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Central Region

The Central Region is comprised of 19 counties. As well as being where the state capital of Jefferson City is located, the region also includes the cities of Columbia and Rolla, which are both home to University of Missouri campuses. Some of the largest private employers in this region are Boone Hospital Center, Scholastic, Shelter Mutual Insurance and Veterans United Home Loans. The University of Missouri and the Department of Defense are large government employers in this region. The average annual wage for all industries in the Central Region is $37,636. The top jobs below are from the 2024 long-term occupational projections.
Average Wages for Top Employing Industries in the Central Region 2016
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Top Job Outlook-Central    Top Job Openings-Central
Grade Occupation Title Total
Openings
Average
Wages
Grade Occupation Title Total
Openings
Average
Wages
A 2,099 $56,183   B 4,073 $19,658
A+ 1,620 $76,519   B 4,013 $23,175
A 1,096 $20,633   B+ 3,150 $18,833
A 1,058 $43,411   B 3,059 $18,816
A 769 $46,488   A 2,099 $56,183
A 695 $56,606   B 1,777 $29,163
A+ 617 $82,859   A+ 1,620 $82,859
A 599 $63,679   B+ 1,599 $23,672
A 416 $48,891   B+ 1,590 $31,734
A 398 $67,134   B 1,508 $27,702