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Columbus, Ohio is the Number One High Tech City In America

Updated on October 19, 2016
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Columbus, Ohio, is the top city in its class in its ability to attract and grow tech talent.

— Tim Feran, 7/6/2016

Famous Wendy's Hamburgers HQ in Columbus and Dublin

Dining room of first Wendy's Hamburgers, opened November 1969 and closed March 2007 on East Broad Street. Technologies have Kept Wendy;s as a top competitor in the food industry.
Dining room of first Wendy's Hamburgers, opened November 1969 and closed March 2007 on East Broad Street. Technologies have Kept Wendy;s as a top competitor in the food industry. | Source

Columbus, Bastion of Technology

The capital of the Buckeye State is home to tech giants and startups that include technologies in aerospace, automobiles, communications, computer information, healthcare, manufacturing, sustainable energy, and more.

Batelle Memorial Institute, Tech Leader Worldwide

Columbus was named by Forbes.com as the Number One Up and Coming High Tech City in America in 2010, because of Battelle Memorial Institute and its partners. The high ranking designation has stuck for many years.

The main facility of this company is located in the state capital and the full compliment of campuses has been named as the Number One Largest Research Institute in the state.

In 1997, Battelle ran just one research laboratory for the US Department of Energy, with a budget for a year of only $1 Billion (not exorbitant when considering costs).

In 2008, the company had grown to manage seven large laboratories and numerous global installations for the US Federal Government in several departments. The combined budget was now $4 billion annually, an increase of 400% in only 10 years.

Battelle initiates and develops the foundation research and startup of almost every new technology in America. Company specialties are Life Sciences and Energy, including sustainable energy, bio-engineering, product combatants for chemical and bio-warfare, and hundreds of other vital tools.

Velocys is a product company of Battelle, cutting the cost of gathering the energy of 3 trillion cubic feet of globally stranded natural gas via conversion to easy-to-ship liquid gas.

Careers at Battelle : Find innovative and lucrative job opportunities with advancement at 1-800-201-2011 or Battelle, The Business of Innovation.

Columbus, Ohio, is the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s $50 million Smart City Challenge. It will receive not only that money, but another $90 million from a local business coalition and a sizable portfolio of hardware, software and support services from technology companies.

— http://www.govtech.com; 6/21/2016

The Arena District, Downtown Columbus

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Columbus is attracting increasing numbers of Millennials to fill high tech jobs as of 2016. The city added over 24,000 new jobs in technologies between 2011 and 2015.

Columbus, Ohio In Franklin County, Central Ohio

  • Rev1 Ventures is a startup assisting company near the Ohio State University in Columbus. Its professionals advise entrepreneurs in a variety of ways, including how to raise capital. One arm of the company, Bunker Labs, was established to help US military veterans specifically in business startup processes. Bunker Labs and Rev1 are located at:

Rev1 Ventures: 1275 Kinnear Rd.; Columbus, Ohio 43212

email: info@rev1ventures.com


Columbus Replica of Santa Maria Ship

The Santa Maria. This is a replica of the Christopher Columbus exploring ship, a museum that offers tours daily. Every 6 months, the ship is turned with its opposite side to port in a special ceremony.
The Santa Maria. This is a replica of the Christopher Columbus exploring ship, a museum that offers tours daily. Every 6 months, the ship is turned with its opposite side to port in a special ceremony. | Source

Employment Trends Rising

Best Jobs in Columbus

The Top 20 Fastest Growing Jobs in Columbus and Central Ohio are offered by Insurance and Financial Products, the Healthcare Industry, Information Technology (IT), Management Analysis, and Skilled Occupations.

The Top 10 Employers in Columbus city and The Greater Columbus Metropolitan area that includes the city and Franklin County are the following companies. They tend to jockey for position, one with another, but consistently remain at the top of the list of highly successful businesses.

