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Kalamazoo Employment

Employment and Industries in the Kalamazoo, Michigan Area

Kalamazoo has a diversified economy which includes the production of items such as automotive testing equipment and hydraulic systems, pharmaceutical and medical products, machinery, metal products, guitars, paper products and cereals. In addition, financial services are an integral part of the economy. Western Michigan University is a major employer and is also a significant economic factor in the area.

Kalamazoo is home to Eaton Corporation's North American truck component headquarters. Checker Motors is also based in Kalamazoo. Pfizer has offices, manufacturing facilities and research labs in the city.

Kalamazoo includes a diverse workforce. The are's colleges help job seekers through training and placement programs in collaboration with local companies. Significant job providing sectors include trade, transportation and utilities; healthcare, education, manufacturing, government, professional and business services; leisure and hospitality and biotechnology.

Western Michigan University's Business Technology and Research Park includes the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center. The university attracts information technology, advanced engineering and life sciences companies to the area.

Noteworthy information about Kalamazoo Michigan: The estimated median household income in 2007 was $30,000. In 2008 the cost of living index in Kalamazoo was at 83.9. The nation's average is 100. Regarding the adult population, 32.7% have achieved a bachelor's degree or better.

Kalamazoo's leading job providers are:

  • Western Michigan University - Education
  • Borgess Medical Center - Healthcare
  • Pfizer - Pharmaceuticals, chemicals and urethanes
  • Bronson Methodist Hospital - Healthcare
  • Stryker Medical Technology - Surgical and hospital equipment
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools - Education
  • National City Bank - Banking & financial services
  • Summit Polymers Inc - Injection molded thermo-plastics
  • Meijer, Inc - Retail goods and household products
  • Portage Public Schools - Education
  • County of Kalamazoo - Government
  • City of Kalamazoo - Government
  • Kalamazoo Valley Comm. College - Education
  • United States Postal Service - Government
  • State Farm Insurance Claims - Insurance
  • Target Distribution - Distribution Consultant
  • Eaton Corporation - Automotive parts distributor
  • Walmart - Retail goods and household products
  • Flowserve Corp - Fluid sealing systems
  • Graphic Packaging - Recycled paperboard/folding cartons

Some of the organizations providing assistance to local companies are:

People interested in staying up-to-date with local business activities can read the local newspaper the Kalamazoo Gazette.

