Top 15 High Demand Jobs in Auburn AL

Award-Winning City

Auburn is located in Lee County, Alabama and is one of the Top 20 College Towns in America, recognized by Forbes.com. Like the other 19 Top College Towns, Auburn has experienced an increase in jobs during 2008 – 2009, even during a recession (see data and graphs below). The City of Auburn is one of the largest in the Southeast, with a population of over 56,000 people. The Greater Auburn Area includes over 500,000 residents in Auburn, Opelika, and Columbus GA and Tuskegee AL.

Auburn University is an anchor of education and business in the Greater Auburn Area. The school has helped to spur rapid growth in the city, which is the fastest growing metro area in Alabama and one of the Top 20 Fast growing Metropolitan Areas in the USA. US News and World Reports named it to the magazine’s Top 10 Best Places to Live in 2009.

Increased Jobs 2008 - 2009

Data provided by Indeed.com, the job search and trending engine.
Data provided by Indeed.com, the job search and trending engine.

We can see from the graphs both above and below, that while Auburn experienced a sharp increase in numbers of jobs in spring and summer 2008, followed by a sharper decrease after August, jobs increased slightly through much of the fall of 2009 to a level above the level shown for April 2008. In mid-December 2009, not incuding seasonal positions, the number of jobs available in the Greater Auburn Area was approximately 3,700. These jobs were located in Auburn, Montgomery, Fort Benning, Lagrange, and Columbus.

Job Increase of 9% Apr '08 - Nov '09

Numbers of job listings dropped to a level that was still higher than the start of this timeline in April 2008. Data provided by SimplyHired.com, a search engine for jobs.
Numbers of job listings dropped to a level that was still higher than the start of this timeline in April 2008. Data provided by SimplyHired.com, a search engine for jobs.

Jobs in the Suburbs

The City of Tuskegee is approximately 19-20 miles from Auburn and offers additional job opportunities to Auburn residents and has increased in job openings in 2008 - 2009 to a greater extent. A review of Tuskegee and its history as well as employment trends is available at:

Hot Jobs in Tuskegee, Alabama

Top Hiring Companies

  1. Auburn University
  2. CriticalConnection - Healthcare
  3. US Army National Guard
  4. Murphy Oil
  5. Alascare Health and Hospice
  6. Pizza Hut
  7. Kentucky Fried Chicken
  8. UPS - Permanent and seasonal
  9. Medical Connections
  10. Advanced Auto Parts
  11. Childcare Network
  12. H&R Block - Income Tax
  13. America's Best Companies
  14. Us Air Force
  15. Joseph A. Bank

Top 15 Hot Jobs

  1. Occupational Therapists
  2. Tax Preparers
  3. Physical Therapists
  4. Cashiers - Concessions, grocery 
  5. Franchise Salespersons
  6. Assistant Store Managers
  7. Retail Cashiers
  8. Special Events Directors
  9. Physical Therapy Assistants
  10. Staff Attorneys
  11. Assistant Managers - Casual dining and fast food.
  12. Office Business Managers
  13. College Deans and Administrators
  14. Machine Operators
  15. Leasing Managers

Government Projections for Fast Growing Jobs to 2016

Some estimated fast growth jobs are already appearing on daily lists of job postings form all Internet sources and are listed below in bold type. Very few matches are visible and the local labor market bears watching.

  1. Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer (Semis)
  2. Maids and Housekeepers
  3. Mainstream Elementary School Teachers
  4. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  5. Home Health Aides (HHAs), Nursing Aides, Orderlies, etc.
  6. Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
  7. Carpenters
  8. Combined Food Prep and Service - management positions.
  9. Customer Service Representatives
  10. Mainstream High School Teachers
  11. Medical Assistants
  12. Child Care Workers
  13. Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters
  14. Teacher’s Assistants
  15. Social and Human Service Assistants

Additional high demand jobs in large numbers are expected in:

