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Atlanta Employment

Employment and Industries in the Atlanta, Georgia Area

Atlanta is the the most populous city in the the state of Georgia. The Atlanta'sandy Spring'sMarietta metropolitan area is the ninth largest metropolitan area in the United States. Similar to other large metropolitan areas, the Atlanta metropolitan area has a large concentration of business and commerce. According to the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta ranks third in the nation behind New York and Houston among cities with the most FORTUNE 500 headquarters. Over twenty companies located in metro-Atlanta are on the FORTUNE 1000 list. Greater than seventy percent of all FORTUNE 1,000 companies have a presence in metro Atlanta.

In 2004, Inc. magazine ranked Atlanta as the top city in the United States for "Doing Business in America" in the "large cities" category. Atlanta has ranked in the top 50 ever since. The criteria used "emphasizes the robustness of a region's growth". Large and significant cities who have a "tangible effect on global affairs through socioeconomic, cultural, and/or political means" (Wikipedia) get ranked as "Global Cities" (also known as world cities or world-class cities) by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group & Network (GaWC). GaWC has three tiers of ranking, alpha (first-tier), beta (second-tier) and gamma (third tier). Atlanta is one of only eleven U.S. global cities ranked as a "World City". Atlanta is ranked as a "Gamma World City" by GaWC, on a par with Miami and Minneapolis. Other notable Atlanta business awards include:

  • Third on Expansion Management Magazine's list of "America's 50 Hottest Cities for Business Expansion & Relocation" (November 2005)
  • First on KPMG'S 2006 "Competitive Alternatives Study" "Least Expensive Cities" list (2006)
  • Fifth on Site Selection Magazine's list of "Top Ten Metros" (March, 2006)
  • Tenth on the CNN MONEY.com/BUSINESS 2.0 list of "Ten Hot Cities for Job Growth" (May 2006)
  • Second on EWEEK Magazine's "Beyond the Valley: 10 Blooming U.S. Cities for Tech" list

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Atlanta ranks twentieth on the list of US cities who receive the most annual funding from the NIH. Metro Atlanta is also home to the world-renowned U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, American Cancer Society, Arthritis Foundation, as well as many distinguished medical research universities such as Emory University, the University of Georgia and the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Atlanta has a highly educated workforce. It ranks seventh in the United States for the percent of its population that has completed college.

Atlanta is a major center of regional commerce that also boasts an especially strong convention/trade show business. Atlanta is also a major cable television programming center including the Cartoon Network, CNN, The Weather Channel, and many others. Major industries in and around Atlanta include:

  • Construction
  • Educational and health services
  • Financial Services
  • Health services
  • Government
  • High-technology (Atlanta is among the top five fastest growing high-technology metro areas in the United States, according to a NewsWeek study)
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional and business services
  • Trade, transportation, and utilities

The Atlanta metropolitan area is served by the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is one of the busiest passenger airports in the world, and a major hub for Delta Airlines. The airport ranks seventh in the United States for for nonstop international air travel according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Some major companies of note in and around Atlanta include:

  • Arby's
  • BellSouth
  • Cingular Wireless
  • The Cable News Network (CNN)
  • The Coca-Cola Company, which was started in Atlanta
  • Cox Communications
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Earthlink
  • Equifax
  • Georgia-Pacific
  • Home Depot, which was started in Atlanta
  • Hooters of America, Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
  • Newell Rubbermaid
  • Rayovac
  • Rollins/Orkin
  • Scientific-Atlanta
  • Siemens
  • Southern Company
  • SunTrust Bank
  • Turner Broadcasting
  • United Parcel Service
  • The Weather Channel
  • World Airways
  • Delta Airlines

Some of the major business organizations in and around Atlanta include:

