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Jonesboro Employment

Employment and Industries in the Jonesboro, Arkansas Area

Jonesboro is attractive to companies due to factors such as the low cost of doing business, a viable economy, advantageous tax structure and affordable housing. In addition, the city has more than 100 industrial facilities. The major sectors for employment in Jonesboro are manufacturing, healthcare, trade, education and agriculture.

Some of the most popular occupations in Jonesboro which are primarily filled by college graduates are registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, social and human services assistants, accountants and auditors, pharmacists and medical and health services managers. In addition, some of the Jonesboro jobs that pay well are business operations specialists, telecommunications line installers and repairers, teachers, general and operations managers, wholesale and manufacturing representatives and pharmacists.

A collection of notable information regarding the city: Jonesboro Unlimited is part of the Jonesboro Economic Development Corporation and consists of business and professional people who are interested in the economic and industrial growth of the Jonesboro area. In 2008, the cost of living index for Jonesboro was 82. The national average is 100. The median household income in 2007 was $40,000. Regarding the population over the age of 25, about 26% have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Shown below are the primary employers in Jonesboro:

  • St. Bernards Medical Center
  • Arkansas State University
  • Walmart Super Centers
  • Jonesboro Public Schools
  • NEA Medical Center
  • City of Jonesboro
  • Nettleton Public Schools
  • Nestle Prepared Foods Company
  • Post Cereals
  • Frito-Lay
  • Riceland Foods
  • Butterball
  • Thomas & Betts
  • Great Dane Trailers
  • Hytrol
  • Nordex USA
  • International Paper
  • Nice-Pak Products
  • Quebecor World
  • Nice-Pak
  • Alberto-Culver
  • Nordex
  • Airtex Products
  • Delta Consolidated Industries

Business organizations offering assistance to Jonesboro companies:

The Jonesboro Sun provides information about the current business activities in Jonesboro.

Most Popular Jobs in Jonesboro, 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 890 $50,170 $33,420 - 65,980 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 520 $39,630 $27,900 - 51,610 14% 95%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 490 $53,150 $21,250 - 117,340 8% 51%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 470 $41,920 $29,370 - 54,210 6% 96%
5 Social and human service assistants 250 $22,200 $16,080 - 31,050 34% 58%
6 Accountants and auditors 230 $48,390 $28,330 - 83,140 18% 79%
7 Teachers and instructors, all other 220 $44,680 $30,340 - 53,770 9% 54%
8 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 170 $37,630 $25,280 - 51,820 11% 95%
9 Chief executives 150 $114,440 $32,400 - 2% 65%
10 Pharmacists 130 $98,660 $50,000 - 128,950 22% 97%
11 Child, family, and school social workers 120 $42,510 $27,320 - 60,910 19% 77%
12 Sales managers 100 $69,000 $36,930 - 121,880 10% 69%
13 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 100 $34,280 $15,150 - 50,910 30% 77%
14 Financial managers 90 $82,400 $40,320 - 134,810 13% 60%
15 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 90 $67,780 $54,840 - 84,610 8% 78%
16 Medical and health services managers 90 $60,720 $41,950 - 81,600 16% 57%
17 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 90 $46,300 $31,100 - 63,840 13% 73%
18 Self-enrichment education teachers 90 $42,830 $32,430 - 54,740 23% 54%
19 Lawyers 80 $85,360 $44,790 - 11% 99%
20 Physical therapists 80 $65,760 $51,110 - 83,010 27% 89%
21 Training and development specialists 80 $39,050 $27,640 - 53,740 18% 56%
22 Computer programmers 70 $62,010 $37,640 - 91,310 -4% 73%
23 Computer software engineers, applications 70 $49,930 $22,440 - 121,880 45% 85%
24 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 70 $40,230 $21,010 - 61,440 12% 51%
25 Statisticians 70 $37,900 $27,650 - 50,980 9% 93%
26 Librarians 60 $50,270 $38,100 - 64,310 4% 85%
27 Managers, all other 60 $49,340 $22,250 - 80,940 7% 55%
28 Network and computer systems administrators 60 $48,320 $35,500 - 63,600 27% 50%
29 Management analysts 60 $47,510 $31,210 - 65,460 22% 78%
30 Special education teachers, secondary school 60 $43,730 $34,040 - 53,050 9% 87%
31 Coaches and scouts 50 $53,110 $30,160 - 83,560 15% 60%
32 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 50 $48,710 $34,220 - 65,360 -5% 96%
33 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 50 $40,500 $32,020 - 51,000 20% 87%
34 Advertising sales agents 50 $33,660 $18,330 - 48,490 20% 56%
35 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 50 $32,630 $25,740 - 46,240 18% 56%
36 Legislators 50 $0 $ - 1% 65%
37 Mechanical engineers 40 $73,890 $28,300 - 131,270 4% 78%
38 Industrial engineers 40 $58,410 $43,850 - 76,880 20% 74%
39 Speech-language pathologists 40 $51,780 $38,550 - 66,570 11% 98%
40 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 40 $34,450 $26,480 - 44,870 15% 51%
41 Rehabilitation counselors 40 $32,040 $16,730 - 56,150 23% 73%
42 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 40 $31,310 $26,500 - 38,620 11% 58%
43 Social workers, all other 40 $30,870 $22,570 - 47,620 18% 77%
44 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 40 $0 $ - 25% 67%
45 Dentists, general 40 $0 $ - 9% 100%
46 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 30 $44,130 $28,850 - 63,290 5% 58%
47 Social and community service managers 30 $41,960 $23,890 - 68,850 25% 72%
48 Public relations specialists 30 $38,810 $21,790 - 53,620 18% 81%

