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Jackson Employment

Employment and Industries in the Jackson, Michigan Area

Jackson's leading employment segments are trade, transportation and utilities; the government, manufacturing, education, healthcare, and leisure and hospitality. About 23% of the labor force is comprised of production, transportation and material moving workers. Approximately 21% of the workforce is found in management, professional and related occupations. The city also has numerous plastics workers and metal and metal products workers.

Notable industries in the region include imaging and optics, telecommunications, high-technology, medical manufacturing, and printing and publishing. In addition, research is done by companies as well as medical facilities and educational institutions in fields such as digital imaging, fuel cells, biotech and health imaging.

The significant employers in the Jackson region are provided below:

  • CMS Energy Corporation - Energy provider
  • Allegiance Health - Healthcare
  • Foote Health System - Healthcare/hospice
  • Michigan Department of Corrections - Correctional institutions
  • Consumers Energy - Utilities
  • Michigan Automotive Compressor - Automotive parts
  • City of Jackson - Government
  • Meijer, Inc - Department store
  • Jackson Public Schools - Education
  • Eaton Corp - Aircraft parts and equipment
  • Walmart - Department store
  • TAC Manufacturing - Steering wheel assemblies
  • Jackson Community College - Education
  • Jackson County Intermediate School Dist - Education
  • Michigan Seat Co/Jackson Canvas - Seats (Agri./ind.)
  • TRW Inc - Disc Brakes
  • Great Lakes Home Health & Hospice - Home Health/Hospice
  • Mac Steel Div. of Quanex - Alloy steel
  • Melling Tool Company - Tools
  • CertainTeed Corp/Wolverine Vinyl Siding - Vynl siding
  • Alro Steel Corp - Steel Service Center
  • Dawn Food Products - Flour mixes/equipment

The following is a list of high-tech employers located in the Jackson Michigan region:

  • US Com Inc - Telecommunications
  • Sparton - Electronic manufacturing
  • Eagle Communications - Satellite Antenna Systems
  • Tenneco Automotive - Engineering and research
  • McGilvra Engineering Inc - Electronics
  • Commonwealth Associates, Inc - Electrical Engineering

Some of the most popular jobs in Jackson filled by college graduates are teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, electrical engineers, coaches and scouts, mechanical engineers; child, family and school social workers; financial managers, network and computer systems administrators; and medical and health services managers.

Pertinent information about Jackson, Michigan: In 2007 the estimated median household income was $31,000. The cost of living index in 2008 was at 79.2 which is lower than the nation's average of 100. About 14% of the adult population has a bachelor's degree or higher.

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Those interested in staying current with Jackson Michigan business activities may want to read the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