State of Ohio

  • Doing business in Columbus and Ohio: Business
  • Jobs and Careers with the State in Columbus: Employment

Ohio State University

  • Over 17,000 employees, including academic advisors, residence hall staff, counselors, and vast numbers of others, contribute to OSU. The diverse student body comes form every county in Ohio, every state in the USA, and from 125+ countries globally.

Nationwide Insurance

  • "We're looking for a connection. We're looking for people with a variety of ideas, experience and natural talents who want their work to mean something. We offer a positive, inclusive work environment with competitive pay and benefits."
  • Nationwide Insurance is a support of Nationwide Children's Hospital, formerly the Columbus Children's Hospital, with connections to The Ohio State University and its medical complex.

Additional High Tech Employers

  • Cresttek LLC - Various aspects of engineering.
  • Fast Switch Tech Recruiters
  • Honda R & D of the Americas
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Limited Brands
  • Mount Carmel Health
  • Ohio Health

Job Numbers increase in 2015 and 2016.
Job Numbers increase in 2015 and 2016. | Source

Top 20 Fastest Growing Jobs

  1. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  2. Physician Assistants (PAs)
  3. Home Health Aides (HHAs)
  4. Medical Assistants
  5. Computer Software Apps Engineers
  6. Healthcare Practitioners & Technology Workers
  7. Database Administrators
  8. Computer Systems Software Engineers
  9. Dental Assistants
  10. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  11. Dental Hygienists
  12. Occupational Therapist Assistants
  13. Physical Therapist Assistants
  14. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  15. Paralegals and Legal Assistants
  16. Amusement and Recreation Attendants
  17. Loan Counselors
  18. Mainstream Preschool Teachers – reflects a growing population
  19. Life, Physical & Social Sciences Technicians
  20. Computer Systems Analysts

Snapshot: Growing Jobs in 2016 - 2017

The following companies are regularly posting additional job openings:

  • Pacific Bells, Inc. - Large umbrella company that owns Taco Bell Restaurants.
  • Techjobs.com
  • OhioHealth - Multi-hospital conglomerate.
  • Ohio State University Medical Center - OSU
  • JPMorgan Chase - Banking and financial products.
  • Lowe's - DIY/home center
  • CVS Health - Drug stores and general retail.
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • PetSmart
  • Jordan Carriers - Trucking
  • Mount Carmel Health - Faith-based hospital group
  • McDonalds Restaurants
  • Marco's Pizza and Marcos Franchising, LLC
  • Giant Eagle, Inc. - Major grocery chain

From the Columbus Gallery of Art
From the Columbus Gallery of Art

Occupations Offering the Most Job Openings

While the Top 20 Jobs listed above are the fastest growing occupations in Columbus, Ohio overall, the following is a list of occupational titles that offer the highest total numbers of actual job openings every year. The Top 10 Jobs by numbers are:

  • Building and Grounds Janitors and Maintenance
  • Retail Salespersons
  • Personal Care and Service Workers
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Constructions Trades
  • Food Prep & Service, including Fast Food
  • Manual Laborers and Freight/Material Movers
  • Office and Admin Support Jobs
  • Registered Nurses (RNs)
  • Home Health Aides (HHAs)

Attractions: American Bison

At the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. At one time, American Bison ran free on the grounds of Annheuser Busch on Rt. 161.
At the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. At one time, American Bison ran free on the grounds of Annheuser Busch on Rt. 161.

The First Wendy's Restaurant

Exterior of the first Wendy's, located in Columbus OH on East Broad Street near Downtown.
Exterior of the first Wendy's, located in Columbus OH on East Broad Street near Downtown. | Source

Additional major Columbus, Ohio businesses that began in this city include the following famous names:

  • The Limited,
  • Wendy's International,
  • Bank One (formerly City Nation, currently JP Morgan Chase),
  • Worthington Industries,
  • Longaberger Baskets,
  • Cardinal Health,
  • Scotts Company.

