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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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations100260$38,150$18.34100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations15850$31,810$15.2914.35
3Sales and Related Occupations13210$32,590$15.679.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations10860$23,400$11.258.55
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations7520$31,190$156.55
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations7040$72,140$34.685.8
7Production Occupations5960$31,530$15.165.7
8Construction and Extraction Occupations5270$34,900$16.784.45
9Retail Salespersons4290$26,060$12.532.85
10Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations4240$39,430$18.953.8
11Cashiers3920$19,830$9.532.2
12Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations3720$25,370$12.23.65
13Healthcare Support Occupations3540$29,980$14.413
14Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food3240$19,520$9.382.3
15Business and Financial Operations Occupations3040$61,470$29.555.25
16Protective Service Occupations3030$37,180$17.882.2
17Personal Care and Service Occupations3010$25,120$12.084.3
18Management Occupations2750$92,210$44.336.15
19Waiters and Waitresses2380$26,070$12.541.7
20Customer Service Representatives2280$30,430$14.631.75
21Office Clerks, General2150$29,780$14.321.9
22Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive2020$30,100$14.471.5
23Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1990$36,430$17.511.2
24Registered Nurses1920$59,580$28.641.95
25Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1800$24,810$11.931.3
26Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1720$25,090$12.061.7
27Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1660$28,280$13.60
28Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers1360$26,490$12.740.8
29Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products1290$59,440$28.580.9
30Community and Social Service Occupations1280$41,960$20.171.65
31Architecture and Engineering Occupations1270$65,680$31.581.7
32Receptionists and Information Clerks1220$26,280$12.630.7
33Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1220$23,790$11.441.55
34First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1220$42,740$20.551
35Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1180$33,660$16.181.05
36Nursing Assistants1170$25,680$12.341
37Cooks, Restaurant1110$25,310$12.170.8
38First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1060$48,660$23.40.95
39Medical Assistants1040$29,760$14.310.45
40Construction Laborers970$27,300$13.130.8
41Maintenance and Repair Workers, General970$28,670$13.780.9
42General and Operations Managers900$98,690$47.451.5
43Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers900$37,530$18.040.6
44Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers840$28,650$13.770
45First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers790$36,170$17.390.6
46Computer and Mathematical Occupations780$66,090$31.772.9
47Nonfarm Animal Caretakers760$25,110$12.070.2
48Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners710$20,740$9.970.9
49Driver/Sales Workers710$26,710$12.840.3
50Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics690$40,690$19.560.5
51Food Preparation Workers670$21,580$10.370.6
52Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations660$27,930$13.430.65
53Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses630$40,390$19.420.5
54Legal Occupations600$73,810$35.480.8
55Business Operations Specialists, All Other590$62,610$30.10.7
56Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers580$47,970$23.060.4
57Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations550$41,240$19.831.8
58Dishwashers520$19,600$9.420.3
59Sales Representatives, Services, All Other520$53,780$25.860.6
60Accountants and Auditors480$63,610$30.580.9
61First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers480$53,130$25.550.4
62Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education470$24,960$120.3
63Firefighters460$30,740$14.780.2
64Security Guards460$29,810$14.330.7
65Home Health Aides460$20,140$9.680.7
66Billing and Posting Clerks450$34,330$16.50.3
67Electricians450$37,410$17.990.4
68Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters430$39,530$19.010.3
69Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals420$25,060$12.050.2
70Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop410$19,490$9.370.3
71Personal Care Aides400$21,460$10.321.5
72Bartenders400$24,250$11.660.4
73First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers390$53,920$25.920.3
74Industrial Engineers390$66,590$32.010.2
75Parts Salespersons380$26,900$12.930.2
76Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks380$27,950$13.440.4
77First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers380$56,700$27.260.4
78Amusement and Recreation Attendants370$19,350$9.30.2
79Tellers360$29,850$14.350.3
80Carpenters360$34,590$16.630.7
81Pharmacy Technicians350$29,370$14.120.3
82Insurance Sales Agents350$51,250$24.640.3
83Counter and Rental Clerks340$25,570$12.30.3
84Postal Service Mail Carriers330$53,390$25.670.2
85Packers and Packagers, Hand330$23,300$11.20.45
86Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics330$38,980$18.740.2
87Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks320$21,820$10.490.2
88Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers320$31,050$14.930.1
89Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment320$23,810$11.450.2
90Physicians and Surgeons, All Other310$219,060$105.320.25
91Radiologic Technologists310$50,020$24.050.1
92Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations310$49,010$23.560.8
93Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers300$34,760$16.710.3
94Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators290$34,730$16.70.2
95First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors290$53,830$25.880
96Food Servers, Nonrestaurant290$21,360$10.270.2
97Cooks, Fast Food280$22,050$10.60.3
98Lawyers280$98,220$47.220.5
99Painters, Construction and Maintenance280$34,030$16.360.2
100Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria250$24,250$11.660.3
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Jobs More Common Near Ocala Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$38,150100,260
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$31,81015,850
Sales and Related Occupations$32,59013,210
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$23,40010,860
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$31,1907,520
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$72,1407,040
Production Occupations$31,5305,960
Construction and Extraction Occupations$34,9005,270
Retail Salespersons$26,0604,290
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$39,4304,240
Cashiers$19,8303,920
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,3703,720
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,9803,540
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,5203,240
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,4703,040
Protective Service Occupations$37,1803,030
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,1203,010
Management Occupations$92,2102,750
Waiters and Waitresses$26,0702,380
Customer Service Representatives$30,4302,280
Office Clerks, General$29,7802,150
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$30,1002,020
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$36,4301,990
Registered Nurses$59,5801,920
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,8101,800
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,0901,720
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$28,2801,660
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,4901,360
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$59,4401,290
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,9601,280
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$65,6801,270
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,2801,220
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,7901,220
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,7401,220
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$33,6601,180
Nursing Assistants$25,6801,170
Cooks, Restaurant$25,3101,110
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$48,6601,060
Medical Assistants$29,7601,040
Construction Laborers$27,300970
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$28,670970
General and Operations Managers$98,690900
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$37,530900
Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers$28,650840
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$36,170790
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$66,090780
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers$25,110760
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$20,740710
Driver/Sales Workers$26,710710
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$40,690690

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$38,150100,260
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$31,81015,850
Sales and Related Occupations$32,59013,210
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$31,1907,520
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$72,1407,040
Production Occupations$31,5305,960
Construction and Extraction Occupations$34,9005,270
Retail Salespersons$26,0604,290
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$39,4304,240
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,3703,720
Healthcare Support Occupations$29,9803,540
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$61,4703,040
Protective Service Occupations$37,1803,030
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,1203,010
Management Occupations$92,2102,750
Waiters and Waitresses$26,0702,380
Customer Service Representatives$30,4302,280
Office Clerks, General$29,7802,150
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$30,1002,020
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$36,4301,990
Registered Nurses$59,5801,920
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$25,0901,720
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$28,2801,660
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,4901,360
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$59,4401,290
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,9601,280
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$65,6801,270
Receptionists and Information Clerks$26,2801,220
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,7401,220
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$33,6601,180
Nursing Assistants$25,6801,170
Cooks, Restaurant$25,3101,110
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$48,6601,060
Medical Assistants$29,7601,040
Construction Laborers$27,300970
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$28,670970
General and Operations Managers$98,690900
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$37,530900
Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers$28,650840
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$36,170790
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$66,090780
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers$25,110760
Driver/Sales Workers$26,710710
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$40,690690
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations$27,930660
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$40,390630
Legal Occupations$73,810600
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$62,610590
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$47,970580
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$41,240550

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