Most Popular Jobs in Jackson, Michigan 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 Elementary school teachers, except special education 780 $49,570 $32,460 - 67,390 14% 95%
2 Teachers and instructors, all other 650 $47,980 $19,620 - 68,170 9% 54%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 540 $58,310 $32,110 - 93,080 8% 51%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 450 $45,220 $33,400 - 65,470 6% 96%
5 Electrical engineers 310 $72,030 $38,310 - 103,180 6% 81%
6 Accountants and auditors 300 $75,370 $37,750 - 126,530 18% 79%
7 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 230 $52,610 $36,550 - 66,640 11% 95%
8 Engineering managers 220 $114,440 $85,090 - 158,710 7% 84%
9 Mechanical engineers 190 $66,520 $40,790 - 102,030 4% 78%
10 Child, family, and school social workers 190 $44,320 $33,830 - 58,660 19% 77%
11 Coaches and scouts 190 $42,530 $15,430 - 65,980 15% 60%
12 Managers, all other 150 $95,770 $57,600 - 138,230 7% 55%
13 Chief executives 140 $124,440 $62,560 - 2% 65%
14 Financial managers 140 $75,200 $32,610 - 124,320 13% 60%
15 Network and computer systems administrators 140 $57,870 $37,230 - 81,890 27% 50%
16 Medical and health services managers 130 $75,340 $31,210 - 100,230 16% 57%
17 Lawyers 120 $87,380 $49,980 - 146,760 11% 99%
18 Sales managers 120 $86,350 $33,110 - 10% 69%
19 Computer systems analysts 120 $70,740 $45,530 - 99,370 29% 68%
20 Pharmacists 110 $102,470 $86,280 - 127,650 22% 97%
21 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 110 $75,480 $54,310 - 97,180 8% 78%
22 Computer software engineers, applications 110 $72,480 $53,440 - 99,390 45% 85%
23 Industrial engineers 110 $64,560 $42,810 - 92,020 20% 74%
24 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 110 $45,030 $29,970 - 63,530 13% 73%
25 Sales and related workers, all other 110 $27,470 $15,770 - 49,400 14% 62%
26 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 100 $55,010 $43,820 - 65,250 11% 58%
27 Financial specialists, all other 100 $47,540 $34,120 - 63,300 12% 50%
28 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 100 $0 $ - 30% 77%
29 Management analysts 80 $91,330 $49,380 - 113,410 22% 78%
30 Social and community service managers 80 $60,320 $38,020 - 80,890 25% 72%
31 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 80 $50,260 $15,620 - 100,100 17% 56%
32 Medical and public health social workers 80 $46,530 $32,900 - 66,080 24% 77%
33 Librarians 80 $45,990 $31,320 - 68,970 4% 85%
34 Computer and information systems managers 70 $100,950 $64,000 - 134,800 16% 73%
35 Civil engineers 70 $77,330 $55,890 - 104,280 18% 87%
36 Training and development specialists 70 $59,930 $27,370 - 85,720 18% 56%
37 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 60 $55,630 $37,430 - 79,970 20% 87%
38 Special education teachers, middle school 60 $47,320 $35,870 - 61,750 16% 87%
39 Dentists, general 50 $171,180 $81,340 - 9% 100%
40 Network systems and data communications analysts 50 $65,660 $37,820 - 102,720 53% 57%
41 Computer specialists, all other 50 $55,630 $23,460 - 84,420 15% 68%
42 Health educators 50 $54,250 $41,900 - 71,850 26% 58%
43 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 50 $46,290 $34,620 - 61,930 -5% 96%
44 Special education teachers, secondary school 50 $44,930 $34,120 - 63,220 9% 87%
45 Education, training, and library workers, all other 50 $38,750 $28,270 - 56,980 11% 79%
46 Marketing managers 40 $84,860 $36,600 - 135,600 14% 69%
47 Environmental engineers 40 $84,260 $66,950 - 114,460 25% 86%
48 Engineers, all other 40 $78,190 $54,410 - 106,680 6% 82%
49 Occupational health and safety specialists 40 $74,930 $50,800 - 101,850 8% 72%
50 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 40 $59,300 $30,610 - 98,470 18% 56%
51 Dietitians and nutritionists 40 $50,110 $32,830 - 63,750 9% 72%
52 Public relations specialists 40 $41,630 $22,900 - 75,690 18% 81%
53 Advertising sales agents 40 $39,120 $15,840 - 54,480 20% 56%
54 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 40 $37,330 $26,450 - 55,610 5% 58%
55 Self-enrichment education teachers 40 $34,210 $25,900 - 42,940 23% 54%
56 Community and social service specialists, all other 40 $26,390 $15,850 - 56,650 25% 58%
57 Physical therapists 40 $0 $ - 27% 89%
58 Purchasing managers 30 $71,810 $36,490 - 129,400 3% 57%
59 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 30 $59,520 $40,380 - 93,860 18% 56%
60 Legislators 30 $36,790 $15,060 - 78,360 1% 65%
61 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 30 $0 $ - 25% 67%
62 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 30 $0 $ - 24% 78%

