The Columbus, GA-AL metropolitan statistical area (MSA) had a civilian employment of approximately 114,920 as of May 2018 according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics survey (excluding self-employed and household workers). The greater Columbus, GA-AL labor market experienced employment decline of about 0.86% (115,920 to 114,920) in the 10-year period from 2008 to 2018. This is in comparison to the 7.06% national employment growth during the same period. The 2018 labor market estimate of 114,920 for the Columbus, GA-AL MSA is comprised of the following: 5,610 (4.88%) in management occupations; 6,090 (5.30%) in business and financial operations occupations; 3,520 (3.06%) in computer and mathematical occupations; 1,110 (0.97%) in architecture and engineering occupations; 570 (0.50%) in life, physical and social science occupations; 1,230 (1.07%) in community and social service occupations; 570 (0.50%) in legal occupations; 8,570 (7.46%) in education, training and library occupations; 1,060 (0.92%) in arts, design, entertainment, sports and media occupations; 7,670 (6.67%) in healthcare practitioners and technical occupations; 3,770 (3.28%) in healthcare support occupations; 3,430 (2.98%) in protective service occupations; 12,590 (10.96%) in food preparation and serving related occupations; 3,270 (2.85%) in building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations; 4,410 (3.84%) in personal care and service occupations; 12,140 (10.56%) in sales and related occupations; 17,460 (15.19%) in office and administrative support occupations; 280 (0.24%) in farming, fishing and forestry occupations; 3,460 (3.01%) in construction and extraction occupations; 5,080 (4.42%) in installation, maintenance and repair occupations; 7,230 (6.29%) in production occupations; 5,810 (5.06%) in transportation and material moving occupations.
Major employers in the Columbus, GA-AL metropolitan area include the following: Fort Benning (42,800+ employees); Total System Services, Inc. (TSYS) (5,500+ employees); Muscogee County School District (5,100+ employees); Aflac (3,800+ employees); Columbus Consolidated Government (3,000+ employees); Piedmont Columbus Regional (2,850+ employees); Kia Motor Manufacturing of Georgia (2,700+ employees); St. Francis Hospital (2,500+ employees); Pratt & Whitney Engine Services (2,250+ employees); Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (1,650+ employees); Synovus (1,350+ employees); Columbus State University (1,200+ employees); WestRock (900+ employees); AlaTrade Foods (650+ employees); Callaway Resort & Gardens (600+ employees).
Whether serving as your vocational rehabilitation counselor, consultant or expert witness, Dr. Hankins will make use of his specialized knowledge of the greater Columbus, GA-AL labor market to ensure that his professional opinions about individuals’ employment and earning potential are based on accurate, reliable information. In a clinical context, this maximizes the likelihood of helping clients to identify appropriate vocational goals and developing a rehabilitation plan that will allow them to achieve their employment aspirations. In a forensic context, this enables Dr. Hankins to conduct thorough, independent vocational and rehabilitation economic evaluations that culminate in the attainment of defensible conclusions about the degree of vocational disability and/or economic loss attributable to the injury or incident of interest in a case. Please contact Hankins & Hankins Vocational Consulting today to learn how we can be of help!