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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Located near the exact center of Ohio in Franklin County, Columbus is the largest city in the state and 15th largest in the country, with a 2016 population of 787,033, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Columbus enjoyed an unemployment rate of only 4.2% in December 2015.

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:

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

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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

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 2012 and 2022:

  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Home Health Aides
  • Medical Secretaries
  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Personal and Home Care Aides
  • Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers
  • Carpenters
  • Dental Hygienists
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