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 1,850 $20,830 $13,940 - 31,910 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 1,510 $16,270 $13,710 - 19,740 -3% 10%
3 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,320 $20,820 $14,860 - 29,760 2% 5%
4 Team assemblers 1,060 $22,150 $17,150 - 29,110 0% 5%
5 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 900 $15,240 $13,820 - 16,600 18% 5%
6 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 870 $29,420 $18,070 - 43,900 10% 4%
7 Stock clerks and order fillers 840 $19,250 $14,220 - 27,960 -8% 8%
8 Waiters and waitresses 840 $18,910 $13,890 - 26,830 11% 14%
9 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 800 $18,640 $14,330 - 23,620 15% 4%
10 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 750 $29,110 $17,870 - 40,610 13% 16%
11 Office clerks, general 720 $20,590 $14,460 - 29,410 13% 19%
12 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 710 $19,980 $16,610 - 24,550 18% 7%
13 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 660 $32,690 $19,340 - 50,050 4% 25%
14 Maintenance and repair workers, general 650 $30,310 $18,890 - 42,810 10% 6%
15 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 640 $22,930 $15,980 - 31,380 1% 18%
16 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 620 $20,770 $16,460 - 28,630 -9% 5%
17 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 610 $31,640 $24,180 - 39,710 14% 7%
18 Cooks, fast food 580 $15,120 $13,640 - 16,650 8% 5%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 530 $37,500 $22,770 - 58,060 6% 29%
20 General and operations managers 510 $89,680 $39,270 - 2% 48%
21 Security guards 430 $18,760 $14,120 - 28,060 17% 13%
22 Helpers--production workers 420 $21,760 $16,570 - 28,280 -1% 4%
23 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 410 $25,680 $16,610 - 40,650 8% 4%
24 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 370 $27,480 $16,460 - 45,050 11% 14%
25 Receptionists and information clerks 370 $19,960 $14,740 - 26,760 17% 13%
26 Customer service representatives 360 $24,490 $16,940 - 34,550 25% 22%
27 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 340 $29,190 $24,280 - 34,550 5% 2%
28 Food servers, nonrestaurant 340 $14,950 $13,530 - 16,380 16% 9%
29 Industrial truck and tractor operators 320 $26,470 $19,230 - 32,400 -2% 2%
30 Tellers 320 $20,720 $16,680 - 25,880 14% 16%
31 Teacher assistants 320 $17,050 $13,840 - 23,900 10% 18%
32 Food preparation workers 310 $18,010 $14,130 - 25,090 15% 7%
33 Personal and home care aides 290 $16,860 $14,260 - 19,770 51% 10%
34 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 290 $16,820 $13,870 - 20,830 13% 5%
35 Child care workers 290 $16,110 $14,090 - 19,460 18% 15%
36 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 280 $44,710 $24,950 - 74,890 -5% 15%
37 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 280 $27,960 $19,340 - 34,940 -7% 14%
38 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 270 $23,090 $16,610 - 30,420 4% 6%
39 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 270 $16,330 $13,890 - 20,320 11% 5%
40 Packers and packagers, hand 260 $25,380 $15,200 - 32,290 -12% 3%
41 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 250 $34,180 $20,990 - 52,310 11% 33%
42 Telemarketers 250 $16,630 $13,440 - 21,320 -10% 14%
43 Construction laborers 240 $20,560 $15,540 - 26,920 11% 5%
44 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 220 $45,130 $28,040 - 68,370 7% 13%
45 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 220 $31,290 $21,400 - 47,190 15% 18%
46 Pharmacy technicians 210 $23,160 $17,320 - 30,040 32% 16%
47 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 210 $22,240 $14,850 - 35,280 18% 6%
48 Cooks, restaurant 210 $18,980 $15,160 - 24,830 12% 5%
49 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 200 $31,790 $20,560 - 44,200 14% 4%
50 Bill and account collectors 200 $22,670 $15,930 - 30,740 23% 13%
51 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 200 $15,090 $13,780 - 16,370 10% 8%
52 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 190 $26,120 $15,190 - 41,300 19% 14%
53 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 190 $24,810 $17,670 - 32,440 4% 15%
54 Counter and rental clerks 190 $18,910 $13,910 - 30,560 23% 16%
55 Bus drivers, school 190 $18,820 $14,080 - 25,480 9% 4%
56 Business operations specialists, all other 180 $62,280 $27,850 - 103,560 21% 49%
57 Insurance sales agents 180 $46,610 $24,730 - 100,750 13% 45%
58 Production workers, all other 180 $27,660 $19,630 - 37,250 2% 5%
59 Medical secretaries 180 $24,560 $17,980 - 34,810 17% 18%
60 Industrial machinery mechanics 170 $32,300 $22,380 - 40,370 9% 5%
61 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 170 $25,790 $19,070 - 32,800 -15% 0%
62 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 160 $32,950 $21,730 - 41,940 2% 11%
63 Home health aides 160 $18,450 $14,000 - 24,270 49% 7%
64 Dishwashers 160 $16,140 $13,970 - 19,580 10% 3%
65 Electrical power-line installers and repairers 140 $39,640 $22,580 - 60,320 7% 6%
66 Computer support specialists 140 $32,520 $21,990 - 47,790 13% 43%
67 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 140 $31,080 $21,700 - 40,710 9% 3%
68 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 140 $27,480 $21,370 - 32,630 8% 3%
