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Blacksburg Employment

Employment and Industries in the Blacksburg, Virginia Area

The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also known as Virginia Tech, dominates the Blacksburg economy. The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center includes Honeywell, VTLS, Rackspace's Email and Apps Division and a facility for the National Weather Service. Moog Inc., situated nearby, is a major contractor for the Defense Department and the health care industry. Manufacturing and business services also add to the economy. In addition, the Blacksburg region is regarded as an emerging high-tech area.

The leading fields of employment in Blacksburg are educational services, accommodation and food services; professional, scientific and technical services, and healthcare. About 48% of the workforce is employed in management, professional and related occupations. Sales and office workers comprise about 19% of the labor force.

Notable information regarding Blacksburg, Virginia: Cost of living index in 2008: 97.8 (U.S. average: 100). Adult residents holding a bachelor's degree or better: 64%. The average earnings in 2009: $31,000.

The top employers in Blacksburg and the surrounding area:

  • Moog Inc
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
  • Federal-Mogul Corporation
  • Montgomery Regional Hospital, Inc
  • The Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service
  • Town of Blacksburg
  • Tetra Holding (US), Inc
  • Virginia Tech Services, Inc
  • American Healthcare, LLC

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Jobs in Blacksburg

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 69280 $42960 $20.66 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 9340 $31220 $15.01 14.8
3 Production Occupations 8740 $38130 $18.33 5.85
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 6970 $22090 $10.62 8.3
5 Sales and Related Occupations 6470 $30110 $14.48 10.15
6 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 3550 $29230 $14.05 6.45
7 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 3370 $63300 $30.43 5.75
8 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2970 $18210 $8.75 2.15
9 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2860 $39310 $18.9 3.8
10 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 2560 $69770 $33.54 5.05
11 Cashiers 2310 $19430 $9.34 2.25
12 Construction and Extraction Occupations 2270 $38050 $18.3 4.4
13 Management Occupations 2170 $106070 $50.99 6.05
14 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2050 $25340 $12.18 3.7
15 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2040 $25360 $12.19 4.1
16 Office Clerks, General 2030 $29680 $14.27 2
17 Retail Salespersons 1990 $23420 $11.26 3.1
18 Protective Service Occupations 1490 $36260 $17.43 2.25
19 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1460 $70050 $33.68 2.8
20 Community and Social Service Occupations 1290 $40590 $19.51 1.65
21 Healthcare Support Occupations 1260 $28550 $13.73 3.05
22 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1150 $72280 $34.75 1.65
23 Waiters and Waitresses 1090 $26170 $12.58 1.6
24 Registered Nurses 1070 $54450 $26.18 1.9
25 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1040 $22620 $10.87 1.2
26 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 1000 $56710 $27.27 0.9
27 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 980 $24930 $11.99 1.6
28 Customer Service Representatives 920 $26300 $12.64 1.75
29 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 820 $26540 $12.76 1.6
30 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 790 $35410 $17.03 0.9
31 Personal Care Aides 760 $17860 $8.59 1.3
32 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 760 $49960 $24.02 1.7
33 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 680 $41890 $20.14 1
34 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 670 $34010 $16.35 1.1
35 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 670 $31300 $15.05 1.6
36 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 640 $42730 $20.55 1
37 General and Operations Managers 620 $113230 $54.44 1.4
38 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers 610 $34510 $16.59 0.1
39 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 600 $27790 $13.36 0.6
40 Nursing Assistants 590 $25000 $12.02 1.05
41 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 520 $19490 $9.37 1
42 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 500 $24810 $11.93 0.8
43 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 490 $35120 $16.89 0.6
44 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 490 $37010 $17.79 1.2
45 Substitute Teachers 460 $24380 $11.72 0
46 Accountants and Auditors 460 $71500 $34.37 0.9
47 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 450 $73750 $35.46 0.7
48 Cooks, Restaurant 440 $27100 $13.03 0.75
49 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 420 $37300 $17.93 0.5
50 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 400 $46950 $22.57 0.45
51 Machinists 400 $44810 $21.54 0.3
52 Construction Laborers 390 $28620 $13.76 0.8
53 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 380 $65100 $31.3 0.4
54 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 370 $37780 $18.16 0.5
55 Receptionists and Information Clerks 370 $27250 $13.1 0.7
56 Security Guards 360 $27020 $12.99 0.7
57 Automotive Body and Related Repairers 350 $33060 $15.89 0.1
58 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 350 $32060 $15.41 0.3
59 Management Analysts 330 $108490 $52.16 0.5
60 Carpenters 330 $39790 $19.13 0.6
61 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 320 $54910 $26.4 1
62 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 320 $18660 $8.97 0.25
63 Software Developers, Applications 310 $82150 $39.5 0.5
64 Computer User Support Specialists 300 $43630 $20.98 0.4
65 Food Preparation Workers 300 $19110 $9.19 0.6
66 Counter and Rental Clerks 290 $27560 $13.25 0.3
67 Tellers 270 $29130 $14 0.3
68 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 270 $26030 $12.52 0.1
69 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 260 $39470 $18.97 0.2
70 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 250 $41430 $19.92 0.3
71 Medical Assistants 250 $28020 $13.47 0.45
72 Mental Health Counselors 240 $39190 $18.84 0.1
73 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 240 $50000 $24.04 0.4
74 Legal Occupations 230 $77070 $37.05 0.8
75 Bartenders 230 $31550 $15.17 0.4
76 Correctional Officers and Jailers 230 $35680 $17.16 0.3
77 Childcare Workers 230 $19400 $9.33 0.8
78 Training and Development Specialists 210 $51630 $24.82 0.2
79 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 210 $40350 $19.4 0.4
80 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 210 $46620 $22.41 0.2
81 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 210 $59700 $28.7 0.3
82 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 210 $49680 $23.89 0.5
83 Packers and Packagers, Hand 200 $22980 $11.05 0.45
84 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 190 $36240 $17.42 0.2
85 Electricians 190 $47300 $22.74 0.4
86 Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks 190 $18800 $9.04 0.2
87 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 180 $36150 $17.38 0.1
88 Pharmacy Technicians 180 $26310 $12.65 0.25
89 Dishwashers 180 $19200 $9.23 0.3
90 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 180 $51700 $24.85 0.6
91 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 180 $62550 $30.07 0.35
92 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 180 $49260 $23.68 0.2
93 Postal Service Mail Carriers 180 $51160 $24.59 0.15
94 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 170 $46810 $22.51 0.2
95 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 170 $33260 $15.99 0.3
96 Parts Salespersons 170 $32230 $15.5 0.2
97 Computer Systems Analysts 170 $68330 $32.85 0.4
98 Public Relations Specialists 160 $59150 $28.44 0.2
99 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 160 $62180 $29.89 0.2
100 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 160 $63260 $30.42 0.3
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Jobs More Common Near Blacksburg Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,960 69,280
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 31,220 9,340
Production Occupations 38,130 8,740
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22,090 6,970
Sales and Related Occupations 30,110 6,470
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 29,230 3,550
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 63,300 3,370
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,210 2,970
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 39,310 2,860
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 69,770 2,560
Cashiers 19,430 2,310
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,050 2,270
Management Occupations 106,070 2,170
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,340 2,050
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,360 2,040
Office Clerks, General 29,680 2,030
Retail Salespersons 23,420 1,990
Protective Service Occupations 36,260 1,490
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 70,050 1,460
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,590 1,290
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,550 1,260
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 72,280 1,150
Waiters and Waitresses 26,170 1,090
Registered Nurses 54,450 1,070
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 22,620 1,040
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 56,710 1,000
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 24,930 980
Customer Service Representatives 26,300 920
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,540 820
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,410 790
Personal Care Aides 17,860 760
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 49,960 760
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,890 680
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,010 670
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,300 670
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 42,730 640
General and Operations Managers 113,230 620
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers 34,510 610
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 27,790 600
Nursing Assistants 25,000 590
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 19,490 520
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 24,810 500
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 35,120 490
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,010 490
Substitute Teachers 24,380 460
Accountants and Auditors 71,500 460
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 73,750 450
Cooks, Restaurant 27,100 440
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 37,300 420
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 46,950 400

