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Athens Employment

Employment and Industries in the Athens, Georgia Area

Athens has a diverse economy which is powered by numerous sectors including tourism, healthcare, education, poultry processing, and timber. Other significant factors for the economy include the manufacturing of items such as electronics and electrical components, industrial machinery, textiles, apparel and transportation equipment. In addition, the city is regarded as the major center for trade in Northeast Georgia.

Praise for Athens from notable sources:

  • Ranked #5 in Kiplinger's list of the 10 best cities
  • Ranked #4 in the top 20 college towns for jobs list by Forbes.com
  • Given a five-star ranking for its appeal to high-tech companies by Expansion Management Magazine
  • Ranked #7 in Forbes.com's list of top 10 best small cities for jobs

Some of the occupations more common in Athens than the nation's other cities are coil winders, tapers and finishers; bio-technology technicians, law clerks, machine feeders and off-bearers, structural metal fabricators, veterinary technicians and technologists; and surgical technologists.

The major employers in the Athens area are shown below:

  • University of Georgia
  • Athens Regional Medical Center
  • Goldkist
  • St Mary's Health Care System Inc
  • University of Georgia
  • Walmart
  • Merial Limited
  • Carrier Corporation
  • Harrison Poultry
  • Doctors Hospitals

The major employment sectors in Athens are:

  • Government
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Tourism
  • Management, business and finance
  • Administrative support
  • Sales

Noteworthy data regarding Athens: In 2008 the cost of living index was 86.6. The nation's average is 100. Approximately 40% of the population over the age of 25 have a bachelor's degree or higher. In 2007 the estimated median household income was $36,000.

Companies located in Athens have access to business organizations such as:

The Athens Banner Herald offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in Athens.

