dcsimg

Valdosta Employment

Employment and Industries in the Valdosta, Georgia Area

Valdosta is a prominent commercial center in South Georgia. The city is also home to numerous manufacturing facilities. The primary employers are Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta State University and South Georgia Medical Center. About 27% of the workforce are employed in management, professional and related occupations.

The region produces goods such as tobacco, naval stores, especially turpentine, pine lumber and pulpwood. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs reports that Valdosta is known as the "Naval stores capital of the world," due to supplying 80% of the world demand for naval stores.

The largest employers in the Valdosta region are provided below:

  • Moody Air Force Base
  • Valdosta State University
  • South Georgia Medical Center
  • Lowndes County School System
  • Valdosta City School System
  • Lowes Home Centers Inc
  • Convergys Corporation
  • City of Valdosta
  • Roadway Express
  • Lowndes County

The major sectors for employment in Valdosta are:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Construction
  • Government
  • Professional, scientific and technical services.
  • Social services

Some of the jobs more prevalent in Valdosta than most other cities include, logging equipment operators, fiberglass laminators and fabricators; sawing machine setters, operators and tenders, wood; amusement and recreation attendants; paving, surfacing and tamping equipment operators; helpers - production workers; and helpers - electricians.

Noteworthy data regarding the city of Valdosta: Approximately 25% of the population have a bachelor's degree or better. The cost of living index in 2008 was 82.8 which is low when compared to the nation's average of 100. In 2009 the average salary in Valdosta was $24,000.

Valdosta companies have access to business organizations such as:

The Valdosta Daily Times offers current information about the business activities in Valdosta.

Jobs in Valdosta

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 52410 $36290 $17.45 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 8100 $29620 $14.24 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 6370 $30280 $14.56 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 6190 $19200 $9.23 8.3
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 5100 $29190 $14.04 6.45
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 3280 $64930 $31.21 5.75
7 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 3280 $45380 $21.82 6.15
8 Production Occupations 3000 $32090 $15.43 5.85
9 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2420 $36520 $17.56 3.8
10 Management Occupations 2320 $83760 $40.27 6.05
11 Retail Salespersons 2150 $24460 $11.76 3.1
12 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 2020 $25330 $12.18 1.6
13 Construction and Extraction Occupations 1920 $39060 $18.78 4.4
14 Personal Care and Service Occupations 1900 $21120 $10.16 4.1
15 Cashiers 1840 $20340 $9.78 2.25
16 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 1770 $18060 $8.68 2.15
17 Waiters and Waitresses 1500 $18110 $8.71 1.6
18 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 1430 $56030 $26.94 5.05
19 Protective Service Occupations 1390 $33010 $15.87 2.25
20 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 1270 $21120 $10.16 3.7
21 Office Clerks, General 1270 $25960 $12.48 2
22 Healthcare Support Occupations 1150 $26180 $12.59 3.05
23 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1100 $62900 $30.24 2.8
24 General and Operations Managers 1080 $82500 $39.66 1.4
25 Registered Nurses 1050 $56630 $27.23 1.9
26 Customer Service Representatives 980 $26540 $12.76 1.75
27 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 950 $29650 $14.25 1.6
28 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 910 $37760 $18.15 1.2
29 Personal Care Aides 770 $19840 $9.54 1.3
30 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 760 $30940 $14.88 0.9
31 Community and Social Service Occupations 750 $39840 $19.15 1.65
32 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 650 $22790 $10.96 1.2
33 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 630 $30030 $14.44 0.6
34 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 610 $25900 $12.45 0.6
35 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 580 $43820 $21.07 1
36 Food Preparation Workers 540 $19440 $9.35 0.6
37 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 530 $34200 $16.44 1
38 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 510 $71910 $34.57 1
39 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 510 $20700 $9.95 1.6
40 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 490 $33960 $16.33 1.1
41 Cooks, Restaurant 490 $20950 $10.07 0.75
42 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 490 $18140 $8.72 0.3
43 Correctional Officers and Jailers 430 $31450 $15.12 0.3
44 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 420 $28190 $13.55 0.6
45 Receptionists and Information Clerks 420 $23870 $11.47 0.7
46 Cooks, Fast Food 400 $18060 $8.68 0.3
47 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 380 $37940 $18.24 0.5
48 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 380 $30290 $14.56 0.5
49 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 370 $18110 $8.71 1
50 Billing and Posting Clerks 350 $28720 $13.81 0.35
51 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 350 $22390 $10.77 0.3
52 Construction Laborers 330 $33000 $15.86 0.8
53 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 310 $34290 $16.48 0.45
54 Medical Assistants 290 $27610 $13.27 0.45
55 Helpers--Production Workers 290 $20880 $10.04 0.3
56 Childcare Workers 280 $18730 $9.01 0.8
57 Team Assemblers 280 $24350 $11.71 0.75
58 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 270 $36430 $17.52 1.7
59 Electricians 270 $47790 $22.97 0.4
60 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 260 $21100 $10.15 0.8
61 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 260 $18060 $8.68 0.3
62 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 250 $59820 $28.76 0.4
63 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 250 $38000 $18.27 0.6
64 Pharmacy Technicians 250 $27800 $13.36 0.25
65 Medical Secretaries 240 $28360 $13.63 0.4
66 Tellers 240 $25480 $12.25 0.3
67 Legal Occupations 230 $74690 $35.91 0.8
68 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 220 $43020 $20.69 0.3
69 Amusement and Recreation Attendants 220 $19170 $9.22 0.2
70 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 210 $26300 $12.64 0.25
71 Helpers--Electricians 210 $28840 $13.86 0.05
72 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 210 $59070 $28.4 0.4
73 Accountants and Auditors 210 $63540 $30.55 0.9
74 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 210 $54810 $26.35 0.3
75 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 210 $41650 $20.02 0.3
76 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 200 $64610 $31.06 1.65
77 Dishwashers 200 $17750 $8.53 0.3
78 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 190 $57760 $27.77 0.7
79 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 190 $17180 $8.26 0.25
80 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 190 $28840 $13.87 0.2
81 Human Resources Specialists 170 $46780 $22.49 0.3
82 Carpenters 170 $38380 $18.45 0.6
83 Food Service Managers 160 $41250 $19.83 0.2
84 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 160 $35070 $16.86 0.2
85 Real Estate Sales Agents 160 $32170 $15.46 0.2
86 Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary 150 $46650 $22.43 0.1
87 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 150 $28180 $13.55 0.4
88 Counter and Rental Clerks 140 $25670 $12.34 0.3
89 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 140 $40840 $19.64 0.2
90 Social and Human Service Assistants 140 $28210 $13.56 0.3
91 Security Guards 140 $27350 $13.15 0.7
92 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 140 $41920 $20.15 0.5
93 Recreation Workers 140 $24830 $11.94 0.3
94 Postal Service Mail Carriers 130 $50240 $24.15 0.15
95 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 130 $20160 $9.69 0.4
96 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 130 $48710 $23.42 0.2
97 Pharmacists 130 $116770 $56.14 0.2
98 Loan Officers 130 $65180 $31.34 0.2
99 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood 120 $30840 $14.83 0
100 Financial Managers 120 $115920 $55.73 0.4
You are visiting:

