Top Careers in Springfield, Missouri

May 15, 2018

Whether you're a current resident or you're considering relocating to the area, Springfield, Missouri, offers many fast-growing careers. Read below to learn about Springfield itself, as well as both its current and projected job situations.

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Facts About Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, the third largest city in Missouri, is the county seat of Greene County. It is located in the Southwestern portion of Missouri, or Ozark region, known as the Springfield Plateau. As of December 2017, Springfield had a population of over 159,000 and an unemployment rate of 2.8%, which is over 1% lower than the national average.

The average hourly wage for the area was $18.98 in 2017, with an average household income of $55,604. While these numbers are below national averages, Springfield also has a 15% lower cost of living than the national average. Overall, Springfield offers promising opportunities for those hoping to find a job and grow in their career.

Top Employers in Springfield, Missouri

Over the past few years, both small businesses and larger corporations have grown and created more jobs in the area. According to the Springfield Business Development Corporation, the following businesses were the top 10 employers in Springfield, Missouri MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) in 2017:

  • CoxHealth Systems
  • Mercy Hospital Springfield
  • Springfield Public Schools
  • Walmart & Sam's Club
  • Missouri State University
  • United States Government
  • Bass Pro Shops | Tracker Marine
  • State of Missouri
  • Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts (HQ)

Largest Occupations in Springfield, Missouri

Employees in Springfield occupy a wide array of careers, with most people fulfilling service roles in areas like healthcare, food preparation, and construction. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2016, the following were the top 10 largest occupations in Springfield in order:

  • Office and Administrative Support
  • Food Preparation and Serving-Related Workers
  • Sales
  • Healthcare Practitioners
  • Business and Financial Operations
  • Education, Training, and Library Staff
  • Transportation and Material Movers
  • Construction and Extraction
  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  • Healthcare Support

Top Openings

Research predicts there will be 30,000 total job openings in the region from 2014-2024, mostly in the areas of office and administrative support as well as education, training, and library occupations. According to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC), the following are projected to be the top 10 occupations with the most openings during this 10-year period in the Southwest Region, which includes Springfield.

  • Retail Salespersons
  • Cashiers
  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Waiters and Waitresses
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
  • Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers
  • General and Operations Managers
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