  1. Mainstream Middle School Teachers
  2. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LPNs/LVNs)
  3. Janitors and Cleaners asides from Housekeepers
  4. Team Assemblers (production and manufacturing environments)

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Background and Attractions

The cities of Auburn and Opelika, Alabama are called twin cities, founded in or near territory once owned by the Creek Nation. They were founded very close together in time and location, just 7 miles apart in Lee County along I-85. The Robert G. Pitts Airport lies between them, furnishing air transportation to both, with the Indian Pines Country Club just one mile to the north. The Tuskegee National Forest is to the southwest and Sougahatchee Lake is a few miles to the northwest. The Spring Valley recreation Area is just to the southeast.

Attractions

Aside from outdoor recreation and golfing and other sports activities, both cities offer their own Performing Arts Centers. Several fine arts and cultural art museums are located in the area as well. The historical Museum of East Alabamais located in Opelika. In addition, Historic Downtown Opelika is outfitted with city guide disks set into the sidewalks to describe historic events along a walking tour. The Opelika Train Depot is another historic place preserved for residents and visitors.

Downtown Auburn also has plaques embedded in its sidewalks. These honor individual athletes from Auburn University in what is known as the famous Tiger Trail. Toomer's Corner is a tailgating type of gathering and celebration place located in front of Toomer's Drug Store and Diner, established over a century ago. Football Saturdays see nearly 90,000 Auburn Tiger fans rooting their encouragement in the streets and having their faces painted in Auburn colors. Auburn also offers other historic and cultural venues.

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Lee County Job Centers

Alabama JobLink serves job seekers across the State of Alabama. Job listings in each market area of the state can be searched quickly and easily at Alabama JobLink. A summary of job duties, educational requirements and other information is included with several listings on each page, with links to more information for each job. An onsite Job Spider searches other job posting engines for you if you wish.

Local Job Centers

  • Opelika Career Center at 2300 Frederick Road, Opelika AL 36801. PH (334) 749-5065.
  • Montgomery Job Center at 1060 East South Boulevard, Montgomery AL. 36116. PH (334) 286-1746.

Top 10 Lee County Employers that post jobs on Alabama JobLink from October - November 2009:

  1. Auburn University
  2. Auburn University Hotel & Conference Center
  3. City of Auburn
  4. City of Opelika
  5. Lee County Commission
  6. Opelika City Schools
  7. Masterbrand Cabinets
  8. Briggs and Stratton
  9. Sears and Roebuck
  10. Various employment and staffing services

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dusanotes 6 years ago from Windermere, FL

Thanks for your Bub, Patty. Are you sure? With 56,000 people Auburn is one of the largest cities in the Southeast. Even with the half-million people in that country, it can't be even close to Atlanta, Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Miami. I don't doubt that's the info they are putting out, but it seems a little odd. It is a great place to go to school. I have noticed that cities that have large universities, or many of them, don't suffer as badly due to the recession as ones that don't. Good Hub, Don White


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Hi Don - Probably someone that lives there can tell us the exact reason for the sharp decline, aside from summer tourism endng and/or company closings. Auburn U may also have hired up to capacity for the fall and then had fewer jobs listings to offer for a few months. makes sense.

Major job search engines and the state employment JobCentral all seem to agree. I'll keep my eye out for local news like companies expanding and moving into the area and will post the updates as I find them.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

I am sure you must be very proud of yourselve being able to advice people of jobs. Thank you for your hub.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Hello, hello: Moreso if I hear people really get the jobs! Thanks for the nice comment.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Here's a link about loss of jobs in Auburn and Alabama as a state - manufacturing and auto industry, but likely others in part of 2009 as well.

http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2009/11/alabama_wo...

Thanks.


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Bieberella 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

Seems like the top 15 hot jobs are different from the standard. Interesting. Good hub.

Dana


saurabh 6 years ago

Thanks for valuable information


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

Yhanks again Patty, for so much information. I always need to read your hubs twice at least.

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