Additional Details

Valdosta Colleges
Valdosta colleges and trade schools.

Jobs More Common Near Valdosta Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 36,290 52,410
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 29,620 8,100
Sales and Related Occupations 30,280 6,370
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 19,200 6,190
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 29,190 5,100
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 64,930 3,280
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,380 3,280
Production Occupations 32,090 3,000
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 36,520 2,420
Management Occupations 83,760 2,320
Retail Salespersons 24,460 2,150
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,330 2,020
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,060 1,920
Personal Care and Service Occupations 21,120 1,900
Cashiers 20,340 1,840
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,060 1,770
Waiters and Waitresses 18,110 1,500
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 56,030 1,430
Protective Service Occupations 33,010 1,390
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 21,120 1,270
Office Clerks, General 25,960 1,270
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,180 1,150
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 62,900 1,100
General and Operations Managers 82,500 1,080
Registered Nurses 56,630 1,050
Customer Service Representatives 26,540 980
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 29,650 950
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,760 910
Personal Care Aides 19,840 770
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 30,940 760
Community and Social Service Occupations 39,840 750
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 22,790 650
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 30,030 630
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 25,900 610
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 43,820 580
Food Preparation Workers 19,440 540
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 34,200 530
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 71,910 510
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 20,700 510
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,960 490
Cooks, Restaurant 20,950 490
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 18,140 490
Correctional Officers and Jailers 31,450 430
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 28,190 420
Receptionists and Information Clerks 23,870 420
Cooks, Fast Food 18,060 400
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 37,940 380
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 30,290 380
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 18,110 370
Billing and Posting Clerks 28,720 350

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 36,290 52,410
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 29,620 8,100
Sales and Related Occupations 30,280 6,370
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 29,190 5,100
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 64,930 3,280
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 45,380 3,280
Production Occupations 32,090 3,000
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 36,520 2,420
Management Occupations 83,760 2,320
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 25,330 2,020
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,060 1,920
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 56,030 1,430
Protective Service Occupations 33,010 1,390
Office Clerks, General 25,960 1,270
Healthcare Support Occupations 26,180 1,150
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 62,900 1,100
General and Operations Managers 82,500 1,080
Registered Nurses 56,630 1,050
Customer Service Representatives 26,540 980
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 29,650 950
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,760 910
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 30,940 760
Community and Social Service Occupations 39,840 750
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 30,030 630
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 25,900 610
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 43,820 580
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 34,200 530
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 71,910 510
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 33,960 490
Correctional Officers and Jailers 31,450 430
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 28,190 420
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 37,940 380
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 30,290 380
Billing and Posting Clerks 28,720 350
Construction Laborers 33,000 330
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 34,290 310
Medical Assistants 27,610 290
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 36,430 270
Electricians 47,790 270
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 59,820 250
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 38,000 250
Pharmacy Technicians 27,800 250
Medical Secretaries 28,360 240
Tellers 25,480 240
Legal Occupations 74,690 230
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 43,020 220
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 26,300 210
Helpers--Electricians 28,840 210
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 59,070 210
Accountants and Auditors 63,540 210

Career and College Resources on CityTownInfo

Real-World Career Reports

Career Stories from workers: daily activities, job tips, best/worst job aspects, training, etc.
Daily Career & Education News from our staff. We're an approved Google News provider!

Career References and Original Articles

Resource Center. A starting point for all CityTownInfo career and college resources.
Career Overviews of hundreds of careers: descriptions, salaries, forecasts, schools, more.
Best Careers Not Requiring Degrees: Good pay, job growth, low need for degrees.
Helpful Articles, many in "how-to" format; e.g., "How to Become a Chef".
Infographics covering employment and educational trends.

College Directories and Lists

These lists link to thousands of detailed school profiles.

Colleges by State. Nearly every college and trade school in the country.
Colleges Listed Alphabetically. About 7,000 colleges & trade schools, including online schools.
Colleges by Major City. Browse cities with multiple college options.
Online Colleges. Colleges with online degree programs.
Graduate Schools by State. Colleges offering graduate degree programs.
Graduate Schools by Major City. Find cities with multiple graduate school options.
Back to Top