69 Parts salespersons 140 $24,690 $16,780 - 36,350 -2% 6%
70 Postal service mail carriers 140 $0 $ - 1% 11%
71 Electricians 130 $34,580 $24,450 - 42,090 7% 7%
72 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 130 $19,600 $13,790 - 29,160 12% 6%
73 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 130 $18,300 $14,030 - 24,130 10% 5%
74 Recreation workers 130 $18,250 $14,330 - 24,390 13% 47%
75 Loan officers 120 $60,490 $32,760 - 101,510 12% 49%
76 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 120 $48,430 $28,550 - 77,810 10% 17%
77 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 120 $34,850 $24,040 - 49,560 13% 17%
78 Preschool teachers, except special education 120 $22,310 $14,090 - 38,630 26% 43%
79 Radiologic technologists and technicians 110 $40,180 $26,610 - 54,480 15% 25%
80 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 110 $39,230 $28,480 - 57,500 9% 10%
81 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 110 $38,520 $28,870 - 50,510 16% 43%
82 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 110 $23,840 $17,480 - 33,370 10% 24%
83 Healthcare support workers, all other 110 $19,650 $14,630 - 25,650 16% 10%
84 Cooks, short order 110 $19,140 $14,640 - 24,960 5% 5%
85 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 110 $15,910 $13,850 - 19,320 10% 17%
86 Industrial production managers 100 $63,950 $31,460 - 114,950 -6% 43%
87 Administrative services managers 100 $60,790 $36,410 - 84,030 12% 40%
88 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 100 $36,760 $28,390 - 43,720 11% 4%
89 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 100 $32,750 $23,480 - 47,140 4% 30%
90 Carpenters 100 $32,310 $23,910 - 41,810 10% 6%
91 Dental assistants 100 $26,180 $17,750 - 35,430 29% 9%
92 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 100 $20,290 $13,990 - 32,160 14% 3%
93 Dental hygienists 90 $58,290 $29,530 - 80,380 30% 33%
94 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 90 $32,380 $22,750 - 42,340 12% 3%
95 Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 90 $24,570 $17,780 - 31,410 -13% 4%
96 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 90 $24,370 $14,670 - 37,300 27% 47%
97 Medical assistants 90 $22,830 $17,450 - 30,540 35% 10%
98 Agricultural equipment operators 90 $22,750 $14,640 - 43,520 -5% 4%
99 Data entry keyers 90 $22,450 $16,950 - 31,720 -5% 18%
100 Switchboard operators, including answering service 90 $20,660 $16,690 - 27,100 -8% 10%
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Jobs More Common Near Jonesboro Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 20,770 620 7.7
Food servers, nonrestaurant 14,950 340 5.7
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 39,640 140 5.6
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 26,120 190 3.5
Cooks, fast food 15,120 580 3.5
Team assemblers 22,150 1,060 3.3
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 29,190 340 3.1
Helpers--production workers 21,760 420 3
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 31,640 610 2.8
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 34,280 100 2.6
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 16,330 270 2.6
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 32,950 160 2.6
Production workers, all other 27,660 180 2.5
Social and human service assistants 22,200 250 2.5
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 25,790 170 2.5
Telemarketers 16,630 250 2.4
Cooks, short order 19,140 110 2.3
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 38,520 110 2.2
Industrial production managers 63,950 100 2.1
Industrial machinery mechanics 32,300 170 2.1
Parts salespersons 24,690 140 2
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 34,850 120 2
Pharmacy technicians 23,160 210 2
Personal and home care aides 16,860 290 2
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 27,960 280 2
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 18,300 130 1.9
Healthcare support workers, all other 19,650 110 1.9
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 20,820 1,320 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 32,690 660 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 48,430 120 1.7
Tellers 20,720 320 1.7
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 29,420 870 1.7
Industrial truck and tractor operators 26,470 320 1.7
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 31,080 140 1.7
Insurance sales agents 46,610 180 1.6
Radiologic technologists and technicians 40,180 110 1.6
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 19,980 710 1.6
Chief executives 114,440 150 1.6
Maintenance and repair workers, general 30,310 650 1.6
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 23,840 110 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 45,130 220 1.6
Child care workers 16,110 290 1.5
Pharmacists 98,660 130 1.5
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 41,920 470 1.5
Recreation workers 18,250 130 1.5
Bus drivers, school 18,820 190 1.5
Bill and account collectors 22,670 200 1.4
Child, family, and school social workers 42,510 120 1.4
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 27,480 370 1.4
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 44,710 280 1.4

