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Good Work in Jackson, Mississippi

Updated on October 12, 2017
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Sustainable Development In the Metropolitan Area

Jackson, Mississippi is much different from the rest of the USA in that on its Top 20 List of High Demand or Fast-Growth Jobs appears the title Compensation and Benefits, Jobs Analysts. That job title is associated with workers and more specifically, compensation packages, insurance, retirement, and several other elements. Why is a job-related occupation increasing?

This presence on a high demand job list is a hallmark of a job title required by an economy that is not only low in unemployment ratings and thus needing workers, but also high in job and business growth. Because of good economic planning for development in a five-county area, Jackson is also poised to continue high growth and expansive business and economic development for decades.

All this makes the Greater Jackson Area a good place to live and grow in one's career or business ownership. Jackson, Mississippi is recognized as one of the best 25 Medium-Sized American Cities for New Jobs and Business Growth in the 21st Century.

Five Surrounding Counties Make This Metropolitan Area

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Jackson-Yazoo City Metropolitan Area

The metropolitan area, Jackson-Yazoo City and five contiguous counties, is home to over 570,000 people and Jackson itself, over 150,000 residents.

Urban renovation and reconstruction, including sustainability encompassing facilities, is predominant and set to continue through several decades of development.

The occupational title of Environmental Engineer is therefore Number Two on the Top 10 Hot Jobs list for this region of the state.Not only do county and city workforce projections substantiate this projection, but the job listings also support it, as found on Major Internet Job Search Engines.

Top 10 High Demand Jobs

Information Technology (IT) jobs are not the only occupations booming in the Greater Jackson Area. Health and Medical jobs are available by the thousands and Environmental Engineers and Engineering Technicians are in high demand.

Interestingly, Broadcast News Analysts are in the Top 10 Hot Jobs as well. This is an occupation not seen on many Top 10 Lists of high demand jobs around the country.

  1. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  2. Environmental Engineers - also Engineering Techs
  3. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  4. Medical Assistants
  5. Home Health Aides
  6. Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides
  7. Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software
  8. Computer Software Engineers, Applications
  9. Psychiatric Technicians
  10. Broadcast News Analysts

An additional 10 high growth occupations in the Jackson area include the following:

  • Industrial Engineers & Techs
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants
  • Preschool Teachers, Mainstream
  • Business Teachers, Post-secondary (college level, post high school level)
  • Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Vocational Education Teachers, Post-secondary
  • Database Administrators
  • Education Administrators, Preschool and Child Care Center/Program

Education is a top industry in this group of high demand jobs. Because of the job growth in this region, Compensation & Benefits/Job Analysts are in high demand. IT and legal techs are assured of abundant job openings.

Largest Jackson Area Employers

  1. State of Mississippi government offices and facilities - Hind County, home to Jackson, has two county seats, and therefore more state & County government jobs as well than some other counties.
  2. University of Mississippi Medical Center - IT, Health, Environment
  3. United States Government - All Top 20 Jobs
  4. Jackson Public School District
  5. Nissan North America Inc.

Pure Oil Station in Jackson, 1935
Pure Oil Station in Jackson, 1935 | Source

Native American Nations in Jackson

The Choctaw Nation in and near Jackson originally flattened the skulls of their male infants. Sports were very important to Choctaw culture, and their most favored sport was lacrosse. The Choctaws used lacrosse to settle many disputes, rather than going to war with rival nations. However, the matches included biting, striking, stomping, and gouging; and deaths sometimes occurred.

Choctaws bred their own horses and cattle, contributing to area agriculture, but were forced west to Oklahoma by President Andrew Jackson in 1830. However, there is still an official Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Choctaw economy is based in agriculture, manufacturing, service, retail, and tourism, including gaming and shopping malls. The Band employees over 8,000 people, 65% of them non-native, and experience new job openings every year.

The Chickasaw Nation's name means "to leave." They warred intermittently with the Choctaw Nation and absorbed African and African American slaves into their tribe. They were all removed to Oklahoma after the Choctaws were forced west, under the Indian Removal Laws of Andrew Jackson's Presidential Administration..

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Chickasaw warrior | Source

Post Secondary Schools in Jackson


Sports in Jackson

  • Belhaven College Blazers - Several sports for men and women.
  • JSU Tigers - Several college level sports.
  • Jackson Senators minor-league Baseball
  • Mississippi Braves Baseball - Affiliate of the major league Atlanta Braves.
  • MS Sports Hall of Fame and Museum - This grew out of the original, local Dizzy Dean Museum (

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      6 years ago

      your awsome

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      12 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Nice comments, kkay63. Good to hear a compliment for the Choctaws as well. Thanks for stopping by!

      I remember a McDonalds in Meridian Mississippi a long time ago that had a swimming pool with a life guard, and musuem quality pleices in the interior décor. I wonder if it's still there? .

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      12 years ago

      Thanks for a great Hub! As a Jacksonian, I am happy to see us ranked high in something good for a change! I also really appreciate how you incorporated the Choctaws into the hub. Sometimes overlooked, the MS band of Choctaw Indians are a huge and growing contributor to our economy, and have always been a big part of our culture and heritage!


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