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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 105970 $42560 $20.46 100
2 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 16480 $24380 $11.72 8.3
3 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 15190 $32630 $15.69 14.8
4 Sales and Related Occupations 14970 $32880 $15.81 10.15
5 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 6610 $73430 $35.3 5.05
6 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 6040 $42460 $20.41 3.8
7 Retail Salespersons 5980 $26330 $12.66 3.1
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 5410 $41690 $20.05 6.15
9 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 5190 $64460 $30.99 5.75
10 Construction and Extraction Occupations 4710 $37200 $17.88 4.4
11 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 4650 $35820 $17.22 6.45
12 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 4360 $19810 $9.52 2.15
13 Waiters and Waitresses 4260 $25890 $12.45 1.6
14 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 3990 $26320 $12.65 3.7
15 Cashiers 3890 $20160 $9.69 2.25
16 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 3510 $83560 $40.17 1.65
17 Management Occupations 3280 $105960 $50.94 6.05
18 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 3070 $83060 $39.93 2.8
19 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2690 $25180 $12.1 4.1
20 Production Occupations 2630 $35520 $17.08 5.85
21 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2430 $33120 $15.93 1.6
22 Protective Service Occupations 2380 $37770 $18.16 2.25
23 Healthcare Support Occupations 2010 $30050 $14.45 3.05
24 Office Clerks, General 1900 $31250 $15.02 2
25 Cooks, Restaurant 1850 $25960 $12.48 0.75
26 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1780 $35320 $16.98 0.9
27 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 1770 $74120 $35.64 0.7
28 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1640 $24050 $11.56 1.2
29 Registered Nurses 1600 $56540 $27.18 1.9
30 Customer Service Representatives 1510 $29450 $14.16 1.75
31 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1510 $42620 $20.49 1
32 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1300 $33650 $16.18 0.6
33 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1280 $25290 $12.16 1.6
34 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1270 $21860 $10.51 1
35 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1170 $45600 $21.92 1.7
36 Management Analysts 1090 $88040 $42.33 0.5
37 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1080 $25330 $12.18 1.6
38 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1080 $34580 $16.63 1.1
39 Bartenders 1040 $26240 $12.62 0.4
40 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1010 $47720 $22.94 1
41 Community and Social Service Occupations 1000 $40060 $19.26 1.65
42 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 950 $27240 $13.1 0.8
43 General and Operations Managers 950 $137160 $65.94 1.4
44 Receptionists and Information Clerks 860 $26920 $12.94 0.7
45 Construction Laborers 820 $27290 $13.12 0.8
46 Food Preparation Workers 790 $23390 $11.25 0.6
47 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 780 $35990 $17.3 0.5
48 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 750 $23010 $11.06 0.3
49 Substitute Teachers 710 $24250 $11.66 0
50 Accountants and Auditors 690 $72750 $34.97 0.9
51 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 690 $54580 $26.24 0.6
52 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 610 $32760 $15.75 0.6
53 Dishwashers 580 $21080 $10.13 0.3
54 Correctional Officers and Jailers 580 $35970 $17.29 0.3
55 Engineers, All Other 560 $107920 $51.89 0.1
56 Firefighters 560 $40180 $19.32 0.2
57 Counter and Rental Clerks 550 $26610 $12.8 0.3
58 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 540 $28790 $13.84 1.2
59 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 540 $21360 $10.27 0.25
60 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 530 $41260 $19.84 0.2
61 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 530 $55620 $26.74 0.4
62 Childcare Workers 530 $21600 $10.39 0.8
63 Tellers 520 $29190 $14.03 0.3
64 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment 510 $58630 $28.19 0
65 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 500 $39770 $19.12 0.5
66 Legal Occupations 490 $81410 $39.14 0.8
67 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 490 $54630 $26.27 1
68 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 470 $21550 $10.36 0.2
69 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 470 $60130 $28.91 0.3
70 Electricians 470 $39520 $19 0.4
71 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 450 $67050 $32.24 0.9
72 Software Developers, Applications 440 $99170 $47.68 0.5
73 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 440 $24970 $12.01 0.2
74 Carpenters 420 $34070 $16.38 0.6
75 Computer User Support Specialists 400 $52250 $25.12 0.4
76 Medical Assistants 390 $30420 $14.62 0.45
77 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 390 $75870 $36.48 0.2
78 Security Guards 380 $26270 $12.63 0.7
79 Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers 370 $45620 $21.93 0.2
80 Software Developers, Systems Software 360 $106780 $51.34 0.3
81 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 360 $30570 $14.7 0.3
82 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 360 $95530 $45.93 0.1
83 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 350 $27320 $13.13 0.4
84 Team Assemblers 340 $30250 $14.54 0.75
85 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 340 $39420 $18.95 0.45
86 Information and Record Clerks, All Other 330 $40490 $19.47 0.1
87 Logisticians 320 $80240 $38.58 0.1
88 Insurance Sales Agents 320 $49890 $23.99 0.3
89 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians 320 $64340 $30.93 0.1
90 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 320 $48210 $23.18 0.35
91 Civil Engineers 320 $90140 $43.34 0.2
92 Electrical Engineers 310 $118850 $57.14 0.1
