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Top Growing Career Opportunities in Columbus, Ohio

The capital of Ohio, Columbus, is a thriving city that boasts several Fortune 500 companies and a lively, active business community. According to the U.S. Census Bureau as of 2014, Columbus was the 15th most populous city in America, while the entire metro area came in at just under 2 million.

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Columbus Overview

With a labor force of over 1.04 million, Columbus boasts an unemployment rate of only 3.9%, as compared to 4.7% and 4.9% for the State of Ohio and the United States, respectively. Below, you can find information about the largest employers, fastest-growing occupations and fastest-declining occupations.

Largest Employers

According to The Columbus Region magazine, based on data provided by local economic development agencies, the following is a list of the top 10 largest private employers in the Columbus region in 2015.

  • J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
  • Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.
  • L Brands, Inc.
  • Huntington Bancshares, Inc.
  • Cardinal Health, Inc.
  • American Electric Power
  • Alliance Data Retail Systems
  • PNC Financial Services Group, Inc
  • Abercrombie & Finch Co.

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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

As reported by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJF), Columbus is located in the Central Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). According to the ODJF, the following are expected to be among the 10 fastest-growing jobs in Central Ohio from 2012-2022:

  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Home Health Aides
  • Personal and Home Care Aides
  • Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Medical Secretaries
  • Massage Therapists
  • Welding/Soldering/Brazing Machine Setters
  • Cargo and Freight Agents

Fastest Declining Jobs

Though there is no data published dealing with the fastest-declining jobs in Columbus or Central Ohio, Career InfoNet reports that the following are projected to be the top 10 fastest-declining jobs in the State of Ohio between 2012 and 2022:

  • Log Graders and Scalers
  • Postal Service Clerks
  • Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors and Processing Machine Operators
  • Data Entry Keyers
  • Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
  • Postal Service Mail Carriers
  • Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers
  • Word Processors and Typists
  • Motion Picture Projectionists
  • Utilities Meter Readers
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