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Hattiesburg Employment

Employment and Industries in the Hattiesburg, Mississippi Area

Hattiesburg, Mississippi is the region's rail, industrial and trade center. The city includes numerous jobs in industries such as steel, lumber, sand and gravel, industrial machinery, resins, signs, apparel, furniture, food and beverages, chemicals and rubber.

The fields of employment providing a large portion of the jobs in Hattiesburg are educational services, healthcare, manufacturing, construction; professional, scientific and technical services; accommodation and food services and social assistance. Management, professional and related occupations (29% of the labor force). Sales and office occupations (26% of the labor force).

Notable details regarding Hattiesburg, Mississippi: In Hattiesburg, 29% of the adult population has achieved a bachelor's degree or higher. The cost of living index in 2008 was at 84.3 which is below the national average of 100. The average earnings for workers in the city in 2009 was $23,000.

The top job providers in the Hattiesburg region are provided below:

  • Forrest General Hospital
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • Wesley Medical Center
  • Sunbeam Household Products
  • Hattiesburg Public School District
  • Magnolia Federal Bank
  • Camp Shelby
  • Hattiesburg Clinic, Professional Association
  • Walmart Stores
  • Military Department, Mississippi
  • Medical Systems, Incorporated
  • Dillard's, Inc
  • International Filing Company LLC
  • Chain Electric Company
  • Kohler Co
  • M E McElroy Inc
  • Hattiesburg Convalescent Center
  • The Merchants Company
  • Mac's Construction Company, Incorporated
  • Jic Food Source LLC

Some of Hattiesburg's most popular occupations where the majority of the workers have a bachelor's degree include registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, social and human service assistants, pharmacists, medical and clinical laboratory technicians, medical and health services managers and financial managers.

Hattiesburg businesses have opportunities to work in partnership with associations such as:

The local newspaper the Hattiesburg American keeps readers up-to-date on local business and industry news.

Most Popular Jobs in Hattiesburg, Mississippi 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 2,030 $53,680 $41,320 - 67,040 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 790 $40,120 $32,850 - 50,950 14% 95%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 540 $44,020 $34,220 - 58,550 6% 96%
4 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 280 $43,040 $24,850 - 70,430 8% 51%
5 Social and human service assistants 270 $28,090 $21,190 - 34,470 34% 58%
6 Lawyers 200 $59,230 $29,240 - 103,270 11% 99%
7 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 200 $40,600 $33,610 - 50,410 11% 95%
8 Accountants and auditors 190 $49,300 $32,690 - 77,590 18% 79%
9 Pharmacists 150 $106,680 $75,310 - 133,740 22% 97%
10 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 130 $45,390 $28,890 - 70,800 20% 87%
11 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 130 $28,920 $20,140 - 40,460 15% 51%
12 Medical and health services managers 120 $76,990 $40,320 - 117,710 16% 57%
13 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 120 $71,550 $55,160 - 91,240 8% 78%
14 Chief executives 110 $128,980 $57,880 - 2% 65%
15 Financial managers 110 $70,180 $44,250 - 99,390 13% 60%
16 Coaches and scouts 110 $52,720 $29,330 - 73,770 15% 60%
17 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 100 $39,260 $26,880 - 51,150 5% 58%
18 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 90 $44,840 $32,470 - 61,690 13% 73%
19 Physical therapists 80 $70,440 $43,220 - 113,780 27% 89%
20 Librarians 80 $46,450 $33,950 - 64,090 4% 85%
21 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 80 $43,870 $31,290 - 61,740 12% 51%
22 Training and development specialists 80 $40,310 $28,540 - 55,770 18% 56%
23 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 80 $39,210 $23,710 - 55,470 18% 56%
24 Physician assistants 70 $60,070 $22,980 - 101,200 27% 67%
25 Child, family, and school social workers 70 $34,970 $24,930 - 47,680 19% 77%
26 Legislators 70 $21,970 $13,240 - 32,660 1% 65%
27 Computer programmers 60 $55,840 $27,060 - 72,210 -4% 73%
28 Medical and public health social workers 60 $38,520 $24,120 - 49,690 24% 77%
29 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 60 $29,850 $18,540 - 41,860 24% 78%
30 Computer software engineers, applications 50 $71,550 $42,810 - 100,990 45% 85%
31 Occupational therapists 50 $58,080 $29,560 - 84,040 23% 90%
32 Speech-language pathologists 50 $52,070 $41,010 - 73,350 11% 98%
33 Network and computer systems administrators 50 $49,000 $31,310 - 75,800 27% 50%
34 Special education teachers, secondary school 50 $42,020 $20,230 - 52,370 9% 87%
35 Public relations specialists 50 $33,440 $13,730 - 57,920 18% 81%
36 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 50 $0 $ - 25% 67%
37 Sales managers 40 $80,240 $41,690 - 109,710 10% 69%
38 Veterinarians 40 $66,420 $33,190 - 118,690 35% 100%
39 Dietitians and nutritionists 40 $59,450 $35,060 - 72,630 9% 72%
40 Management analysts 40 $47,700 $30,030 - 67,510 22% 78%
41 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 40 $45,000 $35,860 - 53,470 -5% 96%
42 Social and community service managers 40 $41,670 $29,010 - 58,540 25% 72%
43 Special education teachers, middle school 40 $38,480 $33,060 - 47,560 16% 87%
44 Graphic designers 40 $32,070 $22,000 - 44,220 10% 55%
45 Advertising sales agents 40 $30,740 $15,470 - 50,380 20% 56%
46 Teachers and instructors, all other 30 $39,640 $24,060 - 50,930 9% 54%
47 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 30 $39,330 $28,020 - 51,470 18% 56%

