What kind of jobs are there in Columbus, OH?

Columbus has a diverse and robust job market and an unemployment rate that falls below the national rate. The Ohio State University is one of the area's largest employers, along with other school systems. As the county seat and state capital, Columbus also has many government jobs.

Many large companies and organizations are headquartered in the Columbus area, in industries such as health care, insurance, retail, food and nutrition, information technology, and finance. Major employers include Nationwide Insurance, JPMorgan Chase & Co., L Brands (Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works and more), Honda of America and American Electric Power.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 6.8 /10

How we calculate this.

Columbus has a healthier job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary



Unemployment Rate 2018

of people are without a job

0.1% lower than national average

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Industries in Columbus

Health Care and Social Assistance

Total Employment
Nursing Aide
Salary: $23.33k - $32.22k

Accommodation and Food Services

Total Employment
Waiter and Waitress
Salary: $18.69k - $27.67k

Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services

Total Employment
Salary: $20.92k - $32.28k