Diversified Economy and Jobs in Charlottesville, Virginia

Monticello, outside Charlottesville, depicted on a 1953 two-dollar bill.
Monticello, outside Charlottesville, depicted on a 1953 two-dollar bill. | Source

Diversifed Economy In Virginia

Charlottesville is located in Albemarle County, Virginia and has ranked at Number Thirteen among the Top 30 Cities for Jobs in the US, as determined by the much-used job search engine CareerBuilder.com.

The Greater Charlottesville Area saw a significant population growth with a 21% increase in the 1990s and over 5% growth from 2000 - 2008 to create a population around 191,000 strong in the greater metro are and nearly 40,500 in the city proper. By Census2010, the figure had grown to 43,475, a nearly 10% increase in just two years.

Albemarle County is home to the near- largest manufacturing focus in the Virginia Piedmont Region. In addition to manufacturing, its economic diversity boasts a growing wine industry as well, covering hundreds of acres and growing. The University of Virginia owns two research parks in the country, planned to enrich and increase relationships among the university and private sector.businesses as well as the local government jobs offices.

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Downtown Charlottesville

Revitalization is ongoing in Charlottesville's urban area. IN the early 1970s, the cities downtown pedestrian focused are was taken under governance by the Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Department.

Today, this urban area offers, business and living spaces that provide over 120 shops and 30 restaurants that are located in the Historic Sites in the Main Street Charlottesville area.

An ongoing program for registered US National Historic Places works hand in hand with revitalization and economic development programs here. Reconstruction and infrastructure additions continue to offer new jobs as well as to build new business spaces.

Important Community Based Organizations (CBOs)

Monticello, Thomas Jefferson Estate.
Monticello, Thomas Jefferson Estate.

High Demand Jobs Expected to 2020

  1. Health Care and Social Assistance
  2. Professional and Scientific/Technical Services
  3. Education - K-12 and Postsecondary (college and vocational school level).
  4. Tourism - Accommodations, Food & Beverage Services.
  5. Retail Trade - Sales, supervisors and related jobs; especially within Tourism.
  6. Construction - New business construction, ongoing revitalization of urban and historical sites. Federal Infrastructure Projects add more jobs to this pool through 2012+.
  7. Admin., Waste Management and Remediation - recycling, additional green-collar jobs.
  8. Other Business Services (non-Govt)
  9. Management and Business Operations
  10. Information Technology (IT)

Fast Growing Jobs by Numbers of Annual Openings

  1. Healthcare Practitioners and Related Techs
  2. Health Practitioners - Diagnostic and treating.
  3. Office & Admin Support staff
  4. Food Prep & Service and Related jobs - all levels and types of establishments, including catering and fast food.
  5. Education and Library and related positions.
  6. Sales - Wholesale and retail sales and related jobs.
  7. Food and Beverage Serving Workers
  8. Business and Financial Operations
  9. Construction and Extraction
  10. Healthcare Support Occupations

Monticello

Largest Area Employers

  1. University of Virgina - Over 12,000 employees and growing.
  2. The University of Virginia Medical and Health Sciences Center-- This is a major regional teaching & research hospital with a Level One Trauma Center and Medivac Helicopter. This facility in on the Top 100 List of Best Hospitals in the United States.
  3. State Farm Insurance - 1500+ workers.
  4. Sperry Marine - Part of Northrop Grumman and in business for 50+ years with 1000+ employees locally. With HQ in centrally located Charlottesville, Sperry is a global supplier for navigation, communication, information, and automation systems for commercial naval and marine businesses. Sperry produces designs and technology navigation systems for surface ship platforms.
  5. US Army National Ground Intelligence Center
  6. GE Fanuc Automation Factory automation systems for manufacturing and production systems/processes. Functions as a partnership between General Electric Company and FANUC LTD of Japan. local employees work in engineering, systems integration, and manufacturing of electronic components. One of many operations located in the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
  7. Albemarle County Personnel Department
  8. Charlottesville Public Schools
  9. Crutchfield Corporation (electronics retail)
  10. Monticello - Thomas Jefferson's Home and National Historic Site.
  11. FIC Staff Services, Inc. - Temporary employment agency
  12. Martha Jefferson Hospital
  13. Piedmont Virginia Community College
  14. Biotage AB--Local HQ built in Charlottesville circa 1993 as part of a multi-national corporation. Biotage AB's global HQ is in Uppsala, Sweden. Products include genetic analysis and medicinal chemistry. The Discovery Chemistry Division of Biotage AB is located in the University of Virginia Research Park. its focus is the design and development of purification and separation systems for pharmaceutical businesses.

Thomas Jefferson's Menticello

Recent High Demand Job Listings

The highest demand jobs for this market area are the following.

  1. Research Associates at the University of Virginia
  2. Truck Drivers - Regional OTR (over the road), other
  3. Physicians and Technologists at Martha Jefferson Hospital
  4. Physical Therapists
  5. Registered Nurses (RN License)
  6. Research Scientists
  7. Assistant/Associate Professors
  8. Harris Teeter Jobs - Supermarket, all departments
  9. Taco Bell - Manager and Crew positions
  10. Food Lion - Supermarket jobs
  • The total number of job listed in May 2012 was 4,800, but increased to 7,000 openings in February 2014 (almost double).

