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Columbus Employment

Employment and Industries in the Columbus, Georgia Area

Columbus is regarded as one of the largest textile centers in the south. Other manufacturing industries include electrical equipment, food products, fabricated metal products and aircraft parts. The major sectors for employment in Columbus are healthcare, education, finance and insurance, accommodation and food services, manufacturing and construction.

Shown below is a list of the major employers in Columbus:

  • Fort Benning (US Army)
  • TSYS
  • Muscogee County School District
  • AFLAC Incorporated
  • Columbus Consolidated Government
  • Columbus Regional Health System
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia
  • W.C. Bradley Company
  • St. Francis Hospital Inc
  • Swift Denim Inc
  • Callaway Gardens Resort Inc
  • Cagles
  • MBIA
  • Mead Westvaco
  • TSYS Business Process Management
  • Pezold Management Assoc Inc
  • Hogan Transport
  • Columbus Foundry L P
  • Interstate Brands Corp (Dolly Madison)

Some of the most popular jobs where the majority of the workers are college graduates include registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, computer programmers, management analysts, training and development specialists and computer systems analysts.

Noteworthy information about Columbus: Approximately 20% of the population have a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2008 the cost of living index in Columbus was 80.4 which is low when compared to the nation's average of 100. In 2007 the estimated median household income was $42,000.

Columbus companies have access to business organizations such as:

The Ledger-Enquirer offers up-to-date information about the business activities in Columbia.

