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Mobile Employment

Employment and Industries in the Mobile, Alabama Area

The major factors for Mobile's economy are medicine and research, retail trade, aerospace, construction and manufacturing. A variety of goods are produced in Mobile such as engines, aircraft, wood pulp and paper, chemicals, paint, aluminum, cement, pumps, rayon fibers and ship-related items. Some of the major sectors for employment are: trade, transportation and utilities; education, healthcare, manufacturing, government, professional and business services, construction and mining as well as leisure and hospitality.

The thriving Port of Mobile is very important to the economy. It's served by a vast number of steamship lines and includes two large ship repair companies and ship building firms such as Austal USA. Over 300 businesses are involved in the area's maritime industry. The Brookley Complex is a prominent trade and industrial center and is designated as a Foreign Trade Zone. The complex is home to over 100 companies including numerous aerospace firms. Mobile Aerospace Engineering, a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Engineering, is one of the largest private employers in Mobile County.

Thyssen Krupp is building a state-of-the-art steel and stainless steel processing facility which is slated to begin operations in 2010 and employ about 2,700 people. Mobile is also home to numerous hi-tech and computer related businesses. The automotive industry also provides jobs. In addition, EADS North America provides a large number of engineering jobs involved with designing Airbus's long-range jets.

The median earnings in early 2009 was $30,000. The cost of living index in 2008 was 84.1 which is less than the nation's average of 100. Also, about 16% of the residents over the age of 25 have a bachelor's degree and approximately 10% have a graduate degree.

Alabama has created a progressive state business environment. The chamber of commerce reports that both state and local incentives are provided to help companies lower their initial capital costs. The city also helps companies develop a labor force. Long term taxes have also been reduced. Alabama's effective Industrial Development Training Program helps local companies in a variety of ways including training and providing employees. In Mobile, the Center for Workforce Development has been operating and helping businesses since the year 2000. One of the center's primary goals is to improve the quality of Mobile's workforce. Companies are attracted to Mobile due to the highly skilled workforce, good tax practices, power rates and transportation logistics.

Shown below are the major employers in non-manufacturing sectors in the Mobile area:

  • Mobile County School System
  • Mobile Infirmary Medical Center
  • Providence Hospital
  • University of South Alabama & USA Health System
  • Walmart
  • City of Mobile
  • Mobile County
  • Springhill Medical Center
  • Regions Bank

The largest manufacturers in Mobile:

  • ST Mobile Aerospace and Engineering - Aircraft, refurbishing
  • Austal USA - Ship building
  • Atlantic Marine Alabama - Ship repair
  • Bender Shipbuilding & Repair - Ship building and repair
  • Kimberly Clark - Paper products
  • Evonik Degussa - Chemicals
  • CPSI - Software
  • Teledyne Continental Motors - Aircraft piston engines
  • SSAB Alabama - Steel mill
  • Barnett Millworks - Wood products
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company - Soft drinks
  • Olin - Chemicals
  • Masland Carpets - Carpet manufacturer
  • Gulf Lumber Company - Wood products
  • Shell Chemical LP/Shell Mobile site - Petroleum refining
  • Armstrong World Industries - Tile
  • Arkema - Chemicals
  • Tate & Lyle Sucralose - Sucralose
  • Holcim - Dry Cement

Mobile has received numerous rankings and favorable comments from prominent sources including:

  • Southern Business & Development - Ranked #7 in their best places list for locating companies in mid-markets
  • Southern Business & Development - Thyssen Krupp steel processing facility ranked #2 on the top 100 projects for jobs
  • Forbes.com - Ever since the Australian ship builder, Austal began operations in Mobile the area has bloomed as a manufacturing center
  • Site Selection - Recognized the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce as one of the top economic development groups.
  • Expansion Magazine - Included in their list of "America's Hottest Cities"
  • Entrepreneur.com - Ranked Mobile #1 on their list of "Hot Cities For Entrepreneurs"

Some of the major business related organizations associated with Mobile:

The Mobile Bay Business Journal Online provides current information regarding the business activities in the Mobile area.