93 Computer Occupations, All Other 310 $77870 $37.44 0.2
94 Loan Officers 300 $72040 $34.63 0.2
95 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 300 $46310 $22.26 0.5
96 Human Resources Specialists 300 $61860 $29.74 0.3
97 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers 290 $20680 $9.94 0.1
98 Lawyers 280 $103070 $49.55 0.5
99 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 280 $45190 $21.72 0.2
100 Pharmacy Technicians 270 $29250 $14.06 0.25
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Jobs More Common Near Fort Walton Beach Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,560 105,970
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 24,380 16,480
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,630 15,190
Sales and Related Occupations 32,880 14,970
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 73,430 6,610
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,460 6,040
Retail Salespersons 26,330 5,980
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 41,690 5,410
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 64,460 5,190
Construction and Extraction Occupations 37,200 4,710
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,820 4,650
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,810 4,360
Waiters and Waitresses 25,890 4,260
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,320 3,990
Cashiers 20,160 3,890
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 83,560 3,510
Management Occupations 105,960 3,280
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 83,060 3,070
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,180 2,690
Production Occupations 35,520 2,630
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,120 2,430
Protective Service Occupations 37,770 2,380
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,050 2,010
Office Clerks, General 31,250 1,900
Cooks, Restaurant 25,960 1,850
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,320 1,780
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 74,120 1,770
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 24,050 1,640
Registered Nurses 56,540 1,600
Customer Service Representatives 29,450 1,510
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,620 1,510
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 33,650 1,300
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,290 1,280
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21,860 1,270
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,600 1,170
Management Analysts 88,040 1,090
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,330 1,080
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,580 1,080
Bartenders 26,240 1,040
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 47,720 1,010
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,060 1,000
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,240 950
General and Operations Managers 137,160 950
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,920 860
Construction Laborers 27,290 820
Food Preparation Workers 23,390 790
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 35,990 780
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 23,010 750
Substitute Teachers 24,250 710
Accountants and Auditors 72,750 690

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,560 105,970
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,630 15,190
Sales and Related Occupations 32,880 14,970
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 73,430 6,610
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,460 6,040
Retail Salespersons 26,330 5,980
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 41,690 5,410
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 64,460 5,190
Construction and Extraction Occupations 37,200 4,710
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,820 4,650
Waiters and Waitresses 25,890 4,260
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,320 3,990
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 83,560 3,510
Management Occupations 105,960 3,280
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 83,060 3,070
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,180 2,690
Production Occupations 35,520 2,630
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,120 2,430
Protective Service Occupations 37,770 2,380
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,050 2,010
Office Clerks, General 31,250 1,900
Cooks, Restaurant 25,960 1,850
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,320 1,780
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 74,120 1,770
Registered Nurses 56,540 1,600
Customer Service Representatives 29,450 1,510
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,620 1,510
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 33,650 1,300
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,290 1,280
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,600 1,170
Management Analysts 88,040 1,090
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,330 1,080
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,580 1,080
Bartenders 26,240 1,040
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 47,720 1,010
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,060 1,000
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,240 950
General and Operations Managers 137,160 950
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,920 860
Construction Laborers 27,290 820
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 35,990 780
Accountants and Auditors 72,750 690
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 54,580 690
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 32,760 610
Correctional Officers and Jailers 35,970 580
Engineers, All Other 107,920 560
Firefighters 40,180 560
Counter and Rental Clerks 26,610 550
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 28,790 540
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 41,260 530

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