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Packers and packagers, hand 25,380 1.24 260
Teachers and instructors, all other 44,680 1.17 220
Business operations specialists, all other 62,280 1.06 180
Child, family, and school social workers 42,510 1.05 120
Loan officers 60,490 1.02 120
Waiters and waitresses 18,910 1.01 840
Cooks, short order 19,140 0.96 110
Production workers, all other 27,660 0.95 180
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 32,950 0.95 160
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 53,150 0.94 490
Pharmacists 98,660 0.94 130
Food preparation workers 18,010 0.94 310
Dishwashers 16,140 0.94 160
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 48,430 0.93 120
General and operations managers 89,680 0.93 510
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 18,300 0.92 130
Helpers--production workers 21,760 0.92 420
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 22,240 0.92 210
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 29,110 0.91 750
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 27,480 0.91 370
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 15,910 0.9 110
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 25,680 0.89 410
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 25,790 0.89 170
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,240 0.88 900
Maintenance and repair workers, general 30,310 0.88 650
Industrial truck and tractor operators 26,470 0.88 320
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 16,820 0.88 290
Cashiers 16,270 0.88 1,510
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 31,790 0.88 200
Preschool teachers, except special education 22,310 0.88 120
Tellers 20,720 0.87 320
Cooks, restaurant 18,980 0.87 210
Cooks, fast food 15,120 0.87 580
Home health aides 18,450 0.87 160
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 20,820 0.86 1,320
Retail salespersons 20,830 0.85 1,850
Medical secretaries 24,560 0.85 180
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 15,090 0.85 200
Personal and home care aides 16,860 0.84 290
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 44,710 0.84 280
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 32,690 0.84 660
Stock clerks and order fillers 19,250 0.84 840
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 23,840 0.84 110
Child care workers 16,110 0.84 290
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 27,960 0.83 280
Receptionists and information clerks 19,960 0.83 370
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 26,120 0.83 190
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 19,980 0.83 710
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 37,500 0.83 530
Insurance sales agents 46,610 0.83 180

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