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Jacksonville Employment

Employment and Industries in the Jacksonville, Florida Area

With three military facilities and one nearby, the military is Jacksonville's largest employer. The military typically adds 6 billion to the economy on an annual basis. A large number of jobs are also related to the activities at the busy Port of Jacksonville. In addition, tourism employs about 10% of the workforce. Jacksonville's diversified economy is also powered by biomedical technology, distribution, financial services, information services, consumer goods, insurance, building materials, manufacturing and other industries.

Jacksonville is the state's leading transportation and distribution center and includes the South's largest deep water port. Ship repair yards and freight handling facilities contribute to the economy. Jacksonville also includes a prominent automotive parts and accessories industry. In addition, the area includes a flourishing pulp and paper mills sector.

The Cecil Commerce Center is situated on the site of the former Naval Air Station Cecil Field and is now regarded as one of the best places for business activities in the Southeast. Jacksonville also has a flourishing small business community. Approximately 90% of the local businesses have less than 50 employees.

The major sectors for employment in Jacksonville are:

  • Military
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Professional and business services
  • Government
  • Educational and health services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing

The WorkSource, a regional workforce development organization, connects workers with jobs. The organization integrates economic and education development efforts of the city of Jacksonville, Cornerstone and Florida Community College at Jacksonville and other partners. WorkSource provides assistance with marketing, screening and testing of job candidates. WorkSource also provides job seekers with information regarding recruiting events and job fairs.

The state's Quick Response Training Program offers the region's companies fast, effective start-up recruiting and training that's designed to meet the company's specifications. Another organization, the IMPACTjax connects 21 to 35 year old professionals with the business community.

Jacksonville is a popular site for corporate relocations due to its reasonable cost of living, climate, business friendly government, highly skilled and educated workforce and high quality of life. The city is often ranked as one of the hottest cities in the nation for business expansion and relocations by Expansion Management Magazine. In 2007 Jacksonville was ranked #3 by Forbes for relocating and finding a job. Jacksonville has been ranked #33 by Entrepreneur for "Best cities for entrepreneurs."

Fortune Magazine stated that MPS Group, Landstar System and PSS World Medical are the best large companies in Jacksonville. Jacksonville is also home to numerous prominent corporations. CSX Corporation, Winn-Dixie Supermarkets and Fidelity National Financial are Fortune 500 companies located in the municipality.

The largest employers in Jacksonville are provided below:

  • Naval Air Station Jacksonville
  • Naval Station Mayport
  • Duval County Public Schools
  • City of Jacksonville
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida
  • Publix Distribution Center
  • Winn-Dixie Stores Inc
  • Baptist Health System
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Citibank
  • Bank of America
  • CSX
  • Naval Air Depot
  • St Vincent's Medical Center
  • Shands Jacksonville Healthcare
  • Wachovia
  • Gate Maritime Properties Inc
  • Bell South Telecommunications
  • Aetna
  • Convergys Corp
  • Vistakon Vision Products Inc
  • Fidelity National Financial
  • Kelly-Clarke Inc
  • PSS World Medical
  • Fidelity National Information Services
  • AT&T
  • Buffet Crampton
  • JM Family Enterprises
  • State of Florida
  • Walmart
  • Deutsche Bank

Jacksonville companies may obtain assistance from business organizations such as:

The Jacksonville Business Journal offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in Jacksonville.

