Mitchelstown is a significant employment centre of the North Cork area, dominated by the food manufacturing sector but also providing, in particular, skilled and semi-skilled employment opportunities in many other sectors. The current employment sectoral profile is as follows:

Manufacturing sector – 26%
Building and construction – 9.7%
Commerce – 20.4%
Public Administration – 2.9%
Agriculture – 16.4%
Transport – 2.8%
Professionals – 10.3%
Other 10.8%
Furthermore, 9.9% of the over – 15% population are students, 16.9% are involved with home duties and 12.5% are retired.