Among several global research institutions in Columbus, the city is headquarters to, Battelle Memorial Institute (where Xerography was invented) and Chemical Abstracts Service. Jeffrey Mining and Manufacturing operated for many decades, very active in WWII and thereafter in war equipment and mining machines. It is now the site of the State Of Ohio Library and decorated with photographs and exhibits from the former plants and offices of Jeffrey.

Sunday in the Park with George

George Seurat: Le Grande Jette in topiary, based on the famous painting. The painting also led to the Broadway Play, "Sunday in the Park with George."
George Seurat: Le Grande Jette in topiary, based on the famous painting. The painting also led to the Broadway Play, "Sunday in the Park with George."

University And College Activity In Columbus

Devry University at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Fifteen DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management students made Team USA at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi (Reference: http://newsroom.devry.edu/)

DeVry University - An upscale school of technology with facilities across the country, furnishing NASA and other firms with highly trained experts.

Major Colleges and Universities in Columbus

  • Columbus State Community College (CSCC) - Beginning in the late 1960s as Columbus Business University in a store front on North High Street in Downtown Columbus, the CSCC campus is large and their 2-year programs trasnsfer seamless to Ohio State Uiversity 4-year degree studies. CSCC will soon offer its own 4-year degrees.
  • Capital University - Top academics and football school adjacent to Trinity Lutheran Seminary.
  • Otterbein University - Well respected school in the Westerville suburbs. New laboratories were added in 2016, including 3D printing.
  • The Ohio State University - Engineering and Technology are expanding. See OSU Engineering Students produce Smart Cameras as they determine suspicious and lost people. Major campus renovations and several new housing structures have been added.
  • Ohio Dominican University - Formerly Saint Marys of the Springs, this school is very active in community programs and summer youth training as well as higher academics.
  • Franklin University - Excellent business school with expanding course offerings.
  • Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) - Nationally recognized.
  • Mount Carmel College of Nursing
  • Trinity Lutheran Seminary - One of few Lutheran seminaries in America.
  • Ohio State College of Barber Styling - Success in producing talented graduates for decades.

The Lane Avenue Bridge at OSU

Lane Avenue Bridge. Once a run-down area next to the first Big Bear Store in Columbus,this new bridge is a beautiful tourist attraction as well as a place for walking and jogging.
Lane Avenue Bridge. Once a run-down area next to the first Big Bear Store in Columbus,this new bridge is a beautiful tourist attraction as well as a place for walking and jogging.

New Business Information

New Business Openings

  • Women's Clinic of Columbus - Free health care to women; an alternative to Planned Parenthood.
  • Morse-Sunbury Roads Development - Another new shopping complex opened in 2016.
  • Compass Data Centers - new 3,000 Square Foot center in New Albany at the edge of NE Columbus.
  • Leigh’s Legacy Foundation - Begun in 2011 order to combat domestic violence.
  • Laonei Global Trade Consulting - Founded 2012.
  • Modern Male - Exclusive grooming studio for men.
  • Peet's Coffee & Tea - Purchased several buildings during 2013 in Franklin County to open successful coffee shops.
  • "The Men's Corner" at Kenny and Henderson Roads completed in 2013 - Boxing studio, male grooming salon, restaurant and bar & grill.

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    • Flashfire profile image

      Flashfire 9 years ago from United States

      Great page! JP Morgan Chase is one of the best employers in the world. :)

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      That's good to know, Flashfire; I've several friends working for them that enjoy their careers very much.

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      JarrodHaze 9 years ago

      Great article... just wondering what life is like in Ohio... having graduated from a graduate school in the Midwest, not only have I met several people from Ohio awho couldn't wait to leave, but I've been recruited by several companies and smaller firms in Ohio, and have consistently turned them down on the fact that I'm a sea-farer at heart and require coasts. :)

      I've been to Columbus, it's nice, but if you were trying your hardest to sell someone on Ohio, what would you say? I'm curious. ;) Prove those Ohio ex-pats wrong!