Jobs in Jacksonville

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 645160 $45140 $21.7 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 118830 $34890 $16.78 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 74460 $40050 $19.26 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 65020 $24030 $11.55 8.3
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 48390 $36230 $17.42 6.45
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 43020 $70640 $33.96 5.75
7 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 41710 $69260 $33.3 5.05
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 30750 $52000 $25 6.15
9 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 29060 $43280 $20.81 3.8
10 Construction and Extraction Occupations 28500 $39090 $18.79 4.4
11 Production Occupations 24510 $36530 $17.56 5.85
12 Retail Salespersons 22330 $25260 $12.15 3.1
13 Management Occupations 22080 $117290 $56.39 6.05
14 Customer Service Representatives 20840 $32360 $15.56 1.75
15 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 20410 $25530 $12.27 3.7
16 Healthcare Support Occupations 17730 $29790 $14.32 3.05
17 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 17380 $77810 $37.41 2.8
18 Protective Service Occupations 17160 $36860 $17.72 2.25
19 Cashiers 17060 $20200 $9.71 2.25
20 Personal Care and Service Occupations 16740 $25980 $12.49 4.1
21 Waiters and Waitresses 15870 $24920 $11.98 1.6
22 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 15830 $19640 $9.44 2.15
23 Registered Nurses 15680 $62980 $30.28 1.9
24 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 13920 $28060 $13.49 1.6
25 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 11990 $32770 $15.75 1.6
26 Office Clerks, General 11790 $29190 $14.03 2
27 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 10000 $26090 $12.54 1.2
28 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 9520 $46090 $22.16 1.2
29 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 8030 $74930 $36.02 1.65
30 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 7960 $55550 $26.71 1
31 Cooks, Restaurant 7240 $24920 $11.98 0.75
32 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 7210 $24460 $11.76 1.6
33 Nursing Assistants 7180 $24930 $11.98 1.05
34 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 7020 $38100 $18.32 1.1
35 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 6940 $70660 $33.97 0.7
36 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 6880 $60520 $29.1 1
37 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 6790 $49320 $23.71 1.7
38 Security Guards 6680 $23080 $11.1 0.7
39 Community and Social Service Occupations 6650 $44400 $21.35 1.65
40 General and Operations Managers 6390 $124830 $60.02 1.4
41 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 6290 $44520 $21.4 1
42 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 6130 $54730 $26.31 0.6
43 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 6000 $35750 $17.19 0.9
44 Accountants and Auditors 5980 $67470 $32.44 0.9
45 Food Preparation Workers 5900 $24500 $11.78 0.6
46 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 5590 $21110 $10.15 1
47 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 5430 $25860 $12.43 0.8
48 Construction Laborers 5080 $28210 $13.56 0.8
49 Receptionists and Information Clerks 5050 $27560 $13.25 0.7
50 Legal Occupations 4860 $87200 $41.92 0.8
51 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 4710 $34020 $16.35 0.6
52 Medical Assistants 4640 $30610 $14.72 0.45
53 Management Analysts 4190 $80450 $38.68 0.5
54 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 4050 $43420 $20.88 0.5
55 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 4000 $37570 $18.06 0.5
56 Loan Officers 3790 $73870 $35.52 0.2
57 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 3770 $36380 $17.49 0.6
58 Loan Interviewers and Clerks 3570 $43150 $20.75 0.1
59 Packers and Packagers, Hand 3460 $21410 $10.29 0.45
60 Bill and Account Collectors 3420 $30650 $14.74 0.2
61 Carpenters 3190 $38300 $18.41 0.6
62 Billing and Posting Clerks 3180 $33270 $16 0.35
63 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 3160 $49510 $23.8 0.5
64 Software Developers, Applications 3110 $92320 $44.38 0.5
65 Tellers 3040 $30640 $14.73 0.3
66 Driver/Sales Workers 3010 $23200 $11.15 0.3
67 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 2970 $58730 $28.23 0.4
68 Team Assemblers 2950 $29230 $14.05 0.75
69 Bartenders 2910 $28290 $13.6 0.4
70 Childcare Workers 2820 $21650 $10.41 0.8
71 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 2800 $50200 $24.14 0.45
72 Electricians 2800 $44820 $21.55 0.4
73 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 2790 $64970 $31.24 0.2
74 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 2780 $116430 $55.98 0.2
75 Lawyers 2750 $112310 $54 0.5
76 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 2680 $34790 $16.73 0.4
77 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 2660 $59710 $28.71 0.9
78 Computer User Support Specialists 2570 $49150 $23.63 0.4
79 Human Resources Specialists 2440 $58920 $28.33 0.3
80 Personal Care Aides 2440 $21750 $10.46 1.3
81 Insurance Sales Agents 2430 $70800 $34.04 0.3
82 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 2400 $61760 $29.69 0.3
83 Dishwashers 2290 $21580 $10.38 0.3
84 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 2260 $37330 $17.95 0.35
85 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 2220 $20250 $9.73 0.25
86 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 2140 $34730 $16.7 0.2
87 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 2100 $41460 $19.93 0.2
88 Pharmacy Technicians 2050 $30220 $14.53 0.25
89 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 2000 $34980 $16.82 0.25
90 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 1990 $22980 $11.05 0.2
91 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1990 $59510 $28.61 0.4
92 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers 1910 $85900 $41.3 0.3
93 Computer Systems Analysts 1850 $80440 $38.68 0.4
94 Financial Managers 1840 $151750 $72.96 0.4
95 Counter and Rental Clerks 1830 $28520 $13.71 0.3
96 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 1790 $32880 $15.81 0.4
97 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 1770 $50950 $24.5 0.1
98 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 1770 $19540 $9.4 0.3
99 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 1760 $29720 $14.29 0.3
100 Correctional Officers and Jailers 1710 $44200 $21.25 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Jacksonville Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 45,140 645,160
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,890 118,830
Sales and Related Occupations 40,050 74,460
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 24,030 65,020
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,230 48,390
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 70,640 43,020
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 69,260 41,710
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 52,000 30,750
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,280 29,060
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,090 28,500
Production Occupations 36,530 24,510
Retail Salespersons 25,260 22,330
Management Occupations 117,290 22,080
Customer Service Representatives 32,360 20,840
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,530 20,410
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,790 17,730
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 77,810 17,380
Protective Service Occupations 36,860 17,160
Cashiers 20,200 17,060
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,980 16,740
Waiters and Waitresses 24,920 15,870
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,640 15,830
Registered Nurses 62,980 15,680
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,060 13,920
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,770 11,990
Office Clerks, General 29,190 11,790
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,090 10,000
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 46,090 9,520
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 74,930 8,030
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 55,550 7,960
Cooks, Restaurant 24,920 7,240
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,460 7,210
Nursing Assistants 24,930 7,180
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,100 7,020
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 70,660 6,940
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 60,520 6,880
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 49,320 6,790
Security Guards 23,080 6,680
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,400 6,650
General and Operations Managers 124,830 6,390
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 44,520 6,290
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 54,730 6,130
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,750 6,000
Accountants and Auditors 67,470 5,980
Food Preparation Workers 24,500 5,900
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21,110 5,590
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,860 5,430
Construction Laborers 28,210 5,080
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,560 5,050
Legal Occupations 87,200 4,860

