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Top 15 High Demand Jobs in Auburn, Alabama

Updated on February 9, 2018
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

Major Award-Winning College Town

Auburn is located in Lee County, Alabama and is one of the Top 20 College Towns in America, repeatedly recognized by Forbes Magazine.

Like the other towns on the Forbes list, Auburn has had an increase in jobs from 2008 through 2018, even during the Great recession.

The City of Auburn is one of the largest communities in the Southeast, with a population of over 56,000 people and a metro market area of 500,000 residents, including the suburbs of Opelika, Columbus, and Tuskegee.

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 2010s. US News and World Reports named it to the magazine’s Top 10 Best Places to Live in 2009.

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C markerColumbus -
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Job listings increased during the Great Recession, 2008 - 2009.
Job listings increased during the Great Recession, 2008 - 2009. | Source

We can see from the accompanying graphs that while Auburn experienced a sharp increase in advertised jobs in spring and summer 2008, followed by a sharp decrease after August, jobs increased y through much of the fall of 2009.

In December 2009, not including seasonal positions, the number of jobs available in the Greater Auburn Area was nearly 4,000.

Numbers of job listings dropped to a level that was still higher than the start of this timeline in April 2008.
Numbers of job listings dropped to a level that was still higher than the start of this timeline in April 2008. | Source

Jobs in Auburn and the Suburbs

The City of Tuskegee is approximately 20 miles from Auburn and offers additional job opportunities. Job openings increased 2008 - 2009 here to a greater extent than in Auburn.

Top Hiring Companies in the Metro Area

  1. Auburn University, including a hotel.
  2. East Alabama Medical Center: Healthcare
  3. US Army National Guard
  4. Murphy Oil
  5. Alascare Health and Hospice
  6. Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dunkin' Donuts
  8. CVS health Retail and Pharmacy
  9. Medical Connections
  10. Advanced Auto Parts; Auto-Zone
  11. Dollar stores: Family Dollar and others.
  12. H&R Block: Income Tax
  13. America's Best Companies
  14. US Air Force
  15. Joseph A. Bank

Top 15 Most Frequently Advertised Jobs

  1. Sales Representatives and Account Executives
  2. Registered Nurses
  3. Occupational and Physical Therapists
  4. Tax Preparers
  5. Retail Cashiers: Concessions, grocery; other.
  6. Franchise Salespersons
  7. Assistant Store Managers
  8. Mechanical, electrical and Manufacturing Engineers
  9. Special Events Directors
  10. Physical Therapy Assistants
  11. Staff Attorneys
  12. Assistant Managers: Casual dining and fast food.
  13. Office Business Managers
  14. Machine Operators
  15. Leasing Managers

Government Projections for Fast Growing Jobs

  1. Software Developers, all types
  2. Truck Drivers, CDL: Heavy and Tractor-Trailer
  3. Registered Nurses
  4. Computer Systems Analysts
  5. Industrial and Mechanical Engineers
  6. Nurse Practitioners
  7. Machinists
  8. Sales Representatives, Inside and Outside
  9. Home Health Aides (HHAs), Nursing Aides, Orderlies, etc.
  10. Carpenters, Electricians
  11. Combined Food Prep and Service: Front line and management positions.
  12. Customer Service Representatives
  13. Medical Assistants
  14. Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters
  15. Social and Human Service Assistants

Local Institutions of Higher Learning

The Auburn area is home to several unique and interesting colleges and universities:

Auburn Metro Area Information

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.


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 Alabama is 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 to honor individual athletes from Auburn University in what is known as the famous Tiger Trail.

Toomer's Corner is a tailgating 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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This gathering spot is found just north of Auburn University and its hotel.

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:

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

© 2009 Patty Inglish


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    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 8 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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      saurabh 8 years ago

      Thanks for valuable information

    • Bieberella profile image

      Bieberella 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

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


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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      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.


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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

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

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      Hello, hello, 8 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 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      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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      dusanotes 8 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