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Ocala Employment

Employment and Industries in the Ocala, Florida Area

Ocala is known as the horse capital of the world. The horse breeding, training and related support provides over 40,000 jobs. Ocala has a manufacturing base which includes the production of emergency vehicles, trucks, vans, missiles and shelving and storage units. Ocala is home to the headquarters of Emergency One a worldwide designer and manufacturer of fire rescue vehicles. In addition, employment levels for manufacturing are double the statewide average.

Peanuts, fruits, vegetables and livestock, especially cattle also contribute to the economy. About 2,000 of the county's residents are employed in the agriculture industry. The tourism industry also provides numerous jobs.

Ocala's major sectors for employment are:

  • Thoroughbred industry
  • Tourism
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Government
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Finance and insurance

Occupations that are more common in Ocala than most other cities include farm workers, farm and ranch animals; animal trainers, nonfarm animal caretakers, pest control workers, medical equipment repairers, veterinary technologists and technicians; veterinarians and personal care and service workers.

The major private sector employers in the Ocala region are:

  • Munroe Regional Medical Center
  • Walmart
  • Publix Supermarkets
  • Ocala Regional Medical Center
  • AT&T
  • Taylor, Bean and Whitacker
  • Cheney Brothers Inc
  • Swift Transportation Company
  • Hospice of Marion County Inc
  • Signature Brands LLC
  • Custom Window Systems Inc
  • Townley Manufacturing Company Inc
  • SPX Dehydration and Air Filtration
  • On Top of the World Communities Inc
  • Elster AMCO Water Inc
  • Cingular Wireless
  • Kmart Corporation
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Emergency One Inc
  • Class 1
  • Closet Maid
  • Mark IV Automotive
  • Skyline Corporation

The primary government employers are shown below:

  • Marion County Public Schools
  • State of Florida
  • US Government
  • Marion County Board of County Commissioners
  • City of Ocala
  • Marion County Sheriff's Office
  • Central Florida Community College

Notable information about Ocala: About 19% of the residents in Ocala hold a bachelor's degree or better. The cost of living in 2008 was 86.4 which is less than the nation's average of 100. In 2007 the estimated median household income was $38,000.

Ocala companies may obtain assistance from business organizations such as:

The Ocala Business Journal offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in Ocala.