Most Popular Jobs in Columbus, Georgia 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 2,100 $58,690 $42,830 - 76,610 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 1,390 $43,060 $23,830 - 62,970 14% 95%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 850 $47,750 $18,730 - 80,100 8% 51%
4 Teachers and instructors, all other 790 $24,290 $13,040 - 60,270 9% 54%
5 Computer programmers 780 $77,210 $58,400 - 100,820 -4% 73%
6 Management analysts 680 $67,660 $42,970 - 101,350 22% 78%
7 Training and development specialists 620 $55,690 $37,140 - 72,400 18% 56%
8 Accountants and auditors 610 $59,540 $34,720 - 98,060 18% 79%
9 Chief executives 580 $150,170 $72,810 - 2% 65%
10 Computer and information systems managers 570 $109,530 $74,690 - 147,020 16% 73%
11 Computer systems analysts 440 $70,690 $48,620 - 96,280 29% 68%
12 Computer software engineers, applications 390 $77,980 $50,950 - 108,000 45% 85%
13 Financial managers 330 $88,970 $45,150 - 145,570 13% 60%
14 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 310 $64,240 $36,620 - 102,770 8% 78%
15 Pharmacists 300 $104,970 $87,640 - 130,020 22% 97%
16 Social and human service assistants 270 $28,510 $17,090 - 48,280 34% 58%
17 Financial analysts 260 $68,190 $44,820 - 99,060 34% 87%
18 Network and computer systems administrators 260 $64,660 $43,470 - 93,310 27% 50%
19 Civil engineers 250 $63,840 $35,650 - 99,150 18% 87%
20 Sales managers 240 $98,720 $41,680 - 10% 69%
21 Medical and health services managers 240 $81,280 $51,780 - 116,280 16% 57%
22 Self-enrichment education teachers 200 $38,030 $14,460 - 68,060 23% 54%
23 Child, family, and school social workers 200 $31,550 $19,150 - 45,680 19% 77%
24 Managers, all other 190 $85,410 $49,100 - 126,110 7% 55%
25 Industrial engineers 170 $73,270 $50,930 - 101,240 20% 74%
26 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 170 $54,190 $39,520 - 73,840 -5% 96%
27 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 160 $58,390 $38,220 - 78,440 13% 73%
28 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 160 $57,620 $38,640 - 85,560 17% 56%
29 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 160 $48,790 $31,840 - 71,210 5% 58%
30 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 160 $29,590 $20,060 - 43,380 15% 51%
31 Lawyers 150 $88,630 $46,670 - 152,870 11% 99%
32 Network systems and data communications analysts 150 $75,980 $48,880 - 106,620 53% 57%
33 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 140 $52,110 $40,900 - 65,500 12% 51%
34 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 140 $50,550 $18,700 - 96,910 12% 51%
35 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 140 $38,640 $23,980 - 56,360 18% 56%
36 Graphic designers 130 $40,520 $23,260 - 68,020 10% 55%
37 Medical and public health social workers 130 $39,460 $26,630 - 61,540 24% 77%
38 Physician assistants 120 $84,040 $66,230 - 117,310 27% 67%
39 Instructional coordinators 120 $54,580 $28,810 - 79,220 23% 79%
40 Coaches and scouts 120 $49,470 $23,030 - 68,040 15% 60%
41 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 120 $0 $ - 25% 67%
42 Training and development managers 110 $72,170 $55,500 - 98,850 16% 58%
43 Librarians 110 $53,440 $40,930 - 68,030 4% 85%
44 Dentists, general 100 $214,740 $133,680 - 9% 100%
45 Market research analysts 100 $56,970 $32,450 - 85,570 20% 82%
46 Social and community service managers 100 $48,120 $30,280 - 71,950 25% 72%
47 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 100 $45,960 $29,600 - 60,910 20% 87%
48 Marketing managers 90 $83,060 $45,440 - 113,690 14% 69%
49 Physical therapists 90 $73,160 $56,160 - 93,220 27% 89%
50 Advertising sales agents 80 $61,030 $28,670 - 81,450 20% 56%
51 Budget analysts 80 $58,940 $40,680 - 82,820 7% 78%
52 Technical writers 80 $49,650 $36,530 - 65,170 20% 74%
53 Credit analysts 80 $49,160 $34,090 - 61,330 2% 60%
54 Database administrators 70 $73,850 $40,850 - 109,780 29% 72%
55 Computer specialists, all other 70 $69,740 $53,650 - 93,360 15% 68%
56 Special education teachers, middle school 70 $48,780 $40,200 - 60,550 16% 87%
57 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 70 $48,670 $34,010 - 72,130 18% 56%
58 Speech-language pathologists 60 $51,190 $26,410 - 85,110 11% 98%
59 Public relations specialists 60 $41,030 $21,970 - 76,520 18% 81%
60 Legislators 60 $15,530 $12,850 - 21,250 1% 65%
61 Human resources managers, all other 50 $87,510 $40,020 - 133,730 11% 58%
62 Social workers, all other 50 $55,620 $24,080 - 79,950 18% 77%
63 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 50 $37,920 $18,520 - 60,660 30% 77%
64 Mechanical engineers 40 $75,460 $53,480 - 102,260 4% 78%
65 Veterinarians 40 $67,920 $47,230 - 94,630 35% 100%
66 Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates 40 $65,060 $29,020 - 129,510 5% 99%
67 Occupational therapists 40 $64,480 $43,780 - 83,220 23% 90%
68 Financial specialists, all other 40 $56,900 $36,810 - 75,340 12% 50%
69 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 40 $52,370 $35,430 - 73,730 16% 99%
70 Dietitians and nutritionists 40 $47,120 $32,890 - 64,320 9% 72%
71 Reporters and correspondents 40 $33,930 $22,060 - 44,360 1% 85%
72 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 40 $22,610 $17,840 - 30,010 11% 55%
73 Floral designers 40 $20,860 $14,090 - 25,890 -9% 55%
74 Engineering managers 30 $98,080 $53,120 - 137,860 7% 84%
75 Public relations managers 30 $75,000 $31,510 - 115,880 17% 75%
76 Meeting and convention planners 30 $40,330 $29,260 - 49,910 20% 67%
77 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 30 $40,040 $24,100 - 64,250 25% 93%