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Jacksonville, Florida Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 45,140 645,160
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,890 118,830
Sales and Related Occupations 40,050 74,460
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 36,230 48,390
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 70,640 43,020
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 69,260 41,710
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 52,000 30,750
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 43,280 29,060
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,090 28,500
Production Occupations 36,530 24,510
Retail Salespersons 25,260 22,330
Management Occupations 117,290 22,080
Customer Service Representatives 32,360 20,840
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,530 20,410
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,790 17,730
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 77,810 17,380
Protective Service Occupations 36,860 17,160
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,980 16,740
Registered Nurses 62,980 15,680
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,060 13,920
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,770 11,990
Office Clerks, General 29,190 11,790
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,090 10,000
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 46,090 9,520
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 74,930 8,030
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 55,550 7,960
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 38,100 7,020
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 70,660 6,940
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 60,520 6,880
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 49,320 6,790
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,400 6,650
General and Operations Managers 124,830 6,390
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 44,520 6,290
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 54,730 6,130
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,750 6,000
Accountants and Auditors 67,470 5,980
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,860 5,430
Construction Laborers 28,210 5,080
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,560 5,050
Legal Occupations 87,200 4,860
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,020 4,710
Medical Assistants 30,610 4,640
Management Analysts 80,450 4,190
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 43,420 4,050
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 37,570 4,000
Loan Officers 73,870 3,790
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 36,380 3,770
Loan Interviewers and Clerks 43,150 3,570
Bill and Account Collectors 30,650 3,420
Carpenters 38,300 3,190

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