Jacksonville, FL, Career Guide & Fastest Growing Careers

Jacksonville covers a wide area and is located in northeast Florida. The job market is blooming through 2025, especially in healthcare. Jacksonville seems well worth looking into if you're in search of good career opportunities.

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Overview of Jacksonville, FL

Land area-wise, Jacksonville is the largest city in the continental United States. Located in northeast Florida, it is also the county seat of Duval County. In 2018, WalletHub placed Jacksonville in the Top 100 cities in which to find work. In 2017, Business Insider named the city #2 on the list of 'Top 10 cities where everyone wants to live right now'.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that as of March 2018, the unemployment rate in Jacksonville is 3.6%, which places it under the national average. The average hourly wage for workers in this Florida city in 2017 was $22.00, says the BLS. Below you'll find information on the fastest-growing jobs, fastest-declining jobs and largest employers in the Jacksonville area.

Fastest-Growing Jobs

In most cases, healthcare occupations withstand any economic changes or impacts; thus, it is no surprise that many of the fastest-growing jobs in Jacksonville, FL will be in healthcare services. According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO), the following are projected to be among the fastest-growing jobs in Duval County from 2017-2025:

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Physician Assistants
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • Nurse Anesthetists
  • Medical Assistants
  • Web Developers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Operations Research Analysts

Fastest-Declining Jobs

Many jobs that can be automated will see a quick decline in the Jacksonville area; several postal service jobs will also see a decrease in demand. The FDEO projects that the following jobs will be among the fastest-declining over the 2017-2025 period:

  • Postal Service Mail Sorters and Processors
  • Postal Service Mail Carriers
  • Postal Service Clerks
  • Electronics Installers & Repairers, Motor Vehicles
  • Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service
  • Extruding & Drawing Machine Setters & Operators
  • Prepress Technicians and Workers
  • Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage
  • Mail Clerks & Mail Machine Operators, Exc. Postal Service
  • Cutting, Punching & Press Machine Operators

Largest Employers

Home to several large corporations, three of which are Fortune 500 companies, Jacksonville boasts of many 'vibrant' companies. The following is a list from tripsavvy of the largest employers in Jacksonville as of 2018:

  • Naval Air Station Jacksonville - 25,240
  • Duval County Public Schools - 14,480
  • Naval Station Mayport - 9,000
  • City of Jacksonville - 8,820
  • Baptist Health - 8,270
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch - 8,000
  • Florida Blue - 6,500
  • Mayo Clinic - 4,970
  • Citi - 4,200
  • JP Morgan Chase - 4,200
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