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Columbus Employment

Employment and Industries in the Columbus, Georgia Area

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)
  • TSYS
  • 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
  • Cagles
  • MBIA
  • 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:

The Ledger-Enquirer offers up-to-date information about the business activities in Columbia.

Jobs in Columbus

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations113410$41,560$19.98100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations18300$32,520$15.6314.35
3Sales and Related Occupations12190$30,120$14.489.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations12130$20,240$9.738.55
5Education, Training, and Library Occupations8350$43,710$21.016.05
6Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations7680$71,720$34.485.8
7Production Occupations7300$33,640$16.175.7
8Business and Financial Operations Occupations6100$63,380$30.475.25
9Transportation and Material Moving Occupations5910$28,350$13.636.55
10Management Occupations5750$99,870$48.026.15
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations4610$39,760$19.123.8
12Cashiers4130$19,300$9.282.2
13Customer Service Representatives3720$29,770$14.311.75
14Healthcare Support Occupations3540$26,140$12.573
15Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations3500$24,280$11.673.65
16Construction and Extraction Occupations3490$37,500$18.034.45
17Retail Salespersons3420$23,280$11.192.85
18Personal Care and Service Occupations3400$23,850$11.474.3
19Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food3330$18,040$8.682.3
20Computer and Mathematical Occupations3330$81,800$39.332.9
21Protective Service Occupations3180$36,910$17.752.2
22Registered Nurses2630$59,600$28.651.95
23Office Clerks, General2190$28,430$13.671.9
24Waiters and Waitresses2140$18,790$9.041.7
25General and Operations Managers2020$92,840$44.631.5
26Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive1690$33,830$16.261.5
27Stock Clerks and Order Fillers1690$24,620$11.831.3
28Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand1600$24,580$11.821.7
29Maintenance and Repair Workers, General1500$34,280$16.480.9
30Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1440$21,820$10.491.55
31Nursing Assistants1350$21,970$10.561
32First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1230$49,390$23.750.95
33Community and Social Service Occupations1200$40,990$19.711.65
34Cooks, Restaurant1150$21,260$10.220.8
35First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers1090$26,310$12.650.6
36Architecture and Engineering Occupations1070$66,410$31.931.7
37Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks1070$36,020$17.321.05
38First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers1070$35,690$17.161
39Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners1030$21,260$10.220.9
40Substitute Teachers1010$17,730$8.530
41Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers980$19,750$9.490.1
42Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations950$40,410$19.431.8
43Business Operations Specialists, All Other940$66,020$31.740.7
44Receptionists and Information Clerks890$24,410$11.740.7
45Security Guards890$27,930$13.430.7
46Sales Representatives, Services, All Other860$53,060$25.510.6
47Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers850$41,750$20.070.4
48Accountants and Auditors840$71,800$34.520.9
49Medical Assistants820$27,740$13.340.45
50Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria790$24,920$11.980.3
51Software Developers, Applications780$100,280$48.210.55
52Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses750$39,260$18.870.5
53Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products750$52,670$25.320.9
54Construction Laborers720$29,290$14.080.8
55Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers720$38,520$18.521.2
56Recreation Workers720$21,950$10.550.25
57Packers and Packagers, Hand700$22,830$10.980.45
58Food Preparation Workers660$20,320$9.770.6
59Childcare Workers640$20,970$10.080.8
60Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations640$59,790$28.740.8
61Computer Systems Analysts630$79,350$38.150.4
62Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop630$18,380$8.840.3
63Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics620$36,560$17.580.5
64Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers610$27,170$13.060.8
65Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks610$34,470$16.570.4
66Computer User Support Specialists590$55,300$26.590.4
67Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers560$33,910$16.310.3
68Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators540$41,640$20.020.2
69Driver/Sales Workers540$19,210$9.240.3
70Legal Occupations540$92,690$44.560.8
71Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers540$26,960$12.960.6
72Tellers520$29,500$14.180.3
73Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers500$30,430$14.630
74Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists480$59,840$28.770.4
75Cooks, Fast Food450$18,740$9.010.3
76Real Estate Sales Agents450$40,100$19.280.2
77Financial Managers440$138,520$66.60.4
78Human Resources Specialists440$56,230$27.030.35
79Pharmacists430$126,420$60.780.2
80First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers420$59,740$28.720.4
81Medical Secretaries420$29,290$14.080.4
82Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education420$29,380$14.120.3
83Personal Care Aides410$20,330$9.771.5
84Correctional Officers and Jailers390$33,310$16.010.25
85Insurance Sales Agents390$44,220$21.260.3
86Pharmacy Technicians380$29,090$13.990.3
87Computer Occupations, All Other370$82,890$39.850.2
88Bus Drivers, School or Special Client350$26,510$12.740.3
89Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators350$28,840$13.860.35
90Bartenders340$19,190$9.230.4
91Bill and Account Collectors340$35,140$16.90.2
92Electricians340$45,810$22.020.4
93Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants340$50,910$24.480.35
94Firefighters340$42,700$20.530.2
95First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers330$61,800$29.710.3
96Managers, All Other330$87,410$42.030.6
97Medical Records and Health Information Technicians320$35,190$16.920.1
98Medical and Health Services Managers320$99,660$47.910.25
99Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers320$39,420$18.950.3
100Carpenters310$38,890$18.70.7
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Jobs More Common Near Columbus Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$41,560113,410
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,52018,300
Sales and Related Occupations$30,12012,190
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$20,24012,130
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$43,7108,350
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$71,7207,680
Production Occupations$33,6407,300
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,3806,100
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$28,3505,910
Management Occupations$99,8705,750
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$39,7604,610
Cashiers$19,3004,130
Customer Service Representatives$29,7703,720
Healthcare Support Occupations$26,1403,540
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$24,2803,500
Construction and Extraction Occupations$37,5003,490
Retail Salespersons$23,2803,420
Personal Care and Service Occupations$23,8503,400
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$18,0403,330
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$81,8003,330
Protective Service Occupations$36,9103,180
Registered Nurses$59,6002,630
Office Clerks, General$28,4302,190
Waiters and Waitresses$18,7902,140
General and Operations Managers$92,8402,020
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,8301,690
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$24,6201,690
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$24,5801,600
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$34,2801,500
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,8201,440
Nursing Assistants$21,9701,350
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$49,3901,230
Community and Social Service Occupations$40,9901,200
Cooks, Restaurant$21,2601,150
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$26,3101,090
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$66,4101,070
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,0201,070
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$35,6901,070
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$21,2601,030
Substitute Teachers$17,7301,010
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers$19,750980
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$40,410950
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$66,020940
Receptionists and Information Clerks$24,410890
Security Guards$27,930890
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$53,060860
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$41,750850
Accountants and Auditors$71,800840
Medical Assistants$27,740820
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria$24,920790