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 Cashiers 2,660 $16,890 $13,010 - 22,380 -3% 10%
2 Retail salespersons 2,530 $25,100 $14,120 - 48,840 12% 25%
3 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,570 $24,470 $16,320 - 32,670 1% 18%
4 Waiters and waitresses 1,430 $15,430 $12,840 - 21,180 11% 14%
5 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,180 $18,940 $14,690 - 24,300 18% 7%
6 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,020 $19,300 $13,550 - 27,610 -8% 8%
7 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 990 $35,510 $18,770 - 60,030 4% 25%
8 Cooks, fast food 940 $16,750 $13,220 - 20,960 8% 5%
9 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 900 $15,460 $12,860 - 19,310 18% 5%
10 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 840 $30,770 $19,720 - 44,540 13% 16%
11 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 800 $18,340 $14,100 - 22,930 15% 4%
12 Food preparation workers 800 $16,520 $12,970 - 22,170 15% 7%
13 Office clerks, general 740 $18,820 $13,560 - 25,090 13% 19%
14 Maintenance and repair workers, general 730 $29,550 $20,580 - 44,890 10% 6%
15 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 720 $33,620 $21,400 - 50,830 10% 4%
16 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 710 $40,020 $23,800 - 60,900 6% 29%
17 General and operations managers 640 $83,780 $41,370 - 152,390 2% 48%
18 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 630 $20,360 $15,610 - 28,240 2% 5%
19 Receptionists and information clerks 630 $20,350 $16,270 - 25,470 17% 13%
20 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 610 $32,060 $25,760 - 40,000 14% 7%
21 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 580 $28,140 $17,190 - 45,220 11% 14%
22 Customer service representatives 540 $26,300 $15,640 - 43,600 25% 22%
23 Teacher assistants 520 $16,070 $13,050 - 19,420 10% 18%
24 Construction laborers 500 $23,060 $16,680 - 30,420 11% 5%
25 Team assemblers 480 $22,180 $16,160 - 30,760 0% 5%
26 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 450 $27,990 $13,840 - 45,260 8% 4%
27 Tellers 420 $22,220 $17,010 - 29,700 14% 16%
28 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 420 $17,400 $13,130 - 23,590 11% 5%
29 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 410 $27,280 $20,220 - 36,180 10% 24%
30 Carpenters 400 $28,340 $18,860 - 40,720 10% 6%
31 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 380 $15,570 $12,860 - 19,520 13% 5%
32 Child care workers 370 $15,160 $12,790 - 19,030 18% 15%
33 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 350 $36,170 $22,530 - 58,360 15% 18%
34 Security guards 340 $19,820 $13,320 - 31,300 17% 13%
35 Cooks, restaurant 340 $18,970 $14,470 - 24,340 12% 5%
36 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 330 $16,410 $13,010 - 22,100 10% 8%
37 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 320 $23,980 $14,770 - 37,770 4% 6%
38 Electricians 310 $36,650 $23,050 - 51,660 7% 7%
39 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 310 $26,140 $20,670 - 33,230 4% 15%
40 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 300 $30,850 $20,570 - 41,260 11% 4%
41 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 300 $29,770 $21,750 - 40,360 11% 33%
42 Computer support specialists 290 $30,370 $21,600 - 41,370 13% 43%
43 Counter and rental clerks 290 $19,000 $13,350 - 27,370 23% 16%
44 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 280 $43,930 $31,220 - 59,350 9% 10%
45 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 260 $21,030 $15,330 - 27,490 18% 6%
46 Driver/sales workers 250 $27,920 $16,920 - 41,150 -5% 4%
47 Medical assistants 250 $23,530 $17,730 - 30,940 35% 10%
48 Pharmacy technicians 250 $23,360 $15,710 - 31,090 32% 16%
49 Bus drivers, school 240 $16,740 $12,900 - 23,690 9% 4%
50 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 240 $14,700 $12,740 - 18,020 10% 17%
51 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 230 $54,010 $31,010 - 81,630 7% 13%
52 Dishwashers 230 $15,460 $12,970 - 18,850 10% 3%
53 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 210 $48,000 $25,630 - 67,160 -5% 15%
54 Dental assistants 200 $26,220 $19,150 - 33,130 29% 9%
55 Bill and account collectors 200 $25,080 $18,530 - 31,840 23% 13%
56 Radiologic technologists and technicians 190 $39,900 $28,260 - 56,530 15% 25%
57 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 180 $30,400 $22,620 - 39,380 8% 3%
58 Helpers--production workers 180 $22,250 $17,170 - 30,450 -1% 4%
59 Electrical power-line installers and repairers 170 $42,110 $28,500 - 57,380 7% 6%
60 Industrial truck and tractor operators 170 $31,960 $21,370 - 49,230 -2% 2%
61 Psychiatric technicians 160 $18,300 $13,190 - 27,950 -3% 16%
62 Postal service mail carriers 160 $0 $ - 1% 11%
63 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 150 $18,780 $13,430 - 25,350 12% 6%
64 Loan officers 140 $49,950 $29,090 - 73,060 12% 49%
65 Business operations specialists, all other 140 $48,310 $30,150 - 68,260 21% 49%
66 Home health aides 140 $21,170 $16,360 - 28,320 49% 7%
67 File clerks 140 $20,900 $16,720 - 24,970 -41% 20%
68 Insurance sales agents 140 $0 $ - 13% 45%
69 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 130 $35,750 $22,320 - 58,720 -7% 14%