Most Popular Jobs in Athens, Georgia Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 1,800 $56,000 $43,460 - 72,030 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 1,320 $50,590 $34,440 - 67,500 14% 95%
3 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 500 $60,170 $30,230 - 114,080 8% 51%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 500 $55,930 $37,950 - 78,860 6% 96%
5 Accountants and auditors 470 $52,790 $33,720 - 89,230 18% 79%
6 Biological technicians 370 $38,620 $23,970 - 56,790 16% 60%
7 Teachers and instructors, all other 350 $19,890 $16,420 - 23,740 9% 54%
8 Medical and health services managers 280 $84,770 $44,220 - 135,500 16% 57%
9 Chief executives 240 $139,140 $67,060 - 2% 65%
10 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 230 $43,490 $15,980 - 67,650 13% 73%
11 Pharmacists 220 $97,960 $69,440 - 126,590 22% 97%
12 Financial managers 210 $96,010 $55,090 - 147,070 13% 60%
13 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 210 $52,780 $36,630 - 72,120 20% 87%
14 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 210 $42,510 $22,680 - 65,360 12% 51%
15 Computer systems analysts 180 $64,510 $41,500 - 96,100 29% 68%
16 Management analysts 170 $73,380 $34,260 - 119,710 22% 78%
17 Graphic designers 170 $42,330 $25,870 - 63,000 10% 55%
18 Training and development specialists 160 $51,930 $27,160 - 78,450 18% 56%
19 Physical therapists 150 $61,990 $36,700 - 85,790 27% 89%
20 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 140 $54,990 $27,190 - 98,670 12% 51%
21 Sales managers 130 $111,780 $51,560 - 10% 69%
22 Child, family, and school social workers 130 $34,260 $25,990 - 46,330 19% 77%
23 Lawyers 120 $64,240 $39,500 - 91,710 11% 99%
24 Librarians 120 $54,600 $35,520 - 79,330 4% 85%
25 Social and human service assistants 120 $23,820 $15,420 - 35,240 34% 58%
26 Managers, all other 110 $115,990 $67,240 - 164,800 7% 55%
27 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 110 $86,850 $66,400 - 111,460 8% 78%
28 Physician assistants 110 $80,080 $63,100 - 101,640 27% 67%
29 Community and social service specialists, all other 100 $33,230 $21,660 - 48,100 25% 58%
30 Mechanical engineers 90 $64,190 $36,990 - 96,090 4% 78%
31 Instructional coordinators 90 $59,450 $33,290 - 89,560 23% 79%
32 Financial analysts 90 $54,760 $32,870 - 90,280 34% 87%
33 Medical and public health social workers 90 $43,610 $29,240 - 61,190 24% 77%
34 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 90 $40,490 $27,180 - 52,370 18% 56%
35 Computer programmers 80 $55,130 $35,680 - 90,750 -4% 73%
36 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 80 $49,230 $26,340 - 85,940 5% 58%
37 Self-enrichment education teachers 80 $38,460 $26,190 - 62,300 23% 54%
38 Computer software engineers, applications 80 $0 $ - 45% 85%
39 Veterinarians 70 $71,200 $38,900 - 104,110 35% 100%
40 Social and community service managers 70 $44,590 $27,400 - 66,990 25% 72%
41 Public relations specialists 70 $43,150 $27,590 - 63,170 18% 81%
42 Health educators 70 $33,180 $22,740 - 49,490 26% 58%
43 Marketing managers 60 $106,010 $55,570 - 164,020 14% 69%
44 Electrical engineers 60 $74,730 $41,780 - 102,590 6% 81%
45 Editors 60 $54,840 $27,120 - 117,840 2% 81%
46 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 60 $51,560 $36,410 - 71,830 17% 56%
47 Meeting and convention planners 60 $32,540 $25,020 - 45,940 20% 67%
48 Dentists, general 50 $194,220 $119,550 - 9% 100%
49 Speech-language pathologists 50 $72,400 $42,820 - 125,140 11% 98%
50 Computer specialists, all other 50 $63,470 $33,900 - 95,600 15% 68%
51 Civil engineers 50 $59,890 $37,810 - 80,120 18% 87%
52 Advertising sales agents 50 $28,330 $17,100 - 39,700 20% 56%
53 Purchasing managers 40 $96,330 $42,780 - 153,720 3% 57%
54 Engineering managers 40 $93,620 $69,250 - 124,550 7% 84%
55 Industrial engineers 40 $75,570 $49,470 - 99,300 20% 74%
56 Occupational therapists 40 $64,540 $54,400 - 81,550 23% 90%
57 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 40 $64,220 $24,190 - 103,760 16% 99%
58 Athletic trainers 40 $46,320 $35,920 - 52,950 24% 72%
59 Detectives and criminal investigators 40 $46,000 $34,900 - 60,800 17% 54%
60 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 40 $44,020 $32,790 - 66,110 18% 56%
61 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 40 $38,520 $26,870 - 53,120 11% 55%
62 Market research analysts 40 $37,280 $21,520 - 58,540 20% 82%
63 Legislators 40 $15,040 $12,720 - 21,930 1% 65%
64 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 30 $99,480 $35,210 - 25% 67%
65 Engineers, all other 30 $68,010 $43,120 - 99,450 6% 82%
66 Financial specialists, all other 30 $43,560 $28,260 - 63,980 12% 50%
67 Dietitians and nutritionists 30 $36,740 $15,020 - 62,420 9% 72%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 3,100 $21,930 $13,800 - 31,500 12% 25%
2 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 2,250 $15,520 $12,890 - 19,800 18% 5%
3 Cashiers 1,950 $16,860 $12,930 - 22,960 -3% 10%
4 Waiters and waitresses 1,810 $15,630 $12,820 - 22,070 11% 14%
