As the birth state of eight U.S. presidents and home to Thomas Jefferson's beloved Monticello home, Charlottesville, Virginia is a town steeped in tradition and history. As the home of a major university and vocational and trade schools, Charlottesville is also a town where those who wish to attend school and prepare for a career should find ample opportunity.
The population of Charlottesville was almost 44,000 in 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In this area of the U.S., people may work in one city and live in another, and Charlottesville is no exception. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov), in February 2014, the following sectors showed the following numbers of employees in Charlottesville:
- Government, 32,700 workers
- Professional and business services, 13,000 workers
- Trade, transportation, and utilities, 12,400 workers
- Leisure and hospitality, 11,600 workers
Charlottesville, Va. economy and careers
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov), the median hourly wage in Charlottesville was $16.63 as of May 2013. The U.S. Census Bureau reported a 2012 median household income of $44,535 (Census.gov). Current employment trends indicate that software development is one of Virginia's fastest growing occupations, with projected growth of over 29,500 new jobs in the field by 2020, according to Projections Central.
The following are median hourly wages for some Charlottesville jobs in May of 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports:
- Software developers, applications, $39.74
- Physical therapist assistants, $30.24
- Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks, $18.39
- Automotive service technicians and mechanics, $17.24
- Phlebotomists, $14.98
Training at a Charlottesville vocational, trade or technical schools may give you the opportunity to work and live in this lovely area, which is just a stone's throw away from the famous Blue Ridge mountain range.
Charlottesville, VA, Economy at a Glance, Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 2014, http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.va_charlottesville_msa.htm
Charlottesville, VA, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_16820.htm
Virginia, Projections Central, http://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
Charlottesville, Virginia, State and Country QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, 2012, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/51/5114968.html