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Huntsville Employment

Employment and Industries in the Huntsville, Alabama Area

More than 40 Fortune 500 companies have facilities in Huntsville. The city also has a large number of international hi-tech companies. Research and development as well as aerospace and military technology are major economic factors for Huntsville. US space and defense agencies are also located in Huntsville. The Cummings Research Park, the Redstone Arsenal and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center are the main centers for the technology based economy. Cummings Research Park is the second largest research park in the nation and the fourth largest in the world.

Most of the major aerospace companies have operations in Huntsville. The city is also home to commercial technology, computer graphics and telecommunications companies. Manufacturing, retail, education and healthcare are also prominent factors for the economy. The manufacturing sector has more than 200 companies and includes about one-fifth of the local area jobs. Many of the highly trained and skilled manufacturing workers are involved with technology-based precision manufacturing. Military and support contract employment also accounts for a large number of jobs.

Some of the major employers in the Huntsville area are shown below:

  • SCI Systems
  • SCI Technology
  • Sanmina-SCI Systems Holdings
  • The Health Care Authority of the City of Huntsville
  • Huntsville City Board of Education
  • NASA/George C Marshall Space Flight Center
  • Siemens VDO Automotive Electronics
  • City of Huntsville
  • Deltacom - Telecommunications provider
  • ITC Deltacom
  • Madison County Board of Education
  • Teledyne Brown Engineering - Aerospace and Defense
  • Adtran - Telecommunications
  • Teledyne Isotopes
  • Intergraph - Computer graphics
  • Avocent Software - Switch manufacturer
  • Wolverine Tube - Copper tube manufacturer and distributor
  • Boeing - Aerospace and Defense
  • General Dynamics
  • Raytheon
  • L-3 Communications
  • SAIC - Aerospace and Defense
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville - Education
  • Benchmark Electronics - Electronic components
  • Northrop Grumman - Aerospace and Defense
  • COLSA - Aerospace and Defense
  • Huntsville Hospital System

Additional information of interest about Huntsville: The city has one of the highest rates of engineers per total employment in the nation. The city has a large number of computer specialists. In early 2009 the average salary in Huntsville was $41,000. In Huntsville about 27% of the residents over the age of 25 have a bachelor's degree and 15% have a graduate degree. The cost of living index was 83.1% in 2008.

The city has received numerous high rankings from prominent sources including:

  • Computer World - Included in their top 5 technology cities list
  • Expansion Magazine - One of the nation's leading 5 star Business Metros
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance - Included in the top 25 list of best cities for mid-level professionals
  • Manpower - One of the top ten cities for job growth markets
  • MSN/Sperling's - Part of their top ten cities list for job growth and affordability
  • Forbes Magazine - Included in the nation's top 20 for leading cities for business and careers
  • Careerbuilder.com - Part of their top 10 great cities for job seekers list.

Some of the major business related organizations associated with Huntsville:

The Huntsville Times offers current information on business activities in the Huntsville area.

