Top Growing Career Opportunities in Cincinnati

This article should be of interest to eager job seekers who are considering relocating to Cincinnati, Ohio, or area natives who want to change careers. You'll find information about the city of Cincinnati itself, the area's major employers and job projections for the future.


Cincinnati, county seat of Hamilton County, is located along the Ohio River and has nine companies on the Fortune 500 list, along with two Fortune 100 companies. Forbes has rated Cincinnati as the 5th most affordable metropolitan area in the United States. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the city proper had a population of 296,943 in 2017-2018.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) noted that the Cincinnati-Middletown region (which includes parts of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana) had an unemployment rate of 3.7% in March 2018. The region had an average hourly wage of $23.50 for all occupations as of May 2017. The BLS also reported an employment of approximately 220,000 individuals in trade, transportation, and utilities, while the professional and business services had an employment of 165,800 people, as of April 2018.

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  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Top Employers

According to the website for the City of Blue Ash, which is part of the Greater Cincinnati region, the following companies were the top employers in the region as of March 2017. Additionally, some of the region's 400 foreign-owned firms include Siemens, Mitsubishi Electric, Kao Brands and Sogeti.

  • Kroger Co.
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Proctor & Gamble Co.
  • TriHealth, Inc.
  • UC Health
  • GE Transportation
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare
  • Fifth Third Bank

Fastest-Growing Occupations

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the following are projected to be among the fastest-growing jobs in the Cincinnati-Middletown MSA from 2014-2024. The data takes into consideration the percent change in jobs over the decade. For the following jobs, each is projected to experience at least 22% growth:

  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Home Health Aides
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Message Therapists
  • Web Developers
  • Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
  • Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

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