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Columbus, Georgia Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$41,560113,410
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$32,52018,300
Sales and Related Occupations$30,12012,190
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$43,7108,350
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$71,7207,680
Production Occupations$33,6407,300
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$63,3806,100
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$28,3505,910
Management Occupations$99,8705,750
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$39,7604,610
Customer Service Representatives$29,7703,720
Healthcare Support Occupations$26,1403,540
Construction and Extraction Occupations$37,5003,490
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$81,8003,330
Protective Service Occupations$36,9103,180
Registered Nurses$59,6002,630
Office Clerks, General$28,4302,190
General and Operations Managers$92,8402,020
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,8301,690
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$34,2801,500
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$49,3901,230
Community and Social Service Occupations$40,9901,200
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$26,3101,090
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$66,4101,070
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$36,0201,070
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$35,6901,070
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$40,410950
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$66,020940
Security Guards$27,930890
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$53,060860
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$41,750850
Accountants and Auditors$71,800840
Medical Assistants$27,740820
Software Developers, Applications$100,280780
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$39,260750
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$52,670750
Construction Laborers$29,290720
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$38,520720
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$59,790640
Computer Systems Analysts$79,350630
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$36,560620
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$27,170610
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$34,470610
Computer User Support Specialists$55,300590
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers$33,910560
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators$41,640540
Legal Occupations$92,690540
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$26,960540
Tellers$29,500520
Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers$30,430500

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