Jobs in Mobile

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 173090 $42810 $20.58 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 28460 $32970 $15.85 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 20070 $34480 $16.58 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 15070 $20140 $9.68 8.3
5 Production Occupations 14470 $43350 $20.84 5.85
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 13520 $34000 $16.35 6.45
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 12670 $68720 $33.04 5.75
8 Construction and Extraction Occupations 10170 $40820 $19.62 4.4
9 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 9340 $44720 $21.5 3.8
10 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 7760 $50850 $24.45 6.15
11 Management Occupations 6640 $109470 $52.63 6.05
12 Cashiers 5980 $19280 $9.27 2.25
13 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 5710 $25210 $12.12 3.7
14 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 5400 $65230 $31.36 5.05
15 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 5320 $17980 $8.64 2.15
16 Retail Salespersons 5310 $29640 $14.25 3.1
17 Registered Nurses 4740 $55500 $26.68 1.9
18 Healthcare Support Occupations 4670 $24670 $11.86 3.05
19 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 4650 $33790 $16.25 1.6
20 Personal Care and Service Occupations 4420 $21770 $10.47 4.1
21 Customer Service Representatives 3860 $32010 $15.39 1.75
22 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 3680 $81040 $38.96 1.65
23 Office Clerks, General 3260 $25270 $12.15 2
24 Protective Service Occupations 3240 $34370 $16.52 2.25
25 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 3230 $25280 $12.16 1.6
26 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2920 $21310 $10.24 1.6
27 Waiters and Waitresses 2910 $18950 $9.11 1.6
28 General and Operations Managers 2770 $119230 $57.32 1.4
29 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2720 $41710 $20.05 1.2
30 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 2490 $58070 $27.92 1
31 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 2440 $60730 $29.2 2.8
32 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 2330 $35810 $17.22 1.1
33 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 2170 $42410 $20.39 1
34 Nursing Assistants 2060 $21760 $10.46 1.05
35 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2060 $24150 $11.61 1.2
36 Electricians 1890 $45960 $22.1 0.4
37 Community and Social Service Occupations 1780 $40010 $19.24 1.65
38 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 1770 $49580 $23.84 0.3
39 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1680 $52730 $25.35 1
40 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1510 $44300 $21.3 1.7
41 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1430 $31790 $15.28 0.6
42 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1420 $24480 $11.77 0.7
43 Helpers--Production Workers 1390 $26920 $12.94 0.3
44 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 1380 $57460 $27.62 0.4
45 Accountants and Auditors 1260 $62430 $30.02 0.9
46 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1250 $32470 $15.61 0.8
47 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1240 $37280 $17.92 0.9
48 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1220 $30700 $14.76 0.6
49 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1150 $68470 $32.92 0.4
50 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1140 $35810 $17.22 0.5
51 Legal Occupations 1130 $93040 $44.73 0.8
52 Counter and Rental Clerks 1100 $25520 $12.27 0.3
53 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1080 $44370 $21.33 0.6
54 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 1050 $19630 $9.44 0.3
55 Billing and Posting Clerks 1040 $31290 $15.04 0.35
56 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1030 $38480 $18.5 0.4
57 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 1010 $43090 $20.72 0.3
58 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 960 $58880 $28.31 0.3
59 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 960 $54000 $25.96 0.2
60 Construction Laborers 950 $28490 $13.7 0.8
61 Food Preparation Workers 920 $20030 $9.63 0.6
62 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines 900 $50130 $24.1 0.1
63 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 900 $60640 $29.16 0.9
64 Cooks, Restaurant 890 $21970 $10.56 0.75
65 Childcare Workers 860 $18770 $9.02 0.8
66 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 850 $18140 $8.72 1
67 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 850 $35880 $17.25 0.45
68 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 840 $18950 $9.11 0.3
69 Personal Care Aides 800 $19020 $9.14 1.3
70 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 790 $23780 $11.43 0.2
71 Carpenters 790 $39250 $18.87 0.6
72 Medical Assistants 770 $25210 $12.12 0.45
73 Tellers 770 $26500 $12.74 0.3
74 Security Guards 750 $22920 $11.02 0.7
75 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 720 $40760 $19.6 0.2
76 Pharmacy Technicians 690 $28060 $13.49 0.25
77 Computer User Support Specialists 670 $41900 $20.15 0.4
78 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 650 $39980 $19.22 0.2
79 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 640 $40360 $19.4 0.5
80 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 640 $41190 $19.8 0.2
81 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 640 $50140 $24.11 0.3
82 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 630 $154150 $74.11 0.2
83 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 630 $38880 $18.69 0.35
84 Lawyers 600 $133690 $64.28 0.5
85 Civil Engineers 580 $86190 $41.44 0.2
86 Home Health Aides 580 $20140 $9.68 0.7
87 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers 560 $21980 $10.57 0.1
88 Cooks, Short Order 560 $18660 $8.97 0.1
89 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines 490 $49980 $24.03 0.1
90 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 470 $63770 $30.66 0.3
91 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers 470 $69480 $33.41 0.3
92 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers 470 $20360 $9.79 0.1
93 Insurance Sales Agents 470 $62890 $30.24 0.3
94 Human Resources Specialists 450 $52050 $25.02 0.3
95 Driver/Sales Workers 450 $33490 $16.1 0.3
96 Automotive Body and Related Repairers 430 $38280 $18.4 0.1
97 Packers and Packagers, Hand 430 $20200 $9.71 0.45
98 Machinists 430 $45710 $21.98 0.3
99 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 420 $35030 $16.84 0.2
100 Pharmacists 420 $116030 $55.78 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Mobile Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,810 173,090
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,970 28,460
Sales and Related Occupations 34,480 20,070
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,140 15,070
Production Occupations 43,350 14,470
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,000 13,520
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 68,720 12,670
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,820 10,170
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,720 9,340
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 50,850 7,760
Management Occupations 109,470 6,640
Cashiers 19,280 5,980
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,210 5,710
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 65,230 5,400
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 17,980 5,320
Retail Salespersons 29,640 5,310
Registered Nurses 55,500 4,740
Healthcare Support Occupations 24,670 4,670
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,790 4,650
Personal Care and Service Occupations 21,770 4,420
Customer Service Representatives 32,010 3,860
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 81,040 3,680
Office Clerks, General 25,270 3,260
Protective Service Occupations 34,370 3,240
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,280 3,230
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21,310 2,920
Waiters and Waitresses 18,950 2,910
General and Operations Managers 119,230 2,770
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,710 2,720
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 58,070 2,490
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 60,730 2,440
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,810 2,330
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,410 2,170
Nursing Assistants 21,760 2,060
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 24,150 2,060
Electricians 45,960 1,890
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,010 1,780
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 49,580 1,770
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 52,730 1,680
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 44,300 1,510
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 31,790 1,430
Receptionists and Information Clerks 24,480 1,420
Helpers--Production Workers 26,920 1,390
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 57,460 1,380
Accountants and Auditors 62,430 1,260
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 32,470 1,250
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,280 1,240
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 30,700 1,220
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 68,470 1,150
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 35,810 1,140

