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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 112170 $41950 $20.17 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 19180 $32220 $15.49 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 12220 $29500 $14.18 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 12060 $20110 $9.67 8.3
5 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 7530 $42230 $20.3 6.15
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 7410 $73310 $35.24 5.75
7 Production Occupations 6730 $34750 $16.71 5.85
8 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 5910 $76630 $36.84 5.05
9 Management Occupations 5800 $98860 $47.53 6.05
10 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 5520 $29340 $14.11 6.45
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 4900 $40470 $19.46 3.8
12 Cashiers 3990 $18710 $8.99 2.25
13 Retail Salespersons 3890 $23380 $11.24 3.1
14 Construction and Extraction Occupations 3760 $36090 $17.35 4.4
15 Customer Service Representatives 3740 $29280 $14.08 1.75
16 Healthcare Support Occupations 3610 $25540 $12.28 3.05
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 3510 $23470 $11.29 3.7
18 Protective Service Occupations 3240 $36710 $17.65 2.25
19 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 2970 $78740 $37.86 2.8
20 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2900 $18050 $8.68 2.15
21 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2890 $23700 $11.39 4.1
22 Registered Nurses 2510 $59190 $28.46 1.9
23 Office Clerks, General 2230 $27600 $13.27 2
24 Waiters and Waitresses 2060 $18550 $8.92 1.6
25 General and Operations Managers 1920 $94800 $45.58 1.4
26 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1620 $24720 $11.88 1.2
27 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1450 $32740 $15.74 1.6
28 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1420 $33080 $15.9 0.9
29 Nursing Assistants 1360 $21160 $10.17 1.05
30 Community and Social Service Occupations 1350 $40490 $19.47 1.65
31 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1340 $34970 $16.81 1.1
32 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1330 $21570 $10.37 1.6
33 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1280 $63330 $30.45 1.65
34 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1250 $36510 $17.55 1
35 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1240 $24000 $11.54 1.6
36 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1230 $50810 $24.43 1
37 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1100 $19550 $9.4 1
38 Cooks, Restaurant 1050 $20980 $10.08 0.75
39 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1030 $24670 $11.86 0.7
40 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1020 $45420 $21.84 1.7
41 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1010 $27900 $13.41 0.6
42 Substitute Teachers 910 $17420 $8.37 0
43 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 900 $22870 $10.99 0.3
44 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 900 $64800 $31.15 0.7
45 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 870 $38290 $18.41 0.5
46 Accountants and Auditors 870 $74000 $35.58 0.9
47 Security Guards 840 $25670 $12.34 0.7
48 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 800 $38220 $18.38 0.45
49 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 770 $52880 $25.42 1
50 Construction Laborers 760 $28840 $13.87 0.8
51 Medical Assistants 750 $26840 $12.9 0.45
52 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 720 $44490 $21.39 1.2
53 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 710 $29640 $14.25 0.6
54 Childcare Workers 700 $19150 $9.21 0.8
55 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 700 $53820 $25.88 0.6
56 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 640 $36940 $17.76 0.5
57 Software Developers, Applications 640 $90520 $43.52 0.5
58 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 630 $25390 $12.21 0.8
59 Tellers 600 $28360 $13.64 0.3
60 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 570 $60670 $29.17 0.9
61 Packers and Packagers, Hand 570 $22480 $10.81 0.45
62 Legal Occupations 530 $87980 $42.3 0.8
63 Correctional Officers and Jailers 520 $31450 $15.12 0.3
64 Cooks, Fast Food 520 $18590 $8.94 0.3
65 Electricians 510 $42310 $20.34 0.4
66 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 500 $36290 $17.45 0.3
67 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 480 $32150 $15.46 0.4
68 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 460 $33950 $16.32 0.25
69 Billing and Posting Clerks 440 $31710 $15.25 0.35
70 Bill and Account Collectors 430 $33580 $16.15 0.2
71 Financial Managers 430 $138770 $66.72 0.4
72 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 430 $46980 $22.59 0.5
73 Computer User Support Specialists 430 $45970 $22.1 0.4
74 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 420 $54050 $25.99 0.35
75 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 420 $25580 $12.3 0.3
76 Recreation Workers 410 $21950 $10.56 0.3
77 Human Resources Specialists 410 $55990 $26.92 0.3
78 Home Health Aides 400 $19020 $9.15 0.7
79 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 390 $61610 $29.62 0.4
80 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers 370 $33160 $15.94 0.1
81 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 360 $29600 $14.23 0.3
82 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 360 $39690 $19.08 0.3
83 Medical and Health Services Managers 360 $91230 $43.86 0.2
84 Carpenters 360 $38500 $18.51 0.6
85 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 360 $32360 $15.56 0.2
86 Counter and Rental Clerks 350 $25910 $12.46 0.3
87 Medical Secretaries 350 $28440 $13.67 0.4
88 Firefighters 350 $43380 $20.86 0.2
89 Pharmacists 340 $128260 $61.66 0.2
90 Software Developers, Systems Software 340 $98510 $47.36 0.3
91 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 330 $54940 $26.41 0.2
92 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 330 $18510 $8.9 0.2
