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Orlando Employment

Employment and Industries in the Orlando, Florida Area

Tourism is a primary economic factor in Orlando. The city is home to Walt Disney World, Sea World Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort. The city is regarded as one of the world's top vacation destinations. Walt Disney World is Orlando's largest employer. The convention industry is also vital to the local economy. In addition, the city is close enough for residents to commute to work to Patrick Air Force Base, Canaveral Air Force Base and the Kennedy Space Center.

The Orlando metro area includes prominent technology and manufacturing sectors which employ a vast number of people. There are more than 2000 manufacturing companies in the region. Orlando is recognized for providing innovation in the areas of agri-technology, digital media, software, aerospace and aviation. In addition, the metro area includes one of the nation's largest centers for modeling, simulation and training businesses. It includes over 100 companies.

The Orlando region is also home to more than 1000 software companies. Over 500 biotechnology and life science firms are also situated in Orlando. In addition, digital media companies provide employment for a vast number of workers. The growing film, television and electronic gaming sectors also provide numerous jobs. The municipality is also a major distribution center.

Orlando has been named one of the top ten cities in the nation for defense jobs. Orlando was included in the Bizjournals' list of best places to start a small business. In addition, the city has been ranked #4 in Pew Research Center's America's most desirable places to live list.

Major manufacturing and engineering companies with facilities in the Orlando region are shown below:

  • Lockheed - Martin
  • General Dynamics
  • KDF
  • Mitsubishi Power Systems
  • Harris
  • Veritas/Seagate
  • Siemens
  • USAF
  • Delta Connection Academy
  • GE
  • AT&T
  • CAE Systems Flight & Simulation Training
  • HP
  • Raytheon Systems
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Agere Systems Inc
  • Westinghouse Power Corp
  • Hughes Supply
  • Constar International

The largest employers in Orlando are:

  • Walt Disney World
  • Orange County Public Schools
  • State of Florida
  • Adventist Health System
  • Florida Hospital
  • Walmart
  • Orlando Regional Care System
  • Universal Orlando
  • Federal Government
  • Publix Supermarkets
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Darden Restaurants
  • Sea World Orlando
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc
  • Rosen Hotel and Resorts
  • Cox Enterprises
  • Siemens
  • Sun Trust Banks Inc
  • CVS Corp
  • Space Gateway Support
  • United Parcel Service Inc
  • Loews Cos Inc
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Mears Transportation Group
  • AirTran Airways
  • HCA Inc
  • Bank of America Corp

The prominent employment sectors include:

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

Notable data about Orlando: In 2008 the cost of living index was at 93.4 which is less than the nation's average of 100. In 2007 the estimated median household income was $44,000. About 28% of the residents over the age of 25 have a bachelor's degree or better.

Orlando companies have access to helpful business organizations such as:

The Orlando Business Journal offers current information about the business endeavors in Orlando.

