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Columbus Employment

Employment and Industries in the Columbus, Indiana Area

The tables here illustrate essential information about work and employment in the area. Information includes:

  • A table of the most numerous types of work found here, both for jobs generally requiring college degrees and jobs not requiring college degrees.
  • A table listing those careers significantly more common in Columbus than in other US cities; this is useful both for career planning and for understanding the nature of Columbus.
  • A list of the highest-paying jobs in Columbus.
  • A list of any large public companies in Columbus.

Most Popular Jobs in Columbus, Indiana 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 Mechanical engineers 940 $69,850 $46,720 - 99,030 4% 78%
2 Registered nurses 650 $58,240 $43,350 - 73,920 24% 56%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 520 $64,830 $31,330 - 103,650 8% 51%
4 Chief executives 320 $150,230 $97,240 - 2% 65%
5 Accountants and auditors 300 $61,020 $33,330 - 84,710 18% 79%
6 Computer software engineers, applications 290 $70,180 $45,060 - 100,510 45% 85%
7 Industrial engineers 260 $67,580 $45,540 - 96,090 20% 74%
8 Engineers, all other 250 $79,200 $53,960 - 110,470 6% 82%
9 Engineering managers 240 $94,340 $71,040 - 120,610 7% 84%
10 Computer systems analysts 210 $73,440 $43,890 - 105,510 29% 68%
11 Financial managers 160 $103,980 $60,150 - 158,160 13% 60%
12 Computer programmers 120 $72,520 $34,180 - 108,370 -4% 73%
13 Computer and information systems managers 100 $90,990 $58,020 - 124,310 16% 73%
14 Managers, all other 100 $88,980 $57,100 - 127,050 7% 55%
15 Sales managers 90 $93,510 $34,530 - 166,150 10% 69%
16 Purchasing managers 90 $90,390 $70,450 - 108,130 3% 57%
17 Network and computer systems administrators 90 $70,290 $43,250 - 105,560 27% 50%
18 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 80 $52,720 $29,750 - 81,270 17% 56%
19 Public relations specialists 80 $31,960 $21,900 - 49,060 18% 81%
20 Pharmacists 70 $98,600 $84,410 - 122,110 22% 97%
21 Lawyers 70 $92,330 $36,880 - 11% 99%
22 Medical and health services managers 70 $74,090 $52,430 - 103,140 16% 57%
23 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 70 $64,260 $24,390 - 162,990 18% 56%
24 Financial analysts 60 $84,750 $45,430 - 34% 87%
25 Marketing managers 50 $103,230 $72,030 - 133,920 14% 69%
26 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 50 $88,100 $37,550 - 12% 51%
27 Management analysts 50 $54,370 $29,820 - 94,760 22% 78%
28 Social and human service assistants 50 $26,330 $20,770 - 36,110 34% 58%
29 Human resources managers, all other 40 $81,710 $52,670 - 122,670 11% 58%
30 Physical therapists 40 $77,740 $64,600 - 98,320 27% 89%
31 Civil engineers 40 $76,110 $46,130 - 104,340 18% 87%
32 Training and development specialists 40 $45,360 $30,230 - 68,090 18% 56%
33 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 40 $34,180 $17,370 - 54,090 18% 56%
34 Child, family, and school social workers 40 $33,630 $22,400 - 44,440 19% 77%
35 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 30 $101,890 $37,330 - 25% 67%
36 Personal financial advisors 30 $0 $ - 41% 81%
37 Legislators 30 $0 $ - 1% 65%
38 Credit analysts 30 $0 $ - 2% 60%