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 2,300 $24,980 $15,600 - 37,210 12% 25%
2 Office clerks, general 1,690 $28,000 $17,260 - 40,710 13% 19%
3 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,460 $18,010 $15,360 - 23,150 18% 5%
4 Cashiers 1,420 $18,720 $15,290 - 25,750 -3% 10%
5 Team assemblers 1,080 $24,500 $16,830 - 37,370 0% 5%
6 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 940 $26,190 $19,230 - 31,910 18% 7%
7 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 870 $31,960 $22,530 - 44,620 1% 18%
8 Waiters and waitresses 780 $16,770 $15,190 - 19,810 11% 14%
9 Machinists 760 $35,030 $18,330 - 49,510 -3% 3%
10 Stock clerks and order fillers 760 $25,940 $15,880 - 42,600 -8% 8%
11 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 730 $27,320 $17,420 - 39,100 15% 4%
12 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 690 $35,640 $23,520 - 48,630 10% 4%
13 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 680 $31,410 $20,960 - 46,240 13% 16%
14 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 630 $21,220 $16,230 - 27,480 2% 5%
15 General and operations managers 590 $89,440 $40,290 - 139,380 2% 48%
16 Food preparation workers 590 $19,540 $15,840 - 26,680 15% 7%
17 Teacher assistants 570 $22,220 $15,820 - 30,360 10% 18%
18 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 560 $37,500 $22,480 - 56,610 4% 25%
19 Customer service representatives 560 $30,710 $18,040 - 46,460 25% 22%
20 Business operations specialists, all other 520 $66,170 $41,480 - 94,040 21% 49%
21 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 480 $53,340 $31,140 - 82,230 -5% 15%
22 Personal and home care aides 470 $18,440 $16,060 - 22,060 51% 10%
23 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 420 $40,760 $28,290 - 52,940 15% 18%
24 Packers and packagers, hand 410 $19,940 $15,350 - 29,590 -12% 3%
25 Maintenance and repair workers, general 400 $37,550 $18,820 - 58,130 10% 6%
26 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 380 $28,780 $15,870 - 49,090 8% 4%
27 Receptionists and information clerks 370 $27,460 $19,580 - 37,130 17% 13%
28 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 360 $41,820 $34,400 - 50,220 14% 7%
29 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 360 $28,810 $22,370 - 37,350 4% 15%
30 Cooks, fast food 360 $17,500 $15,410 - 20,790 8% 5%
31 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 350 $46,400 $27,380 - 64,100 6% 29%
32 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 340 $21,130 $16,060 - 25,670 18% 6%
33 Construction laborers 330 $37,940 $25,200 - 52,340 11% 5%
34 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 330 $36,510 $19,550 - 60,920 -7% 14%
35 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 320 $43,230 $26,790 - 60,620 14% 4%
36 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 310 $32,400 $20,990 - 48,500 11% 14%
37 Medical assistants 310 $30,180 $22,410 - 39,070 35% 10%
38 Cooks, restaurant 280 $23,110 $16,540 - 34,260 12% 5%
39 Child care workers 280 $19,710 $15,390 - 28,390 18% 15%
40 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 270 $30,340 $21,510 - 39,680 4% 6%
41 Tellers 260 $23,310 $17,240 - 30,160 14% 16%
42 Dishwashers 260 $18,590 $15,590 - 21,760 10% 3%
43 Tool and die makers 250 $47,100 $29,730 - 68,480 -10% 5%
44 Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 240 $33,010 $23,160 - 42,190 -3% 6%
45 Production workers, all other 230 $35,200 $20,740 - 56,650 2% 5%
46 Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 220 $57,270 $40,930 - 77,360 4% 18%
47 Pharmacy technicians 220 $27,680 $19,780 - 38,850 32% 16%
48 Helpers--production workers 210 $26,110 $19,720 - 34,980 -1% 4%
49 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 210 $22,030 $16,000 - 31,060 13% 5%
50 Industrial truck and tractor operators 200 $32,890 $20,440 - 57,430 -2% 2%
51 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 200 $27,200 $21,650 - 32,170 11% 5%
52 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 190 $59,340 $35,320 - 89,560 7% 13%
53 Electricians 190 $57,350 $23,450 - 87,490 7% 7%
54 Driver/sales workers 190 $28,710 $15,570 - 60,130 -5% 4%
55 Postal service mail carriers 190 $0 $ - 1% 11%
56 Industrial machinery mechanics 180 $48,060 $29,810 - 67,400 9% 5%
57 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 180 $30,280 $20,800 - 45,640 -15% 0%
58 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 170 $46,790 $31,420 - 61,690 11% 33%
59 Food servers, nonrestaurant 170 $22,920 $16,820 - 29,410 16% 9%
60 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 170 $20,190 $15,180 - 27,580 10% 5%
61 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 160 $22,310 $15,560 - 34,530 27% 47%
62 Counter and rental clerks 160 $21,700 $15,250 - 32,640 23% 16%
63 Bartenders 160 $16,640 $15,170 - 20,540 11% 17%
64 Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 150 $38,260 $23,090 - 58,640 8% 9%
65 Bus drivers, school 150 $31,550 $21,850 - 41,000 9% 4%
66 Assemblers and fabricators, all other 150 $28,160 $15,940 - 40,130 -9% 5%
67 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 140 $59,400 $41,440 - 80,130 9% 10%
68 Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 140 $32,400 $21,320 - 47,160 -23% 0%