Jobs in Huntsville

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 218260 $52960 $25.46 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 29320 $34460 $16.57 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 22750 $32310 $15.53 10.15
4 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 18130 $100770 $48.45 1.65
5 Production Occupations 17050 $35180 $16.91 5.85
6 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 17030 $20720 $9.96 8.3
7 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 15560 $85220 $40.97 5.05
8 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 13450 $92710 $44.57 2.8
9 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 12390 $72500 $34.85 5.75
10 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 11850 $30480 $14.65 6.45
11 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 9450 $43220 $20.78 6.15
12 Management Occupations 9440 $126270 $60.71 6.05
13 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 8570 $45980 $22.11 3.8
14 Retail Salespersons 7390 $25900 $12.45 3.1
15 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 7140 $23180 $11.14 3.7
16 Cashiers 6770 $19740 $9.49 2.25
17 Construction and Extraction Occupations 5840 $39720 $19.1 4.4
18 Healthcare Support Occupations 5080 $26610 $12.79 3.05
19 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 5030 $37000 $17.79 1.6
20 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 4930 $23500 $11.3 1.6
21 Personal Care and Service Occupations 4910 $22540 $10.84 4.1
22 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 4850 $18150 $8.73 2.15
23 Registered Nurses 4820 $55460 $26.66 1.9
24 Customer Service Representatives 3990 $32480 $15.62 1.75
25 Protective Service Occupations 3990 $39370 $18.93 2.25
26 Aerospace Engineers 3930 $117550 $56.51 0
27 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 3720 $22500 $10.82 1.6
28 General and Operations Managers 3390 $135790 $65.28 1.4
29 Engineers, All Other 3120 $117760 $56.62 0.1
30 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 2800 $95000 $45.67 0.7
31 Software Developers, Applications 2790 $103290 $49.66 0.5
32 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2750 $26640 $12.81 1.2
33 Waiters and Waitresses 2710 $19850 $9.54 1.6
34 Office Clerks, General 2700 $24880 $11.96 2
35 Logisticians 2580 $93160 $44.79 0.1
36 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 2400 $47610 $22.89 1.7
37 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 2370 $44060 $21.19 1
38 Accountants and Auditors 2290 $76190 $36.63 0.9
39 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 2210 $79360 $38.15 0.2
40 Software Developers, Systems Software 2180 $108080 $51.96 0.3
41 Computer Programmers 2050 $100680 $48.4 0.2
42 Nursing Assistants 1980 $24120 $11.6 1.05
43 Team Assemblers 1980 $32040 $15.4 0.75
44 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1920 $58750 $28.25 1
45 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1910 $37190 $17.88 1.1
46 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1830 $56180 $27.01 1
47 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1800 $40740 $19.58 1.2
48 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1770 $26110 $12.55 0.7
49 Computer Systems Analysts 1730 $86850 $41.76 0.4
50 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1620 $89890 $43.22 0.9
51 Personal Care Aides 1610 $17770 $8.54 1.3
52 Management Analysts 1610 $100050 $48.1 0.5
53 Cooks, Restaurant 1580 $22220 $10.68 0.75
54 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1570 $41920 $20.15 0.9
55 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1530 $22230 $10.69 0.8
56 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 1480 $23640 $11.37 0.2
57 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1470 $32380 $15.57 0.6
58 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 1470 $110910 $53.32 0.1
59 Helpers--Production Workers 1440 $22560 $10.85 0.3
60 Electrical Engineers 1430 $100320 $48.23 0.1
61 Community and Social Service Occupations 1390 $44390 $21.34 1.65
62 Food Preparation Workers 1390 $19880 $9.56 0.6
63 Industrial Engineers 1390 $92200 $44.33 0.2
64 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians 1260 $60220 $28.95 0.1
65 Computer Hardware Engineers 1240 $113130 $54.39 0.05
66 Computer User Support Specialists 1220 $48810 $23.47 0.4
67 Mechanical Engineers 1210 $91920 $44.19 0.2
68 Counter and Rental Clerks 1210 $26380 $12.68 0.3
69 Security Guards 1160 $25810 $12.41 0.7
70 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1140 $39530 $19 0.3
71 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers 1100 $30760 $14.79 0.1
72 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1080 $56950 $27.38 0.4
73 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1020 $30250 $14.55 0.4
74 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 980 $19320 $9.29 0.3
75 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 960 $31470 $15.13 0.6
76 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 950 $54780 $26.34 0.4
77 Human Resources Specialists 940 $70170 $33.74 0.3
78 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 940 $35810 $17.22 0.5
79 Architectural and Engineering Managers 930 $146390 $70.38 0.1
80 Machinists 930 $42880 $20.62 0.3
81 Childcare Workers 860 $18360 $8.83 0.8
82 Pharmacy Technicians 840 $28200 $13.56 0.25
83 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 830 $17810 $8.56 1
84 Substitute Teachers 810 $17130 $8.24 0
85 Computer and Information Systems Managers 810 $141320 $67.94 0.25
86 Legal Occupations 790 $92000 $44.23 0.8
87 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 790 $48170 $23.16 0.45
88 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 770 $78370 $37.68 0.3
89 Tellers 760 $26630 $12.8 0.3
90 Medical Assistants 760 $27030 $13 0.45
91 Cooks, Short Order 730 $21300 $10.24 0.1
92 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 730 $37220 $17.9 0.5
93 Packers and Packagers, Hand 730 $23470 $11.28 0.45
94 Computer Occupations, All Other 730 $89350 $42.96 0.2
95 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 730 $39660 $19.07 0.2
96 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 730 $19420 $9.34 0.3
97 Dishwashers 690 $19430 $9.34 0.3
98 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers 680 $50840 $24.44 0.1
99 Electricians 650 $40240 $19.34 0.4
100 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 640 $25830 $12.42 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Huntsville Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 52,960 218,260
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,460 29,320
Sales and Related Occupations 32,310 22,750
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 100,770 18,130
Production Occupations 35,180 17,050
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,720 17,030
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 85,220 15,560
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 92,710 13,450
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 72,500 12,390
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,480 11,850
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 43,220 9,450
Management Occupations 126,270 9,440
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,980 8,570
Retail Salespersons 25,900 7,390
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 23,180 7,140
Cashiers 19,740 6,770
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,720 5,840
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,610 5,080
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 37,000 5,030
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 23,500 4,930
Personal Care and Service Occupations 22,540 4,910
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,150 4,850
Registered Nurses 55,460 4,820
Customer Service Representatives 32,480 3,990
Protective Service Occupations 39,370 3,990
Aerospace Engineers 117,550 3,930
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,500 3,720
General and Operations Managers 135,790 3,390
Engineers, All Other 117,760 3,120
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 95,000 2,800
Software Developers, Applications 103,290 2,790
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,640 2,750
Waiters and Waitresses 19,850 2,710
Office Clerks, General 24,880 2,700
Logisticians 93,160 2,580
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 47,610 2,400
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 44,060 2,370
Accountants and Auditors 76,190 2,290
Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 79,360 2,210
Software Developers, Systems Software 108,080 2,180
Computer Programmers 100,680 2,050
Nursing Assistants 24,120 1,980
Team Assemblers 32,040 1,980
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 58,750 1,920
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,190 1,910
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,180 1,830
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 40,740 1,800
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,110 1,770
Computer Systems Analysts 86,850 1,730
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 89,890 1,620