5 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,720 $22,330 $15,680 - 30,300 2% 5%
6 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 1,470 $39,950 $26,080 - 60,720 6% 29%
7 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,390 $25,550 $17,900 - 34,750 1% 18%
8 General and operations managers 1,350 $80,830 $40,260 - 146,980 2% 48%
9 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 1,350 $22,160 $15,870 - 30,660 15% 4%
10 Office clerks, general 1,330 $23,170 $15,030 - 32,440 13% 19%
11 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,260 $22,150 $14,730 - 31,300 -8% 8%
12 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,160 $30,010 $18,440 - 42,820 13% 16%
13 Teacher assistants 1,090 $18,420 $13,760 - 24,390 10% 18%
14 Customer service representatives 1,060 $26,290 $13,670 - 41,430 25% 22%
15 Team assemblers 940 $30,940 $15,230 - 40,270 0% 5%
16 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 880 $36,380 $24,230 - 50,280 15% 18%
17 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 870 $34,090 $21,690 - 50,070 4% 25%
18 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 790 $35,790 $21,340 - 63,240 10% 4%
19 Maintenance and repair workers, general 730 $32,340 $21,310 - 47,790 10% 6%
20 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 650 $20,570 $16,300 - 26,290 18% 7%
21 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 640 $28,410 $20,140 - 44,850 11% 14%
22 Cooks, restaurant 590 $20,190 $13,840 - 26,560 12% 5%
23 Receptionists and information clerks 580 $24,310 $16,560 - 32,290 17% 13%
24 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 570 $32,320 $18,400 - 58,170 8% 4%
25 Cooks, fast food 550 $16,180 $13,120 - 19,850 8% 5%
26 Telemarketers 530 $19,800 $16,530 - 27,110 -10% 14%
27 Food preparation workers 520 $18,740 $14,020 - 24,550 15% 7%
28 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 510 $38,450 $28,270 - 49,950 11% 33%
29 Packers and packagers, hand 500 $24,010 $13,640 - 39,370 -12% 3%
30 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 490 $17,830 $13,380 - 24,180 13% 5%
31 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 470 $21,950 $17,050 - 30,580 18% 6%
32 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 450 $40,750 $23,670 - 63,620 14% 4%
33 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 440 $39,510 $27,210 - 54,150 14% 7%
34 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 440 $16,480 $12,930 - 21,290 10% 17%
35 Cooks, short order 420 $19,240 $12,980 - 34,710 5% 5%
36 Computer support specialists 410 $37,020 $19,360 - 52,340 13% 43%
37 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 400 $44,160 $26,700 - 65,440 -5% 15%
38 Medical secretaries 390 $29,040 $21,060 - 38,790 17% 18%
39 Dishwashers 370 $15,210 $12,880 - 18,860 10% 3%
40 Carpenters 360 $35,700 $21,160 - 49,290 10% 6%
41 Construction laborers 350 $25,000 $16,210 - 37,300 11% 5%
42 Preschool teachers, except special education 350 $17,750 $13,270 - 23,550 26% 43%
43 Tellers 340 $22,870 $17,190 - 29,760 14% 16%
44 Personal and home care aides 340 $18,000 $16,260 - 20,060 51% 10%
45 Home health aides 330 $18,990 $16,490 - 23,150 49% 7%
46 Bartenders 330 $16,230 $12,970 - 21,000 11% 17%
47 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 320 $47,610 $27,790 - 71,570 7% 13%
48 Medical assistants 310 $29,160 $21,500 - 38,320 35% 10%
49 Security guards 310 $27,230 $13,300 - 55,910 17% 13%
50 Coil winders, tapers, and finishers 300 $26,330 $13,780 - 35,830 -31% 6%
51 Administrative services managers 290 $76,570 $42,120 - 125,750 12% 40%
52 Internists, general 270 $176,600 $129,090 - 0% 0%
53 Industrial truck and tractor operators 270 $27,770 $20,290 - 34,710 -2% 2%
54 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 260 $29,700 $21,150 - 41,960 4% 6%
55 Machine feeders and offbearers 260 $25,230 $16,650 - 39,660 -15% 0%
56 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 250 $30,090 $20,420 - 46,130 4% 15%
57 Bill and account collectors 250 $27,300 $16,070 - 40,330 23% 13%
58 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 240 $30,350 $24,410 - 38,660 5% 2%
59 Structural metal fabricators and fitters 240 $29,680 $25,940 - 35,690 -0% 0%
60 Production workers, all other 240 $21,470 $13,810 - 31,790 2% 5%
61 Radiologic technologists and technicians 230 $47,370 $30,180 - 66,390 15% 25%
62 Electricians 220 $41,690 $28,650 - 55,870 7% 7%
63 Sheet metal workers 220 $29,680 $19,810 - 40,430 7% 4%
64 Pharmacy technicians 220 $25,290 $19,180 - 32,260 32% 16%
65 Recreation workers 220 $24,140 $16,350 - 37,870 13% 47%
66 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 210 $48,910 $32,750 - 69,010 9% 10%
67 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 210 $31,490 $20,060 - 48,100 -7% 14%
68 Counter and rental clerks 210 $22,140 $13,150 - 38,400 23% 16%
69 Postal service mail carriers 210 $0 $ - 1% 11%
70 Machinists 200 $34,380 $22,030 - 49,100 -3% 3%
71 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 200 $14,770 $12,820 - 16,960 12% 6%
72 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 190 $33,290 $23,850 - 48,440 8% 3%
