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Ocala Employment

Employment and Industries in the Ocala, Florida Area

Ocala is known as the horse capital of the world. The horse breeding, training and related support provides over 40,000 jobs. Ocala has a manufacturing base which includes the production of emergency vehicles, trucks, vans, missiles and shelving and storage units. Ocala is home to the headquarters of Emergency One a worldwide designer and manufacturer of fire rescue vehicles. In addition, employment levels for manufacturing are double the statewide average.

Peanuts, fruits, vegetables and livestock, especially cattle also contribute to the economy. About 2,000 of the county's residents are employed in the agriculture industry. The tourism industry also provides numerous jobs.

Ocala's major sectors for employment are:

  • Thoroughbred industry
  • Tourism
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Government
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Finance and insurance

Occupations that are more common in Ocala than most other cities include farm workers, farm and ranch animals; animal trainers, nonfarm animal caretakers, pest control workers, medical equipment repairers, veterinary technologists and technicians; veterinarians and personal care and service workers.

The major private sector employers in the Ocala region are:

  • Munroe Regional Medical Center
  • Walmart
  • Publix Supermarkets
  • Ocala Regional Medical Center
  • AT&T
  • Taylor, Bean and Whitacker
  • Cheney Brothers Inc
  • Swift Transportation Company
  • Hospice of Marion County Inc
  • Signature Brands LLC
  • Custom Window Systems Inc
  • Townley Manufacturing Company Inc
  • SPX Dehydration and Air Filtration
  • On Top of the World Communities Inc
  • Elster AMCO Water Inc
  • Cingular Wireless
  • Kmart Corporation
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Emergency One Inc
  • Class 1
  • Closet Maid
  • Mark IV Automotive
  • Skyline Corporation

The primary government employers are shown below:

  • Marion County Public Schools
  • State of Florida
  • US Government
  • Marion County Board of County Commissioners
  • City of Ocala
  • Marion County Sheriff's Office
  • Central Florida Community College

Notable information about Ocala: About 19% of the residents in Ocala hold a bachelor's degree or better. The cost of living in 2008 was 86.4 which is less than the nation's average of 100. In 2007 the estimated median household income was $38,000.

Ocala companies may obtain assistance from business organizations such as:

