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Columbus, Ohio: Fastest Growing Careers and Economy Overview

If you are interested in getting started in or switching to a career with good job growth in Columbus, Ohio, this article is a good starting point. Read on to find brief facts about Columbus, its top employers and job projections for the area.

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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.

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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.
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  • 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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