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Employment by Industry and Occupation

The subsequent data is for the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Since Norfolk operates within a regional labor market, and new businesses or companies would attract labor from numerous cities in the MSA, not just Norfolk, the employment by industry and employment by occupation data is supplied at the MSA level. The top five industries in MSA by number of employees are Government, Health Care and Social Assistance, Retail Trade, Accommodation and Food Services, and Manufacturing. The number one Industry, Government, (which includes; civilian Department of Defense; federal laboratories; seven public colleges and universities; and the NATO North American Headquarters)accounts for over 28% of all employees in the MSA.

Top Information Technology Occupations in the MSA[1]:

Occupation MSA – 2018 Median Annual Wage[1]
Software Developers, Applications $87,400
Computer Systems Analysts $81,410
Computer User Support Specialists $52,150
Software Developers, Systems Software $100,880
Sales Representatives $57,030

Top Insurance Occupations in the MSA[1]

Occupation MSA – 2018 Median Annual Wage[1]
Customer Service Representatives $30,050
Insurance Sales Agents $40,980
Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks $37,920
Management Analysts $88,070
Registered Nurses $65,670

Top Maritime, Transportation, and Logistics Occupations in the MSA[1]:

Occupation MSA – 2018 Median Annual Wage[1]
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Materials Movers $26,270
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators $40,540
Cargo and Freight Agents $55,790
Sailors and Marine Oilers $44,950
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels $70,990

[1]Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Employment Statistics, “May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates”,