73 Dental assistants 190 $28,130 $20,970 - 39,000 29% 9%
74 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 190 $26,820 $15,690 - 37,280 10% 24%
75 Driver/sales workers 190 $23,570 $14,090 - 33,040 -5% 4%
76 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 180 $35,320 $27,690 - 45,300 11% 4%
77 Veterinary technologists and technicians 180 $30,890 $16,410 - 46,000 41% 16%
78 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 180 $0 $ - -8% 12%
79 Insurance sales agents 170 $50,280 $27,440 - 103,240 13% 45%
80 Telecommunications line installers and repairers 170 $40,680 $23,780 - 61,940 5% 8%
81 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 170 $28,120 $21,570 - 37,500 -15% 0%
82 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 170 $28,050 $13,670 - 40,990 12% 6%
83 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 170 $20,710 $15,100 - 26,860 11% 5%
84 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 170 $17,940 $14,180 - 22,350 10% 5%
85 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 160 $27,240 $21,690 - 37,720 19% 14%
86 Business operations specialists, all other 150 $60,410 $33,250 - 95,430 21% 49%
87 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 150 $44,510 $32,670 - 61,500 16% 43%
88 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 150 $29,850 $21,930 - 40,010 13% 11%
89 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 150 $22,730 $18,120 - 28,280 -5% 5%
90 Nonfarm animal caretakers 150 $16,220 $12,760 - 20,360 18% 16%
91 Dental hygienists 140 $59,940 $49,290 - 69,020 30% 33%
92 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 140 $34,210 $13,350 - 55,230 27% 47%
93 Surgical technologists 140 $33,150 $27,050 - 41,270 25% 16%
94 Refuse and recyclable material collectors 140 $30,460 $22,710 - 39,420 7% 3%
95 Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 140 $20,810 $16,770 - 31,220 -16% 0%
96 First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 130 $52,570 $38,940 - 68,490 9% 33%
97 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 130 $33,980 $18,740 - 56,830 4% 30%
98 Painters, construction and maintenance 130 $29,210 $22,010 - 38,190 12% 6%
99 Food servers, nonrestaurant 130 $17,320 $13,190 - 23,140 16% 9%
100 Law clerks 120 $25,680 $17,370 - 44,230 -1% 38%
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Jobs More Common Near Athens Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Coil winders, tapers, and finishers 26,330 300 54.6
Internists, general 176,600 270 13.5
Biological technicians 38,620 370 12.9
Law clerks 25,680 120 8.4
Cooks, short order 19,240 420 5.5
Machine feeders and offbearers 25,230 260 5.2
Structural metal fabricators and fitters 29,680 240 4.7
Veterinary technologists and technicians 30,890 180 4.6
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 20,810 140 3.6
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 52,570 130 3.4
Telemarketers 19,800 530 3.2
Surgical technologists 33,150 140 3.1
Physician assistants 80,080 110 3.1
Sheet metal workers 29,680 220 2.8
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 30,460 140 2.5
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 42,510 210 2.5
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 16,480 440 2.3
Nonfarm animal caretakers 16,220 150 2.3
Administrative services managers 76,570 290 2.2
Radiologic technologists and technicians 47,370 230 2.2
Production workers, all other 21,470 240 2.1
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 40,680 170 2.1
Medical and health services managers 84,770 280 2.1
Cooks, fast food 16,180 550 2.1
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 52,780 210 2
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 39,950 1,470 2
Community and social service specialists, all other 33,230 100 2
Elementary school teachers, except special education 50,590 1,320 1.9
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 43,490 230 1.9
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 28,400 100 1.9
Kindergarten teachers, except special education 44,510 150 1.9
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 27,240 160 1.8
Team assemblers 30,940 940 1.8
Teacher assistants 18,420 1,090 1.8
Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 0 180 1.8
Physical therapists 61,990 150 1.7
Preschool teachers, except special education 17,750 350 1.7
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 26,820 190 1.7
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 38,450 510 1.7
Medical secretaries 29,040 390 1.6
Pharmacists 97,960 220 1.6
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 15,520 2,250 1.6
Chief executives 139,140 240 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 29,850 150 1.6
General and operations managers 80,830 1,350 1.6
Recreation workers 24,140 220 1.6
Librarians 54,600 120 1.6
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 28,120 170 1.6
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 17,940 170 1.6
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 28,410 640 1.6

