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Blacksburg Employment

Employment and Industries in the Blacksburg, Virginia Area

The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also known as Virginia Tech, dominates the Blacksburg economy. The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center includes Honeywell, VTLS, Rackspace's Email and Apps Division and a facility for the National Weather Service. Moog Inc., situated nearby, is a major contractor for the Defense Department and the health care industry. Manufacturing and business services also add to the economy. In addition, the Blacksburg region is regarded as an emerging high-tech area.

The leading fields of employment in Blacksburg are educational services, accommodation and food services; professional, scientific and technical services, and healthcare. About 48% of the workforce is employed in management, professional and related occupations. Sales and office workers comprise about 19% of the labor force.

Notable information regarding Blacksburg, Virginia: Cost of living index in 2008: 97.8 (U.S. average: 100). Adult residents holding a bachelor's degree or better: 64%. The average earnings in 2009: $31,000.

The top employers in Blacksburg and the surrounding area:

  • Moog Inc
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
  • Federal-Mogul Corporation
  • Montgomery Regional Hospital, Inc
  • The Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service
  • Town of Blacksburg
  • Tetra Holding (US), Inc
  • Virginia Tech Services, Inc
  • American Healthcare, LLC

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Most Popular Jobs in Blacksburg, Virginia 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 930 $51,640 $35,210 - 65,840 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 670 $47,290 $33,580 - 65,940 14% 95%
3 Teachers and instructors, all other 460 $27,560 $20,560 - 44,980 9% 54%
4 Accountants and auditors 410 $56,210 $34,360 - 86,660 18% 79%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 380 $48,620 $34,330 - 68,620 6% 96%
6 Mechanical engineers 320 $75,360 $47,800 - 105,320 4% 78%
7 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 310 $46,670 $23,520 - 76,690 8% 51%
8 Computer software engineers, applications 290 $55,320 $36,640 - 78,690 45% 85%
9 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 290 $50,930 $33,580 - 74,580 11% 95%
10 Computer systems analysts 210 $70,800 $32,710 - 108,190 29% 68%
11 Electrical engineers 210 $60,770 $34,530 - 99,630 6% 81%
12 Public relations specialists 210 $40,120 $15,950 - 60,330 18% 81%
13 Industrial engineers 200 $67,540 $35,950 - 99,660 20% 74%
14 Computer programmers 190 $60,950 $32,920 - 100,060 -4% 73%
15 Computer software engineers, systems software 180 $75,590 $44,640 - 121,890 28% 85%
16 Management analysts 170 $87,650 $44,340 - 137,340 22% 78%
17 Pharmacists 160 $106,700 $87,190 - 130,420 22% 97%
18 Financial managers 160 $75,020 $38,020 - 123,670 13% 60%
19 Medical and public health social workers 160 $52,990 $38,540 - 66,910 24% 77%
20 Market research analysts 150 $63,070 $29,810 - 103,510 20% 82%
21 Child, family, and school social workers 150 $36,640 $27,500 - 49,790 19% 77%
22 Social and human service assistants 150 $28,320 $21,550 - 35,430 34% 58%
23 Network and computer systems administrators 140 $64,430 $36,030 - 122,500 27% 50%
24 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 140 $47,090 $30,480 - 69,290 13% 73%
25 Coaches and scouts 140 $0 $ - 15% 60%
26 Computer and information scientists, research 130 $77,890 $46,140 - 120,360 22% 68%
27 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 130 $67,430 $54,420 - 82,190 8% 78%
