THE GOOD LIFE IS CALLING

Here are some of the primary industries that are the driving force behind Nebraska’s strong economy. Click below to learn more about each industry and their needs.

AGRIBUSINESS AND FOOD PROCESSING

Food is what we do. We face the world population’s constantly growing and ever-changing demands by challenging the boundaries of traditional practices and products with new innovations in agriculture. 

BIOSCIENCES

With over 16,000 jobs and 1,000 business in play, Nebraska’s life sciences industry is attracting interest from some major international players looking to expand their business. We specialize in three of five major subsectors—agricultural feedstock and chemicals, bioscience distribution and medical devices and equipment.

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

Our second-largest industry is kind of like a Field of Dreams: If we build it, they will come. Advanced manufacturing makes up nearly 12% of the GDP—which comes out to over $1.8 trillion a year.

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Looking for clean energy? Nebraska is pioneering biofuels, wind, solar and geothermal energy. We’re the second-largest producer of ethanol and rank 6th among the top 10 states for wind energy resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Nebraska has a history of excellence in the finance industry dating back to the 1880s. We’re second in the U.S. when it comes to total size of assets held by insurance companies. Of those companies, 180 call Nebraska home. 

IT AND DATA SERVICES

They don’t call us the Silicon Prairie for nothing. We had the third-fastest rate of growth in tech jobs in 2015, thanks in part to our boom in information technology and data center careers.

HEALTH AND MEDICAL SERVICES

It’s one of the top growing professions nationwide, and no exception here. The University of Nebraska Medical Center is a major research facility with one of the top 10 physician assistant programs in the country.

BUSINESS SERVICES

If you’re ready to climb the corporate ladder, you’re in luck. Business support professions like law, accounting and printing make up a third of all Nebraska jobs. 

 

TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY

As the Nebraska Tourism Commission brings more and more people to visit our amazing state, Nebraska’s becoming less of a hidden gem. And as a result, tourism-centered businesses are growing rapidly.

TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS

The logistics business is great in the Good Life. Interstate 80 runs for over 480 miles across Nebraska, and supply chain and logistics management companies take advantage of our central location on this busy intercontinental highway by headquartering here and hiring up accordingly.

CALL CENTERS AND E-COMMERCE

Our large base of call centers and e-commerce businesses has continued to grow with the rise of customer support, data centers and IT services. We figure our friendliness translates through the phone lines.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

From our adventurous beginnings as a frontier territory, Nebraska has always boasted a proud pioneering spirit that attracts entrepreneurs from abroad. Our state offers cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurship incentives for innovators looking to jump-start their ideas. 

AGRIBUSINESS AND FOOD PROCESSING

Food is what we do. We face the world population’s constantly growing and ever-changing demands by challenging the boundaries of traditional practices and products with new innovations in agriculture. 

BIOSCIENCES

With over 16,000 jobs and 1,000 business in play, Nebraska’s life sciences industry is attracting interest from some major international players looking to expand their business. We specialize in three of five major subsectors—agricultural feedstock and chemicals, bioscience distribution and medical devices and equipment.

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

Our second-largest industry is kind of like a Field of Dreams: If we build it, they will come. Advanced manufacturing makes up nearly 12% of the GDP—which comes out to over $1.8 trillion a year.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Looking for clean energy? Nebraska is pioneering biofuels, wind, solar and geothermal energy. We’re the second-largest producer of ethanol and rank 6th among the top 10 states for wind energy resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Nebraska has a history of excellence in the finance industry dating back to the 1880s. We’re second in the U.S. when it comes to total size of assets held by insurance companies. Of those companies, 180 call Nebraska home. 

IT AND DATA SERVICES

They don’t call us the Silicon Prairie for nothing. We had the third-fastest rate of growth in tech jobs in 2015, thanks in part to our boom in information technology and data center careers.

HEALTH AND MEDICAL SERVICES

It’s one of the top growing professions nationwide, and no exception here. The University of Nebraska Medical Center is a major research facility with one of the top 10 physician assistant programs in the country.

BUSINESS SERVICES

If you’re ready to climb the corporate ladder, you’re in luck. Business support professions like law, accounting and printing make up a third of all Nebraska jobs. 

TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY

As the Nebraska Tourism Commission brings more and more people to visit our amazing state, Nebraska’s becoming less of a hidden gem. And as a result, tourism-centered businesses are growing rapidly.

TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS

The logistics business is great in the Good Life. Interstate 80 runs for over 480 miles across Nebraska, and supply chain and logistics management companies take advantage of our central location on this busy intercontinental highway by headquartering here and hiring up accordingly.

CALL CENTERS AND E-COMMERCE

Our large base of call centers and e-commerce businesses has continued to grow with the rise of customer support, data centers and IT services. We figure our friendliness translates through the phone lines.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

From our adventurous beginnings as a frontier territory, Nebraska has always boasted a proud pioneering spirit that attracts entrepreneurs from abroad. Our state offers cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurship incentives for innovators looking to jump-start their ideas. 

READY TO GET TO WORK?

Find your Good Life career today. Take a look at our highest-demand, highest-paying occupations and then use these resources to find your dream job:

local jobs

Post your resume, search Nebraska jobs and connect with employers.

nebraska career connections

Find tons of resources for career planning and advancement, education and more.

OPTiN: OPPORTUNITIES IN TECH

Search technology job postings from local tech employers in the Lincoln and Omaha super region.

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