Most Popular Jobs in Ocala, Florida 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 1,950 $59,520 $41,510 - 77,140 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 1,590 $56,480 $26,840 - 111,900 8% 51%
3 Accountants and auditors 490 $54,370 $33,390 - 82,790 18% 79%
4 Lawyers 310 $79,420 $46,610 - 126,620 11% 99%
5 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 290 $59,370 $34,990 - 109,250 12% 51%
6 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 230 $59,830 $28,980 - 105,790 25% 67%
7 Pharmacists 210 $103,550 $87,060 - 128,730 22% 97%
8 Chief executives 190 $148,030 $81,810 - 2% 65%
9 Sales managers 150 $135,930 $72,570 - 10% 69%
10 Physical therapists 150 $64,210 $31,690 - 96,210 27% 89%
11 Financial managers 140 $91,610 $53,980 - 152,720 13% 60%
12 Veterinarians 140 $72,430 $32,030 - 106,030 35% 100%
13 Industrial engineers 140 $67,920 $34,380 - 119,330 20% 74%
14 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 140 $49,600 $28,480 - 75,360 18% 56%
15 Self-enrichment education teachers 140 $30,270 $15,440 - 57,110 23% 54%
16 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 140 $0 $ - 13% 73%
17 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 130 $49,740 $33,620 - 71,590 17% 56%
18 Management analysts 120 $77,080 $35,320 - 136,370 22% 78%
19 Network systems and data communications analysts 120 $50,500 $33,310 - 75,950 53% 57%
20 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 120 $49,340 $37,640 - 62,290 12% 51%
21 Sales and related workers, all other 120 $30,870 $18,730 - 40,680 14% 62%
22 Public relations specialists 110 $42,830 $25,740 - 64,690 18% 81%
23 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 110 $32,680 $22,810 - 46,420 34% 73%
24 Social and human service assistants 110 $28,340 $20,490 - 38,030 34% 58%
25 Librarians 110 $0 $ - 4% 85%
26 Medical and public health social workers 100 $46,520 $15,460 - 74,750 24% 77%
27 Medical and health services managers 90 $90,420 $58,870 - 154,700 16% 57%
28 Managers, all other 90 $71,270 $38,370 - 127,590 7% 55%
29 Advertising sales agents 90 $47,330 $31,260 - 65,660 20% 56%
30 Training and development specialists 90 $41,810 $26,530 - 60,380 18% 56%
31 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 90 $37,590 $23,940 - 57,910 5% 58%
32 Computer programmers 80 $68,270 $42,990 - 99,700 -4% 73%
33 Personal financial advisors 80 $62,180 $36,010 - 98,550 41% 81%
34 Network and computer systems administrators 80 $59,180 $31,310 - 84,330 27% 50%
35 Instructional coordinators 80 $50,420 $22,530 - 79,150 23% 79%
36 Computer systems analysts 80 $48,510 $37,030 - 62,810 29% 68%
37 Child, family, and school social workers 80 $42,950 $28,150 - 72,750 19% 77%
38 Community and social service specialists, all other 80 $41,210 $20,120 - 61,310 25% 58%
39 Graphic designers 80 $34,310 $18,740 - 60,310 10% 55%
40 Rehabilitation counselors 80 $31,160 $22,170 - 40,480 23% 73%
41 Financial specialists, all other 70 $54,860 $32,790 - 75,890 12% 50%
42 Surveyors 70 $52,830 $24,020 - 94,590 24% 82%
43 Computer software engineers, applications 60 $95,950 $48,650 - 156,400 45% 85%
44 Civil engineers 60 $76,750 $45,460 - 121,490 18% 87%
45 Speech-language pathologists 60 $63,430 $44,670 - 85,160 11% 98%
46 Mechanical engineers 60 $60,240 $35,610 - 93,690 4% 78%
47 Education, training, and library workers, all other 60 $47,670 $27,860 - 76,820 11% 79%
48 Mental health counselors 60 $33,940 $26,710 - 46,440 30% 73%
49 Floral designers 60 $22,300 $16,040 - 31,710 -9% 55%
50 Dentists, general 50 $165,910 $113,920 - 9% 100%
51 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 50 $64,140 $42,520 - 82,260 16% 99%
52 Editors 50 $53,670 $33,340 - 84,030 2% 81%
53 Counselors, all other 50 $39,620 $21,600 - 70,590 17% 73%
54 Engineering managers 40 $123,010 $85,550 - 7% 84%
55 Marketing managers 40 $109,250 $55,690 - 14% 69%
56 Computer and information systems managers 40 $89,710 $50,110 - 127,780 16% 73%
57 Electrical engineers 40 $74,570 $55,400 - 100,990 6% 81%
58 Financial analysts 40 $74,370 $36,850 - 104,910 34% 87%
59 Occupational therapists 40 $71,610 $54,910 - 95,870 23% 90%
60 Market research analysts 40 $61,400 $35,440 - 96,550 20% 82%
61 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 40 $41,450 $26,850 - 59,550 18% 56%
62 Marriage and family therapists 40 $35,780 $27,930 - 53,970 30% 73%
63 Architects, except landscape and naval 40 $0 $ - 18% 88%
64 Physician assistants 30 $117,550 $89,150 - 139,980 27% 67%
65 Database administrators 30 $51,930 $42,260 - 70,600 29% 72%
66 Operations research analysts 30 $48,250 $30,870 - 71,710 11% 71%
67 Dietitians and nutritionists 30 $46,840 $34,770 - 64,790 9% 72%
68 Chiropractors 30 $0 $ - 14% 98%