28 Civil engineers 120 $59,390 $42,230 - 83,960 18% 87%
29 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 120 $43,600 $26,640 - 64,130 20% 87%
30 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 120 $42,330 $26,960 - 63,670 34% 73%
31 Medical and health services managers 110 $97,460 $41,970 - 16% 57%
32 Librarians 110 $54,320 $35,390 - 77,440 4% 85%
33 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 110 $53,750 $35,170 - 79,450 17% 56%
34 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 100 $39,240 $31,750 - 51,010 30% 77%
35 Biological technicians 100 $32,060 $21,040 - 50,560 16% 60%
36 Chief executives 90 $133,810 $14,620 - 2% 65%
37 Computer and information systems managers 90 $96,700 $52,060 - 150,150 16% 73%
38 Managers, all other 90 $66,760 $43,500 - 92,830 7% 55%
39 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 90 $54,840 $38,390 - 76,230 -5% 96%
40 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 90 $38,600 $25,800 - 51,390 12% 51%
41 Engineering managers 80 $128,470 $73,480 - 7% 84%
42 Sales managers 80 $87,710 $33,250 - 161,020 10% 69%
43 Physical scientists, all other 80 $76,700 $52,640 - 115,800 6% 98%
44 Physical therapists 80 $71,990 $46,880 - 101,710 27% 89%
45 Special education teachers, secondary school 80 $50,000 $35,050 - 68,240 9% 87%
46 Training and development specialists 70 $50,610 $23,450 - 84,750 18% 56%
47 Environmental engineers 60 $68,680 $46,460 - 93,670 25% 86%
48 Detectives and criminal investigators 60 $62,120 $38,470 - 92,810 17% 54%
49 Network systems and data communications analysts 60 $61,200 $34,230 - 89,030 53% 57%
50 Social and community service managers 60 $53,510 $30,710 - 79,150 25% 72%
51 Graphic designers 60 $37,030 $23,550 - 50,670 10% 55%
52 Legislators 60 $14,550 $12,810 - 16,190 1% 65%
53 Chemical engineers 50 $94,490 $58,340 - 132,920 8% 91%
54 Lawyers 50 $93,760 $37,480 - 137,990 11% 99%
55 Veterinarians 50 $79,140 $45,440 - 136,280 35% 100%
56 Computer specialists, all other 50 $73,500 $31,110 - 100,380 15% 68%
57 Architects, except landscape and naval 50 $70,690 $44,580 - 102,780 18% 88%
58 Occupational health and safety specialists 50 $45,820 $31,670 - 64,480 8% 72%
59 Tax preparers 50 $25,730 $20,810 - 30,740 -8% 54%
60 Purchasing managers 40 $98,330 $70,200 - 143,340 3% 57%
61 Database administrators 40 $78,740 $41,470 - 156,860 29% 72%
62 Financial analysts 40 $75,860 $44,120 - 101,940 34% 87%
63 Chemists 40 $57,570 $28,300 - 100,760 9% 93%
64 Mental health counselors 40 $49,750 $31,570 - 65,570 30% 73%
65 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 40 $49,320 $29,810 - 73,660 18% 56%
66 Surveyors 40 $46,340 $22,380 - 72,760 24% 82%
67 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 40 $46,250 $36,010 - 58,490 11% 58%
68 Soil and plant scientists 40 $42,850 $28,790 - 63,430 8% 82%
69 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 40 $36,290 $26,310 - 50,580 15% 51%
70 Education, training, and library workers, all other 40 $32,610 $22,870 - 46,580 11% 79%
71 Advertising sales agents 40 $26,070 $13,960 - 51,320 20% 56%
72 Floral designers 40 $21,680 $15,200 - 27,210 -9% 55%
73 Marketing managers 30 $135,930 $97,540 - 14% 69%
74 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 30 $66,750 $45,820 - 86,610 25% 93%
75 Engineers, all other 30 $58,540 $39,390 - 78,060 6% 82%
76 Urban and regional planners 30 $54,480 $35,310 - 81,690 15% 92%
77 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 30 $46,990 $27,340 - 66,990 5% 58%
78 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 30 $42,280 $23,800 - 57,790 18% 56%
79 Editors 30 $0 $ - 2% 81%