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Huntsville, Alabama Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 52,960 218,260
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,460 29,320
Sales and Related Occupations 32,310 22,750
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 100,770 18,130
Production Occupations 35,180 17,050
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 85,220 15,560
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 92,710 13,450
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 72,500 12,390
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,480 11,850
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 43,220 9,450
Management Occupations 126,270 9,440
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,980 8,570
Retail Salespersons 25,900 7,390
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,720 5,840
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,610 5,080
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 37,000 5,030
Registered Nurses 55,460 4,820
Customer Service Representatives 32,480 3,990
Protective Service Occupations 39,370 3,990
Aerospace Engineers 117,550 3,930
General and Operations Managers 135,790 3,390
Engineers, All Other 117,760 3,120
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 95,000 2,800
Software Developers, Applications 103,290 2,790
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,640 2,750
Logisticians 93,160 2,580
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 47,610 2,400
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 44,060 2,370
Accountants and Auditors 76,190 2,290
Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 79,360 2,210
Software Developers, Systems Software 108,080 2,180
Computer Programmers 100,680 2,050
Team Assemblers 32,040 1,980
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 58,750 1,920
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,190 1,910
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,180 1,830
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 40,740 1,800
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,110 1,770
Computer Systems Analysts 86,850 1,730
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 89,890 1,620
Management Analysts 100,050 1,610
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 41,920 1,570
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,380 1,470
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 110,910 1,470
Electrical Engineers 100,320 1,430
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,390 1,390
Industrial Engineers 92,200 1,390
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians 60,220 1,260
Computer Hardware Engineers 113,130 1,240
Computer User Support Specialists 48,810 1,220

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