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 3,770 $26,370 $15,060 - 41,040 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 3,690 $17,790 $14,670 - 22,150 -3% 10%
3 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 2,720 $18,120 $14,590 - 26,780 18% 5%
4 Stock clerks and order fillers 2,550 $20,420 $15,130 - 28,150 -8% 8%
5 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 2,380 $25,880 $17,680 - 34,100 1% 18%
6 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 2,000 $31,070 $21,960 - 40,970 10% 4%
7 Office clerks, general 1,940 $23,640 $15,390 - 32,260 13% 19%
8 Waiters and waitresses 1,920 $18,210 $14,680 - 24,050 11% 14%
9 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,710 $22,470 $17,480 - 29,470 18% 7%
10 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,340 $30,260 $19,590 - 41,940 13% 16%
11 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,250 $23,430 $16,890 - 31,080 2% 5%
12 Receptionists and information clerks 1,220 $22,880 $16,200 - 32,050 17% 13%
13 Customer service representatives 1,160 $24,760 $15,410 - 36,270 25% 22%
14 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 1,150 $39,390 $25,110 - 59,120 4% 25%
15 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 1,100 $21,990 $14,940 - 33,090 18% 6%
16 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,060 $21,260 $15,130 - 30,050 15% 4%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 980 $39,750 $22,170 - 63,290 6% 29%
18 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 980 $26,160 $16,630 - 44,930 8% 4%
19 Team assemblers 980 $24,970 $18,380 - 31,980 0% 5%
20 Maintenance and repair workers, general 940 $27,880 $16,770 - 40,320 10% 6%
21 Cooks, restaurant 890 $20,350 $16,480 - 26,070 12% 5%
22 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 850 $35,020 $24,460 - 52,930 15% 18%
23 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 850 $33,470 $20,380 - 51,080 14% 4%
24 Dishwashers 780 $16,020 $14,430 - 19,160 10% 3%
25 Carpenters 770 $33,650 $20,070 - 43,200 10% 6%
26 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 700 $54,630 $32,680 - 92,950 9% 10%
27 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 690 $40,010 $32,280 - 51,100 14% 7%
28 Food preparation workers 640 $18,600 $14,860 - 24,810 15% 7%
29 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 640 $17,350 $14,740 - 20,820 13% 5%
30 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 620 $25,230 $18,410 - 35,410 -9% 5%
31 General and operations managers 610 $97,560 $29,550 - 2% 48%
32 Sales representatives, services, all other 600 $59,390 $24,860 - 120,330 28% 48%
33 Tellers 590 $22,670 $17,100 - 28,320 14% 16%
34 Medical assistants 580 $25,270 $20,280 - 31,660 35% 10%
35 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 580 $24,090 $16,600 - 36,300 4% 6%
36 Counter and rental clerks 550 $21,530 $14,700 - 35,860 23% 16%
37 Business operations specialists, all other 540 $57,010 $32,290 - 81,620 21% 49%
38 Nonfarm animal caretakers 540 $21,650 $17,030 - 25,950 18% 16%
39 Bus drivers, school 530 $0 $ - 9% 4%
40 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 520 $31,500 $21,130 - 42,240 8% 3%
41 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 510 $30,580 $19,290 - 42,830 11% 14%
42 Construction laborers 510 $24,970 $17,720 - 33,380 11% 5%
43 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 460 $40,120 $28,850 - 53,770 11% 33%
44 Security guards 460 $19,040 $14,750 - 25,770 17% 13%
45 Electricians 450 $33,240 $23,770 - 46,510 7% 7%
46 Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals 440 $22,000 $16,320 - 33,390 3% 4%
47 Home health aides 430 $19,300 $15,270 - 24,630 49% 7%
48 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 420 $35,480 $25,990 - 50,240 9% 3%
49 Pharmacy technicians 410 $28,540 $21,120 - 34,600 32% 16%
50 Postal service mail carriers 410 $0 $ - 1% 11%
51 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 400 $27,340 $19,750 - 36,280 4% 15%
52 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 390 $35,750 $22,110 - 57,790 11% 4%
53 Painters, construction and maintenance 390 $25,930 $15,190 - 36,060 12% 6%
54 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 370 $22,090 $14,760 - 33,930 12% 6%
55 Telemarketers 360 $20,380 $16,440 - 25,290 -10% 14%
56 Insurance sales agents 350 $60,110 $27,270 - 120,080 13% 45%
57 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 340 $48,670 $26,470 - 77,820 -5% 15%
58 Cooks, fast food 340 $17,400 $14,560 - 21,560 8% 5%
59 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 320 $50,950 $30,020 - 75,140 7% 13%
60 Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 320 $30,230 $20,160 - 41,080 -27% 6%
61 Paralegals and legal assistants 310 $36,800 $27,650 - 50,350 22% 45%
62 Order clerks 310 $25,580 $16,850 - 31,730 -24% 16%
63 Industrial truck and tractor operators 310 $24,770 $18,300 - 32,100 -2% 2%
64 Medical secretaries 310 $24,690 $17,660 - 30,910 17% 18%
65 Preschool teachers, except special education 310 $21,020 $15,490 - 25,500 26% 43%
66 Loan officers 300 $52,200 $30,720 - 80,510 12% 49%
