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Columbus Employment

Employment and Industries in the Columbus, Ohio Area

Columbus's diversified economy primarily consists of government, trade, banking, insurance, research, data processing, manufacturing telecommunications, education and healthcare. The city is home to more than 70 insurance companies. The city is among the major insurance centers in the nation. Large financial intuitions also significantly contribute to the economy.

Columbus is the corporate headquarters for nationwide companies including Banc One Corporation, Nationwide Insurance, American Electric Power, The Limited, Inc., Consolidated Stores Corporation, Wendy's International, Borden Inc and Ashland Chemicals.

Although manufacturing has declined in Columbus it still contributes to the economy. The primary manufacturing industries are fabricated metal, machinery, food processing, auto parts, telephone components, appliances, coated fabrics and glass.

Due to Columbus being the capital of Ohio, the state of Ohio is the largest employer in the city. The Ohio State University is the second largest employer. The U.S. Government is the city's third largest job provider. The U.S. Government operates the Defense Supply Center that ships a vast number of items on a daily basis to military facilities located all over the world.

The largest job providers in Columbus:

  • State of Ohio
  • The Ohio State University
  • The U.S. Government
  • Limited Brands
  • Banc One Corporation
  • Ohio Health
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Safelite Solutions, Inc
  • Chase Manhattan Mortgage Company
  • Defense Finance & Accounting Service
  • Abbot Laboratories
  • MWH Americas, Inc
  • Mount Carmel Health System Foundation
  • Ohio Power Company
  • Sterling Commerce
  • Expesite
  • American Electric Power
  • National City Bank
  • Citigroup
  • Columbus Steel Castings
  • Hexion Specialty Chemicals
  • Ashland Inc

Noteworthy details regarding Columbus, Ohio: In 2007 the estimated median household income in the city was $42,000. Regarding the adult population, 29% have a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2008 the cost of living index in Columbus was at 82.1 (national average: 100).

Columbus's significant nonagricultural job providing sectors:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Government
  • Professional and business services
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Finance

Helpful associations providing assistance to local companies include:

People interested in what is taking place in the Columbus business community may want to read the daily newspaper the Columbus Dispatch.

