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Durham Employment

Employment and Industries in the Durham, North Carolina Area

Durham's economy is based on health and medical related sectors and high-technology industries including telecommunications, biopharmaceutical, electronics and computers. Other important industries include chemicals, textiles and plastics. Duke University & Medical Center is the Durham region's largest employer. Some of the major job providing companies are IBM, Nortel and Glaxo Smith Kline.

Durham is part of the world renowned Research Triangle Park. The park includes a vast number of workers and more than 130 companies. Over 20 other industrial, research and office parks surround the park. In addition, A large number of the workers in Durham are employed in a health or medical related sector. Corporate administration also provides numerous jobs.

Accolades for Durham: Forbes ranked Durham as the 3rd best place for business & careers. NewGeography.com named Durham MSA as the #11 best medium sized MSA for Business & Growth. Durham placed in the top 10 in metros for scientists & engineers by Expansion Management Magazine. The city was placed in the list of 5 star knowledge worker metros by Expansion Management Magazine.

Details about Durham, North Carolina: In 2007 the estimated median household income was $46,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 86.1 (nation's average: 100). In Durham 42% of the population 25 years of age and older have acquired a bachelor's degree or better.

Largest employers in the Durham region:

  • Duke University & Medical Center
  • IBM
  • Durham Public Schools
  • Glaxo Smith Kline
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Nortel Networks
  • Durham City Government
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Lenovo Group, LTD
  • Fidelity Investments
  • RTI International Inc
  • Durham County Government
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Cree, Inc
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • AW North Carolina, Inc
  • Sterling Healthcare
  • Quintiles Transnational Corp

The top employment sectors in Durham:

  • Healthcare
  • Educational services
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Computer and electronic products
  • Construction

Durham companies have opportunities to collaborate with helpful associations such as:

The Durham Herald-Sun is a good resource for people interested in reading about local business and industry news.

