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Little Rock Employment

Employment and Industries in the Little Rock, Arkansas Area

Little Rock is regarded as the economic center of Arkansas. Local, state and federal government, medical facilities and banks are major sectors for employment. Other industries providing a significant number of jobs are computer related services, manufacturing, transportation, education and aviation. The University Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Children's Hospital and Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System have a major economic impact on the city.

Agriculture is still an important part of Little Rock's economy. Aircraft and spacecraft combined are a major export for the state. Biotechnology is an emerging industry for the city with the University of Arkansas medical biotechnology research program being a primary factor. A major part of the program is the support the university provides to start-up biotechnology companies.

The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority, situated in Little Rock, promotes scientific research, technology development and business innovation in Arkansas. The program offers financial assistance regarding the transfer and development of innovative technology to companies based in Arkansas. In addition, the Small Business Loan program offers up to 50% of a small business loan to candidates that qualify. The Arkansas Department of Economic Development sponsors the Business and Industry Training Program which creates customized training programs to meet the demands of specific industries. The program focuses on recruiting workers, on-the-job training and pre-employment training.

Noteworthy information about Little Rock: The estimated median household income in 2007 was $43,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 86. The national average is 100. For the population over the age of 25 about 35% have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Little Rock has received numerous high rankings from notable sources including:

  • Little Rock was ranked #22 by Forbes Magazine out of 361 metropolitan areas in their list of best places for business
  • Little Rock was ranked as the second most diverse economy in the country by Moody's Investor Services
  • Ranked 14th best mid-sized city for entrepreneurs by Entrepreneurs Magazine
  • Placed 21st in cost of living by Forbes
  • Ranked 23rd by Forbes for best cities to find a job
  • Ranked 27th in cost of doing business by Forbes
  • Included in Expansion Magazine's 50 hottest cities for business expansion.

The major employers in Little Rock are shown below:

  • Baptist Health Medical CTR
  • Arkansas Cancer Research CTR
  • UAMS Medical Center
  • Medical College Physicians Group
  • University Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • University Hospital
  • Highway & Transportation Dept
  • Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
  • Alltel Corp
  • St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center
  • Arkansas Children's Hospital
  • Fidelity Information SVC
  • Human Services Department
  • Acxiom Corp
  • Dillard's INC
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • Siemens
  • Kroger
  • AT&T Mobility
  • Timex
  • Affiliated Foods Southwest
  • Dassault Falcon Jet
  • Raytheon Aircraft Company
  • Fidelity National Information Services

Many major and large corporations have their headquarters in Little Rock including:

  • Alltel
  • Acxiom
  • Windstream Communications
  • Dillard's Department Stores
  • Rose Law Firm
  • Stephens Inc
  • Metropolitan National Bank
  • Central Flying Services, Nuvell Financial Services

Assistance is available for companies in Little Rock by business organizations such as:

The Arkansas Democratic Gazette provides information about the current business activities in Little Rock.

