One of the state’s biggest employment generators, the aerospace industry represents more than 38,000 jobs at more than 250 firms in Oklahoma. Centered on the work at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base, private companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Kratos and Pratt & Whitney partner with military personnel to operate the largest aircraft and jet repair center in the United States. Another star performing is the FAA's Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, whose 7,500 direct federal employees provide aviation training and logistics support to the nation's aerospace system.
OKC is cultivating a fast-growing bioscience cluster with cutting-edge research and technology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Presbyterian Health Foundation and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Over the past decade, local startups like Selexys, Crescendo and Novazyme have been acquired by some of the biggest names in the industry. Total revenues in biotechnology exceed $6.7 billion annually. Oklahomans are investing in both bioscience and innovative solutions, and it’s paying off with a booming and growing business sector for OKC.
Well-known for being a global oil capital, Oklahoma City's energy industry developed significantly from its oil-intense beginnings. OKC also makes a great fit for CNG, wind and solar production and manufacturing. OKC is strong in these areas because of its strategic central location, wealth of advanced manufacturing, production and workforce synergies due to our well-developed aerospace sector and low input costs.
Technology and Entrepreneurship
In many ways, OKC's very roots run deep in the entrepreneurial spirit — after all, we went from a city of zero to more than 10,000 in one day back in the Land Run of 1889. Today, Oklahoma City's growing entrepreneurship community currently benefits from our low-cost, business-friendly environment, as well as easy talent acquisition due to our region's more than 100,000 college students. From successful tech startups to biotech labs to the inventor's workbench, OKC is a place where your ideas can get off the ground.
The low cost of doing business in Oklahoma City combined with a well-trained workforce has made Oklahoma City an attractive location for companies to headquarter and/or operate back office operations here. Companies like Hobby Lobby, Devon Energy, Paycom, Sonic Corp., MidFirst Bank, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores and American Fidelity are just a handful of the diverse employers who operate their headquarters in Oklahoma City.