Research: University of Virgina - Gamma Knife Treatment

The position of Research Associate at the University of Virginia has moved into the highest demand position and Truck Driving positions have moved into the Number Two highest demand slot. In fact, three occupational titles in high demand at UV appear in the Top 10 List for May 2012, February 2014, and Summer 2015.

U of V Drumline

Higher Education

Vocational Education & Training

  • Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC)
  • GED High School Equivalency Training
  • Piedmont Technical Education Center
  • Institute of Textile Technology

Colleges and Universities

  • University of Virginia - see links under "Largest Employers" above.
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Germanna Community College
  • J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • Mary Baldwin College
  • Sweet Briar College

Other

This metro area is also known for its educational programs and support for Homeschoolers and homeless youth and children.

Sustainability

The City of Charlottesville is a Green City that has planned for sustainability throughout the 21st century. The City Council has adopted the philospohy of the Native Americans of the regions in such planning, specifically:

'We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

The city is dedicated to climate protection and water conservation, recycling, composting, and Natural Gardening with native plants and organic methods where possible. The city also encourages citizens to think about the FOOD MILE - in other words, the social, economical, and environmental costs of importing food from abroad or long distances within America. Emphasis is placed on locally grown products.

An interesting green concept use din Charlottesville is the building of urban forests in order to cool down the inner-city heat that is caused by vehicle traffic and energy generation in urban areas with tall buiildings and extensive pavement.

QUOTE:

Excessive heat claims more lives in the United States each year than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. Between 1979-1998... - Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Greater Charlottesville Area

Blue Ridge Mountains near Charlottesville VA.
Blue Ridge Mountains near Charlottesville VA. | Source

Sports and Recreation

Recreation Consists af a Vibrant Arts and Music Scene:

  • Charlottesville Municipal Band
  • Charlottesville Pavilion - Live performances at Downtown Mall.
  • Fridays After Five
  • Live Arts
  • MLK Performing Arts
  • Piedmont VA Community College
  • The Paramount - National Historic Building, renovated theater.

© 2009 Patty Inglish

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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Good job Patty. I'm about 2 hours south of Charlottesville, and it's a beautiful place. It's particularly good to know that the hospital, UVA, is in the top 100. I had no idea. That's were we normally go for medical tests that can't be done in a private practice.

I graduated from Mary Baldwin College, and I highly recommend it to young people as well as adults who want to continue their education. :)


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Wow! - Thanks for the extra information and recommendations. Beautiful country there as well.

Cheers!


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Thanks Patty, yes it is beautiful. The wonderful thing about Charlottesville, for anyone who may want a job there, are the mountains. The Blue Ridge mountains are incredible. The parkway is breathtaking.

Staunton is on the other side of the mountain, and is equally beautiful. This is where MBC is, and the town is sandwiched between the Appalachians and the Blue Ridge mountains. Many people who live in Staunton commute to jobs in Charlottesville. It's about a 30 minute drive over the mountain.

Sorry, I can't resist talking about that entire area because the people are wonderful and it's truly a wonderful place to live.


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Netters 7 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

Another great hub Patty. Thank you.


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Please add anything you like - you're making me want to move there.

Hi Netters - Thank for reading and I'm glad you like these.


Debbie Gee 6 years ago

My husband and I are considering a move to Charlottesville. We spent our honeymoon at the Barboursville winery and throughout the Valley. We love it there. We are 50 years old and would need to seek employment. I am a sales and marketing professional in the technology industry but have transitional skills for non-profit and other industries, besides healthcare. Any tips?


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Hi Debbie; these are the top job openings on November 2:

Research Associates; Assistant Managers; Tellers, Intelligence Analysts, RNs, Physical Therapists, Store Managers & Assistants, Sales Reps, Data Analysts, Electronics Engineers, Cashiers, Lab Specialists, Mortgage Consultants, Customer Service

Companies listing the most jobs are -- University of Virginia, SAIC, Uva Health System, Martha Jefferson Hospital, General Dynamics, Collier, Vinson and Demonbruen, CACI International, Petsmart, and Food Lion.


Paul Malinowitz 6 years ago

I'm going..thanks


steve 5 years ago

Hi Pattie,

My name my fiancé and I are moving to C-Ville in a week. She has found a job nursing I have a part time job for the weekends as of now. I was hoping that you may have some insight on where I could search for a m-f job. Anything would help. Thanks


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Hey, Steve -- Here's who hiring right now in and around Charlottesville for over 5,700 job openings:

Valley Health

University of Virginia - school and medical center

SAIC

Martha Jefferson Hospital

BAE Systems

Star Transportation

United Planning Group

CROSSMARK

CACI International

HealthSouth

Food Lion

Taco Bell

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)

Northrop Grumman

Soliant Health

Michaels Arts & Crafts

Schneider National

Check Simplyhired.com for specifics. Jobs are in Healthcare, Research, Dining Services, Management, Event PLanning and a few others, for the most part.


Hi Pattie 4 years ago

I am a 30 year old mom with a fiancé. I have retrieved a BS/BM this past may. There are no jobs where I am from and I am currently working for minimum wage. My lenders are now asking for there money and I am thinking of relocating and going south. Is there a chance that a sister can make it.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Within 25 miles of Charlottesville are over 18,000 jobs on December 3. Have a look at the list I added above. Also look on SimplyHired.com and Indeed.com, who collect them all.

I hope you are not supporting your fiancé. Best wishes.

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