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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 a popular vacation destinations. Walt Disney World is a significant employer in the city. 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 large 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, the defense industry, and the growing film, television and electronic gaming sectors provide numerous jobs. The municipality is also a major distribution center.

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

Significant 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

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations1209250$44,410$21.35100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations194440$34,250$16.4614.35
3Sales and Related Occupations157860$37,010$17.799.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations151340$26,820$12.898.55
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations77150$34,380$16.536.55
6Business and Financial Operations Occupations65350$68,280$32.835.25
7Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations62620$76,230$36.655.8
8Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations58310$25,150$12.093.65
9Education, Training, and Library Occupations56890$55,600$26.736.05
10Construction and Extraction Occupations52480$39,960$19.214.45
11Retail Salespersons52100$24,870$11.962.85
12Management Occupations49370$111,910$53.86.15
13Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations46210$42,730$20.553.8
14Personal Care and Service Occupations43920$25,810$12.414.3
15Production Occupations38470$32,830$15.795.7
16Waiters and Waitresses36980$29,840$14.341.7
17Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food36870$20,360$9.792.3
18Cashiers35580$21,080$10.142.2
19Customer Service Representatives33380$31,650$15.221.75
20Computer and Mathematical Occupations33250$79,900$38.412.9
21Protective Service Occupations30410$36,010$17.312.2
22Healthcare Support Occupations29740$30,720$14.773
23Registered Nurses22070$63,270$30.421.95
24Office Clerks, General21740$30,230$14.531.9
25Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners21080$23,500$11.31.55
26Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive20950$34,480$16.581.5
27Stock Clerks and Order Fillers19770$26,520$12.751.3
28Cooks, Restaurant19110$27,720$13.330.8
29Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners18840$22,870$10.990.9
30Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations18680$49,200$23.661.8
31Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand18140$27,370$13.161.7
32Architecture and Engineering Occupations16150$75,710$36.41.7
33First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers13900$53,510$25.720.95
34Security Guards13390$24,400$11.730.7
35General and Operations Managers13280$113,580$54.611.5
36Sales Representatives, Services, All Other12870$64,350$30.940.6
37First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers12440$44,290$21.291
38Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers12140$26,080$12.540.8
39Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks11910$36,600$17.591.05
40Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products11780$60,810$29.240.9
41Receptionists and Information Clerks10840$27,900$13.410.7
42Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers10680$43,400$20.871.2
43Business Operations Specialists, All Other10520$69,630$33.470.7
44Nursing Assistants10510$25,270$12.151
45Community and Social Service Occupations10450$43,030$20.691.65
46Maintenance and Repair Workers, General10390$34,950$16.80.9
47Legal Occupations10350$103,380$49.70.8
48Accountants and Auditors10290$71,420$34.340.9
49First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers10190$39,240$18.860.6
50Construction Laborers8630$29,680$14.270.8
51Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers7860$23,990$11.530.3
52Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers7740$33,040$15.880.6
53Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop7500$22,100$10.620.3
54First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers7310$58,420$28.090.4
55Food Preparation Workers7260$23,290$11.20.6
56Medical Assistants6790$31,580$15.180.45
57Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists6460$67,330$32.370.4
58Software Developers, Applications6150$90,410$43.460.55
59Bartenders6140$38,750$18.630.4
60Telemarketers6110$25,070$12.050.1
61Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks6100$35,280$16.960.1
62Driver/Sales Workers6040$25,520$12.270.3
63Carpenters5710$41,580$19.990.7
64Management Analysts5690$79,410$38.180.5
65Dishwashers5640$21,790$10.470.3
66Computer User Support Specialists5330$47,910$23.030.4
67Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics5310$36,780$17.680.5
68Lawyers5300$149,110$71.690.5
69Human Resources Specialists5280$61,300$29.470.35
70Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop5260$24,870$11.960.3
71Electricians5240$43,480$20.90.4
72Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers5150$29,180$14.030
73Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses5120$43,240$20.790.5
74Insurance Sales Agents5070$68,640$330.3
75Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations4690$65,660$31.570.8
76Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks4340$23,350$11.230.2
77Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers4300$54,180$26.050.4
78Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks4230$31,410$15.10.4
79Pharmacy Technicians4220$30,420$14.620.3
80Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants4200$50,240$24.160.35
81First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers4150$61,780$29.70.3
82Counter and Rental Clerks3950$27,560$13.250.3
83Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers3840$23,410$11.250.1
84Personal Care Aides3810$22,820$10.971.5
85Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers3800$43,760$21.040.2
86Construction Managers3780$83,750$40.260.3
87Financial Managers3700$130,170$62.580.4
88Packers and Packagers, Hand3460$25,280$12.150.45
89Childcare Workers3410$22,040$10.60.8
90Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists3390$27,330$13.140.4
91Software Developers, Systems Software3380$107,410$51.640.3
92Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers3370$42,150$20.260.15
93Paralegals and Legal Assistants3340$49,930$240.2
94Computer Systems Analysts3320$84,910$40.820.4
95Billing and Posting Clerks3270$33,990$16.340.3
96Tellers3140$30,340$14.590.3
97First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors3100$49,220$23.660
98Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education3040$26,500$12.740.3
99Firefighters3010$46,020$22.130.2
100Real Estate Sales Agents3010$64,810$31.160.2
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Jobs More Common Near Orlando Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,4101,209,250
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,250194,440
Sales and Related Occupations$37,010157,860
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,820151,340
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,38077,150
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$68,28065,350
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$76,23062,620
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,15058,310
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$55,60056,890
Construction and Extraction Occupations$39,96052,480
Retail Salespersons$24,87052,100
Management Occupations$111,91049,370
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,73046,210
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,81043,920
Production Occupations$32,83038,470
Waiters and Waitresses$29,84036,980
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$20,36036,870
Cashiers$21,08035,580
Customer Service Representatives$31,65033,380
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$79,90033,250
Protective Service Occupations$36,01030,410
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,72029,740
Registered Nurses$63,27022,070
Office Clerks, General$30,23021,740
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$23,50021,080
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,48020,950
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,52019,770
Cooks, Restaurant$27,72019,110
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$22,87018,840
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$49,20018,680
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,37018,140
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$75,71016,150
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,51013,900
Security Guards$24,40013,390
General and Operations Managers$113,58013,280
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$64,35012,870
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,29012,440
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,08012,140
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,60011,910
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$60,81011,780
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,90010,840
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,40010,680
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$69,63010,520
Nursing Assistants$25,27010,510
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,03010,450
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$34,95010,390
Legal Occupations$103,38010,350
Accountants and Auditors$71,42010,290
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$39,24010,190
Construction Laborers$29,6808,630