The Atlanta Business Chronicle, and the Business Section of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution are excellent sources of information on business in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Most Popular Jobs in Atlanta, 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 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 39,800 $62,330 $27,310 - 109,460 8% 51%
2 Registered nurses 33,050 $61,770 $43,920 - 81,290 24% 56%
3 Management analysts 24,230 $92,080 $43,940 - 158,260 22% 78%
4 Accountants and auditors 22,380 $70,030 $38,270 - 112,100 18% 79%
5 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 21,830 $53,950 $37,410 - 72,780 6% 96%
6 Computer systems analysts 18,020 $83,630 $48,170 - 122,730 29% 68%
7 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 13,560 $83,780 $34,350 - 138,740 12% 51%
8 Lawyers 12,180 $138,240 $56,740 - 11% 99%
9 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 11,690 $52,040 $36,230 - 71,440 11% 95%
10 Teachers and instructors, all other 11,300 $24,650 $17,020 - 43,390 9% 54%
11 Financial managers 10,900 $110,360 $59,240 - 13% 60%
12 Sales managers 10,520 $111,270 $52,710 - 10% 69%
13 Computer software engineers, applications 10,070 $93,160 $56,640 - 136,570 45% 85%
14 Computer and information systems managers 8,330 $114,550 $69,480 - 165,800 16% 73%
15 Computer software engineers, systems software 7,260 $90,160 $54,660 - 130,940 28% 85%
16 Managers, all other 7,170 $96,190 $54,460 - 145,220 7% 55%
17 Computer programmers 6,860 $74,970 $42,160 - 111,770 -4% 73%
18 Network and computer systems administrators 6,500 $72,110 $43,940 - 104,160 27% 50%
19 Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers 6,480 $110,830 $46,920 - 13% 74%
20 Training and development specialists 6,210 $60,630 $37,220 - 89,400 18% 56%
21 Market research analysts 5,180 $61,690 $32,990 - 100,100 20% 82%
22 Marketing managers 4,950 $110,080 $52,560 - 14% 69%
23 Medical and health services managers 4,890 $90,480 $52,140 - 143,800 16% 57%
24 Civil engineers 4,830 $75,530 $45,730 - 108,290 18% 87%
25 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 4,600 $51,300 $31,040 - 73,350 20% 87%
26 Network systems and data communications analysts 4,550 $75,250 $46,410 - 108,330 53% 57%
27 Advertising sales agents 4,550 $68,670 $27,760 - 138,000 20% 56%
28 Social and human service assistants 4,550 $29,190 $18,790 - 42,400 34% 58%
29 Financial analysts 4,490 $76,020 $40,760 - 122,390 34% 87%
30 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 4,460 $50,470 $30,390 - 81,710 5% 58%
31 Pharmacists 4,390 $100,200 $73,460 - 127,760 22% 97%
32 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 4,290 $57,870 $31,110 - 91,050 18% 56%
33 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 4,240 $85,230 $64,720 - 112,500 8% 78%
34 Special education teachers, secondary school 4,090 $54,390 $36,370 - 78,180 9% 87%
35 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 3,840 $86,900 $34,460 - 25% 67%
36 Engineering managers 3,750 $109,610 $70,680 - 156,900 7% 84%
37 Personal financial advisors 3,700 $92,450 $30,690 - 41% 81%
38 Instructional coordinators 3,560 $55,300 $24,850 - 85,820 23% 79%
39 Graphic designers 3,560 $51,110 $28,180 - 81,430 10% 55%
40 Self-enrichment education teachers 3,550 $31,810 $15,420 - 51,240 23% 54%
41 Public relations specialists 3,520 $50,550 $28,840 - 80,810 18% 81%
42 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 3,380 $56,250 $32,800 - 79,310 13% 73%
43 Child, family, and school social workers 3,350 $35,440 $18,310 - 56,490 19% 77%
44 Electronics engineers, except computer 3,130 $84,920 $52,560 - 127,940 4% 81%
45 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 3,090 $54,240 $38,600 - 70,750 12% 51%
46 Architects, except landscape and naval 3,070 $82,420 $43,360 - 142,220 18% 88%