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 2,410 $24,520 $13,630 - 39,280 12% 25%
2 Cashiers 2,080 $16,780 $12,990 - 20,660 -3% 10%
3 Office clerks, general 2,050 $24,810 $15,360 - 35,420 13% 19%
4 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,960 $16,950 $12,930 - 22,930 18% 5%
5 Waiters and waitresses 1,330 $17,440 $13,010 - 24,580 11% 14%
6 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 850 $29,280 $20,160 - 39,380 13% 16%
7 Team assemblers 850 $27,130 $16,460 - 40,750 0% 5%
8 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 770 $17,800 $13,800 - 22,240 13% 5%
9 Stock clerks and order fillers 690 $20,480 $13,600 - 30,630 -8% 8%
10 Maintenance and repair workers, general 680 $33,560 $19,910 - 49,600 10% 6%
11 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 680 $16,810 $13,590 - 19,750 10% 8%
12 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 660 $37,560 $21,290 - 51,380 4% 25%
13 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 650 $22,460 $15,800 - 31,310 2% 5%
14 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 650 $18,740 $13,500 - 25,030 15% 4%
15 Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 610 $29,490 $19,270 - 38,960 -27% 6%
16 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 600 $35,310 $22,580 - 51,340 10% 4%
17 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 570 $22,250 $16,760 - 29,480 18% 7%
18 Production workers, all other 560 $36,240 $18,340 - 49,390 2% 5%
19 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 560 $21,170 $13,870 - 29,380 18% 6%
20 Business operations specialists, all other 530 $50,710 $32,840 - 76,660 21% 49%
21 General and operations managers 510 $91,170 $38,820 - 2% 48%
22 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 510 $30,940 $18,160 - 45,500 11% 14%
23 Machinists 490 $36,050 $24,930 - 47,050 -3% 3%
24 Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 480 $40,380 $26,360 - 53,490 -5% 4%
25 Customer service representatives 480 $26,170 $13,850 - 39,560 25% 22%
26 Carpenters 470 $30,550 $19,430 - 42,040 10% 6%
27 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 450 $41,590 $22,700 - 63,200 6% 29%
28 Teacher assistants 440 $23,260 $16,630 - 30,730 10% 18%
29 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 430 $31,830 $23,190 - 42,640 14% 7%
30 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 410 $56,990 $34,670 - 86,510 -5% 15%
31 Cooks, restaurant 410 $20,310 $16,120 - 25,650 12% 5%
32 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 400 $30,470 $17,240 - 49,320 14% 4%
33 Cooks, fast food 380 $21,920 $13,580 - 32,280 8% 5%
34 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 380 $21,460 $13,890 - 35,150 8% 4%
35 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 370 $37,060 $26,450 - 49,250 15% 18%
36 Tellers 360 $22,520 $18,320 - 27,020 14% 16%
37 Receptionists and information clerks 330 $22,280 $16,500 - 30,600 17% 13%
38 Child care workers 320 $17,390 $13,050 - 24,300 18% 15%
39 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 310 $40,820 $28,940 - 55,600 11% 33%
40 Food preparation workers 310 $17,680 $13,320 - 23,680 15% 7%
41 Dishwashers 310 $16,040 $13,050 - 19,700 10% 3%
42 Electricians 290 $42,420 $28,800 - 70,690 7% 7%
43 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 290 $26,050 $17,530 - 35,130 1% 18%
44 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 270 $46,900 $25,960 - 74,920 9% 10%
45 Bus drivers, school 260 $25,550 $13,340 - 39,140 9% 4%
46 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 250 $26,120 $13,990 - 42,910 12% 6%
47 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 240 $35,670 $20,690 - 50,960 -7% 14%
48 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 240 $16,430 $13,070 - 20,790 10% 17%
49 Real estate sales agents 230 $30,620 $18,150 - 49,500 11% 45%
50 Computer support specialists 220 $37,340 $26,810 - 49,720 13% 43%
51 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 220 $25,460 $17,090 - 33,420 4% 6%
52 Personal and home care aides 220 $20,750 $14,530 - 24,830 51% 10%
53 Pharmacy technicians 210 $24,730 $17,760 - 31,680 32% 16%
54 Helpers--production workers 210 $24,310 $17,100 - 35,430 -1% 4%
55 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 200 $36,260 $20,320 - 50,750 11% 4%
56 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 190 $52,850 $32,610 - 79,170 0% 42%
57 Construction laborers 190 $23,200 $17,680 - 33,800 11% 5%
58 Industrial machinery mechanics 180 $39,650 $28,030 - 51,550 9% 5%
59 Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 180 $32,370 $21,830 - 51,360 -16% 0%
60 Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 180 $30,230 $17,360 - 43,960 -13% 0%
61 Industrial truck and tractor operators 180 $27,070 $18,980 - 38,700 -2% 2%
62 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 180 $21,180 $16,270 - 28,890 11% 5%
63 Cooks, short order 180 $17,630 $13,590 - 22,730 5% 5%
64 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 170 $57,330 $36,800 - 84,440 7% 13%
65 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 170 $29,430 $22,160 - 38,670 8% 3%
66 Medical assistants 170 $25,420 $17,770 - 32,500 35% 10%