Jobs in Columbus

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 1023480 $48850 $23.48 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 172430 $36670 $17.63 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 94560 $23280 $11.19 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 92800 $40270 $19.36 10.15
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 80500 $32500 $15.62 6.45
6 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 66650 $68920 $33.13 5.05
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 63750 $79360 $38.15 5.75
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 59730 $55210 $26.54 6.15
9 Production Occupations 56910 $39190 $18.84 5.85
10 Management Occupations 49840 $113050 $54.35 6.05
11 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 43420 $88700 $42.65 2.8
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 37690 $45820 $22.03 3.8
13 Healthcare Support Occupations 37140 $27610 $13.27 3.05
14 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 31960 $20030 $9.63 2.15
15 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 31180 $28190 $13.56 3.7
16 Construction and Extraction Occupations 29120 $46480 $22.35 4.4
17 Retail Salespersons 28820 $25790 $12.4 3.1
18 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26920 $26830 $12.9 1.6
19 Customer Service Representatives 26810 $33370 $16.04 1.75
20 Personal Care and Service Occupations 24640 $25270 $12.15 4.1
21 Registered Nurses 23210 $64400 $30.96 1.9
22 Protective Service Occupations 22350 $47710 $22.94 2.25
23 Cashiers 21130 $20860 $10.03 2.25
24 Waiters and Waitresses 19460 $23290 $11.2 1.6
25 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 18180 $75330 $36.22 1.65
26 Office Clerks, General 17040 $33600 $16.15 2
27 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 16170 $26890 $12.93 1.2
28 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 15860 $27530 $13.23 1.6
29 Home Health Aides 15720 $21980 $10.57 0.7
30 Community and Social Service Occupations 13690 $44390 $21.34 1.65
31 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 13510 $50140 $24.11 1.7
32 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 12640 $40570 $19.5 1.1
33 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 12310 $35940 $17.28 1.6
34 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 12270 $48360 $23.25 1.2
35 General and Operations Managers 12040 $117610 $56.54 1.4
36 Software Developers, Applications 11860 $105930 $50.93 0.5
37 Packers and Packagers, Hand 11530 $23560 $11.33 0.45
38 Accountants and Auditors 10630 $71950 $34.59 0.9
39 Computer Systems Analysts 9770 $92040 $44.25 0.4
40 Nursing Assistants 9640 $25590 $12.31 1.05
41 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 9470 $39400 $18.94 0.9
42 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 9340 $56490 $27.16 1
43 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 9270 $68180 $32.78 0.7
44 Medical Secretaries 8180 $33850 $16.27 0.4
45 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 7740 $60130 $28.91 0.9
46 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 7610 $68550 $32.96 1
47 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 7600 $27850 $13.39 0.8
48 Cooks, Restaurant 7410 $25960 $12.48 0.75
49 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 7240 $42190 $20.28 1
50 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 7140 $36850 $17.72 0.6
51 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 7040 $67480 $32.44 0.6
52 Legal Occupations 6770 $89850 $43.2 0.8
53 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 6630 $31070 $14.94 0.4
54 Team Assemblers 6540 $40090 $19.27 0.75
55 Security Guards 6430 $30250 $14.54 0.7
56 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 6420 $35170 $16.91 0.6
57 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 6110 $55460 $26.66 0.5
58 Construction Laborers 6090 $39080 $18.79 0.8
59 Substitute Teachers 5680 $29490 $14.18 0
60 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 5610 $41830 $20.11 0.5
61 Personal Care Aides 5330 $24150 $11.61 1.3
62 Billing and Posting Clerks 5260 $36920 $17.75 0.35
63 Management Analysts 5100 $79670 $38.3 0.5
64 Human Resources Specialists 4930 $61840 $29.73 0.3
65 Food Preparation Workers 4900 $22120 $10.63 0.6
66 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 4870 $21720 $10.44 1
67 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 4860 $68580 $32.97 0.35
68 Financial Managers 4810 $133110 $64 0.4
69 Receptionists and Information Clerks 4750 $26880 $12.93 0.7
70 Childcare Workers 4730 $21290 $10.24 0.8
71 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 4710 $40610 $19.53 0.2
72 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 4690 $67880 $32.63 0.45
73 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 4640 $41260 $19.84 0.3
74 Mechanical Engineers 4550 $83300 $40.05 0.2
75 Bill and Account Collectors 4230 $33770 $16.24 0.2
76 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 4230 $31990 $15.38 0.2
77 Electricians 4220 $45890 $22.06 0.4
78 Computer User Support Specialists 4210 $50450 $24.26 0.4
79 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 4140 $31990 $15.38 0.35
80 Driver/Sales Workers 4010 $23230 $11.17 0.3
81 Medical Assistants 3960 $32800 $15.77 0.45
82 Bartenders 3880 $22900 $11.01 0.4
83 Computer and Information Systems Managers 3720 $148050 $71.18 0.25
84 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 3720 $40850 $19.64 0.5
85 Lawyers 3690 $117610 $56.54 0.5
86 Firefighters 3680 $53690 $25.81 0.2
87 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 3580 $92100 $44.28 0.2
88 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 3490 $58740 $28.24 0.4
89 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 3420 $79190 $38.07 0.3
90 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 3260 $62960 $30.27 0.3
91 Medical and Health Services Managers 3200 $102480 $49.27 0.2
92 Insurance Sales Agents 3170 $66110 $31.78 0.3
93 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 3150 $52400 $25.19 0.2
94 Tellers 3110 $25680 $12.35 0.3
95 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 3100 $20790 $9.99 0.25
96 Social and Human Service Assistants 3070 $34010 $16.35 0.3
97 Recreation Workers 3050 $24930 $11.99 0.3
98 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 3010 $24670 $11.86 0.3
99 Loan Officers 2980 $67450 $32.43 0.2
100 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators 2980 $67920 $32.65 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 48,850 1,023,480
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,670 172,430
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 23,280 94,560
Sales and Related Occupations 40,270 92,800
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,500 80,500
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 68,920 66,650
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 79,360 63,750
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,210 59,730
Production Occupations 39,190 56,910
Management Occupations 113,050 49,840
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 88,700 43,420
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,820 37,690
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,610 37,140
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 20,030 31,960
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,190 31,180
Construction and Extraction Occupations 46,480 29,120
Retail Salespersons 25,790 28,820
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,830 26,920
Customer Service Representatives 33,370 26,810
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,270 24,640
Registered Nurses 64,400 23,210
Protective Service Occupations 47,710 22,350
Cashiers 20,860 21,130
Waiters and Waitresses 23,290 19,460
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 75,330 18,180
Office Clerks, General 33,600 17,040
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,890 16,170
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,530 15,860
Home Health Aides 21,980 15,720
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,390 13,690
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 50,140 13,510
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,570 12,640
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,940 12,310
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 48,360 12,270
General and Operations Managers 117,610 12,040
Software Developers, Applications 105,930 11,860
Packers and Packagers, Hand 23,560 11,530
Accountants and Auditors 71,950 10,630
Computer Systems Analysts 92,040 9,770
Nursing Assistants 25,590 9,640
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,400 9,470
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,490 9,340
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 68,180 9,270
Medical Secretaries 33,850 8,180
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 60,130 7,740
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 68,550 7,610
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,850 7,600
Cooks, Restaurant 25,960 7,410
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,190 7,240
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 36,850 7,140

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 48,850 1,023,480
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 36,670 172,430
Sales and Related Occupations 40,270 92,800
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,500 80,500
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 68,920 66,650
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 79,360 63,750
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,210 59,730
Production Occupations 39,190 56,910
Management Occupations 113,050 49,840
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 88,700 43,420
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 45,820 37,690
Healthcare Support Occupations 27,610 37,140
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 28,190 31,180
Construction and Extraction Occupations 46,480 29,120
Retail Salespersons 25,790 28,820
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 26,830 26,920
Customer Service Representatives 33,370 26,810
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,270 24,640
Registered Nurses 64,400 23,210
Protective Service Occupations 47,710 22,350
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 75,330 18,180
Office Clerks, General 33,600 17,040
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,890 16,170
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 27,530 15,860
Community and Social Service Occupations 44,390 13,690
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 50,140 13,510
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,570 12,640
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 35,940 12,310
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 48,360 12,270
General and Operations Managers 117,610 12,040
Software Developers, Applications 105,930 11,860
Accountants and Auditors 71,950 10,630
Computer Systems Analysts 92,040 9,770
Nursing Assistants 25,590 9,640
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 39,400 9,470
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 56,490 9,340
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 68,180 9,270
Medical Secretaries 33,850 8,180
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 60,130 7,740
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 68,550 7,610
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 27,850 7,600
Cooks, Restaurant 25,960 7,410
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,190 7,240
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 36,850 7,140
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 67,480 7,040
Legal Occupations 89,850 6,770
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 31,070 6,630
Team Assemblers 40,090 6,540
Security Guards 30,250 6,430
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 35,170 6,420

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