93 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 320 $18920 $9.1 0.25
94 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 320 $56490 $27.16 0.3
95 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 310 $38460 $18.49 0.2
96 Pharmacy Technicians 300 $29670 $14.26 0.25
97 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 290 $37830 $18.19 0.3
98 Dishwashers 280 $18110 $8.71 0.3
99 Dental Assistants 280 $34850 $16.76 0.2
100 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 280 $52950 $25.46 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Columbus Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 41,950 112,170
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,220 19,180
Sales and Related Occupations 29,500 12,220
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,110 12,060
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 42,230 7,530
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 73,310 7,410
Production Occupations 34,750 6,730
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 76,630 5,910
Management Occupations 98,860 5,800
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 29,340 5,520
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 40,470 4,900
Cashiers 18,710 3,990
Retail Salespersons 23,380 3,890
Construction and Extraction Occupations 36,090 3,760
Customer Service Representatives 29,280 3,740
Healthcare Support Occupations 25,540 3,610
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 23,470 3,510
Protective Service Occupations 36,710 3,240
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 78,740 2,970
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,050 2,900
Personal Care and Service Occupations 23,700 2,890
Registered Nurses 59,190 2,510
Office Clerks, General 27,600 2,230
Waiters and Waitresses 18,550 2,060
General and Operations Managers 94,800 1,920
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 24,720 1,620
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,740 1,450
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 33,080 1,420
Nursing Assistants 21,160 1,360
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,490 1,350
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,970 1,340
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21,570 1,330
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 63,330 1,280
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 36,510 1,250
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 24,000 1,240
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,810 1,230
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 19,550 1,100
Cooks, Restaurant 20,980 1,050
Receptionists and Information Clerks 24,670 1,030
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,420 1,020
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 27,900 1,010
Substitute Teachers 17,420 910
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 22,870 900
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 64,800 900
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 38,290 870
Accountants and Auditors 74,000 870
Security Guards 25,670 840
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 38,220 800
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 52,880 770
Construction Laborers 28,840 760

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 41,950 112,170
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,220 19,180
Sales and Related Occupations 29,500 12,220
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 42,230 7,530
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 73,310 7,410
Production Occupations 34,750 6,730
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 76,630 5,910
Management Occupations 98,860 5,800
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 29,340 5,520
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 40,470 4,900
Construction and Extraction Occupations 36,090 3,760
Customer Service Representatives 29,280 3,740
Healthcare Support Occupations 25,540 3,610
Protective Service Occupations 36,710 3,240
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 78,740 2,970
Registered Nurses 59,190 2,510
Office Clerks, General 27,600 2,230
General and Operations Managers 94,800 1,920
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,740 1,450
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 33,080 1,420
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,490 1,350
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,970 1,340
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 63,330 1,280
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 36,510 1,250
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,810 1,230
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,420 1,020
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 27,900 1,010
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 64,800 900
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 38,290 870
Accountants and Auditors 74,000 870
Security Guards 25,670 840
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 38,220 800
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 52,880 770
Construction Laborers 28,840 760
Medical Assistants 26,840 750
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 44,490 720
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 29,640 710
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 53,820 700
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 36,940 640
Software Developers, Applications 90,520 640
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,390 630
Tellers 28,360 600
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 60,670 570
Legal Occupations 87,980 530
Correctional Officers and Jailers 31,450 520
Electricians 42,310 510
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 36,290 500
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 32,150 480
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 33,950 460
Billing and Posting Clerks 31,710 440

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