67 Child care workers 300 $21,770 $15,430 - 29,520 18% 15%
68 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 290 $32,190 $21,620 - 40,320 5% 2%
69 Helpers--electricians 290 $26,770 $18,360 - 36,220 7% 3%
70 Plasterers and stucco masons 260 $39,670 $29,270 - 50,650 8% 0%
71 Recreation workers 260 $18,260 $14,480 - 24,450 13% 47%
72 File clerks 250 $25,200 $17,480 - 31,180 -41% 20%
73 Data entry keyers 240 $23,680 $15,250 - 31,060 -5% 18%
74 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 230 $67,390 $30,970 - 125,380 4% 38%
75 Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 230 $45,820 $32,480 - 63,260 4% 18%
76 Roofers 230 $28,660 $21,540 - 37,010 14% 3%
77 Parts salespersons 230 $27,140 $18,560 - 38,350 -2% 6%
78 Construction managers 220 $81,770 $48,030 - 130,510 16% 29%
79 Computer support specialists 220 $35,550 $26,640 - 49,170 13% 43%
80 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 220 $30,870 $22,480 - 41,260 19% 14%
81 Veterinary technologists and technicians 220 $26,360 $19,970 - 34,660 41% 16%
82 Bill and account collectors 220 $26,290 $17,040 - 37,050 23% 13%
83 Physicians and surgeons, all other 210 $170,310 $95,280 - 0% 0%
84 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 210 $35,080 $22,040 - 66,260 -7% 14%
85 Cost estimators 200 $52,070 $34,180 - 76,000 19% 32%
86 Radiologic technologists and technicians 200 $46,050 $34,520 - 61,120 15% 25%
87 Industrial machinery mechanics 200 $33,790 $25,940 - 45,320 9% 5%
88 Dental assistants 200 $33,390 $25,800 - 40,830 29% 9%
89 Pest control workers 200 $30,040 $19,400 - 40,180 16% 9%
90 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 200 $26,490 $21,130 - 36,630 -15% 0%
91 Office and administrative support workers, all other 200 $22,050 $14,840 - 31,270 -9% 32%
92 Dental hygienists 190 $52,630 $36,070 - 66,200 30% 33%
93 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 190 $40,020 $28,610 - 56,680 12% 3%
94 Driver/sales workers 190 $30,230 $15,190 - 42,260 -5% 4%
95 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 190 $21,470 $16,390 - 29,770 14% 3%
96 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 190 $19,310 $15,880 - 24,520 17% 14%
97 Packers and packagers, hand 190 $18,600 $14,930 - 24,130 -12% 3%
98 Food servers, nonrestaurant 190 $18,530 $14,700 - 24,100 16% 9%
99 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 190 $18,330 $14,660 - 24,330 10% 5%
100 All other information and record clerks 180 $28,110 $21,640 - 35,570 -13% 21%
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Jobs More Common Near Ocala Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals 22,000 440 47.7
Animal trainers 34,890 120 32.2
Plasterers and stucco masons 39,670 260 11.9
Upholsterers 22,810 100 6.6
Nonfarm animal caretakers 21,650 540 6.4
Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door 24,320 120 6
Real estate brokers 0 150 5.3
Pest control workers 30,040 200 5.1
Medical equipment preparers 22,310 120 4.7
Veterinary technologists and technicians 26,360 220 4.4
Veterinarians 72,430 140 4.4
Helpers--electricians 26,770 290 4.3
Pharmacy aides 18,580 100 3.8
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 25,230 620 3.8
Protective service workers, all other 24,300 170 3.5
Personal care and service workers, all other 20,330 120 3.3
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers 18,990 130 3.1
Roofers 28,660 230 3
Physical therapist assistants 45,180 110 3
Surveying and mapping technicians 28,760 130 2.9
Medical transcriptionists 29,160 140 2.7
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 32,680 110 2.5
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 35,480 420 2.4
Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 30,230 320 2.4
Demonstrators and product promoters 22,360 110 2.3
Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 32,240 130 2.3
Painters, construction and maintenance 25,930 390 2.3
Dishwashers 16,020 780 2.3
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 31,500 520 2.3
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 24,740 150 2.2
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 45,820 230 2.1
Stock clerks and order fillers 20,420 2,550 2
Bus drivers, school 0 530 2
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 33,470 850 2
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 30,870 220 2
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 31,070 2,000 2
Order clerks 25,580 310 1.9
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 25,880 2,380 1.9
Pharmacy technicians 28,540 410 1.9
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 22,470 1,710 1.9
Drywall and ceiling tile installers 38,220 150 1.9
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 35,450 110 1.9
Counter and rental clerks 21,530 550 1.8
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 54,630 700 1.8
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 21,990 1,100 1.8
File clerks 25,200 250 1.8
Postal service mail carriers 0 410 1.8
Medical assistants 25,270 580 1.8
Architectural and civil drafters 31,810 140 1.8
Construction and building inspectors 42,230 110 1.8