Jobs in Little Rock

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 340810 $43050 $20.7 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 54500 $33630 $16.17 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 37330 $35540 $17.09 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 30130 $21350 $10.27 8.3
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 28110 $68030 $32.71 5.75
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 22440 $33140 $15.93 6.45
7 Management Occupations 19840 $87040 $41.85 6.05
8 Production Occupations 17840 $35810 $17.22 5.85
9 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 17310 $59570 $28.64 5.05
10 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 17120 $54640 $26.27 6.15
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 14340 $40390 $19.42 3.8
12 Construction and Extraction Occupations 13420 $37670 $18.11 4.4
13 Retail Salespersons 11360 $24060 $11.57 3.1
14 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 10910 $67940 $32.66 2.8
15 Personal Care and Service Occupations 10840 $22590 $10.86 4.1
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 10610 $23300 $11.2 3.7
17 Healthcare Support Occupations 10410 $27860 $13.4 3.05
18 Registered Nurses 9320 $61970 $29.79 1.9
19 Cashiers 9200 $20090 $9.66 2.25
20 Protective Service Occupations 8150 $36680 $17.64 2.25
21 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 8050 $19150 $9.2 2.15
22 Office Clerks, General 7850 $27670 $13.3 2
23 Customer Service Representatives 7400 $33300 $16.01 1.75
24 General and Operations Managers 6360 $92410 $44.43 1.4
25 Waiters and Waitresses 6230 $20330 $9.77 1.6
26 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 6070 $25540 $12.28 1.6
27 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 5760 $41690 $20.04 1.2
28 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 5450 $24590 $11.82 1.2
29 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 5050 $50800 $24.43 1
30 Personal Care Aides 4770 $20820 $10.01 1.3
31 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 4710 $31410 $15.1 1.6
32 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 4640 $21610 $10.39 1.6
33 Nursing Assistants 4460 $24660 $11.86 1.05
34 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 4330 $57710 $27.75 1
35 Community and Social Service Occupations 4290 $41390 $19.9 1.65
36 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 4210 $67000 $32.21 1.65
37 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 3800 $37890 $18.22 1.1
38 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 3500 $39080 $18.79 0.5
39 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 3470 $41260 $19.83 1
40 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 3100 $43270 $20.8 1.7
41 Legal Occupations 3030 $75360 $36.23 0.8
42 Cooks, Restaurant 3020 $23820 $11.45 0.75
43 Security Guards 2930 $25270 $12.15 0.7
44 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 2810 $29140 $14.01 0.6
45 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 2750 $32850 $15.79 0.9
46 Food Preparation Workers 2570 $21440 $10.31 0.6
47 Accountants and Auditors 2520 $66050 $31.75 0.9
48 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 2490 $58940 $28.34 0.7
49 Construction Laborers 2450 $25590 $12.3 0.8
50 Receptionists and Information Clerks 2330 $25330 $12.18 0.7
51 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 2230 $57040 $27.42 0.9
52 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2200 $19620 $9.43 1
53 Cooks, Fast Food 2180 $18820 $9.05 0.3
54 Childcare Workers 2130 $20330 $9.78 0.8
55 Team Assemblers 2060 $30910 $14.86 0.75
56 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1940 $23610 $11.35 0.8
57 Management Analysts 1860 $51840 $24.93 0.5
58 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1800 $31170 $14.98 0.6
59 Electricians 1790 $43250 $20.79 0.4
60 Carpenters 1680 $34850 $16.76 0.6
61 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1680 $36000 $17.31 0.5
62 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1630 $44360 $21.33 0.45
63 Home Health Aides 1600 $21470 $10.32 0.7
64 Computer Systems Analysts 1580 $68280 $32.83 0.4
65 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 1550 $56000 $26.92 0.4
66 Lawyers 1540 $100900 $48.51 0.5
67 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 1480 $67590 $32.49 0.3
68 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 1480 $146980 $70.66 0.2
69 Computer User Support Specialists 1470 $45560 $21.9 0.4
70 Pharmacists 1460 $108150 $52 0.2
71 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 1410 $21930 $10.54 0.3
72 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 1410 $55090 $26.48 0.3
73 Tellers 1390 $24820 $11.93 0.3
74 Medical Assistants 1390 $31750 $15.27 0.45
75 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 1390 $64880 $31.19 0.2
76 Pharmacy Technicians 1390 $31490 $15.14 0.25
77 Medical and Health Services Managers 1360 $87550 $42.09 0.2
78 Billing and Posting Clerks 1360 $33240 $15.98 0.35
79 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1360 $45490 $21.87 0.6
80 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1320 $57830 $27.8 0.4
81 Computer Programmers 1310 $71530 $34.39 0.2
82 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 1290 $31750 $15.26 0.35
83 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 1280 $20790 $9.99 0.3
84 Medical Secretaries 1260 $30770 $14.79 0.4
85 Dishwashers 1240 $19280 $9.27 0.3
86 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 1220 $60500 $29.09 0.35
87 Financial Managers 1180 $88760 $42.67 0.4
88 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 1170 $39650 $19.06 0.2
89 Computer and Information Systems Managers 1130 $105750 $50.84 0.25
90 Helpers--Production Workers 1090 $25810 $12.41 0.3
91 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1080 $38710 $18.61 0.3
92 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1070 $29570 $14.22 0.4
93 Human Resources Specialists 1070 $54560 $26.23 0.3
94 Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers 1070 $50460 $24.26 0.1
95 Training and Development Specialists 1050 $54800 $26.35 0.2
96 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1040 $21210 $10.2 0.45
97 Managers, All Other 1030 $87260 $41.95 0.65
98 Counter and Rental Clerks 1020 $25470 $12.25 0.3
99 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 1000 $49030 $23.57 0.5
100 Social and Human Service Assistants 990 $32570 $15.66 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Little Rock Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,050 340,810
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,630 54,500
Sales and Related Occupations 35,540 37,330
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,350 30,130
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 68,030 28,110
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,140 22,440
Management Occupations 87,040 19,840
Production Occupations 35,810 17,840
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,570 17,310
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 54,640 17,120
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 40,390 14,340
Construction and Extraction Occupations 37,670 13,420
Retail Salespersons 24,060 11,360
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 67,940 10,910
Personal Care and Service Occupations 22,590 10,840
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 23,300 10,610
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,860 10,410
Registered Nurses 61,970 9,320
Cashiers 20,090 9,200
Protective Service Occupations 36,680 8,150
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,150 8,050
Office Clerks, General 27,670 7,850
Customer Service Representatives 33,300 7,400
General and Operations Managers 92,410 6,360
Waiters and Waitresses 20,330 6,230
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,540 6,070
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,690 5,760
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 24,590 5,450
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,800 5,050
Personal Care Aides 20,820 4,770
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,410 4,710
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21,610 4,640
Nursing Assistants 24,660 4,460
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 57,710 4,330
Community and Social Service Occupations 41,390 4,290
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 67,000 4,210
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,890 3,800
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 39,080 3,500
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,260 3,470
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 43,270 3,100
Legal Occupations 75,360 3,030
Cooks, Restaurant 23,820 3,020
Security Guards 25,270 2,930
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 29,140 2,810
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 32,850 2,750
Food Preparation Workers 21,440 2,570
Accountants and Auditors 66,050 2,520
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 58,940 2,490
Construction Laborers 25,590 2,450
Receptionists and Information Clerks 25,330 2,330

