Fastest Growing Jobs in Ohio

Updated on November 10, 2017
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Lower Falls, Old Man's Cave Gorge, Hocking Hills, Ohio
Lower Falls, Old Man's Cave Gorge, Hocking Hills, Ohio | Source

Top 15 Largest Ohio Employers

The following largest employers maintain between 12,000 - 50,000 individuals in any given pay period from 2016 - 2018, with regular job openings and new job creations. This information is accumulated regularly by the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Office of the Secretary of State.

We see that this list contains two universities, two major hospitals, two sectors of government, two aerospace and aviation employers, and two private manufacturing corporations.

  1. Cleveland Clinic
  2. Wal-Mart Stores
  3. Kroger Company
  4. Ohio State University & University Hospitals
  5. Mercy Health System
  6. Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton and Fairborn
  7. State of Ohio Dept. of Corrections in Columbus
  8. JP Morgan Chase
  9. Giant Eagle Stores
  10. Ohio Health: Hospitals and Clinics
  11. General Electric: Consumer goods and government contractor projects that include aerospace.
  12. Children's Hospital of Cincinnati
  13. Honda of America Manufacturing in Marysville. Quite often since 1995, Honda has bused employees from and to Columbus, Ohio daily to fill job slots. Large bonuses are paid for good attendance on the job.
  14. University of Cincinnati
  15. Nationwide Insurance Enterprise, HQ in Columbus

Aside from these job leaders, Ohio supports over 1,200 aerospace industry related companies, with several additional related businesses set to open from 2016 - 2020. The $490Billion drone industry is pressing the Ohio Space Corridor for additional courses and certificates in flight technologies.

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WPAFB - Museum expanded by over 25% in 2016 | Source
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Amish Country - Largest Amish community in the world. | Source
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Rock and Roll Hall of fame | Source
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Companies Hiring the Most New Workers

Over 120,000 jobs are available in February 2017, increasing to 126,000 in November 2018, with a low unemployment rate statewide of only 5.0%. and, search engines that when combined crawl all Internet-posted jobs for Ohio, list these top hiring companies:

  1. Domino's Pizza
  2. Dollar General, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree
  3. Mercy Health
  4. Marco's Pizza, Pizza Hut
  5. Premier Health Partners
  6. United Dairy Farmers (UDF)
  7. Bob Evans, Inc.
  8. McDonald's Corporate and Franchisee
  9. Buffalo Wild Wings
  10. Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Ohio's Most Popular Jobs

The following jobs titles are those in highest demand by employers:

  1. Truck Owner/Operators and salaried drivers. This cluster of jobs involved the top four hiring companies in Ohio: Hogan Transportation, Gordon Trucking, Cross Country TravCorps, C.R. England, and McLeod Express; with a total of over 26,000 jobs among them.
  2. Registered Nurses with RN, BSN, MSN, or NP degrees.
  3. Medical Assistants
  4. Engineers and IT Interns - All fields, especially IT and Aerospace Industries. The Ohio Space Corridor is upping the number of jobs available from Cincinnati through Dayton through to Columbus. These jobs include new tech jobs in
  5. Cleveland Clinic Jobs - Dozens of job titles.
  6. Business Analysts
  7. Mortgage Loan Officers
  8. Quality Control Analysts
  9. Pharmacy Technicians
  10. Personal Bankers

Additional Seasonal and Part-Time Jobs:

  1. Store Managers and Assistants
  2. Pizza Hut crew, driver, and manager positions.
  3. Family Dollar and Dollar Tree store crew.
  4. Seasonal retail sales increases in staff - Lowes, Home Depot, CVS/Pharmacy, etc.

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Location of Most Jobs Advertised In Ohio

  1. Columbus OH: Ohio Space Corridor
  2. Cincinnati OH: Ohio Space Corridor
  3. Cleveland OH: Home of NASA's John Glenn Center
  4. Dayton OH: Center of the Ohio Space Corridor. The UTC Aerospace Systems company is hiring just north of this city, in Troy.
  5. Toledo OH
  6. Akron-Canton Metro Area, southeast of Cleveland
  7. Dublin, a northwestern suburb of Columbus.
  8. Youngstown OH
  9. Mason, a suburb of Cincinnati and home of King's Island and resort hotels.
  10. Mentor, near Cleveland.
  11. West Chester, near Cincinnati and part of the Space Corridor.
  12. Springfield, northeast of Dayton and growing economically since 2000 with a new major hospital complex and influx of new businesses.
  13. Westerville, northeast of Columbus.