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 3,960 $22,460 $13,250 - 36,960 12% 25%
2 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 3,720 $15,890 $12,830 - 21,060 18% 5%
3 Cashiers 3,270 $16,150 $12,840 - 20,870 -3% 10%
4 Customer service representatives 3,140 $26,480 $16,600 - 37,880 25% 22%
5 Office clerks, general 2,450 $22,630 $14,000 - 32,690 13% 19%
6 Waiters and waitresses 2,320 $15,920 $12,850 - 21,360 11% 14%
7 General and operations managers 2,020 $80,970 $39,010 - 132,900 2% 48%
8 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,920 $19,350 $14,010 - 25,400 2% 5%
9 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,760 $19,880 $13,500 - 29,000 -8% 8%
10 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,750 $18,550 $13,540 - 26,320 15% 4%
11 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 1,610 $47,120 $28,040 - 70,150 6% 29%
12 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,550 $24,990 $16,710 - 34,600 1% 18%
13 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,470 $30,120 $18,650 - 41,770 13% 16%
14 Maintenance and repair workers, general 1,400 $31,270 $18,870 - 46,230 10% 6%
15 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 1,320 $34,340 $23,790 - 48,430 15% 18%
16 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 1,200 $32,530 $19,660 - 48,450 4% 25%
17 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,120 $21,430 $14,680 - 31,110 18% 7%
18 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 1,060 $29,100 $17,410 - 47,560 11% 14%
19 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,040 $16,300 $13,020 - 20,550 13% 5%
20 Construction laborers 1,020 $21,520 $14,030 - 29,700 11% 5%
21 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,010 $31,390 $20,310 - 48,450 10% 4%
22 Teacher assistants 1,010 $15,760 $13,020 - 19,210 10% 18%
23 Receptionists and information clerks 990 $21,790 $15,280 - 29,700 17% 13%
24 Cooks, restaurant 940 $20,720 $16,120 - 26,230 12% 5%
25 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 870 $33,610 $26,250 - 42,260 14% 7%
26 Security guards 770 $27,820 $13,740 - 43,340 17% 13%
27 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 750 $30,580 $14,910 - 51,230 14% 4%
28 Preschool teachers, except special education 740 $17,850 $13,100 - 20,880 26% 43%
29 Child care workers 740 $16,690 $13,060 - 20,310 18% 15%
30 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 730 $26,750 $15,950 - 45,400 8% 4%
31 Team assemblers 730 $23,040 $15,910 - 34,920 0% 5%
32 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 680 $20,360 $13,950 - 29,120 18% 6%
33 Carpenters 650 $25,700 $13,780 - 39,210 10% 6%
34 Food preparation workers 630 $17,560 $12,920 - 25,430 15% 7%
35 Medical assistants 620 $24,720 $18,240 - 32,100 35% 10%
36 Packers and packagers, hand 620 $16,450 $12,820 - 22,340 -12% 3%
37 Computer support specialists 610 $41,150 $27,370 - 59,540 13% 43%
38 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 610 $19,710 $13,540 - 25,630 11% 5%
39 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 580 $49,310 $29,940 - 72,350 -5% 15%
40 Cooks, fast food 560 $15,650 $12,970 - 19,360 8% 5%
41 Industrial truck and tractor operators 540 $25,070 $16,720 - 33,900 -2% 2%
42 Counter and rental clerks 500 $17,620 $12,970 - 25,380 23% 16%
43 Correctional officers and jailers 500 $0 $ - 17% 11%
44 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 480 $50,630 $29,270 - 82,150 7% 13%
45 Business operations specialists, all other 450 $64,940 $39,210 - 95,080 21% 49%
46 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 450 $30,780 $20,540 - 46,740 -7% 14%
47 Insurance sales agents 430 $45,720 $14,780 - 103,520 13% 45%
48 Tellers 430 $22,150 $16,710 - 28,680 14% 16%
49 Electricians 410 $32,370 $21,580 - 43,910 7% 7%
50 Bill and account collectors 410 $26,070 $20,120 - 32,240 23% 13%
51 Helpers--production workers 410 $25,210 $17,360 - 32,010 -1% 4%
52 Dishwashers 400 $16,360 $12,910 - 22,510 10% 3%
53 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 370 $27,110 $21,270 - 32,940 4% 15%
54 Loan officers 350 $67,070 $39,620 - 103,250 12% 49%
55 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 350 $46,140 $29,850 - 68,580 9% 10%
56 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 350 $26,030 $16,880 - 36,070 4% 6%
57 Painters, construction and maintenance 350 $25,450 $18,270 - 34,880 12% 6%
58 All other information and record clerks 340 $35,100 $22,420 - 47,100 -13% 21%
59 Driver/sales workers 340 $19,350 $13,120 - 28,660 -5% 4%
60 Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 330 $33,520 $25,780 - 42,480 11% 29%
61 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 330 $30,690 $22,220 - 43,110 8% 3%
62 Pharmacy technicians 320 $25,180 $16,090 - 33,650 32% 16%
63 Personal and home care aides 320 $16,840 $13,100 - 21,030 51% 10%
64 Dental assistants 300 $30,730 $24,210 - 39,140 29% 9%
65 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 300 $16,650 $13,000 - 22,860 10% 17%
66 Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 290 $30,810 $18,840 - 40,030 0% 3%
67 Medical secretaries 290 $27,640 $18,720 - 39,630 17% 18%
68 Production workers, all other 290 $21,430 $13,860 - 30,360 2% 5%
