintenance and repair workers, general 450 $27,260 $17,630 - 40,920 10% 6%
16 Cooks, fast food 440 $15,400 $13,860 - 17,680 8% 5%
17 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 430 $16,620 $13,900 - 21,220 13% 5%
18 Cooks, restaurant 410 $18,500 $14,430 - 24,780 12% 5%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 390 $35,570 $19,710 - 55,910 6% 29%
20 General and operations managers 380 $77,500 $36,240 - 133,620 2% 48%
21 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 370 $28,310 $19,200 - 43,800 11% 14%
22 Receptionists and information clerks 370 $20,800 $14,900 - 27,510 17% 13%
23 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 280 $20,560 $16,190 - 26,110 18% 6%
24 Electricians 270 $34,460 $23,450 - 47,090 7% 7%
25 Construction laborers 270 $23,120 $17,760 - 30,440 11% 5%
26 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 270 $18,660 $14,060 - 25,180 11% 5%
27 Dishwashers 270 $16,070 $14,020 - 19,470 10% 3%
28 Customer service representatives 250 $24,760 $16,280 - 36,320 25% 22%
29 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 250 $16,970 $14,140 - 20,460 10% 8%
30 Security guards 240 $21,220 $14,210 - 31,160 17% 13%
31 Teacher assistants 240 $16,860 $13,850 - 21,550 10% 18%
32 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 230 $36,190 $23,310 - 49,400 15% 18%
33 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 220 $25,000 $18,730 - 31,850 10% 4%
34 Medical secretaries 210 $0 $ - 17% 18%
35 Carpenters 200 $29,710 $14,820 - 40,220 10% 6%
36 Tellers 190 $21,440 $16,940 - 28,060 14% 16%
37 Medical assistants 180 $24,460 $18,770 - 31,280 35% 10%
38 Bus drivers, school 180 $21,490 $14,250 - 33,830 9% 4%
39 Pharmacy technicians 170 $27,920 $19,010 - 44,190 32% 16%
40 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 170 $27,510 $16,010 - 57,070 8% 4%
41 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 170 $25,620 $17,020 - 36,520 14% 4%
42 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 160 $38,460 $25,590 - 59,630 9% 10%
43 Sheet metal workers 160 $29,050 $22,550 - 35,780 7% 4%
44 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 150 $33,470 $14,190 - 56,870 -5% 15%
45 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 140 $30,910 $19,430 - 41,110 -7% 14%
46 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 140 $17,200 $13,920 - 20,230 17% 14%
47 Postal service mail carriers 140 $0 $ - 1% 11%
48 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 130 $43,720 $31,340 - 59,450 7% 13%
49 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 130 $29,060 $21,680 - 40,310 4% 15%
50 Driver/sales workers 130 $27,770 $17,690 - 40,080 -5% 4%
51 Dental assistants 130 $26,630 $17,760 - 37,130 29% 9%
52 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 130 $20,090 $14,430 - 25,960 12% 6%
53 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 130 $16,870 $14,070 - 20,120 12% 6%
54 Child care workers 130 $16,480 $13,790 - 21,870 18% 15%
55 Business operations specialists, all other 120 $50,730 $33,000 - 81,720 21% 49%
56 Insurance sales agents 120 $32,140 $15,070 - 69,570 13% 45%
57 Team assemblers 120 $22,790 $16,950 - 31,010 0% 5%
58 Counter and rental clerks 120 $19,950 $14,110 - 27,610 23% 16%
59 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 120 $17,820 $14,030 - 23,410 10% 5%
60 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 120 $16,220 $14,050 - 19,050 10% 17%
61 Computer support specialists 110 $33,360 $21,190 - 39,950 13% 43%
62 Medical transcriptionists 110 $31,760 $22,920 - 47,960 14% 10%
63 Industrial truck and tractor operators 110 $26,040 $21,020 - 33,700 -2% 2%
64 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 110 $24,850 $17,440 - 33,520 4% 6%
65 Helpers--production workers 110 $22,570 $17,210 - 29,630 -1% 4%
66 Physicians and surgeons, all other 110 $0 $ - 0% 0%
67 Food service managers 100 $40,990 $22,070 - 68,650 5% 24%
68 Fire fighters 100 $29,910 $15,030 - 46,970 12% 18%
69 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 100 $27,900 $22,110 - 35,890 8% 3%
70 Preschool teachers, except special education 100 $20,610 $15,950 - 25,120 26% 43%
71 Food servers, nonrestaurant 100 $16,740 $14,170 - 20,730 16% 9%
72 Radiologic technologists and technicians 90 $42,320 $29,890 - 57,590 15% 25%
73 Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 90 $26,780 $18,130 - 37,860 3% 4%
74 Bartenders 90 $16,590 $14,000 - 20,850 11% 17%
75 Industrial machinery mechanics 80 $44,520 $30,980 - 66,750 9% 5%
76 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 80 $31,560 $23,270 - 40,580 9% 3%
77 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 80 $28,000 $22,570 - 34,490 -1% 22%
78 Switchboard operators, including answering service 80 $20,370 $14,660 - 28,700 -8% 10%
79 Administrative services managers 70 $54,430 $29,660 - 89,530 12% 40%
80 Appraisers and assessors of real estate 70 $43,870 $26,170 - 67,770 17% 44%
81 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 70 $29,750 $19,600 - 38,980 5% 2%
82 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 70 $24,950 $16,960 - 33,200 10% 24%
83 Personal care and service workers, all other 70 $24,410 $13,800 - 49,870 -13% 21%
84 File clerks 70 $20,450 $14,770 - 27,580 -41% 20%
85 Amusement and recreation attendants 70 $18,480 $16,710 - 20,640 24% 22%
86 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 70 $0 $ - 27% 47%
87 Loan officers 60 $71,420 $43,400 - 103,520 12% 49%
88 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 60 $43,460 $25,280 - 59,780 10% 17%
89 Brickmasons and blockmasons 60 $40,360 $29,440 - 51,080 10% 3%
90 Bill and account collectors 60 $28,860 $21,680 - 41,460 23% 13%
91 First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 60 $27,460 $16,270 - 39,390 16% 26%
92 Cement masons and concrete finishers 60 $27,250 $20,870 - 32,240 11% 2%
93 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 60 $26,900 $16,760 - 40,650 -9% 5%