47 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 2,990 $64,890 $38,170 - 100,170 17% 56%
48 Database administrators 2,980 $75,860 $43,680 - 110,360 29% 72%
49 Mechanical engineers 2,960 $74,720 $51,600 - 101,010 4% 78%
50 Financial specialists, all other 2,880 $48,490 $22,880 - 85,180 12% 50%
51 Insurance underwriters 2,840 $57,130 $34,600 - 91,480 6% 53%
52 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 2,780 $34,130 $22,740 - 49,970 15% 51%
53 Computer specialists, all other 2,490 $75,020 $42,770 - 106,930 15% 68%
54 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 2,330 $55,640 $35,100 - 81,710 18% 56%
55 Librarians 2,250 $58,820 $41,000 - 80,130 4% 85%
56 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 2,220 $37,980 $27,770 - 51,440 11% 58%
57 Tax preparers 2,150 $38,200 $20,190 - 67,480 -8% 54%
58 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 2,140 $52,980 $37,580 - 74,540 -5% 96%
59 Editors 2,130 $56,070 $31,350 - 79,250 2% 81%
60 Industrial engineers 2,110 $72,820 $46,460 - 101,780 20% 74%
61 Education administrators, postsecondary 2,090 $90,330 $47,270 - 152,380 14% 78%
62 Electrical engineers 2,080 $84,590 $52,300 - 120,490 6% 81%
63 Detectives and criminal investigators 2,050 $56,470 $35,820 - 91,750 17% 54%
64 Operations research analysts 1,990 $65,620 $35,940 - 105,520 11% 71%
65 Community and social service specialists, all other 1,950 $32,660 $21,100 - 49,120 25% 58%
66 Special education teachers, middle school 1,940 $49,620 $35,450 - 67,890 16% 87%
67 Coaches and scouts 1,930 $46,250 $17,390 - 81,550 15% 60%
68 Engineers, all other 1,840 $74,040 $41,700 - 116,670 6% 82%
69 Health educators 1,830 $73,290 $38,570 - 112,380 26% 58%
70 Physical therapists 1,790 $76,050 $49,290 - 106,310 27% 89%
71 Social and community service managers 1,740 $64,900 $36,870 - 101,450 25% 72%
72 Sales engineers 1,640 $78,220 $46,090 - 109,770 9% 79%
73 Interior designers 1,640 $53,800 $34,410 - 82,270 20% 55%
74 Credit analysts 1,610 $76,260 $39,870 - 133,130 2% 60%
75 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 1,610 $67,890 $41,950 - 87,580 16% 99%
76 Dentists, general 1,600 $178,380 $88,310 - 9% 100%
77 Medical and public health social workers 1,540 $48,430 $32,570 - 65,290 24% 77%
78 Human resources managers, all other 1,510 $107,060 $60,390 - 11% 58%
79 Meeting and convention planners 1,500 $47,260 $15,590 - 91,980 20% 67%
80 Commercial pilots 1,350 $148,440 $53,640 - 13% 74%
81 Physician assistants 1,270 $86,810 $52,400 - 116,360 27% 67%
82 Surveyors 1,240 $42,080 $27,970 - 64,370 24% 82%
83 Mental health counselors 1,220 $38,730 $18,570 - 65,190 30% 73%
84 Private detectives and investigators 1,200 $36,030 $18,520 - 62,150 18% 52%
85 Environmental engineers 1,160 $77,370 $49,370 - 113,970 25% 86%
86 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 1,160 $26,150 $16,820 - 39,070 11% 55%
87 Purchasing managers 1,110 $94,780 $55,540 - 138,130 3% 57%
88 Computer hardware engineers 1,110 $83,570 $45,610 - 122,390 5% 70%
89 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 1,060 $38,000 $25,960 - 52,500 24% 78%
90 Public relations managers 1,010 $87,720 $46,420 - 142,420 17% 75%
91 Advertising and promotions managers 990 $101,220 $43,920 - 6% 76%
92 Speech-language pathologists 990 $63,180 $39,630 - 92,620 11% 98%
93 Training and development managers 980 $94,330 $48,900 - 150,910 16% 58%
94 Occupational therapists 980 $70,960 $52,710 - 96,340 23% 90%
95 Veterinarians 960 $76,690 $48,150 - 102,570 35% 100%
96 Actors 950 $0 $ - 12% 62%
97 Budget analysts 930 $68,240 $43,060 - 98,780 7% 78%
98 Chemists 920 $70,570 $37,160 - 109,240 9% 93%
99 Technical writers 870 $62,550 $43,090 - 85,600 20% 74%
100 Landscape architects 830 $51,270 $35,360 - 80,900 16% 88%