69 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 280 $43,540 $23,650 - 63,060 16% 43%
70 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 280 $32,260 $20,910 - 41,230 3% 18%
71 Postal service mail carriers 280 $0 $ - 1% 11%
72 Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 270 $37,500 $32,610 - 43,920 12% 3%
73 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 270 $34,130 $25,070 - 46,670 11% 4%
74 Industrial machinery mechanics 260 $36,000 $27,640 - 43,920 9% 5%
75 Bartenders 260 $20,490 $13,390 - 30,710 11% 17%
76 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 260 $16,750 $13,100 - 20,780 17% 14%
77 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 250 $15,990 $13,010 - 19,560 10% 5%
78 Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders 240 $26,060 $21,260 - 32,700 -31% 0%
79 Amusement and recreation attendants 240 $23,230 $13,720 - 39,100 24% 22%
80 Machine feeders and offbearers 230 $29,080 $22,910 - 37,690 -15% 0%
81 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 220 $29,200 $20,330 - 40,470 13% 11%
82 Loan interviewers and clerks 220 $27,460 $19,390 - 37,960 -1% 24%
83 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 220 $22,510 $13,680 - 36,060 12% 0%
84 File clerks 220 $22,170 $15,720 - 29,350 -41% 20%
85 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 220 $17,560 $13,290 - 23,740 14% 3%
86 Radiologic technologists and technicians 210 $47,860 $35,640 - 62,600 15% 25%
87 Switchboard operators, including answering service 210 $21,290 $14,300 - 30,170 -8% 10%
88 Legal secretaries 200 $28,280 $20,340 - 37,910 12% 18%
89 Medical records and health information technicians 200 $27,180 $17,370 - 42,230 18% 12%
90 Glaziers 200 $22,040 $12,970 - 36,050 12% 0%
91 Helpers--electricians 200 $20,500 $14,810 - 25,340 7% 3%
92 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 200 $14,870 $12,840 - 17,920 10% 8%
93 Real estate sales agents 190 $47,130 $18,450 - 80,780 11% 45%
94 Procurement clerks 190 $34,960 $26,270 - 45,360 -2% 24%
95 Cooks, short order 190 $15,820 $12,770 - 21,110 5% 5%
96 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 180 $57,390 $36,010 - 78,470 9% 47%
97 Administrative services managers 180 $54,330 $29,410 - 99,450 12% 40%
98 Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators 180 $23,950 $18,810 - 30,650 9% 0%
99 Automotive body and related repairers 160 $41,560 $25,810 - 65,100 12% 3%
100 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 160 $39,220 $23,160 - 60,910 10% 17%
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Jobs More Common Near Columbus Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders 26,060 240 18.7
Glaziers 22,040 200 7.1
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 30,810 290 5.5
Training and development managers 72,170 110 5
Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators 23,950 180 4.9
Residential advisors 21,620 120 3.9
Training and development specialists 55,690 620 3.7
Correctional officers and jailers 0 500 3.3
Vocational education teachers, secondary school 54,190 170 3.2
Procurement clerks 34,960 190 3.2
Machine feeders and offbearers 29,080 230 3.1
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines 37,500 270 3
Chief executives 150,170 580 2.6
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 18,420 140 2.6
Pest control workers 25,530 120 2.6
Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 33,520 330 2.5
Helpers--electricians 20,500 200 2.5
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 19,710 610 2.5
Computer and information systems managers 109,530 570 2.4
Preschool teachers, except special education 17,850 740 2.4
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 43,540 280 2.3
Computer programmers 77,210 780 2.3
Physician assistants 84,040 120 2.3
Teachers and instructors, all other 24,290 790 2.1
Veterinary technologists and technicians 20,050 120 2.1
All other information and record clerks 35,100 340 2
Tire repairers and changers 20,990 130 2
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 22,510 220 2
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 64,240 310 2
Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers 16,130 150 1.9
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 24,110 160 1.9
Motor vehicle operators, all other 29,710 100 1.9
Payroll and timekeeping clerks 32,260 280 1.8
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,890 3,720 1.8
Painters, construction and maintenance 25,450 350 1.7
Switchboard operators, including answering service 21,290 210 1.7
Production workers, all other 21,430 290 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 29,100 1,060 1.7
Customer service representatives 26,480 3,140 1.7
Cooks, short order 15,820 190 1.7
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 33,610 870 1.7
Chefs and head cooks 37,940 120 1.7
Insurance sales agents 45,720 430 1.7
Child care workers 16,690 740 1.6
Medical assistants 24,720 620 1.6
Surgical technologists 32,390 110 1.6
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 37,890 150 1.6
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 16,750 260 1.6
Self-enrichment education teachers 38,030 200 1.6
General and operations managers 80,970 2,020 1.6

