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Ohio, the country's seventh most populated state, is situated in the heart of the nation's waterway and interstate roadways -- making it an important piece of the U.S. industrial sector. The state is home to several major metropolitan areas, led by the Cleveland area, home to over 2 million residents. Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, Youngstown and Columbus each have populations over 500,000.

The future employment outlook for the state appears to be strong between 2010 and 2020. The Ohio Development Services Agency projects Ohio's economy to grow by nearly 10 percent during that time period, adding nearly 500,000 new jobs across the state.

Top Ohio industries and employers

Manufacturing is the state's largest industry, anchored by fabricated metals and the production of transportation equipment. The manufacturing sector accounts for over 670,000 jobs in the state and Ohio is a leading producer of automobiles, electrical equipment, plastics and rubber, trucks and more.

Major automotive, appliance and metal companies have a presence in the state, including the following:

  • General Motors
  • Honda
  • Ford
  • General Electric
  • AK Steel
  • Chrysler
  • Timken

However, Ohio's economy is not solely reliant on manufacturing; indeed, it is diverse, built on a mix of business areas, from professional services to health & education. The six biggest industries in the state in 2014 (based on total employment), include:



Trade and Transportation


Health & Education




Professional & Tech Services




Leisure and Hospitality


Source: Ohio Development Services Agency, July 2014

The makeup of Ohio's economy should be attractive for prospective students considering a post-secondary career training or vocational education. Vocational programs are available in each of Ohio's chief employment areas, such as health care, automotive repair, financial services, communication, computer technology and more.

Employment in Ohio

Wal-Mart is the largest employer in the state, employing nearly 50,000 individuals. Outside of Wal-Mart, the state is home to several businesses that not only have headquarters in the state, but also employ thousands of people. Some of the largest businesses in Ohio include:


Number Employed


Headquarters Location

Cleveland Clinic Foundation


Health Care


Kroger Co.




Ohio State University




Wright-Patterson Air Force Base




Catholic Healthcare Partners


Health Care


Ohio Health


Health Care


Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center


Health Care


Source: Ohio Development Services Agency, Top Employers in Ohio, April 2014

Manufacturing: General Electric has over 15,000 employees in Ohio and is the largest manufacturing employer in the state. Other major employers in manufacturing include:

  • Procter & Gamble: 13,300 employees
  • General Motors: 9,700 employees
  • Ford Motors: 5,600 employees

Financial Services: Ohio is also a hub of financial activity and four of the largest financial services employers have over 55,000 employees in the state.

  • JPMorgan Chase: 23,200 employees
  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance: 13,550 employees
  • PNC: 9,500 employees
  • Fifth Third: 9,400 employees

Vocational careers in Ohio

Health care, manufacturing and financial services are not only some of the largest employing industries in Ohio, but three of the most vocationally focused business areas as well. Numerous vocational programs are available in each area, with specialties ranging from diesel mechanic to accounting training, machining to E-commerce instruction.

Some of the fastest growing careers in Ohio, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, include several vocational-based occupations:

CareerTotal EmploymentAnnual Median WageProjected Employment Change
Occupational Therapy Aides90313503,000
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters5703659010,500
Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas410394503,800
Occupational Therapy Assistants23905642012,900
Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters7402435013,200
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians20705296015,700
Physical Therapist Aides8902407020,100
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers25506177027,000
Home Health Aides6646020060424,200
Personal Care Aides2011019670580,800
*This data is sourced from the 2014 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

With several central business hubs, including Cleveland, Akron, Cincinnati and more, Ohio is well-poised for economic growth during the next decade. The projected growth of manufacturing, transportation, financial services and health care mean individuals considering a vocational education should be positioned for career success as job openings become available.


Ohio Development Services Agency, Economic Overview of Ohio, http://development.ohio.gov/files/research/E1000.pdf

Ohio Development Services Agency, Major Employers Ranked by Employment, http://development.ohio.gov/files/research/B2001.pdf

Ohio Development Services Agency, Major Employers Ranked by Revenue, http://development.ohio.gov/files/research/B2020.pdf

Ohio Development Services Agency, Ohio Business Stats, http://development.ohio.gov/files/research/B2011.pdf

Cleveland.com, Ohio Economic News, http://www.cleveland.com/economy/

Innovation Ohio, Ohio's Low-Wage Recovery, http://innovationohio.org/2014/08/20/ohios-low-wage-recovery/

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Projections Central, Ohio Long Term Employment Projections, https://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm

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