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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations222080$53,600$25.77100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations29280$35,180$16.9114.35
3Sales and Related Occupations21970$32,820$15.789.9
4Architecture and Engineering Occupations18450$101,000$48.561.7
5Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations18330$20,580$9.98.55
6Production Occupations17370$36,080$17.355.7
7Business and Financial Operations Occupations16020$86,350$41.515.25
8Computer and Mathematical Occupations14290$96,180$46.242.9
9Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations12480$72,520$34.865.8
10Education, Training, and Library Occupations11630$41,030$19.726.05
11Transportation and Material Moving Occupations11530$32,380$15.576.55
12Management Occupations9350$127,080$61.16.15
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations8060$46,800$22.53.8
14Retail Salespersons7570$26,010$12.512.85
15Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations6510$25,110$12.073.65
16Cashiers6250$20,450$9.832.2
17Construction and Extraction Occupations6150$41,560$19.984.45
18Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food5800$18,190$8.752.3
19Healthcare Support Occupations5430$27,270$13.113
20Personal Care and Service Occupations5150$22,250$10.74.3
21Registered Nurses5010$56,330$27.081.95
22Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive4830$37,390$17.981.5
23Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand4690$25,290$12.161.7
24Customer Service Representatives4560$34,670$16.671.75
25Protective Service Occupations4170$39,160$18.832.2
26Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers4010$30,050$14.450
27Aerospace Engineers3950$117,930$56.70
28Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners3860$23,410$11.251.55
29General and Operations Managers3390$135,160$64.981.5
30Waiters and Waitresses3320$18,620$8.951.7
31Engineers, All Other3130$117,100$56.30.1
32Business Operations Specialists, All Other2850$98,360$47.290.7
33Software Developers, Applications2780$100,940$48.530.55
34Stock Clerks and Order Fillers2760$27,060$13.011.3
35Computer Programmers2730$104,380$50.180.2
36Logisticians2720$93,060$44.740.1
37Office Clerks, General2490$25,290$12.161.9
38Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations2320$48,880$23.51.8
39Accountants and Auditors2280$77,330$37.180.9
40Software Developers, Systems Software2180$110,340$53.050.3
41Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2130$55,200$26.540.9
42First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers2000$42,720$20.541
43Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1930$37,440$181.05
44First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1890$54,990$26.440.95
45Electrical Engineers1860$101,940$49.010.1
46Nursing Assistants1830$24,190$11.631
47Personal Care Aides1710$18,000$8.661.5
48Receptionists and Information Clerks1690$25,990$12.490.7
49Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1640$42,050$20.221.2
50First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1610$31,920$15.350.6
51Management Analysts1560$101,830$48.950.5
52Cooks, Restaurant1510$22,830$10.970.8
53Computer Systems Analysts1450$91,480$43.980.4
54Industrial Engineers1430$95,690$46.010.2
55Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1410$41,700$20.050.9
56Community and Social Service Occupations1360$44,720$21.51.65
57Electronics Engineers, Except Computer1360$115,030$55.30.1
58Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers1290$32,340$15.550
59Security Guards1240$25,180$12.110.7
60Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1210$31,230$15.020.6
61Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations1190$84,730$40.740.8
62Helpers--Production Workers1170$22,840$10.980.3
63Mechanical Engineers1140$93,910$45.150.2
64Computer Hardware Engineers1130$109,970$52.870
65Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians1110$62,820$30.20.1
66Medical Assistants1090$27,890$13.410.45
67Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers1080$42,030$20.210.3
68Computer User Support Specialists1050$46,390$22.30.4
69Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1040$25,030$12.030.8
70Counter and Rental Clerks980$28,120$13.520.3
71Human Resources Specialists960$72,640$34.920.35
72Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks950$30,940$14.880.4
73First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers950$62,930$30.260.4
74Legal Occupations930$84,060$40.420.8
75Machinists930$44,190$21.240.25
76First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers930$59,050$28.390.4
77Architectural and Engineering Managers910$150,480$72.340.1
78Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop910$20,020$9.620.3
79Food Preparation Workers910$20,940$10.070.6
80Network and Computer Systems Administrators860$74,080$35.620.25
81Computer and Information Systems Managers850$142,100$68.320.2
82Sales Representatives, Services, All Other850$53,470$25.710.6
83Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria850$20,120$9.670.3
84Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses830$37,170$17.870.5
85Tellers810$27,100$13.030.3
86Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers800$49,020$23.570.4
87Cooks, Short Order780$21,450$10.310.1
88Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics730$39,780$19.120.5
89Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators710$41,140$19.780.2
90Computer Occupations, All Other710$90,640$43.580.2
91Pharmacy Technicians700$30,420$14.620.3
92Recreation Workers700$22,650$10.890.25
93Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners680$18,690$8.990.9