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Columbus, Georgia Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Coaches and scouts 49,470 1.39 120
Parts salespersons 39,480 1.29 120
Amusement and recreation attendants 23,230 1.26 240
Computer programmers 77,210 1.2 780
Network systems and data communications analysts 75,980 1.18 150
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 37,890 1.17 150
Loan officers 67,070 1.13 350
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 58,390 1.13 160
Machine feeders and offbearers 29,080 1.12 230
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 33,370 1.11 150
Training and development specialists 55,690 1.11 620
Business operations specialists, all other 64,940 1.1 450
Security guards 27,820 1.1 770
Healthcare support workers, all other 32,120 1.1 110
Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 55,780 1.09 110
Computer and information systems managers 109,530 1.08 570
Helpers--production workers 25,210 1.07 410
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 57,620 1.06 160
All other information and record clerks 35,100 1.06 340
Automotive body and related repairers 41,560 1.06 160
Bartenders 20,490 1.06 260
Network and computer systems administrators 64,660 1.05 260
Data entry keyers 27,370 1.05 160
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 47,120 1.04 1,610
Vocational education teachers, secondary school 54,190 1.03 170
Managers, all other 85,410 1.03 190
Physician assistants 84,040 1.03 120
Computer systems analysts 70,690 1.03 440
Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 57,390 1.03 180
Librarians 53,440 1.02 110
Procurement clerks 34,960 1.01 190
Computer software engineers, applications 77,980 1.01 390
Industrial engineers 73,270 1.01 170
Graphic designers 40,520 1.01 130
Social and human service assistants 28,510 1 270
Sales managers 98,720 1 240
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 36,220 1 130
Real estate sales agents 47,130 1 190
Pharmacists 104,970 1 300
Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders 26,060 1 240
Chief executives 150,170 1 580
Accountants and auditors 59,540 1 610
Self-enrichment education teachers 38,030 0.99 200
Computer support specialists 41,150 0.98 610
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 52,110 0.98 140
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 30,810 0.98 290
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 39,860 0.97 140
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 48,790 0.97 160
Payroll and timekeeping clerks 32,260 0.96 280
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 29,100 0.96 1,060

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