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Little Rock, Arkansas Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,050 340,810
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,630 54,500
Sales and Related Occupations 35,540 37,330
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 68,030 28,110
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,140 22,440
Management Occupations 87,040 19,840
Production Occupations 35,810 17,840
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 59,570 17,310
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 54,640 17,120
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 40,390 14,340
Construction and Extraction Occupations 37,670 13,420
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 67,940 10,910
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,860 10,410
Registered Nurses 61,970 9,320
Protective Service Occupations 36,680 8,150
Office Clerks, General 27,670 7,850
Customer Service Representatives 33,300 7,400
General and Operations Managers 92,410 6,360
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,540 6,070
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,690 5,760
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,800 5,050
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,410 4,710
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 57,710 4,330
Community and Social Service Occupations 41,390 4,290
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 67,000 4,210
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,890 3,800
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 39,080 3,500
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,260 3,470
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 43,270 3,100
Legal Occupations 75,360 3,030
Security Guards 25,270 2,930
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 29,140 2,810
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 32,850 2,750
Accountants and Auditors 66,050 2,520
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 58,940 2,490
Construction Laborers 25,590 2,450
Receptionists and Information Clerks 25,330 2,330
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 57,040 2,230
Team Assemblers 30,910 2,060
Management Analysts 51,840 1,860
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 31,170 1,800
Electricians 43,250 1,790
Carpenters 34,850 1,680
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 36,000 1,680
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 44,360 1,630
Computer Systems Analysts 68,280 1,580
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 56,000 1,550
Lawyers 100,900 1,540
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 67,590 1,480
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 146,980 1,480

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