Ohio Air and Space

By 2017, the Buckeye State was home to over 1,200 aerospace companies. Ohio is the home of aviation and space flight, with the Wright Brothers' history on display in Dayton, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and the rest of the Space Corridor. Ohio astronauts like John Glenn have made a difference in the workforce. Space Shuttle technology and experimental aircraft and spacecraft have long been a focus in the Ohio Space Corridor.

US Space Shuttle Training Vehicle.
US Space Shuttle Training Vehicle. | Source

Fast Growing Positions and Advertised Salaries

  1. Registered Nurses - $28.72/hr.
  2. Semi-Truck and other Heavy Duty Drivers - $18.84/hr and above.
  3. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses - $19.91/hr.
  4. Medical Assistants - $37,000 annual average salary.
  5. High School Level School Teachers - $54,000+/year
  6. Sales Representatives - Over $28.00/hr.
  7. Accountants and Auditors - Over $30.00/hr.
  8. Suprviors/Managers in Office Administration - $23.09/hr.
  9. Mainstream Elementary School Teachers - $52,000/year
  10. Computer Software Engineers - Over $39.000/year
  11. Supervisors and Managers in Retail Sales - $18.01/hr.
  12. Firefighters - $19.79hr.
  13. Computer Support Specialists - $20.07
  14. Network Systems & Data Communicaton Analysts - $34.38/hr.
  15. Retail Sales Associates - $28,000 annual average salary.

Top 10 Jobs With the Most Openings to 2024

  1. Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations: RN Nurses, LPN Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians, Medical Assistants.
  2. Healthcare Support: Patient Care Aides and technicians.
  3. Food Prep & Service Jobs
  4. Transportation & Material Moving
  5. Education, Training, & Library
  6. Computer & Mathematical Careers, including aerospace engineering and technologies.
  7. Construction & Extraction, especially energy related.
  8. Business & Financial Positions
  9. Retail and Wholesale Sales & Related Jobs
  10. Home Health Aides

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Cincinnati OH at night | Source
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Dayton OH

Ohio Jobs to 2022

Business First, Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Dayton Daily News articles examined from 2004 through 2016 have reported that younger workers are leaving Ohio, because of the lack of employment options, lack of opportunities to advance on the job, and lack of social, recreational and entertainment opportunities available, when compared with such states as California, New York, and Texas.

In addition, one-third of the children in the state capital are receiving public assistance, with many more eligible but not collecting it. Other major cities, as well as the southeastern rural areas are in similar circumstances. The unemployment rate for Ohio in April 2016 was 5.2% compared to the US average of 5.0%

The last two decades have seen a steady influx of immigrants from China, Korea, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Somalia, Nigeria, Kenya, Mexico, Central and South America, Russia, Ukraine, and other countries. Immigrants into Ohio from such locales as Pakistan and India have efficiently collaborated to first work in fast food establishments and next, to purchase the franchises.

The state labor market has grown since 2009 and will continue to increase. Between 2004 and 2014, Ohio offered over 200,000 new job openings. From 2016 - 2017, the unmanned drone business came forward to offer many new jobs, an addition to the growing Ohio Space Corridor in the Southwest Quadrant of the state, which has spread to Central Ohio.


People with more education and training will have the best job opportunities. Growth rates over 2004-2014 are 13.5% for occupations requiring any level of post-secondary training. This compares to 4.9% for jobs that require on-the-job (OJT) training or experience. Occupations that require a moderate length of OJT are forecast to grow the most slowly. All job categories that require at least post-secondary training are expected to grow faster than the Ohio average.

This means that people will likely need at least some college, if not a college degree, in order to get a job in Ohio (for at least 42% of job openings).


From 2012 - 2022, the Ohio economy will open up 400,000+ jobs.

Ohio's Aerospace and Aviation Industry is growing in all sectors, including electronic instrument production, manufacture of aerospace equipment, air transportation, and satellite telecommunications.

A greater percentage of Ohio's total employment is going to aerospace and aviation every year.

Best Expanding Industries Through 2024

  1. Health Care and Social Assistance
  2. Professional and Technical Services
  3. Administrative and Waste Services, including recycling
  4. Accommodation and Food Services (Tourism Industry)
  5. Construction Jobs
  6. Educational Services
  7. Retail and Wholesale Business
  8. Finance and Insurance
  9. Transportation and Warehousing
  10. Management and Consulting Businesses

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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