Jobs in Alabama


What jobs or careers are in Alabama?

Categories of workplaces in Alabama range from military and defense contractors to space program specialists, agriculture and leisure services.  Six month employment trends for 2005 are depicted graphically in the following chart.  

Where are the jobs in Alabama?

Urban areas are better sources for employment and diversity.  Rural areas are well suited for natural resource, mining, agricultural positions though in smaller numbers. The Gulf Coast is a highlighted area for leisure and hospitality employment opportunities.  

What is the economic growth potential in this state?

Projected annual growth in Alabama at 1.32% is near national average from 2002-2012. Alabama is expected to have about 2.4 million workers by 2012. Professional industries are expected to be the fastest group, with an increase of about 88,750 jobs in that time period. Government service is expected to grow by about 11,000 jobs, while mining and natural resources positions are expected to drop by 12,000 jobs.  Some growth is predicted for maintenance, repair, transportation and office and administrative support and sales areas.  Remaining industries are likely to continue to progress at moderate levels.  

How many people live in this state?

Overall earnings in Alabama tend to be lower than more urban and more northern states.  

The cost of living and tax rates are lower also. The population of Alabama is approximately 

4,530,182 people with a slight trend towards increasing since the year 2000. About 70% of this population is white and about 26% is Black or African American. The Hispanic population is less than 2% overall but higher in areas where economic growth is happening. This is a growing segment of the Alabama populace.  Most people travel about 25 minutes to work and live in single family households, though there are local variations.   

What careers offer stable employment?

A Table from the sourced websites below show slight increases in construction, education, health services and professional and business services which results in an overall slight increase in the civilian work force.  Financial and information service markets are holding steady as are the manufacturing industries and leisure and hospitality industries.   

  The expectation was that due to the Gulf Coast damages from the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005 the leisure industry would show a decline in available jobs. This did not happen in a broad sense, though some specific locations were adversely affected by the storms and are responsible for significant increases in the construction industry.  

  With significant National Guard deployments, the civilian workforce in government areas has shown a decline during this time.  Other decreases in employment were also slight in areas of trade, transportation and utilities and other services.   No conclusive data is available regarding agricultural employment from these sources. Overall it is an important part of Alabama’s economy though the number of individuals employed is lower than urban employment categories.        

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