94Childcare Workers670$18,670$8.970.8
95Medical Secretaries670$31,860$15.320.4
96Electricians660$42,130$20.260.4
97Billing and Posting Clerks610$34,140$16.410.3
98Carpenters600$36,770$17.680.7
99Construction Laborers590$29,570$14.220.8
100First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers590$66,380$31.910.3
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Jobs More Common Near Huntsville Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$53,600222,080
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,18029,280
Sales and Related Occupations$32,82021,970
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$101,00018,450
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,58018,330
Production Occupations$36,08017,370
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$86,35016,020
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$96,18014,290
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$72,52012,480
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$41,03011,630
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$32,38011,530
Management Occupations$127,0809,350
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,8008,060
Retail Salespersons$26,0107,570
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,1106,510
Cashiers$20,4506,250
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,5606,150
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,1905,800
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,2705,430
Personal Care and Service Occupations$22,2505,150
Registered Nurses$56,3305,010
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,3904,830
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,2904,690
Customer Service Representatives$34,6704,560
Protective Service Occupations$39,1604,170
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$30,0504,010
Aerospace Engineers$117,9303,950
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,4103,860
General and Operations Managers$135,1603,390
Waiters and Waitresses$18,6203,320
Engineers, All Other$117,1003,130
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$98,3602,850
Software Developers, Applications$100,9402,780
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,0602,760
Computer Programmers$104,3802,730
Logisticians$93,0602,720
Office Clerks, General$25,2902,490
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$48,8802,320
Accountants and Auditors$77,3302,280
Software Developers, Systems Software$110,3402,180
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$55,2002,130
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,7202,000
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,4401,930
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,9901,890
Electrical Engineers$101,9401,860
Nursing Assistants$24,1901,830
Personal Care Aides$18,0001,710
Receptionists and Information Clerks$25,9901,690
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,0501,640
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,9201,610

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$53,600222,080
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$35,18029,280
Sales and Related Occupations$32,82021,970
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$101,00018,450
Production Occupations$36,08017,370
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$86,35016,020
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$96,18014,290
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$72,52012,480
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$41,03011,630
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$32,38011,530
Management Occupations$127,0809,350
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$46,8008,060
Retail Salespersons$26,0107,570
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,1106,510
Construction and Extraction Occupations$41,5606,150
Healthcare Support Occupations$27,2705,430
Registered Nurses$56,3305,010
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$37,3904,830
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,2904,690
Customer Service Representatives$34,6704,560
Protective Service Occupations$39,1604,170
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$30,0504,010
Aerospace Engineers$117,9303,950
General and Operations Managers$135,1603,390
Engineers, All Other$117,1003,130
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$98,3602,850
Software Developers, Applications$100,9402,780
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,0602,760
Computer Programmers$104,3802,730
Logisticians$93,0602,720
Office Clerks, General$25,2902,490
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$48,8802,320
Accountants and Auditors$77,3302,280
Software Developers, Systems Software$110,3402,180
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$55,2002,130
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,7202,000
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$37,4401,930
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$54,9901,890
Electrical Engineers$101,9401,860
Receptionists and Information Clerks$25,9901,690
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$42,0501,640
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,9201,610
Management Analysts$101,8301,560
Computer Systems Analysts$91,4801,450
Industrial Engineers$95,6901,430
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$41,7001,410
Community and Social Service Occupations$44,7201,360
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer$115,0301,360
Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers$32,3401,290
Security Guards$25,1801,240

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