69 Library technicians 140 $24,990 $17,260 - 31,790 9% 27%
70 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 140 $20,470 $15,490 - 27,260 14% 3%
71 Home health aides 140 $19,670 $16,080 - 25,550 49% 7%
72 Industrial production managers 130 $86,910 $48,350 - 130,990 -6% 43%
73 First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers 130 $58,350 $52,720 - 64,730 13% 25%
74 Dental hygienists 130 $52,440 $34,360 - 74,950 30% 33%
75 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 130 $19,850 $15,500 - 28,920 12% 6%
76 Recreation workers 130 $19,340 $15,300 - 26,900 13% 47%
77 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 130 $17,910 $15,300 - 22,930 10% 17%
78 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 120 $56,710 $36,240 - 77,500 11% 4%
79 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 120 $34,740 $22,750 - 58,600 5% 2%
80 Preschool teachers, except special education 120 $28,800 $17,250 - 50,260 26% 43%
81 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 120 $23,730 $15,450 - 33,390 12% 6%
82 Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 120 $23,530 $16,950 - 34,210 0% 3%
83 Dental laboratory technicians 110 $45,190 $34,980 - 62,050 4% 12%
84 Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 110 $34,650 $21,550 - 57,680 -16% 0%
85 Refuse and recyclable material collectors 110 $24,720 $21,210 - 31,350 7% 3%
86 Insurance sales agents 100 $68,470 $34,050 - 150,240 13% 45%
87 Cost estimators 100 $57,830 $40,310 - 76,770 19% 32%
88 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 100 $56,860 $39,220 - 87,010 0% 42%
89 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 100 $44,390 $35,240 - 53,600 8% 3%
90 Carpenters 100 $43,530 $34,250 - 59,220 10% 6%
91 Office and administrative support workers, all other 100 $41,670 $24,840 - 50,650 -9% 32%
92 Court, municipal, and license clerks 100 $34,000 $25,430 - 47,360 9% 24%
93 Bill and account collectors 100 $33,110 $24,900 - 48,040 23% 13%
94 Payroll and timekeeping clerks 100 $30,310 $16,000 - 41,580 3% 18%
95 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 90 $46,530 $28,220 - 64,170 9% 3%
96 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 90 $40,330 $19,560 - 62,640 4% 30%
97 Computer support specialists 90 $37,160 $21,450 - 49,410 13% 43%
98 Dental assistants 90 $31,220 $21,640 - 41,520 29% 9%
99 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 80 $79,360 $42,070 - 126,840 4% 38%
100 Administrative services managers 80 $49,600 $23,180 - 87,350 12% 40%
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Jobs More Common Near Jackson Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers 58,350 130 22.7
Tool and die makers 47,100 250 9.8
Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 32,400 140 9.2
Dental laboratory technicians 45,190 110 9.1
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 55,010 100 6.4
Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic 33,010 240 5.9
Machinists 35,030 760 5.8
Electrical engineers 72,030 310 5.7
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 23,530 120 5.1
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 34,650 110 4.2
Library technicians 24,990 140 4
Teachers and instructors, all other 47,980 650 3.9
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 57,270 220 3.8
Engineering managers 114,440 220 3.4
Coaches and scouts 42,530 190 3.4
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 38,260 150 3.3
Court, municipal, and license clerks 34,000 100 3.3
Team assemblers 24,500 1,080 3.2
Production workers, all other 35,200 230 3.1
Personal and home care aides 18,440 470 3
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 24,720 110 3
Food servers, nonrestaurant 22,920 170 2.7
Industrial production managers 86,910 130 2.6
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 30,280 180 2.5
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 0 100 2.5
Mechanical engineers 66,520 190 2.5
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 20,190 170 2.3
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 53,340 480 2.3
Sales and related workers, all other 27,470 110 2.2
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 36,510 330 2.2
Dental hygienists 52,440 130 2.2
Child, family, and school social workers 44,320 190 2.1
Industrial machinery mechanics 48,060 180 2.1
Financial specialists, all other 47,540 100 2
Cooks, fast food 17,500 360 2
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 26,190 940 2
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 28,810 360 2
Food preparation workers 19,540 590 2
Pharmacy technicians 27,680 220 2
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 22,310 160 2
Medical assistants 30,180 310 1.8
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 27,200 200 1.8
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 28,160 150 1.8
Office clerks, general 28,000 1,690 1.7
Elementary school teachers, except special education 49,570 780 1.7
Packers and packagers, hand 19,940 410 1.6
Postal service mail carriers 0 190 1.6
Industrial engineers 64,560 110 1.6
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 75,480 110 1.6
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 18,010 1,460 1.6

