Top 15 Hot Jobs in Tuskegee

Historic College Town - 710% Job Increase

Tuskegee, Alabama has not appeared on the list of Top 20 College Towns in America, but my opinion is that it should be included, because of its famous school, Tuskegee University (formerly Tuskegee Institute), and because of the history of the area. This is evident in the Tuskegee National Historic Site as well as in museums, cultural institutions, and other venues in the city.

Not only is the city home to the renowned Tuskegee University, but it has also enjoyed a 710% increase in job listings from April 2008 - November 2009. Even during a recession, the higher education complex in the city joins forces with business and government in order to create new jobs and new training opportunities for Americans that need work. this tradition dates back to 1895, when Tuskegee Institutes's famed Booker T. Washington partnered with several Northern philanthropists and businessmen for the betterment of education and employment in the South, Men that joined Washington in this included Mr. Julius Rosenwald, who was the head of Sears, Roebuck and Company at the time. Henry Rogers was the head of Standard Oil. Women contributed as well, Anna T. Jeanes of Philadelphia giving Washington $1,000,000 for schools in 1907.

Another Tuskegee Institute man, George Washington Carver, also contributed tot eh trend of education and jobs with hundreds of inventions from the agricultural raw materials of peanuts and sweet potatoes.

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.

 

Learn to do common things uncommonly well; we must always keep in mind that anything that helps fill the dinner pail is valuable.

 

-- George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver (front row, center) with other staff personnel of Tuskegee Institute.
George Washington Carver (front row, center) with other staff personnel of Tuskegee Institute.

Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

 

-- Booker T Washington

Booker T. Washington speaks at Carnegie Hall at his Tuskegee Institute Silver Anniversary lecture in 1906. Mr. Mark Twain sits just behind him.
Booker T. Washington speaks at Carnegie Hall at his Tuskegee Institute Silver Anniversary lecture in 1906. Mr. Mark Twain sits just behind him.

Location and Attractions

Tuskegee is located in Macon County, Alabama, approximately 19 miles southwest from Auburn, a city that is included on the Forbes.com Top 20 College Town list. With a population of about 12,000 people, Tuskegee might be considered a suburb of Auburn, which has a population of over 56,000.

Tuskegee is also at the southwest tip of the Tuskegee National Forest, about 50 miles west of Columbus, Georgia and approximately 40 miles east of Montgomery, Alabama. It has its own airport 4 miles to the north, Moton Field International Airport. On the east side of the city is the large City Lake and to the west is the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site (see link above). The city receives over 500,000 tourists per year and is increasing this number.

For additional local information, please see: Tuskegee AL within the Auburn-Opelika Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Jobs Increased 710%, Compared to 31% Nationally

Top 15 Hiring Companies

  1. Auburn University
  2. Collier, Vinson and Demonbruen
  3. National Appliance Network
  4. US Army National Guard
  5. United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  6. Soliant Health
  7. Best Buy
  8. Taco Bell and Pizza Hut - YUM! Brands (tied)
  9. Victoryland-Macon County Greyhound Park
  10. America's Best Companies
  11. McDonald's and PETCO (tied)
  12. Tier Technologies
  13. Advance Auto Parts, Amedisys, Murphy USA (tied)
  14. Alacare Home Health & Hospice
  15. Thermo Fisher Scientific

Top 15 High Demand Jobs

  1. Installers & Repair Technicians for the National Appliance Network locally 
  2. Franchise Sales Representatives
  3. Assistant Store Managers
  4. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  5. Physicians
  6. Licensed Practical nurses (LPNs)
  7. Leasing Managers
  8. Tax Professionals
  9. Directors and Staff of Special Events
  10. Physical Therapists
  11. Retail Salespersons
  12. Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors and additional college-level staff positions
  13. Managers
  14. Attorneys
  15. Outside Residential Sales
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Government Projections for Hot Jobs to 2016

Bold print indicates jobs already among the most frequently listed by companies in Tuskegee.

  1. Chemical Engineers
  2. Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Operators
  3. Molding, Core Making, and Casting Machine Setters
  4. Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters
  5. Industrial Engineers
  6. Home Health Aides (HHAs)
  7. Registered Nurses (RNs) - already in the most-listed jobs from all sources via the Internet.
  8. Team and Other Assemblers – Production and manufacturing
  9. Child Care Workers
  10. Machinists
  11. Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters and related jobs
  12. Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
  13. Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
  14. Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
  15. Multiple Machine Tool Setters and related jobs

Higher Education

Tuskegee University- This is the premier historical education institution of the area. The first president, Dr. Booker T. Washington, opened it as the Normal School for Colored Teachers on Independence Day - July 4, 1881. Agricultural and Environmental departments are active in sustainability and creation of green jobs. Several other colleges join the trend toward job creation and support an active college athletics program as well. This is a tourist and historic traveler's attraction as well as a university.

The Tuskegee Airmen

NARA Archives: Pilots of US Army Air Forces fighter squadron. They shot down 8 of the 28 total  German planes destroyed in dog-fights over the new Allied beachheads south of Rome, on Jan. 27, 1944. They had been classmates at Tuskegee University.
NARA Archives: Pilots of US Army Air Forces fighter squadron. They shot down 8 of the 28 total German planes destroyed in dog-fights over the new Allied beachheads south of Rome, on Jan. 27, 1944. They had been classmates at Tuskegee University.

332d Fighter Group Shield

This is the 99th Fighter Squadron Patch (all images public domain).
This is the 99th Fighter Squadron Patch (all images public domain).

The Tuskegee Airmen

The 332d Fighter Group of the US Army Air Corps.Members of this groups are the Tuskegee Airmen, legends of the 20th Century and World War II.

In the US Armed Forces, these men were pilots that served as escorts to American Flying Fortresses and other aircraft, having never lost a single plane that they escorted. Few groups of military personnel in WWII cold make a similar claim. Survivors from this squadron are still sought by the US Federal Government in order to award them commendations and medals that they may not have - likely did not receive for their achievements over 60 years ago.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to meet any of the Tuskegee Airmen, but I did work with an African American Navy Veteran of WWII that served on a submarine manned by an all-white crew besides himself. He had many interesting stories to tell and enjoyed his time on board the sub, except for the fact that he was required to have separate quarters from whites and slept in a type of boiler room below desks. When I knew him, he was a civilian retiree that became a security guard, still proud to wear a uniform.

300 Tuskegee Airmen in 2007

US President George W. Bush and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stand with Tuskegee Airmen during Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony on March 29, 2007, in the US Capitol.
US President George W. Bush and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stand with Tuskegee Airmen during Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony on March 29, 2007, in the US Capitol.

Congressional Gold Medal 2006

The special Congressional Gold Medal for 2006, presented to each of the 300 Tuskegee Airmen at the US Capitol.
The special Congressional Gold Medal for 2006, presented to each of the 300 Tuskegee Airmen at the US Capitol.

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for a very interesting information and what fine pilots they were. I don't seem to stop learning. I never learned so much in all my live than in those few months I have been on Hubpages.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

@Hello, hello - So glad you are having a good experience with HubPages! There are many writers here like yourself and others that have good information to share. We'd never think to have access to it without HubPages. Thanks for posting your comments, I always enjoy them.


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dusanotes 6 years ago from Windermere, FL

Tuskegee airmen were something special. Did I spy the face of Hollywood's Samuel Jackson on that one advertisement for that school? Was he an airman and did he attend those same schools. Good work, Patty, and thanks for an interesting Hub. Don White

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