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 Team assemblers 1,830 $29,180 $20,900 - 39,360 0% 5%
2 Retail salespersons 1,400 $22,390 $13,630 - 36,020 12% 25%
3 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,150 $37,890 $27,130 - 54,990 10% 4%
4 Cashiers 1,050 $16,900 $13,110 - 21,680 -3% 10%
5 Office clerks, general 990 $24,050 $14,080 - 35,130 13% 19%
6 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 880 $23,570 $17,610 - 31,120 2% 5%
7 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 780 $26,160 $21,050 - 33,490 -3% 6%
8 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 640 $29,810 $20,980 - 42,400 -7% 14%
9 Waiters and waitresses 630 $17,330 $12,950 - 28,410 11% 14%
10 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 630 $17,060 $13,220 - 22,480 18% 5%
11 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 560 $31,760 $20,740 - 44,180 13% 16%
12 Helpers--production workers 560 $24,920 $17,280 - 36,700 -1% 4%
13 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 540 $29,340 $21,140 - 43,120 1% 18%
14 General and operations managers 500 $101,320 $55,830 - 159,650 2% 48%
15 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 500 $25,900 $19,320 - 32,030 -15% 0%
16 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 490 $33,390 $18,690 - 49,250 4% 25%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 480 $51,410 $33,280 - 79,670 -5% 15%
18 Maintenance and repair workers, general 470 $34,760 $22,450 - 47,890 10% 6%
19 Stock clerks and order fillers 470 $24,990 $14,910 - 39,170 -8% 8%
20 Industrial truck and tractor operators 450 $29,120 $22,380 - 36,620 -2% 2%
21 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 430 $23,210 $15,340 - 34,110 15% 4%
22 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 420 $22,100 $17,460 - 27,080 18% 7%
23 Teacher assistants 420 $20,190 $15,030 - 25,530 10% 18%
24 Production workers, all other 410 $25,530 $16,990 - 46,690 2% 5%
25 Home health aides 410 $19,580 $15,070 - 25,910 49% 7%
26 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 360 $17,120 $13,380 - 20,570 13% 5%
27 Machinists 340 $31,780 $20,830 - 44,350 -3% 3%
28 Engine and other machine assemblers 340 $31,630 $22,330 - 46,710 -9% 0%
29 Customer service representatives 340 $31,620 $18,370 - 51,910 25% 22%
30 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 320 $50,330 $29,380 - 77,500 6% 29%
31 Carpenters 320 $36,720 $21,780 - 58,390 10% 6%
32 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 310 $36,520 $26,390 - 43,280 14% 7%
33 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 310 $31,530 $20,400 - 42,850 4% 6%
34 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 280 $37,950 $26,590 - 52,020 15% 18%
35 Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 280 $27,720 $21,290 - 41,840 -23% 0%
36 Cooks, restaurant 270 $21,320 $14,700 - 30,160 12% 5%
37 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 250 $31,840 $19,830 - 43,720 11% 14%
38 Packers and packagers, hand 250 $23,020 $14,600 - 35,680 -12% 3%
39 Food preparation workers 240 $17,260 $13,290 - 22,160 15% 7%
40 Receptionists and information clerks 230 $23,650 $15,380 - 33,470 17% 13%
41 Industrial machinery mechanics 220 $40,660 $29,370 - 53,140 9% 5%
42 Construction laborers 200 $36,670 $23,680 - 48,340 11% 5%
43 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 200 $33,600 $19,780 - 60,410 8% 4%
44 Electricians 190 $41,950 $33,640 - 51,250 7% 7%
45 Counter and rental clerks 190 $21,430 $13,430 - 33,410 23% 16%
46 Mechanical drafters 180 $50,610 $39,210 - 64,680 5% 25%
47 Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 180 $25,890 $17,860 - 36,630 -30% 0%
48 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 170 $33,230 $20,660 - 59,190 14% 4%
49 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 160 $24,780 $16,600 - 36,760 18% 6%
50 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 150 $54,040 $33,490 - 78,000 7% 13%
51 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 140 $58,980 $42,640 - 79,920 9% 10%
52 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 140 $37,410 $27,330 - 50,530 4% 30%
53 Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 140 $30,190 $21,450 - 40,060 -13% 4%
54 Industrial production managers 130 $79,180 $51,260 - 123,220 -6% 43%
55 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 130 $52,730 $33,260 - 78,860 0% 42%
56 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 130 $47,840 $41,890 - 53,920 11% 33%
57 Computer support specialists 130 $42,230 $25,230 - 62,170 13% 43%
58 Machine feeders and offbearers 130 $23,190 $17,800 - 29,840 -15% 0%
59 Driver/sales workers 130 $18,670 $13,100 - 31,480 -5% 4%
60 Child care workers 130 $16,310 $13,100 - 20,120 18% 15%
61 Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 120 $31,180 $19,610 - 47,270 -16% 0%
62 Medical secretaries 120 $28,670 $23,080 - 34,600 17% 18%
63 Tellers 120 $22,520 $17,530 - 28,610 14% 16%
64 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 120 $21,190 $15,710 - 26,130 11% 5%
65 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 120 $17,900 $15,470 - 20,360 17% 14%
66 Food servers, nonrestaurant 120 $17,550 $13,250 - 23,460 16% 9%