Jobs in Durham

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 292800 $57850 $27.81 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 39640 $38140 $18.34 14.8
3 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 29230 $77730 $37.37 6.15
4 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 29160 $72610 $34.91 5.75
5 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 24910 $22950 $11.03 8.3
6 Sales and Related Occupations 22520 $41790 $20.09 10.15
7 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 20420 $75170 $36.14 5.05
8 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 17370 $89470 $43.01 2.8
9 Management Occupations 16920 $136620 $65.68 6.05
10 Production Occupations 13300 $39260 $18.88 5.85
11 Registered Nurses 13070 $66550 $32 1.9
12 Healthcare Support Occupations 11080 $27680 $13.31 3.05
13 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 10770 $30570 $14.7 6.45
14 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 8740 $80030 $38.48 0.9
15 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 8550 $19390 $9.32 2.15
16 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 8200 $46070 $22.15 3.8
17 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 7590 $25450 $12.23 3.7
18 Retail Salespersons 6850 $27610 $13.28 3.1
19 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 6180 $38600 $18.56 1.6
20 Construction and Extraction Occupations 5980 $39900 $19.18 4.4
21 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 5950 $81700 $39.28 1.65
22 Personal Care and Service Occupations 5830 $28040 $13.48 4.1
23 Customer Service Representatives 5790 $36640 $17.61 1.75
24 Cashiers 5650 $21220 $10.2 2.25
25 Protective Service Occupations 5040 $39770 $19.12 2.25
26 Waiters and Waitresses 4920 $22570 $10.85 1.6
27 Office Clerks, General 4890 $33330 $16.02 2
28 Nursing Assistants 4870 $25570 $12.29 1.05
29 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 4580 $77750 $37.38 0.7
30 Community and Social Service Occupations 4410 $47180 $22.68 1.65
31 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 4070 $56800 $27.31 1.7
32 General and Operations Managers 4040 $148680 $71.48 1.4
33 Software Developers, Applications 3880 $99900 $48.03 0.5
34 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 3300 $23860 $11.47 1.6
35 Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other 3180 $61040 $29.35 0.1
36 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 2770 $26320 $12.66 1.6
37 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 2650 $41730 $20.06 1.1
38 Accountants and Auditors 2630 $79170 $38.06 0.9
39 Cooks, Restaurant 2520 $22970 $11.05 0.75
40 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 2510 $26050 $12.53 1.2
41 Computer User Support Specialists 2490 $55470 $26.67 0.4
42 Home Health Aides 2430 $20910 $10.05 0.7
43 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 2310 $41400 $19.9 0.9
44 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 2290 $115080 $55.33 0.2
45 Computer Systems Analysts 2290 $89750 $43.15 0.4
46 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2270 $21500 $10.34 1
47 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 2220 $34420 $16.55 0.6
48 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 2200 $46460 $22.34 1
49 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 2120 $59370 $28.54 1
50 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 2010 $55090 $26.49 0.5
51 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1920 $28950 $13.92 0.7
52 Security Guards 1840 $31320 $15.06 0.7
53 Management Analysts 1830 $92500 $44.47 0.5
54 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 1790 $108780 $52.3 0.1
55 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1780 $64940 $31.22 1
56 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1740 $73760 $35.46 0.6
57 Software Developers, Systems Software 1720 $108010 $51.93 0.3
58 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 1560 $69590 $33.46 0.35
59 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1490 $29230 $14.05 0.8
60 Managers, All Other 1470 $135570 $65.18 0.65
61 Substitute Teachers 1430 $23380 $11.24 0
62 Legal Occupations 1380 $98170 $47.2 0.8
63 Food Preparation Workers 1370 $23540 $11.32 0.6
64 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 1350 $91500 $43.99 0.3
65 Computer and Information Systems Managers 1340 $144020 $69.24 0.25
66 Human Resources Specialists 1330 $66590 $32.01 0.3
67 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 1280 $57610 $27.7 0.1
68 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1240 $40180 $19.32 1.2
69 Computer Programmers 1240 $93340 $44.88 0.2
70 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1210 $41460 $19.93 0.5
71 Pharmacy Technicians 1180 $31360 $15.08 0.25
72 Childcare Workers 1180 $22750 $10.94 0.8
73 Medical and Health Services Managers 1170 $119240 $57.32 0.2
74 Natural Sciences Managers 1160 $160320 $77.08 0
75 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1140 $49180 $23.65 0.45
76 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 1140 $66050 $31.76 0.4
77 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1130 $37740 $18.14 0.6
78 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 1110 $30770 $14.8 0.4
79 Compliance Officers 1100 $76150 $36.61 0.2
80 Financial Managers 1070 $138730 $66.7 0.4
81 Chemists 1060 $83890 $40.33 0.1
82 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1040 $21810 $10.49 0.45
83 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 1030 $55270 $26.57 0.4
84 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 1010 $51040 $24.54 0.3
85 Driver/Sales Workers 1000 $23480 $11.29 0.3
86 Medical Assistants 980 $31800 $15.29 0.45
87 Pharmacists 930 $122790 $59.03 0.2
88 Lawyers 920 $121100 $58.22 0.5
89 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 900 $48630 $23.38 0.2
90 Financial Analysts 890 $80150 $38.53 0.2
91 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 870 $69380 $33.36 0.2
92 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 860 $46040 $22.13 0.5
93 Dishwashers 860 $20760 $9.98 0.3
94 Electricians 860 $43310 $20.82 0.4
95 Financial Specialists, All Other 860 $65170 $31.33 0.1
96 Nurse Practitioners 850 $116930 $56.22 0.1
97 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 850 $30540 $14.68 0.3
98 Social Science Research Assistants 830 $41090 $19.75 0
99 Computer Occupations, All Other 830 $96970 $46.62 0.2
100 Public Relations Specialists 820 $64580 $31.05 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Durham Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 57,850 292,800
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 38,140 39,640
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 77,730 29,230
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 72,610 29,160
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22,950 24,910
Sales and Related Occupations 41,790 22,520
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 75,170 20,420
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 89,470 17,370
Management Occupations 136,620 16,920
Production Occupations 39,260 13,300
Registered Nurses 66,550 13,070
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,680 11,080
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,570 10,770
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 80,030 8,740
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,390 8,550
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,070 8,200
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,450 7,590
Retail Salespersons 27,610 6,850
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,600 6,180
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,900 5,980
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 81,700 5,950
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,040 5,830
Customer Service Representatives 36,640 5,790
Cashiers 21,220 5,650
Protective Service Occupations 39,770 5,040
Waiters and Waitresses 22,570 4,920
Office Clerks, General 33,330 4,890
Nursing Assistants 25,570 4,870
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 77,750 4,580
Community and Social Service Occupations 47,180 4,410
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 56,800 4,070
General and Operations Managers 148,680 4,040
Software Developers, Applications 99,900 3,880
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 23,860 3,300
Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other 61,040 3,180
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,320 2,770
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 41,730 2,650
Accountants and Auditors 79,170 2,630
Cooks, Restaurant 22,970 2,520
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,050 2,510
Computer User Support Specialists 55,470 2,490
Home Health Aides 20,910 2,430
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 41,400 2,310
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 115,080 2,290
Computer Systems Analysts 89,750 2,290
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 21,500 2,270
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,420 2,220
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 46,460 2,200
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 59,370 2,120
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 55,090 2,010

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Durham, North Carolina Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 57,850 292,800
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 38,140 39,640
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 77,730 29,230
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 72,610 29,160
Sales and Related Occupations 41,790 22,520
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 75,170 20,420
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 89,470 17,370
Management Occupations 136,620 16,920
Production Occupations 39,260 13,300
Registered Nurses 66,550 13,070
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,680 11,080
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,570 10,770
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 80,030 8,740
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,070 8,200
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,450 7,590
Retail Salespersons 27,610 6,850
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 38,600 6,180
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,900 5,980
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 81,700 5,950
Personal Care and Service Occupations 28,040 5,830
Customer Service Representatives 36,640 5,790
Protective Service Occupations 39,770 5,040
Office Clerks, General 33,330 4,890
Nursing Assistants 25,570 4,870
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 77,750 4,580
Community and Social Service Occupations 47,180 4,410
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 56,800 4,070
General and Operations Managers 148,680 4,040
Software Developers, Applications 99,900 3,880
Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other 61,040 3,180
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,320 2,770
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 41,730 2,650
Accountants and Auditors 79,170 2,630
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,050 2,510
Computer User Support Specialists 55,470 2,490
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 41,400 2,310
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 115,080 2,290
Computer Systems Analysts 89,750 2,290
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 34,420 2,220
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 46,460 2,200
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 59,370 2,120
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 55,090 2,010
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,950 1,920
Security Guards 31,320 1,840
Management Analysts 92,500 1,830
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 108,780 1,790
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 64,940 1,780
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 73,760 1,740
Software Developers, Systems Software 108,010 1,720
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 69,590 1,560

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