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Fort Walton Beach Employment

Employment and Industries in the Fort Walton Beach, Florida Area

The economy of Fort Walton Beach is powered by the military and tourism. Fort Walton Beach is a prominent fishing and beach resort community. The city is bordered by two major Air Force bases, Hulburt Field and Elgin AFB. The bases support sectors such as services industries and military contractors. The defense contracts serve as the foundation for the growth of the region's high technology sectors. Over 350 local technology companies contract with the local military bases. The county is regarded as the leading technology center in Northwest Florida.

A large number of the workers in Fort Walton Beach region are employed by high technology firms. The prominent high-tech sectors in Fort Walton Beach are computer systems design and related services; engineering services and telecommunications services. The high-tech companies provide an average salary that is about double what the remainder of the private sector pays.

Some of the jobs more prevalent in the Fort Walton Beach area when compared to other cities are aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging and systems assemblers; aerospace engineers, aircraft mechanics and service technicians; engineers; electrical and electronic engineering technicians; pest control workers, budget analysts and real estate sales agents.

In descending order, the major sectors for employment in the Fort Walton Beach area are:

  • Government
  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities
  • Professional and business services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Finance
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing

The major private sector employers in the Fort Walton region are:

  • Tybrin Corporation - Engineering analysis & software development
  • Fort Walton Beach Medical Center - Hospital
  • Resort Quest - Real estate sales & property management
  • L3/Crestview Aerospace - Aircraft manufacturing, maintenance and modification
  • InDyne Inc - Range/test facilities and security systems
  • DRS Training & Control Systems - Defense electronics
  • North Okaloosa Medical Center - Hospital
  • Sverdrup Technology/Jacob TEAS - Engineering services
  • Legendary Inc - Development retail
  • Okaloosa Walton College - Education

Notable information regarding the Fort Walton Beach region: The county has been rated #2 for business vitality by the Wall Street Journal. The county was included in the best small places for business & careers list by Forbes Magazine. The average salary in Fort Walton Beach in 2009 was $26,000. In 2008, the cost of living index was at 84.3 which is less than the country's average of 100. For the residents over the age of 25, approximately 21% have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Fort Walton Beach companies have access to business organizations such as:

The Northwest Florida Daily News offers current information about the business endeavors in Fort Walton Beach.