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,810 173,090
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,970 28,460
Sales and Related Occupations 34,480 20,070
Production Occupations 43,350 14,470
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 34,000 13,520
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 68,720 12,670
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,820 10,170
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,720 9,340
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 50,850 7,760
Management Occupations 109,470 6,640
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,210 5,710
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 65,230 5,400
Retail Salespersons 29,640 5,310
Registered Nurses 55,500 4,740
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,790 4,650
Customer Service Representatives 32,010 3,860
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 81,040 3,680
Office Clerks, General 25,270 3,260
Protective Service Occupations 34,370 3,240
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,280 3,230
General and Operations Managers 119,230 2,770
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,710 2,720
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 58,070 2,490
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 60,730 2,440
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 35,810 2,330
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,410 2,170
Electricians 45,960 1,890
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,010 1,780
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 49,580 1,770
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 52,730 1,680
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 44,300 1,510
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 31,790 1,430
Helpers--Production Workers 26,920 1,390
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 57,460 1,380
Accountants and Auditors 62,430 1,260
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 32,470 1,250
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 37,280 1,240
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 30,700 1,220
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 68,470 1,150
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 35,810 1,140
Legal Occupations 93,040 1,130
Counter and Rental Clerks 25,520 1,100
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 44,370 1,080
Billing and Posting Clerks 31,290 1,040
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 38,480 1,030
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 43,090 1,010
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 58,880 960
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 54,000 960
Construction Laborers 28,490 950
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines 50,130 900

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