70 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 130 $23,060 $19,870 - 26,250 -5% 5%
71 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 130 $21,800 $16,430 - 30,420 13% 11%
72 Preschool teachers, except special education 130 $20,760 $13,920 - 33,920 26% 43%
73 Family and general practitioners 120 $188,800 $108,370 - 0% 0%
74 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 120 $31,230 $26,630 - 38,830 5% 2%
75 Surgical technologists 120 $30,650 $21,240 - 40,260 25% 16%
76 Loan interviewers and clerks 120 $26,750 $20,710 - 33,670 -1% 24%
77 Medical records and health information technicians 120 $23,220 $16,600 - 32,790 18% 12%
78 Recreation workers 120 $17,610 $13,020 - 25,040 13% 47%
79 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 120 $16,590 $13,120 - 20,130 17% 14%
80 Dental hygienists 110 $51,830 $38,210 - 64,560 30% 33%
81 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 110 $38,900 $33,320 - 47,550 16% 43%
82 Helpers--electricians 110 $23,800 $16,850 - 31,610 7% 3%
83 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 110 $21,190 $17,160 - 24,860 14% 3%
84 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 100 $36,890 $22,240 - 61,970 13% 17%
85 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 100 $32,130 $21,980 - 45,310 12% 3%
86 Switchboard operators, including answering service 100 $21,030 $16,050 - 28,320 -8% 10%
87 Couriers and messengers 100 $20,830 $14,720 - 25,740 -0% 12%
88 Construction managers 90 $52,690 $33,630 - 82,470 16% 29%
89 Respiratory therapists 90 $43,240 $33,540 - 54,410 23% 28%
90 Property, real estate, and community association managers 90 $30,670 $21,720 - 38,920 15% 36%
91 Brickmasons and blockmasons 90 $28,600 $22,140 - 35,340 10% 3%
92 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 90 $24,360 $16,770 - 33,530 12% 0%
93 Highway maintenance workers 90 $19,020 $16,140 - 23,290 9% 5%
94 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 90 $17,990 $14,200 - 21,200 10% 5%
95 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 80 $50,580 $23,200 - 72,990 10% 17%
96 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 80 $39,310 $26,020 - 54,180 4% 30%
97 Parts salespersons 80 $31,290 $19,250 - 46,400 -2% 6%
98 All other information and record clerks 80 $30,670 $16,920 - 47,240 -13% 21%
99 Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 80 $30,430 $21,970 - 45,730 -5% 4%
100 Logging equipment operators 80 $28,560 $22,580 - 35,790 -1% 2%
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Jobs More Common Near Hattiesburg Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Psychiatric technicians 18,300 160 14.8
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 42,110 170 5.8
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 27,280 410 5
Cooks, fast food 16,750 940 4.8
Surgical technologists 30,650 120 3.6
Cooks, institution and cafeteria 17,400 420 3.4
Family and general practitioners 188,800 120 3.4
Helpers--electricians 23,800 110 2.8
Couriers and messengers 20,830 100 2.7
Food preparation workers 16,520 800 2.5
Radiologic technologists and technicians 39,900 190 2.4
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 32,060 610 2.4
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 28,920 130 2.3
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 18,940 1,180 2.3
Social and human service assistants 28,090 270 2.3
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 35,510 990 2.2
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 24,470 1,570 2.2
Registered nurses 53,680 2,030 2.1
Pharmacy technicians 23,360 250 2
Cashiers 16,890 2,660 2
Tellers 22,220 420 1.9
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 28,140 580 1.9
Medical records and health information technicians 23,220 120 1.9
First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 21,800 130 1.9
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 38,900 110 1.9
Driver/sales workers 27,920 250 1.8
Coaches and scouts 52,720 110 1.8
Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 30,850 300 1.8
Dental assistants 26,220 200 1.8
File clerks 20,900 140 1.8
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 14,700 240 1.7
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 45,390 130 1.7
Counter and rental clerks 19,000 290 1.7
Switchboard operators, including answering service 21,030 100 1.7
Child care workers 15,160 370 1.7
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 16,410 330 1.7
Dental hygienists 51,830 110 1.7
Bus drivers, school 16,740 240 1.6
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 26,140 310 1.6
Waiters and waitresses 15,430 1,430 1.6
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 71,550 120 1.6
Elementary school teachers, except special education 40,120 790 1.5
Maintenance and repair workers, general 29,550 730 1.5
Pharmacists 106,680 150 1.5
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 16,590 120 1.5
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 44,020 540 1.5
Retail salespersons 25,100 2,530 1.5
Receptionists and information clerks 20,350 630 1.5
Loan interviewers and clerks 26,750 120 1.5
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 36,890 100 1.4