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Jackson, Michigan Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Teachers and instructors, all other 47,980 1.26 650
Accountants and auditors 75,370 1.26 300
Dental laboratory technicians 45,190 1.24 110
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 56,710 1.23 120
Electricians 57,350 1.22 190
Construction laborers 37,940 1.22 330
Production workers, all other 35,200 1.21 230
Bus drivers, school 31,550 1.21 150
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 27,320 1.19 730
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 43,230 1.19 320
Coaches and scouts 42,530 1.19 190
Managers, all other 95,770 1.16 150
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 27,200 1.15 200
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 22,030 1.15 210
Receptionists and information clerks 27,460 1.15 370
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 19,850 1.14 130
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 34,650 1.14 110
Food servers, nonrestaurant 22,920 1.14 170
Stock clerks and order fillers 25,940 1.14 760
Preschool teachers, except special education 28,800 1.13 120
Business operations specialists, all other 66,170 1.12 520
Helpers--production workers 26,110 1.1 210
Office clerks, general 28,000 1.1 1,690
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 57,270 1.1 220
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 31,960 1.1 870
Driver/sales workers 28,710 1.1 190
Industrial truck and tractor operators 32,890 1.09 200
Maintenance and repair workers, general 37,550 1.09 400
Child, family, and school social workers 44,320 1.09 190
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 26,190 1.09 940
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 36,510 1.09 330
Industrial machinery mechanics 48,060 1.08 180
Dishwashers 18,590 1.08 260
Medical assistants 30,180 1.07 310
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 32,400 1.07 310
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 30,340 1.06 270
Cooks, restaurant 23,110 1.06 280
Assemblers and fabricators, all other 28,160 1.06 150
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 38,260 1.06 150
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 41,820 1.06 360
First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers 58,350 1.05 130
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 40,760 1.05 420
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 18,010 1.05 1,460
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 52,610 1.05 230
Engineering managers 114,440 1.04 220
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 59,340 1.04 190
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 30,280 1.04 180
Tool and die makers 47,100 1.04 250
Customer service representatives 30,710 1.03 560
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 58,310 1.03 540

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