67 Postal service mail carriers 170 $0 $ - 1% 11%
68 Parts salespersons 160 $24,140 $14,550 - 31,330 -2% 6%
69 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 150 $29,250 $21,520 - 40,820 4% 15%
70 Counter and rental clerks 150 $19,630 $13,160 - 30,280 23% 16%
71 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 150 $17,290 $13,420 - 20,830 17% 14%
72 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 140 $73,620 $41,950 - 128,020 4% 38%
73 Correctional officers and jailers 140 $39,100 $29,020 - 54,650 17% 11%
74 All other information and record clerks 140 $32,180 $22,120 - 46,380 -13% 21%
75 Recreation workers 140 $25,400 $15,130 - 33,540 13% 47%
76 Bartenders 140 $20,540 $13,680 - 30,140 11% 17%
77 Packers and packagers, hand 140 $18,650 $12,960 - 28,900 -12% 3%
78 Tool and die makers 130 $46,960 $28,700 - 75,260 -10% 5%
79 Highway maintenance workers 130 $33,410 $26,100 - 44,160 9% 5%
80 Preschool teachers, except special education 130 $24,000 $13,130 - 40,750 26% 43%
81 Security guards 130 $22,190 $16,390 - 29,660 17% 13%
82 English language and literature teachers, postsecondary 130 $0 $ - 0% 0%
83 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 120 $41,070 $28,100 - 57,660 4% 30%
84 Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 120 $41,050 $23,700 - 63,060 8% 9%
85 Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers 120 $26,240 $17,600 - 38,910 16% 10%
86 Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 110 $50,850 $35,790 - 71,940 4% 18%
87 Radiologic technologists and technicians 110 $45,200 $25,180 - 62,980 15% 25%
88 Insurance sales agents 110 $39,620 $22,000 - 63,120 13% 45%
89 Amusement and recreation attendants 110 $17,370 $13,150 - 23,410 24% 22%
90 Business teachers, postsecondary 110 $0 $ - 0% 0%
91 Computer science teachers, postsecondary 110 $0 $ - 0% 0%
92 Family and general practitioners 100 $188,910 $75,100 - 0% 0%
93 Physicians and surgeons, all other 100 $171,340 $55,150 - 0% 0%
94 Industrial production managers 100 $97,650 $57,580 - 156,170 -6% 43%
95 Cost estimators 100 $46,560 $32,200 - 67,540 19% 32%
96 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 100 $33,960 $23,990 - 53,710 5% 2%
97 Automotive body and related repairers 100 $33,810 $18,460 - 50,360 12% 3%
98 Coil winders, tapers, and finishers 100 $28,890 $21,830 - 37,870 -31% 6%
99 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 100 $26,790 $20,910 - 32,250 -15% 0%
100 Home health aides 100 $19,530 $16,220 - 23,570 49% 7%
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Jobs More Common Near Blacksburg Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Coil winders, tapers, and finishers 28,890 100 22.9
Computer and information scientists, research 77,890 130 13.8
Computer science teachers, postsecondary 0 110 11.2
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 40,380 480 9.8
Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 29,490 610 7.4
English language and literature teachers, postsecondary 0 130 6.7
Production workers, all other 36,240 560 6.3
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 32,370 180 5.9
Business teachers, postsecondary 0 110 4.8
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers 26,240 120 4.6
Biological technicians 32,060 100 4.4
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 42,330 120 4.3
Tool and die makers 46,960 130 4.3
Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 30,230 180 3.8
Service station attendants 19,480 100 3.8
Highway maintenance workers 33,410 130 3.6
Mechanical engineers 75,360 320 3.5
Real estate sales agents 30,620 230 3.4
Electrical engineers 60,770 210 3.3
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 16,810 680 3.2
Machinists 36,050 490 3.1
Cooks, short order 17,630 180 3
Medical and public health social workers 52,990 160 2.9
Family and general practitioners 188,910 100 2.6
Industrial engineers 67,540 200 2.4
Teachers and instructors, all other 27,560 460 2.3
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 41,050 120 2.2
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 17,800 770 2.2
Coaches and scouts 0 140 2.1
Team assemblers 27,130 850 2.1
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 39,240 100 2.1
Public relations specialists 40,120 210 2
Parts salespersons 24,140 160 1.8
Librarians 54,320 110 1.8
Cooks, fast food 21,920 380 1.8
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 16,950 1,960 1.8
Industrial machinery mechanics 39,650 180 1.8
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 17,290 150 1.8
Correctional officers and jailers 39,100 140 1.8
Office clerks, general 24,810 2,050 1.7
Automotive body and related repairers 33,810 100 1.7
Industrial production managers 97,650 100 1.7
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 26,120 250 1.7
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 56,990 410 1.6
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 50,850 110 1.6
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,430 240 1.6
Pharmacy technicians 24,730 210 1.6
Bus drivers, school 25,550 260 1.6
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 67,430 130 1.6
All other information and record clerks 32,180 140 1.6