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Athens, Georgia Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Managers, all other 115,990 1.4 110
Packers and packagers, hand 24,010 1.18 500
Sales managers 111,780 1.14 130
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 34,210 1.13 140
Team assemblers 30,940 1.13 940
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 40,750 1.12 450
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 28,050 1.12 170
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 32,320 1.12 570
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 55,930 1.09 500
Security guards 27,230 1.08 310
Veterinary technologists and technicians 30,890 1.07 180
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 60,170 1.07 500
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 86,850 1.06 110
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 52,780 1.06 210
Automotive body and related repairers 41,440 1.05 110
Administrative services managers 76,570 1.05 290
Graphic designers 42,330 1.05 170
All other information and record clerks 34,660 1.05 110
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 29,700 1.04 260
Librarians 54,600 1.04 120
Medical assistants 29,160 1.04 310
Financial managers 96,010 1.03 210
Training and development specialists 51,930 1.03 160
Business operations specialists, all other 60,410 1.03 150
Receptionists and information clerks 24,310 1.02 580
Elementary school teachers, except special education 50,590 1.02 1,320
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 30,460 1.01 140
Biological technicians 38,620 1.01 370
Medical and health services managers 84,770 1 280
Medical secretaries 29,040 1 390
Recreation workers 24,140 1 220
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 39,510 1 440
Management analysts 73,380 1 170
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 30,090 0.99 250
Physician assistants 80,080 0.98 110
Food preparation workers 18,740 0.98 520
Internists, general 176,600 0.97 270
Machine feeders and offbearers 25,230 0.97 260
Stock clerks and order fillers 22,150 0.97 1,260
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 22,160 0.97 1,350
Tellers 22,870 0.97 340
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 28,120 0.97 170
Cooks, short order 19,240 0.96 420
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 35,790 0.95 790
Counter and rental clerks 22,140 0.95 210
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 26,820 0.95 190
Dental hygienists 59,940 0.94 140
Maintenance and repair workers, general 32,340 0.94 730
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 31,490 0.94 210
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 28,410 0.94 640

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