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Ocala, Florida Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Sales managers 135,930 1.38 150
Driver/sales workers 30,230 1.15 190
Sales representatives, services, all other 59,390 1.14 600
Child care workers 21,770 1.13 300
Animal trainers 34,890 1.09 120
Retail salespersons 26,370 1.08 3,770
Insurance sales agents 60,110 1.07 350
File clerks 25,200 1.07 250
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 18,120 1.05 2,720
Management analysts 77,080 1.05 120
Nonfarm animal caretakers 21,650 1.05 540
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 35,080 1.05 210
Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 49,600 1.04 140
Dental assistants 33,390 1.04 200
Bartenders 19,970 1.03 130
Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 30,230 1.02 320
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 21,470 1.02 190
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 39,390 1.02 1,150
Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 52,050 1.02 140
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 40,020 1.02 190
Pharmacy technicians 28,540 1.02 410
General and operations managers 97,560 1.01 610
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 40,010 1.01 690
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 30,580 1.01 510
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 23,790 1.01 130
Helpers--electricians 26,770 1 290
Cooks, fast food 17,400 1 340
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 56,480 1 1,590
Plasterers and stucco masons 39,670 1 260
Social and human service assistants 28,340 1 110
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 19,310 0.99 190
Drywall and ceiling tile installers 38,220 0.99 150
Financial managers 91,610 0.99 140
Pharmacists 103,550 0.99 210
Physical therapist assistants 45,180 0.99 110
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 30,870 0.98 220
Chief executives 148,030 0.98 190
Waiters and waitresses 18,210 0.97 1,920
Construction managers 81,770 0.97 220
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 23,430 0.97 1,250
Business operations specialists, all other 57,010 0.97 540
Food preparation workers 18,600 0.97 640
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 67,390 0.97 230
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 17,130 0.97 150
Registered nurses 59,520 0.97 1,950
Pest control workers 30,040 0.96 200
Cashiers 17,790 0.96 3,690
Tellers 22,670 0.96 590
Receptionists and information clerks 22,880 0.96 1,220
Physicians and surgeons, all other 170,310 0.96 210

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