94 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 60 $24,840 $17,450 - 33,000 13% 11%
95 Telemarketers 60 $21,110 $16,110 - 30,290 -10% 14%
96 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 60 $20,470 $14,250 - 35,580 14% 3%
97 Recreation workers 60 $18,630 $14,220 - 26,150 13% 47%
98 Packers and packagers, hand 60 $17,160 $13,720 - 28,720 -12% 3%
99 Nonfarm animal caretakers 60 $16,870 $14,260 - 20,360 18% 16%
100 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 50 $48,210 $27,610 - 62,570 4% 38%
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Jobs More Common Near Hot Springs Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Medical transcriptionists 31,760 110 6
Sheet metal workers 29,050 160 4.4
Cooks, fast food 15,400 440 3.6
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 18,660 270 3.5
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 32,950 520 3.2
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 17,200 140 2.8
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 20,040 780 2.4
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 17,820 120 2.4
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 30,220 650 2.4
Food servers, nonrestaurant 16,740 100 2.3
Food preparation workers 18,910 460 2.3
Pharmacy technicians 27,920 170 2.2
Dishwashers 16,070 270 2.2
Food service managers 40,990 100 2.1
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 16,620 430 2.1
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 16,970 250 2
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 28,310 370 2
Medical and health services managers 77,580 120 1.9
Medical secretaries 0 210 1.9
Cooks, restaurant 18,500 410 1.9
Retail salespersons 22,550 2,050 1.9
Bus drivers, school 21,490 180 1.9
Registered nurses 53,110 1,160 1.9
Dental assistants 26,630 130 1.8
Cashiers 17,350 1,470 1.8
Electricians 34,460 270 1.8
Pharmacists 85,680 110 1.8
Physicians and surgeons, all other 0 110 1.8
Waiters and waitresses 16,300 1,000 1.8
Postal service mail carriers 0 140 1.7
Fire fighters 29,910 100 1.7
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 25,200 730 1.7
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 44,730 240 1.7
Child, family, and school social workers 34,980 100 1.6
Medical assistants 24,460 180 1.6
Driver/sales workers 27,770 130 1.5
Insurance sales agents 32,140 120 1.5
Maintenance and repair workers, general 27,260 450 1.5
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 20,090 130 1.5
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 46,750 330 1.5
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 23,680 640 1.5
Tellers 21,440 190 1.4
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,220 120 1.4
Receptionists and information clerks 20,800 370 1.4
Office clerks, general 21,690 940 1.4
Social and human service assistants 29,520 100 1.4
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 30,910 140 1.4
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 16,870 130 1.3
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 20,560 280 1.3
Stock clerks and order fillers 20,660 570 1.3

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Hot Springs, Arkansas Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Driver/sales workers 27,770 1.06 130
Pharmacy technicians 27,920 0.99 170
Medical transcriptionists 31,760 0.99 110
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 55,620 0.98 280
Food preparation workers 18,910 0.98 460
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 16,870 0.97 130
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 29,060 0.96 130
Helpers--production workers 22,570 0.96 110
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 16,970 0.95 250
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 27,510 0.95 170
Cashiers 17,350 0.94 1,470
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 28,310 0.94 370
Dishwashers 16,070 0.93 270
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 36,190 0.93 230
Retail salespersons 22,550 0.92 2,050
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 30,910 0.92 140
Medical and health services managers 77,580 0.92 120
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 46,750 0.91 330
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,220 0.91 120
Tellers 21,440 0.91 190
Stock clerks and order fillers 20,660 0.91 570
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 17,820 0.9 120
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 44,730 0.89 240
Cooks, fast food 15,400 0.89 440
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 17,200 0.88 140
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 20,010 0.87 520
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 24,850 0.87 110
Waiters and waitresses 16,300 0.87 1,000
Medical assistants 24,460 0.87 180
Receptionists and information clerks 20,800 0.87 370
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 16,620 0.87 430
Industrial truck and tractor operators 26,040 0.87 110
Business operations specialists, all other 50,730 0.86 120
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 14,840 0.86 530
Registered nurses 53,110 0.86 1,160
Counter and rental clerks 19,950 0.86 120
Child care workers 16,480 0.85 130
Office clerks, general 21,690 0.85 940
Cooks, restaurant 18,500 0.85 410
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 20,520 0.85 570
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 20,560 0.85 280
Elementary school teachers, except special education 42,040 0.84 300
Security guards 21,220 0.84 240
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 20,040 0.83 780
Customer service representatives 24,760 0.83 250
Team assemblers 22,790 0.83 120
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 32,950 0.83 520
Dental assistants 26,630 0.83 130
Bus drivers, school 21,490 0.82 180
Pharmacists 85,680 0.82 110

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