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Hattiesburg, Mississippi Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Coaches and scouts 52,720 1.48 110
Family and general practitioners 188,800 1.15 120
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 35,750 1.07 130
Driver/sales workers 27,920 1.07 250
Industrial truck and tractor operators 31,960 1.06 170
Retail salespersons 25,100 1.03 2,530
Pharmacists 106,680 1.02 150
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 21,190 1.01 110
Home health aides 21,170 1 140
Social and human service assistants 28,090 0.99 270
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 27,990 0.97 450
Cooks, fast food 16,750 0.96 940
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 27,280 0.96 410
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 30,770 0.96 840
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 54,010 0.95 230
Helpers--production workers 22,250 0.94 180
Tellers 22,220 0.94 420
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 36,170 0.93 350
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 28,140 0.93 580
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 16,410 0.92 330
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 35,510 0.92 990
Cashiers 16,890 0.91 2,660
Medical and health services managers 76,990 0.91 120
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 45,390 0.91 130
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 48,000 0.91 210
Dishwashers 15,460 0.9 230
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,460 0.9 900
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 33,620 0.9 720
Helpers--electricians 23,800 0.89 110
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 40,020 0.89 710
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 31,230 0.89 120
Customer service representatives 26,300 0.89 540
File clerks 20,900 0.88 140
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 23,060 0.88 130
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 71,550 0.88 120
Cooks, restaurant 18,970 0.87 340
Registered nurses 53,680 0.87 2,030
General and operations managers 83,780 0.87 640
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 21,030 0.87 260
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 26,140 0.86 310
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 44,020 0.86 540
Maintenance and repair workers, general 29,550 0.86 730
Food preparation workers 16,520 0.86 800
Chief executives 128,980 0.86 110
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 16,590 0.85 120
Receptionists and information clerks 20,350 0.85 630
Stock clerks and order fillers 19,300 0.85 1,020
Loan officers 49,950 0.84 140
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 20,360 0.84 630
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 23,980 0.84 320

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