Jobs in Fort Walton Beach

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations106850$43,130$20.74100
2Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations16410$25,000$12.028.55
3Office and Administrative Support Occupations15430$33,790$16.2514.35
4Sales and Related Occupations15330$31,760$15.279.9
5Business and Financial Operations Occupations6010$71,870$34.555.25
6Retail Salespersons5920$26,160$12.582.85
7Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations5700$41,590$203.8
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations5630$42,570$20.476.05
9Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations5540$65,110$31.35.8
10Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food4680$21,330$10.262.3
11Transportation and Material Moving Occupations4680$36,140$17.376.55
12Construction and Extraction Occupations4470$38,630$18.574.45
13Waiters and Waitresses4370$25,900$12.451.7
14Management Occupations4200$99,580$47.886.15
15Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations4010$28,370$13.643.65
16Cashiers3800$20,630$9.922.2
17Architecture and Engineering Occupations3180$86,360$41.521.7
18Computer and Mathematical Occupations3120$85,200$40.962.9
19Personal Care and Service Occupations2780$26,290$12.644.3
20Production Occupations2610$36,350$17.485.7
21Protective Service Occupations2520$39,650$19.062.2
22Office Clerks, General2250$32,460$15.61.9
23Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2170$33,870$16.281.5
24Cooks, Restaurant2090$26,180$12.590.8
25Healthcare Support Occupations2030$31,420$15.13
26Business Operations Specialists, All Other1730$77,510$37.260.7
27Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1660$36,170$17.390.9
28Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1610$24,420$11.741.3
29First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1570$34,460$16.570.6
30Registered Nurses1560$55,510$26.691.95
31First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1510$40,420$19.431
32Customer Service Representatives1410$32,420$15.591.75
33Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1340$26,680$12.831.55
34First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1330$48,900$23.510.95
35General and Operations Managers1250$112,780$54.221.5
36Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1250$26,300$12.651.7
37Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1190$22,910$11.020.9
38Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations1050$45,440$21.851.8
39Community and Social Service Occupations1020$39,160$18.831.65
40Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks980$35,140$16.891.05
41Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers950$30,420$14.630.8
42Receptionists and Information Clerks860$26,850$12.910.7
43Bartenders780$25,950$12.480.4
44Construction Laborers780$28,690$13.790.8
45Sales Representatives, Services, All Other770$51,930$24.970.6
46Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products760$48,080$23.120.9
47Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics750$33,640$16.180.5
48Food Preparation Workers750$24,590$11.820.6
49Nursing Assistants710$24,780$11.911
50Substitute Teachers700$25,000$12.020
51Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers690$32,690$15.720.6
52Management Analysts690$86,340$41.510.5
53Accountants and Auditors630$66,330$31.890.9
54Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers630$41,680$20.040.2
55Correctional Officers and Jailers600$34,950$16.80.25
56Legal Occupations590$89,450$430.8
57Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers570$21,240$10.210.3
58Tellers560$29,780$14.320.3
59Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers540$28,380$13.651.2
60Software Developers, Systems Software540$108,050$51.950.3
61Amusement and Recreation Attendants520$22,850$10.980.2
62Dishwashers510$21,070$10.130.3
63First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers510$56,830$27.320.3
64Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop500$20,910$10.050.3
65Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses500$38,410$18.470.5
66Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations490$69,320$33.330.8
67Electricians480$40,120$19.290.4
68Childcare Workers470$21,860$10.510.8
69Counter and Rental Clerks460$24,960$120.3
70First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers460$56,720$27.270.4
71Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers460$42,310$20.340.4
72Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers400$53,050$25.510.2
73Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers390$38,120$18.330
74Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks390$23,060$11.090.2
75Software Developers, Applications390$98,290$47.260.55
76Electronics Engineers, Except Computer380$97,180$46.720.1
77Medical Assistants380$31,760$15.270.45
78Bus Drivers, School or Special Client370$31,620$15.20.3
79Insurance Sales Agents370$46,990$22.590.3
80Security Guards370$31,050$14.930.7
81Carpenters360$39,370$18.930.7
82Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians360$65,110$31.30.1
83Computer User Support Specialists350$52,790$25.380.4
84Information and Record Clerks, All Other340$40,850$19.640.1
85Lawyers340$118,910$57.170.5
86Computer Occupations, All Other330$80,280$38.60.2
87Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists330$30,690$14.760.4
88Compliance Officers320$61,110$29.380.2
89Civil Engineers310$89,580$43.070.2
90Home Health Aides310$23,990$11.530.7
91Human Resources Specialists310$61,900$29.760.35
92Travel Agents310$32,690$15.720.05
93Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan300$28,010$13.470.1
94Personal Care Aides300$25,550$12.281.5
95Medical Secretaries290$29,640$14.250.4
96Pharmacy Technicians290$30,830$14.820.3
97Construction Managers280$81,840$39.340.3
98Network and Computer Systems Administrators280$75,500$36.30.25
99Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education280$22,310$10.730.3
100Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents280$76,620$36.840.2
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Jobs More Common Near Fort Walton Beach Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,130106,850
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,00016,410
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,79015,430
Sales and Related Occupations$31,76015,330
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,8706,010
Retail Salespersons$26,1605,920
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$41,5905,700
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$42,5705,630
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$65,1105,540
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$21,3304,680
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,1404,680
Construction and Extraction Occupations$38,6304,470
Waiters and Waitresses$25,9004,370
Management Occupations$99,5804,200
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,3704,010
Cashiers$20,6303,800
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$86,3603,180
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$85,2003,120
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,2902,780
Production Occupations$36,3502,610
Protective Service Occupations$39,6502,520
Office Clerks, General$32,4602,250
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,8702,170
Cooks, Restaurant$26,1802,090
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,4202,030
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$77,5101,730
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$36,1701,660
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,4201,610
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$34,4601,570
Registered Nurses$55,5101,560
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,4201,510
Customer Service Representatives$32,4201,410
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,6801,340
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$48,9001,330
General and Operations Managers$112,7801,250
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,3001,250
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$22,9101,190
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$45,4401,050
Community and Social Service Occupations$39,1601,020
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,140980
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$30,420950
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,850860
Bartenders$25,950780
Construction Laborers$28,690780
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$51,930770
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$48,080760
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$33,640750
Food Preparation Workers$24,590750
Nursing Assistants$24,780710
Substitute Teachers$25,000700

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Fort Walton Beach, Florida Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$43,130106,850
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$33,79015,430
Sales and Related Occupations$31,76015,330
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$71,8706,010
Retail Salespersons$26,1605,920
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$41,5905,700
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$42,5705,630
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$65,1105,540
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,1404,680
Construction and Extraction Occupations$38,6304,470
Waiters and Waitresses$25,9004,370
Management Occupations$99,5804,200
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$28,3704,010
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$86,3603,180
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$85,2003,120
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,2902,780
Production Occupations$36,3502,610
Protective Service Occupations$39,6502,520
Office Clerks, General$32,4602,250
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,8702,170
Cooks, Restaurant$26,1802,090
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,4202,030
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$77,5101,730
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$36,1701,660
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$34,4601,570
Registered Nurses$55,5101,560
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$40,4201,510
Customer Service Representatives$32,4201,410
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$26,6801,340
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$48,9001,330
General and Operations Managers$112,7801,250
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$26,3001,250
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$45,4401,050
Community and Social Service Occupations$39,1601,020
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$35,140980
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$30,420950
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,850860
Bartenders$25,950780
Construction Laborers$28,690780
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$51,930770
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$48,080760
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$33,640750
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$32,690690
Management Analysts$86,340690
Accountants and Auditors$66,330630
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers$41,680630
Correctional Officers and Jailers$34,950600
Legal Occupations$89,450590
Tellers$29,780560
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$28,380540

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