Jobs in Orlando

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 1169880 $43060 $20.7 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 192240 $33670 $16.19 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 157690 $36410 $17.51 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 149790 $26060 $12.53 8.3
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 70960 $33760 $16.23 6.45
6 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 63000 $67290 $32.35 5.05
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 60650 $74960 $36.04 5.75
8 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 57600 $24510 $11.78 3.7
9 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55000 $47420 $22.8 6.15
10 Retail Salespersons 50910 $25120 $12.08 3.1
11 Construction and Extraction Occupations 49520 $38160 $18.35 4.4
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45150 $42570 $20.47 3.8
13 Personal Care and Service Occupations 43900 $24930 $11.99 4.1
14 Management Occupations 40430 $116680 $56.1 6.05
15 Waiters and Waitresses 38650 $28920 $13.91 1.6
16 Production Occupations 37380 $32260 $15.51 5.85
17 Cashiers 36650 $20730 $9.97 2.25
18 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 36060 $19940 $9.58 2.15
19 Customer Service Representatives 31200 $31380 $15.09 1.75
20 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 31090 $78260 $37.62 2.8
21 Protective Service Occupations 29870 $35420 $17.03 2.25
22 Healthcare Support Occupations 26420 $29790 $14.32 3.05
23 Registered Nurses 22350 $62980 $30.28 1.9
24 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 21980 $34390 $16.53 1.6
25 Office Clerks, General 20490 $29310 $14.09 2
26 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 20340 $22760 $10.94 1.6
27 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 19820 $25690 $12.35 1.2
28 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 19660 $22430 $10.78 1
29 Cooks, Restaurant 18500 $26300 $12.64 0.75
30 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 18420 $25950 $12.47 1.6
31 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 17750 $49880 $23.98 1.7
32 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 15370 $76020 $36.55 1.65
33 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 13020 $53100 $25.53 1
34 Security Guards 13010 $23420 $11.26 0.7
35 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 12120 $62850 $30.22 1
36 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 12000 $43910 $21.11 1
37 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 11650 $25080 $12.06 0.8
38 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 11610 $36380 $17.49 1.1
39 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 11190 $56870 $27.34 0.6
40 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 11130 $69980 $33.65 0.7
41 Receptionists and Information Clerks 11070 $27420 $13.18 0.7
42 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 10830 $41530 $19.97 1.2
43 General and Operations Managers 10550 $124550 $59.88 1.4
44 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 10490 $38350 $18.44 0.6
45 Accountants and Auditors 10340 $69860 $33.59 0.9
46 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 10270 $34350 $16.52 0.9
47 Legal Occupations 10260 $112670 $54.17 0.8
48 Community and Social Service Occupations 9420 $42460 $20.42 1.65
49 Nursing Assistants 8760 $24910 $11.98 1.05
50 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 8420 $21050 $10.12 0.3
51 Construction Laborers 8110 $28880 $13.88 0.8
52 Telemarketers 7150 $24730 $11.89 0.15
53 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 7140 $24500 $11.78 0.3
54 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 6870 $32840 $15.79 0.6
55 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 6680 $56060 $26.95 0.4
56 Food Preparation Workers 6660 $22990 $11.06 0.6
57 Medical Assistants 6050 $30360 $14.6 0.45
58 Bartenders 5760 $34930 $16.79 0.4
59 Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks 5760 $34010 $16.35 0.1
60 Carpenters 5660 $39720 $19.1 0.6
61 Management Analysts 5570 $81980 $39.41 0.5
62 Dishwashers 5560 $21660 $10.41 0.3
63 Lawyers 5510 $164360 $79.02 0.5
64 Software Developers, Applications 5450 $91060 $43.78 0.5
65 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 5230 $39710 $19.09 0.5
66 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 5190 $61960 $29.79 0.9
67 Computer User Support Specialists 5160 $45140 $21.7 0.4
68 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 5020 $48620 $23.37 0.5
69 Electricians 4910 $39220 $18.85 0.4
70 Human Resources Specialists 4880 $57870 $27.82 0.3
71 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 4790 $24630 $11.84 0.2
72 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 4780 $41110 $19.76 0.5
73 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 4690 $22620 $10.88 0.25
74 Counter and Rental Clerks 4610 $28080 $13.5 0.3
75 Insurance Sales Agents 4520 $66540 $31.99 0.3
76 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 4410 $30170 $14.5 0.4
77 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 4340 $52500 $25.24 0.45
78 Team Assemblers 4170 $28170 $13.54 0.75
79 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 4120 $22980 $11.05 0.2
80 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 4080 $62350 $29.97 0.3
81 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers 4000 $22540 $10.84 0.1
82 Childcare Workers 3980 $21110 $10.15 0.8
83 Real Estate Sales Agents 3720 $60180 $28.93 0.2
84 Pharmacy Technicians 3590 $29380 $14.13 0.25
85 Driver/Sales Workers 3500 $25920 $12.46 0.3
86 Substitute Teachers 3390 $22580 $10.86 0
87 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 3370 $26290 $12.64 0.4
88 Recreation Workers 3370 $24070 $11.57 0.3
89 Billing and Posting Clerks 3340 $34360 $16.52 0.35
90 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 3320 $50310 $24.19 0.2
91 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 3290 $44010 $21.16 0.2
92 Firefighters 3210 $44820 $21.55 0.2
93 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers 3140 $85500 $41.11 0.3
94 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 3120 $26220 $12.61 0.3
95 Construction Managers 2960 $84940 $40.84 0.2
96 Financial Managers 2960 $137610 $66.16 0.4
97 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 2960 $54740 $26.32 0.4
98 Software Developers, Systems Software 2960 $109750 $52.76 0.3
99 Tellers 2950 $29250 $14.06 0.3
100 Computer Systems Analysts 2910 $82860 $39.84 0.4
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Jobs More Common Near Orlando Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,060 1,169,880
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,670 192,240
Sales and Related Occupations 36,410 157,690
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 26,060 149,790
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,760 70,960
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 67,290 63,000
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 74,960 60,650
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 24,510 57,600
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 47,420 55,000
Retail Salespersons 25,120 50,910
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,160 49,520
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,570 45,150
Personal Care and Service Occupations 24,930 43,900
Management Occupations 116,680 40,430
Waiters and Waitresses 28,920 38,650
Production Occupations 32,260 37,380
Cashiers 20,730 36,650
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,940 36,060
Customer Service Representatives 31,380 31,200
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 78,260 31,090
Protective Service Occupations 35,420 29,870
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,790 26,420
Registered Nurses 62,980 22,350
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,390 21,980
Office Clerks, General 29,310 20,490
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,760 20,340
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,690 19,820
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 22,430 19,660
Cooks, Restaurant 26,300 18,500
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,950 18,420
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 49,880 17,750
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 76,020 15,370
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,100 13,020
Security Guards 23,420 13,010
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 62,850 12,120
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,910 12,000
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,080 11,650
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,380 11,610
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 56,870 11,190
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 69,980 11,130
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,420 11,070
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,530 10,830
General and Operations Managers 124,550 10,550
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 38,350 10,490
Accountants and Auditors 69,860 10,340
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 34,350 10,270
Legal Occupations 112,670 10,260
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,460 9,420
Nursing Assistants 24,910 8,760
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 21,050 8,420