Jobs in Kalamazoo

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 136650 $44600 $21.44 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 20180 $34680 $16.67 14.8
3 Production Occupations 14370 $36160 $17.39 5.85
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 14000 $21940 $10.55 8.3
5 Sales and Related Occupations 13810 $36140 $17.38 10.15
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 9680 $76770 $36.91 5.75
7 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 9000 $49790 $23.94 6.15
8 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 8610 $33780 $16.24 6.45
9 Management Occupations 6330 $102760 $49.41 6.05
10 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 5550 $19610 $9.43 2.15
11 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 5360 $62750 $30.17 5.05
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 4920 $45740 $21.99 3.8
13 Healthcare Support Occupations 4870 $29590 $14.23 3.05
14 Retail Salespersons 4760 $25400 $12.21 3.1
15 Construction and Extraction Occupations 4640 $49030 $23.57 4.4
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 4060 $26880 $12.92 3.7
17 Team Assemblers 3650 $32660 $15.7 0.75
18 Registered Nurses 3550 $64670 $31.09 1.9
19 Personal Care and Service Occupations 3490 $25030 $12.04 4.1
20 Cashiers 3420 $21240 $10.21 2.25
21 Office Clerks, General 3270 $33870 $16.28 2
22 Customer Service Representatives 3120 $32050 $15.41 1.75
23 Waiters and Waitresses 2580 $22780 $10.95 1.6
24 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2510 $71900 $34.57 1.65
25 Community and Social Service Occupations 2240 $44150 $21.22 1.65
26 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 2190 $64740 $31.12 2.8
27 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 2090 $57410 $27.6 1
28 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2050 $27340 $13.15 1.6
29 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 2040 $30620 $14.72 1.6
30 Protective Service Occupations 2030 $43580 $20.95 2.25
31 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1920 $81560 $39.21 0.9
32 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1840 $24350 $11.71 1.2
33 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1750 $33190 $15.96 1.6
34 General and Operations Managers 1670 $111320 $53.52 1.4
35 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1560 $45570 $21.91 1.7
36 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1480 $39390 $18.94 0.9
37 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 1480 $37250 $17.91 1.1
38 Home Health Aides 1420 $21760 $10.46 0.7
39 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1370 $41770 $20.08 1.2
40 Nursing Assistants 1260 $28410 $13.66 1.05
41 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1210 $37610 $18.08 0.6
42 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1210 $32160 $15.46 0.3
43 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 1200 $44370 $21.33 1
44 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1180 $27370 $13.16 0.45
45 Cooks, Restaurant 1110 $22970 $11.04 0.75
46 Personal Care Aides 1090 $24210 $11.64 1.3
47 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1020 $24300 $11.68 0.8
48 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 990 $54590 $26.25 1
49 Medical Secretaries 970 $31250 $15.02 0.4
50 Security Guards 970 $30840 $14.83 0.7
51 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 920 $62420 $30.01 0.4
52 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 900 $31170 $14.99 0.6
53 Receptionists and Information Clerks 870 $30240 $14.54 0.7
54 Accountants and Auditors 840 $66490 $31.97 0.9
55 Helpers--Production Workers 840 $22920 $11.02 0.3
56 Mechanical Engineers 750 $77940 $37.47 0.2
57 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 730 $36210 $17.41 0.5
58 Carpenters 720 $44660 $21.47 0.6
59 Childcare Workers 700 $20480 $9.85 0.8
60 Medical Assistants 700 $30800 $14.81 0.45
61 Legal Occupations 670 $91710 $44.09 0.8
62 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 670 $52690 $25.33 0.2
63 Food Preparation Workers 650 $24470 $11.76 0.6
64 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 650 $64850 $31.18 0.3
65 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 620 $38980 $18.74 0.1
66 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 610 $187250 $90.03 0.2
67 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 610 $24410 $11.74 1
68 Electricians 600 $49510 $23.8 0.4
69 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 600 $30280 $14.56 0.4
70 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 590 $54270 $26.09 0.7
71 Construction Laborers 590 $36130 $17.37 0.8
72 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 560 $30200 $14.52 0.25
73 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 560 $47970 $23.06 0.2
74 Psychiatric Aides 540 $43260 $20.8 0.1
75 Bartenders 530 $21980 $10.57 0.4
76 Human Resources Specialists 520 $54250 $26.08 0.3
77 Tellers 520 $27630 $13.28 0.3
78 Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 510 $36990 $17.78 0.25
79 Social and Human Service Assistants 510 $27550 $13.25 0.3
80 Dishwashers 510 $20250 $9.74 0.3
81 Machinists 500 $41730 $20.07 0.3
82 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 490 $58490 $28.12 0.45
83 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 490 $30330 $14.58 0.3
84 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 470 $45170 $21.71 0.5
85 Driver/Sales Workers 460 $21220 $10.2 0.3
86 Lawyers 440 $114230 $54.92 0.5
87 Computer User Support Specialists 440 $48300 $23.22 0.4
88 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 420 $28140 $13.53 0.3
89 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 420 $19660 $9.45 0.25
90 Counter and Rental Clerks 420 $26630 $12.8 0.3
91 Cost Estimators 420 $62590 $30.09 0.1
92 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 420 $51930 $24.97 0.35
93 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 420 $23590 $11.34 0.2
94 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 410 $51540 $24.78 0.5
95 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 410 $46520 $22.37 0.6
96 Financial Managers 400 $127030 $61.07 0.4
97 Dental Hygienists 400 $59700 $28.7 0.1
98 Computer Systems Analysts 390 $68990 $33.17 0.4
99 Billing and Posting Clerks 380 $36220 $17.41 0.35
100 Postal Service Mail Carriers 370 $50810 $24.43 0.15
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Jobs More Common Near Kalamazoo Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,600 136,650
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,680 20,180
Production Occupations 36,160 14,370
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,940 14,000
Sales and Related Occupations 36,140 13,810
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 76,770 9,680
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 49,790 9,000
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,780 8,610
Management Occupations 102,760 6,330
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,610 5,550
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,750 5,360
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,740 4,920
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,590 4,870
Retail Salespersons 25,400 4,760
Construction and Extraction Occupations 49,030 4,640
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,880 4,060
Team Assemblers 32,660 3,650
Registered Nurses 64,670 3,550
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,030 3,490
Cashiers 21,240 3,420
Office Clerks, General 33,870 3,270
Customer Service Representatives 32,050 3,120
Waiters and Waitresses 22,780 2,580
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,900 2,510
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,150 2,240
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 64,740 2,190
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 57,410 2,090
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,340 2,050
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,620 2,040
Protective Service Occupations 43,580 2,030
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 81,560 1,920
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 24,350 1,840
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,190 1,750
General and Operations Managers 111,320 1,670
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,570 1,560
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,390 1,480
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,250 1,480
Home Health Aides 21,760 1,420
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,770 1,370
Nursing Assistants 28,410 1,260
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 37,610 1,210
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 32,160 1,210
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 44,370 1,200
Packers and Packagers, Hand 27,370 1,180
Cooks, Restaurant 22,970 1,110
Personal Care Aides 24,210 1,090
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 24,300 1,020
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,590 990
Medical Secretaries 31,250 970
Security Guards 30,840 970

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Kalamazoo, Michigan Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,600 136,650
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,680 20,180
Production Occupations 36,160 14,370
Sales and Related Occupations 36,140 13,810
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 76,770 9,680
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 49,790 9,000
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 33,780 8,610
Management Occupations 102,760 6,330
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,750 5,360
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,740 4,920
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,590 4,870
Retail Salespersons 25,400 4,760
Construction and Extraction Occupations 49,030 4,640
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,880 4,060
Team Assemblers 32,660 3,650
Registered Nurses 64,670 3,550
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,030 3,490
Office Clerks, General 33,870 3,270
Customer Service Representatives 32,050 3,120
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 71,900 2,510
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,150 2,240
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 64,740 2,190
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 57,410 2,090
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,340 2,050
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 30,620 2,040
Protective Service Occupations 43,580 2,030
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 81,560 1,920
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 33,190 1,750
General and Operations Managers 111,320 1,670
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,570 1,560
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,390 1,480
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,250 1,480
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,770 1,370
Nursing Assistants 28,410 1,260
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 37,610 1,210
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 32,160 1,210
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 44,370 1,200
Packers and Packagers, Hand 27,370 1,180
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 54,590 990
Medical Secretaries 31,250 970
Security Guards 30,840 970
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 62,420 920
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 31,170 900
Receptionists and Information Clerks 30,240 870
Accountants and Auditors 66,490 840
Mechanical Engineers 77,940 750
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 36,210 730
Carpenters 44,660 720
Medical Assistants 30,800 700
Legal Occupations 91,710 670

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