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Blacksburg, Virginia Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Cooks, fast food 21,920 1.26 380
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 40,380 1.25 480
Production workers, all other 36,240 1.25 560
Management analysts 87,650 1.19 170
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers 26,240 1.18 120
Medical and public health social workers 52,990 1.15 160
Medical and health services managers 97,460 1.15 110
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers, all other 41,050 1.14 120
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 42,330 1.1 120
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 56,990 1.08 410
Market research analysts 63,070 1.07 150
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 35,670 1.06 240
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 32,370 1.06 180
Bartenders 20,540 1.06 140
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 73,620 1.05 140
Recreation workers 25,400 1.05 140
Network and computer systems administrators 64,430 1.05 140
Teacher assistants 23,260 1.04 440
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 26,120 1.04 250
Personal and home care aides 20,750 1.04 220
Correctional officers and jailers 39,100 1.04 140
Tool and die makers 46,960 1.03 130
Librarians 54,320 1.03 110
Computer systems analysts 70,800 1.03 210
Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 30,230 1.03 180
Helpers--production workers 24,310 1.03 210
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 30,940 1.02 510
Pharmacists 106,700 1.02 160
Mechanical engineers 75,360 1.02 320
Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 50,930 1.01 290
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 57,330 1.01 170
Retail salespersons 24,520 1 2,410
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 41,070 1 120
Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 29,490 1 610
Social and human service assistants 28,320 1 150
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 52,850 1 190
Team assemblers 27,130 0.99 850
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 53,750 0.99 110
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 16,950 0.98 1,960
Maintenance and repair workers, general 33,560 0.98 680
Bus drivers, school 25,550 0.98 260
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 50,850 0.98 110
Machinists 36,050 0.98 490
Office clerks, general 24,810 0.98 2,050
All other information and record clerks 32,180 0.97 140
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 37,560 0.97 660
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 29,250 0.97 150
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 37,060 0.96 370
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 48,620 0.95 380
Highway maintenance workers 33,410 0.95 130

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