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      I'd say that Mayor Michael Coleman is doing wonders as far as the cityscape goes. His administration is gaining titles to numerous abandoned properties, tearing them down, and building reaidential and business facilities on them. In addition, each section of town has its own Development Corporation that aides non-profits and for-proifits to start and maintain businesses all around the city. There are solid plans for light rail and street cars in the next few years. Mayor Coleman has also helped start the "Gateway" developments in town - North and South OSU Gateways, Gateways in the east of the city, and more. These are brand new business and entertainment complexes. There are some tax advantages to businesses mocing in to certain parts of Franklin County as well.

      Like you, I wish we had more water, especially a coastline. Lake Erie is improving all the time, though.

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      JarrodHaze 9 years ago

      I hear more and more of this going on in the Midwest... I remember on campus in Chicago once there were representatives from some major Louisville firms as well wanting to recruit young graduates with some awfully attractive incentives, and in all industries. I guess economic expansion and attracting a younger population is a prime objective to revitalize places that may not be someone's first choice.

      You always hear of people moving to New York, or Cali, etc. but maybe 20 years from now people will be wishing they'd moved to Midwestern cities while the gettin' was good? ;)

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Ohio has seen a mass exodus of new college graduates and young professionals to other states because they were attracted by the incentives you describe. Even though some companies left the state as well, enough workers left from the 1990s and early 2000s that a greater number of job opportunities exist.

      One circumstnace that will create new jobs through at least the middle of the 21st century is that the Arnold Fitness Weekend, Arnold Classic (body building contests) and all the related Sports Festivals will be likely taken over for operation by the Arnold partner Mr. Jim Larimer's son and the events are intended to add more sports and activities than any of the Olympics. I think it will contain more events than summer and winter Olympics combined. Mixed Martial Arts at Nationwide Arena and on pay-per-view on the Friday of the yearly Arnold events is a big hit. This weekend alone brings millions of dollars of income into the city in the Industries of Hospitality, dining, shopping and tourism, among others.

      Columbus is different than it was 50 years ago and it will be extremely more different in another 10 years.

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      dan 8 years ago

      go bucks

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      Ilya Bodner 8 years ago

      Columbus is a great place to start a business, work for a growing business, and attend schools. Everything is around the corner and the fast pace tech job openings let us all enjoy the booming economy around Downtown and Arena area.

      Small business owners are concentrating more and more on business credit, business image and most importantly the business performance. More companies have been popping up to win awards, etc.

      "Go bucks" is the comment above, and yes...the Buckeyes also attract small business owners to the area. With gameday Saturdays, Lane Ave is almost impossible to get through, hot dog vendors crowd the streets and sales for the local bars go through the roof.

      Sincerely,

      Ilya Bodner

      Small Business Owner

      Initial Underwriting Group

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      On home game Saturdays, the libararies ar enow closed and campus bus service suspended, it is so congested. This reduction in service also reduces crime rates asn saves staff dollars, I'm sure.

      See the news stories and links about about the Smart Camera developed at OSU. Cameras are already installed all over the public bus system and in most Mcdonalds'. Cameras seem to be everywere.

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      srpatterson 7 years ago from Dublin, Ohio

      Great site about Columbus Ohio and the biggest employers in the area.

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      COL BIZ 6 years ago

      Yes Columbus is one of the top cities in the United States for technology. Additional stories can be found at www.enjoycolumbus.com

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      5 years ago

      JarrodHaze, I've got an argument for moving to Ohio. It's not Michigan. Oh, and also it's cheaper to live here than it is to live on the coast. As much as I love the coast, I just couldn't afford it, nor were there enough good jobs in the area I left. Ohio is not spectacular by any means, but it's a mostly comfortable and reasonable place to live (weather notwithstanding). I could think of dozens of worse places to live. And if you're going to live in Ohio, Columbus is definitely one of the best cities in the state to live in.

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      auto insurance coverage 5 years ago

      I enjoy reading your blog posts. I look forward to reading more of your future articles on this subject.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      I agree that Columbus is a great place to live. I find the people very nice and friendly.

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      Paul Perry 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      wow very interesting hub! great research thank you!

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