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 43,060 1,169,880
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 33,670 192,240
Sales and Related Occupations 36,410 157,690
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 26,060 149,790
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,760 70,960
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 67,290 63,000
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 74,960 60,650
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 47,420 55,000
Retail Salespersons 25,120 50,910
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,160 49,520
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,570 45,150
Management Occupations 116,680 40,430
Waiters and Waitresses 28,920 38,650
Production Occupations 32,260 37,380
Customer Service Representatives 31,380 31,200
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 78,260 31,090
Protective Service Occupations 35,420 29,870
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,790 26,420
Registered Nurses 62,980 22,350
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,390 21,980
Office Clerks, General 29,310 20,490
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,690 19,820
Cooks, Restaurant 26,300 18,500
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,950 18,420
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 49,880 17,750
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 76,020 15,370
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,100 13,020
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 62,850 12,120
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,910 12,000
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,080 11,650
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 36,380 11,610
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 56,870 11,190
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 69,980 11,130
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,420 11,070
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,530 10,830
General and Operations Managers 124,550 10,550
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 38,350 10,490
Accountants and Auditors 69,860 10,340
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 34,350 10,270
Legal Occupations 112,670 10,260
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,460 9,420
Construction Laborers 28,880 8,110
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 32,840 6,870
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 56,060 6,680
Medical Assistants 30,360 6,050
Bartenders 34,930 5,760
Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks 34,010 5,760
Carpenters 39,720 5,660
Management Analysts 81,980 5,570
Lawyers 164,360 5,510

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