67 Sales representatives, services, all other 110 $45,760 $25,230 - 86,200 28% 48%
68 Tool and die makers 110 $40,140 $29,540 - 51,690 -10% 5%
69 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 110 $37,890 $29,050 - 49,020 9% 3%
70 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 110 $36,360 $20,120 - 59,180 -9% 5%
71 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 110 $28,930 $22,540 - 37,930 4% 15%
72 Business operations specialists, all other 100 $42,430 $18,020 - 65,550 21% 49%
73 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 100 $42,180 $28,760 - 58,630 13% 17%
74 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 100 $37,040 $24,620 - 50,090 12% 3%
75 Bartenders 100 $18,030 $13,050 - 28,720 11% 17%
76 Dishwashers 100 $16,070 $12,970 - 20,340 10% 3%
77 Cost estimators 90 $52,560 $29,100 - 81,110 19% 32%
78 Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 90 $29,990 $21,640 - 44,370 -22% 0%
79 Medical assistants 90 $29,210 $21,870 - 39,890 35% 10%
80 Pharmacy technicians 90 $24,040 $19,440 - 29,990 32% 16%
81 Postal service mail carriers 90 $0 $ - 1% 11%
82 Physicians and surgeons, all other 80 $196,230 $138,980 - 0% 0%
83 Refuse and recyclable material collectors 80 $32,620 $24,630 - 39,920 7% 3%
84 Highway maintenance workers 80 $30,800 $23,510 - 39,450 9% 5%
85 Dental assistants 80 $28,710 $20,660 - 38,900 29% 9%
86 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 70 $52,770 $31,260 - 67,310 8% 3%
87 Bill and account collectors 70 $32,700 $23,970 - 43,150 23% 13%
88 Bakers 70 $28,480 $16,370 - 38,600 10% 8%
89 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 70 $17,110 $13,150 - 20,830 10% 17%
90 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 70 $0 $ - 11% 4%
91 Radiologic technologists and technicians 60 $52,340 $41,670 - 65,290 15% 25%
92 Dental hygienists 60 $49,250 $24,540 - 71,850 30% 33%
93 Food service managers 60 $48,470 $32,830 - 65,750 5% 24%
94 Industrial engineering technicians 60 $41,380 $27,980 - 58,170 10% 18%
95 Painters, construction and maintenance 60 $36,650 $23,180 - 49,860 12% 6%
96 Medical records and health information technicians 60 $29,010 $20,930 - 43,930 18% 12%
97 Security guards 60 $28,390 $16,270 - 55,310 17% 13%
98 Parts salespersons 60 $26,740 $16,780 - 44,870 -2% 6%
99 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 60 $21,330 $13,680 - 26,350 12% 6%
100 Personal and home care aides 60 $20,000 $15,930 - 24,940 51% 10%
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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.*
Engine and other machine assemblers 31,630 340 79.9
Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 25,890 180 40.4
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 26,160 780 23.8
Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 27,720 280 23
Mechanical engineers 69,850 940 15.2
Mechanical drafters 50,610 180 9.5
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 25,900 500 8.6
Production workers, all other 25,530 410 6.8
Team assemblers 29,180 1,830 6.7
Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 30,190 140 6.2
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 31,180 120 5.8
Engineers, all other 79,200 250 5.7
Tool and die makers 40,140 110 5.4
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 29,810 640 5.3
Machine feeders and offbearers 23,190 130 4.8
Industrial engineers 67,580 260 4.7
Helpers--production workers 24,920 560 4.7
Engineering managers 94,340 240 4.6
Chief executives 150,230 320 4
Machinists 31,780 340 3.2
Industrial production managers 79,180 130 3.2
Industrial machinery mechanics 40,660 220 3.2
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 51,410 480 2.9
Industrial truck and tractor operators 29,120 450 2.8
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 37,890 1,150 2.7
Food servers, nonrestaurant 17,550 120 2.4
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 17,900 120 2.1
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 42,180 100 2
Computer software engineers, applications 70,180 290 1.9
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 37,410 140 1.8
Home health aides 19,580 410 1.7
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 36,520 310 1.7
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 36,360 110 1.6
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 52,730 130 1.6
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 37,040 100 1.5
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 37,890 110 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 33,390 490 1.5
Counter and rental clerks 21,430 190 1.5
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 17,120 360 1.5
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 31,530 310 1.5
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 23,570 880 1.4
Computer systems analysts 73,440 210 1.4
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 21,190 120 1.4
Maintenance and repair workers, general 34,760 470 1.3
Carpenters 36,720 320 1.3
Driver/sales workers 18,670 130 1.3
Teacher assistants 20,190 420 1.3
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 54,040 150 1.3
Office clerks, general 24,050 990 1.2
Packers and packagers, hand 23,020 250 1.2

