Columbus is regarded as one of the largest textile centers in the south. Other manufacturing industries include electrical equipment, food products, fabricated metal products and aircraft parts. The major sectors for employment in Columbus are healthcare, education, finance and insurance, accommodation and food services, manufacturing and construction.
Shown below is a list of the major employers in Columbus:
- Fort Benning (US Army)
- Muscogee County School District
- AFLAC Incorporated
- Columbus Consolidated Government
- Columbus Regional Health System
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia
- W.C. Bradley Company
- St. Francis Hospital Inc
- Swift Denim Inc
- Callaway Gardens Resort Inc
- Mead Westvaco
- TSYS Business Process Management
- Pezold Management Assoc Inc
- Hogan Transport
- Columbus Foundry L P
- Interstate Brands Corp (Dolly Madison)
Some of the most popular jobs where the majority of the workers are college graduates include registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, computer programmers, management analysts, training and development specialists and computer systems analysts.
Noteworthy information about Columbus: Approximately 20% of the population have a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2008 the cost of living index in Columbus was 80.4 which is low when compared to the nation's average of 100. In 2007 the estimated median household income was $42,000.
Columbus companies have access to business organizations such as:
- Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce
- Columbus Business Improvement
- Georgia Economic Developers Association
The Ledger-Enquirer offers up-to-date information about the business activities in Columbia.