Columbus, Ohio: Fastest Growing Careers and Economy Overview


Located near the exact center of Ohio in Franklin County, Columbus had a 2017-2018 population of 787,033, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that Columbus enjoyed an unemployment rate of only 3.5% in March 2018. The city had a reported $24.05 average hourly wage as of May 2017. Columbus was also reported to be No. 1 for job growth and population growth among the largest metropolitan midwestern regions in the U.S., based on data from the Census Bureau and the BLS.

Largest Employers

The Columbus Region website reports that the following are the top 10 employers in the 11-county area that makes up the region. Each of these organizations employs at least 3,000 persons, with JP Morgan Chase & Co. far exceeding that with more than 20,000 employees.

  • JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Nationwide
  • Ascena Retail Group, Inc.
  • Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.
  • L Brands, Inc.
  • Cardinal Health
  • Huntington Bancshares, Incorporated
  • Amazon
  • American Electric Power Company, Inc.
  • Alliance Data Card Services

Fastest-Growing Jobs

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services' Bureau of Labor Market Information, the following are projected to be among the fastest-growing jobs in the Columbus Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) between 2014 and 2024. These occupations will experience at least 27% growth during that time.

  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Home Health Aides
  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Massage Therapists
  • Operations Research Analysts
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