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$44,4101,209,250
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,250194,440
Sales and Related Occupations$37,010157,860
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$26,820151,340
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$34,38077,150
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$68,28065,350
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$76,23062,620
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$25,15058,310
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$55,60056,890
Construction and Extraction Occupations$39,96052,480
Management Occupations$111,91049,370
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$42,73046,210
Personal Care and Service Occupations$25,81043,920
Production Occupations$32,83038,470
Waiters and Waitresses$29,84036,980
Customer Service Representatives$31,65033,380
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$79,90033,250
Protective Service Occupations$36,01030,410
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,72029,740
Registered Nurses$63,27022,070
Office Clerks, General$30,23021,740
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$34,48020,950
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,52019,770
Cooks, Restaurant$27,72019,110
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$49,20018,680
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,37018,140
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$75,71016,150
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$53,51013,900
General and Operations Managers$113,58013,280
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$64,35012,870
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,29012,440
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$26,08012,140
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,60011,910
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$60,81011,780
Receptionists and Information Clerks$27,90010,840
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,40010,680
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$69,63010,520
Nursing Assistants$25,27010,510
Community and Social Service Occupations$43,03010,450
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$34,95010,390
Legal Occupations$103,38010,350
Accountants and Auditors$71,42010,290
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$39,24010,190
Construction Laborers$29,6808,630
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$33,0407,740
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers$58,4207,310
Medical Assistants$31,5806,790
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$67,3306,460
Software Developers, Applications$90,4106,150
Bartenders$38,7506,140

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