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Blacksburg, Virginia Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,960 69,280
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 31,220 9,340
Production Occupations 38,130 8,740
Sales and Related Occupations 30,110 6,470
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 29,230 3,550
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 63,300 3,370
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 39,310 2,860
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 69,770 2,560
Construction and Extraction Occupations 38,050 2,270
Management Occupations 106,070 2,170
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,340 2,050
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,360 2,040
Office Clerks, General 29,680 2,030
Protective Service Occupations 36,260 1,490
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 70,050 1,460
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,590 1,290
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,550 1,260
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 72,280 1,150
Waiters and Waitresses 26,170 1,090
Registered Nurses 54,450 1,070
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 56,710 1,000
Customer Service Representatives 26,300 920
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 26,540 820
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,410 790
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 49,960 760
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 41,890 680
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 34,010 670
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 31,300 670
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 42,730 640
General and Operations Managers 113,230 620
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers 34,510 610
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 27,790 600
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 35,120 490
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 37,010 490
Accountants and Auditors 71,500 460
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 73,750 450
Cooks, Restaurant 27,100 440
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 37,300 420
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 46,950 400
Machinists 44,810 400
Construction Laborers 28,620 390
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 65,100 380
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 37,780 370
Receptionists and Information Clerks 27,250 370
Security Guards 27,020 360
Automotive Body and Related Repairers 33,060 350
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 32,060 350
Management Analysts 108,490 330
Carpenters 39,790 330
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 54,910 320

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