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 36,360 1.37 110
Construction laborers 36,670 1.18 200
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 33,600 1.16 200
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 64,830 1.15 520
Packers and packagers, hand 23,020 1.13 250
Computer programmers 72,520 1.13 120
Financial managers 103,980 1.12 160
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 50,330 1.12 320
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 31,530 1.11 310
Stock clerks and order fillers 24,990 1.09 470
Computer systems analysts 73,440 1.07 210
Team assemblers 29,180 1.07 1,830
Customer service representatives 31,620 1.07 340
Mechanical drafters 50,610 1.06 180
Helpers--production workers 24,920 1.05 560
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 31,840 1.05 250
General and operations managers 101,320 1.05 500
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 31,180 1.02 120
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 24,780 1.02 160
Accountants and auditors 61,020 1.02 300
Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 30,190 1.02 140
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 58,980 1.01 140
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 23,210 1.01 430
Maintenance and repair workers, general 34,760 1.01 470
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 37,890 1.01 1,150
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 29,340 1.01 540
Computer support specialists 42,230 1.01 130
Chief executives 150,230 1 320
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 52,730 0.99 130
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 31,760 0.99 560
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 17,060 0.99 630
Receptionists and information clerks 23,650 0.99 230
Medical secretaries 28,670 0.99 120
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 47,840 0.99 130
Engineers, all other 79,200 0.98 250
Cooks, restaurant 21,320 0.98 270
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 37,950 0.98 280
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 23,570 0.98 880
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 51,410 0.97 480
Industrial truck and tractor operators 29,120 0.97 450
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 28,930 0.95 110
Tellers 22,520 0.95 120
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 54,040 0.95 150
Office clerks, general 24,050 0.95 990
Registered nurses 58,240 0.94 650
Mechanical engineers 69,850 0.94 940
Carpenters 36,720 0.94 320
Industrial engineers 67,580 0.93 260
Waiters and waitresses 17,330 0.93 630
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 37,890 0.92 110

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