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

Jobs in Ocala

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 97760 $38150 $18.34 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 16700 $30840 $14.83 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 13340 $33150 $15.94 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 10350 $23410 $11.25 8.3
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 7140 $75070 $36.09 5.75
6 Production Occupations 6250 $31090 $14.95 5.85
7 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 6140 $29430 $14.15 6.45
8 Construction and Extraction Occupations 4760 $34410 $16.54 4.4
9 Retail Salespersons 4550 $26350 $12.67 3.1
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 4040 $37260 $17.92 3.8
11 Cashiers 3750 $19870 $9.55 2.25
12 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 3580 $25240 $12.13 3.7
13 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 3230 $19370 $9.31 2.15
14 Healthcare Support Occupations 3140 $29570 $14.21 3.05
15 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 3030 $63420 $30.49 5.05
16 Protective Service Occupations 3020 $37320 $17.94 2.25
17 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2940 $25130 $12.08 4.1
18 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2420 $29200 $14.04 1.6
19 Customer Service Representatives 2350 $30190 $14.51 1.75
20 Management Occupations 2230 $98180 $47.2 6.05
21 Registered Nurses 2210 $59540 $28.63 1.9
22 Waiters and Waitresses 2190 $27950 $13.44 1.6
23 Office Clerks, General 2090 $27060 $13.01 2
24 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1810 $25610 $12.31 1.2
25 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1740 $32810 $15.78 1.2
26 Team Assemblers 1370 $27990 $13.46 0.75
27 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1300 $42780 $20.57 1
28 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1290 $26060 $12.53 0.7
29 Nursing Assistants 1260 $24790 $11.92 1.05
30 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1250 $24510 $11.78 1.6
31 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1240 $24910 $11.98 0.8
32 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1200 $63650 $30.6 1.65
33 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1130 $62820 $30.2 1
34 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1080 $24380 $11.72 1.6
35 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1060 $33500 $16.1 1.1
36 Cooks, Restaurant 1050 $25320 $12.17 0.75
37 Community and Social Service Occupations 1010 $42610 $20.49 1.65
38 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 960 $47080 $22.63 1
39 Medical Assistants 910 $29840 $14.35 0.45
40 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 860 $27830 $13.38 0.9
41 Construction Laborers 840 $24960 $12 0.8
42 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 820 $36180 $17.39 0.5
43 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 770 $34530 $16.6 0.6
44 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 740 $39070 $18.78 0.5
45 Food Preparation Workers 730 $20650 $9.93 0.6
46 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 690 $62410 $30.01 0.7
47 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers 680 $25080 $12.06 0.1
48 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 670 $33840 $16.27 0.6
49 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 650 $20260 $9.74 1
50 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 640 $59680 $28.69 2.8
51 General and Operations Managers 630 $114010 $54.81 1.4
52 Personal Care Aides 620 $21000 $10.1 1.3
53 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 610 $26480 $12.73 0.6
54 Billing and Posting Clerks 590 $33070 $15.9 0.35
55 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 590 $54080 $26 0.6
56 Driver/Sales Workers 580 $25160 $12.1 0.3
57 Legal Occupations 570 $91310 $43.9 0.8
58 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 560 $46060 $22.14 0.45
59 Firefighters 540 $32140 $15.45 0.2
60 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 530 $40450 $19.45 1.7
61 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 510 $50990 $24.51 0.4
62 Bartenders 470 $25360 $12.19 0.4
63 Accountants and Auditors 460 $63420 $30.49 0.9
64 Dishwashers 450 $19590 $9.42 0.3
65 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 440 $55360 $26.62 0.4
66 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 430 $20350 $9.78 0.25
67 Tellers 430 $27520 $13.23 0.3
68 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 420 $39480 $18.98 0.3
69 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals 420 $23610 $11.35 0.1
70 Carpenters 410 $32910 $15.82 0.6
71 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 410 $28350 $13.63 0.4
72 Industrial Engineers 380 $64250 $30.89 0.2
73 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 370 $33360 $16.04 0.3
74 Packers and Packagers, Hand 370 $22310 $10.73 0.45
75 Insurance Sales Agents 370 $49970 $24.03 0.3
76 Parts Salespersons 350 $27530 $13.24 0.2
77 Postal Service Mail Carriers 350 $52370 $25.18 0.15
78 Counter and Rental Clerks 350 $28050 $13.49 0.3
79 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 330 $19250 $9.26 0.3
80 Childcare Workers 330 $22510 $10.82 0.8
81 Pharmacy Technicians 320 $28120 $13.52 0.25
82 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 320 $33400 $16.06 0.2
83 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 320 $227370 $109.31 0.2
84 Security Guards 310 $26280 $12.64 0.7
85 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 310 $24780 $11.91 0.2
86 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 310 $52930 $25.45 0.3
87 Lawyers 310 $123460 $59.36 0.5
88 Radiologic Technologists 280 $50060 $24.07 0.1
89 Electricians 280 $40410 $19.43 0.4
90 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 280 $19900 $9.57 0.2
91 Roofers 270 $32470 $15.61 0.1
92 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 270 $29430 $14.15 0.1
93 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 270 $41670 $20.03 0.2
94 Medical Secretaries 260 $31330 $15.06 0.4
95 Painters, Construction and Maintenance 260 $31740 $15.26 0.2
96 Pharmacists 240 $119890 $57.64 0.2
97 Management Analysts 240 $87180 $41.91 0.5
98 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 240 $27100 $13.03 0.3
99 Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other 230 $46650 $22.43 0.1
100 Loan Officers 230 $78090 $37.54 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Ocala Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 38,150 97,760
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 30,840 16,700
Sales and Related Occupations 33,150 13,340
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 23,410 10,350
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75,070 7,140
Production Occupations 31,090 6,250
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 29,430 6,140
Construction and Extraction Occupations 34,410 4,760
Retail Salespersons 26,350 4,550
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 37,260 4,040
Cashiers 19,870 3,750
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,240 3,580
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,370 3,230
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,570 3,140
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 63,420 3,030
Protective Service Occupations 37,320 3,020
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,130 2,940
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 29,200 2,420
Customer Service Representatives 30,190 2,350
Management Occupations 98,180 2,230
Registered Nurses 59,540 2,210
Waiters and Waitresses 27,950 2,190
Office Clerks, General 27,060 2,090
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,610 1,810
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 32,810 1,740
Team Assemblers 27,990 1,370
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,780 1,300
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,060 1,290
Nursing Assistants 24,790 1,260
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,510 1,250
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 24,910 1,240
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 63,650 1,200
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 62,820 1,130
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 24,380 1,080
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,500 1,060
Cooks, Restaurant 25,320 1,050
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,610 1,010
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 47,080 960
Medical Assistants 29,840 910
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 27,830 860
Construction Laborers 24,960 840
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 36,180 820
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 34,530 770
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 39,070 740
Food Preparation Workers 20,650 730
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 62,410 690
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers 25,080 680
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 33,840 670
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 20,260 650
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 59,680 640

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 38,150 97,760
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 30,840 16,700
Sales and Related Occupations 33,150 13,340
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 75,070 7,140
Production Occupations 31,090 6,250
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 29,430 6,140
Construction and Extraction Occupations 34,410 4,760
Retail Salespersons 26,350 4,550
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 37,260 4,040
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,240 3,580
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,570 3,140
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 63,420 3,030
Protective Service Occupations 37,320 3,020
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,130 2,940
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 29,200 2,420
Customer Service Representatives 30,190 2,350
Management Occupations 98,180 2,230
Registered Nurses 59,540 2,210
Waiters and Waitresses 27,950 2,190
Office Clerks, General 27,060 2,090
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,610 1,810
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 32,810 1,740
Team Assemblers 27,990 1,370
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,780 1,300
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,060 1,290
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 63,650 1,200
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 62,820 1,130
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,500 1,060
Cooks, Restaurant 25,320 1,050
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,610 1,010
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 47,080 960
Medical Assistants 29,840 910
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 27,830 860
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 36,180 820
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 34,530 770
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 39,070 740
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 62,410 690
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers 25,080 680
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 33,840 670
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 59,680 640
General and Operations Managers 114,010 630
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 26,480 610
Billing and Posting Clerks 33,070 590
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 54,080 590
Driver/Sales Workers 25,160 580
Legal Occupations 91,310 570
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 46,060 560
Firefighters 32,140 540
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 40,450 530
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 50,990 510

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