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 82,680 $25,190 $14,540 - 39,750 12% 25%
2 Customer service representatives 63,330 $34,020 $20,380 - 51,590 25% 22%
3 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 62,620 $16,620 $12,970 - 22,540 18% 5%
4 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 54,120 $24,320 $15,950 - 36,510 2% 5%
5 General and operations managers 53,710 $98,650 $43,850 - 2% 48%
6 Cashiers 53,250 $18,170 $13,310 - 24,530 -3% 10%
7 Office clerks, general 49,360 $25,900 $15,030 - 38,840 13% 19%
8 Stock clerks and order fillers 40,960 $23,100 $15,420 - 33,260 -8% 8%
9 Waiters and waitresses 40,160 $18,350 $13,010 - 26,470 11% 14%
10 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 39,210 $41,860 $27,170 - 61,580 15% 18%
11 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 34,670 $51,490 $30,360 - 78,310 6% 29%
12 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 34,130 $34,660 $21,180 - 50,130 13% 16%
13 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 32,670 $21,040 $13,920 - 30,850 15% 4%
14 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 30,940 $41,900 $26,830 - 63,190 10% 4%
15 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 24,320 $29,300 $17,080 - 42,490 1% 18%
16 Maintenance and repair workers, general 23,510 $36,980 $22,690 - 53,780 10% 6%
17 Team assemblers 23,020 $24,260 $16,420 - 35,780 0% 5%
18 Teacher assistants 22,950 $19,910 $13,610 - 28,130 10% 18%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 22,190 $37,560 $22,800 - 55,980 4% 25%
20 Construction laborers 19,530 $28,940 $18,410 - 41,830 11% 5%
21 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 18,870 $32,000 $18,440 - 51,830 8% 4%
22 Security guards 18,270 $23,750 $15,830 - 34,230 17% 13%
23 Receptionists and information clerks 17,450 $27,170 $17,780 - 37,830 17% 13%
24 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 16,580 $23,320 $17,390 - 31,150 18% 6%
25 Cooks, restaurant 16,260 $21,690 $16,360 - 29,650 12% 5%
26 Business operations specialists, all other 15,860 $68,100 $38,960 - 101,460 21% 49%
27 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 15,760 $32,720 $19,950 - 48,710 11% 14%
28 Computer support specialists 15,120 $47,620 $25,900 - 73,430 13% 43%
29 Industrial truck and tractor operators 15,060 $28,790 $20,990 - 39,550 -2% 2%
30 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 14,890 $22,860 $16,670 - 31,110 18% 7%
31 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 14,430 $28,780 $19,080 - 40,290 4% 6%
32 Cooks, fast food 12,860 $18,810 $13,390 - 26,280 8% 5%
33 Packers and packagers, hand 12,800 $20,910 $13,810 - 30,110 -12% 3%
34 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 12,520 $18,490 $13,940 - 23,970 13% 5%
35 Food preparation workers 11,800 $19,790 $13,730 - 27,950 15% 7%
36 Bill and account collectors 11,440 $32,530 $22,860 - 43,420 23% 13%
37 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 11,270 $58,420 $37,180 - 86,680 9% 10%
38 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 11,260 $38,170 $19,160 - 60,730 14% 4%
39 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 11,000 $50,260 $28,110 - 77,250 -5% 15%
40 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 10,860 $37,920 $27,110 - 49,850 14% 7%
41 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 10,650 $42,480 $31,720 - 56,220 11% 33%
42 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 10,520 $58,120 $35,610 - 85,100 7% 13%
43 Preschool teachers, except special education 10,490 $22,160 $13,930 - 32,880 26% 43%
44 Electricians 9,990 $43,180 $27,590 - 62,090 7% 7%
45 Carpenters 9,810 $36,130 $22,700 - 51,380 10% 6%
46 Helpers--production workers 9,560 $21,070 $14,300 - 29,740 -1% 4%
47 Flight attendants 9,060 $0 $ - 11% 31%
48 Dishwashers 8,860 $16,970 $13,190 - 21,280 10% 3%
49 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 8,510 $35,570 $25,360 - 49,620 4% 15%
50 Medical assistants 7,340 $29,690 $21,710 - 38,590 35% 10%
51 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 7,230 $18,090 $13,250 - 24,680 10% 17%
52 Production workers, all other 7,200 $27,630 $16,180 - 49,160 2% 5%
53 Administrative services managers 7,090 $80,460 $38,320 - 145,660 12% 40%
54 Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 6,950 $54,170 $34,590 - 82,180 9% 47%
55 Child care workers 6,900 $18,760 $13,470 - 27,050 18% 15%
56 Tellers 6,820 $26,580 $20,930 - 33,530 14% 16%
57 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 6,610 $33,920 $24,350 - 46,290 8% 3%
58 Loan officers 6,560 $65,960 $35,100 - 105,520 12% 49%
59 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 6,550 $40,920 $24,660 - 62,320 4% 30%
60 Paralegals and legal assistants 6,510 $49,980 $31,870 - 74,360 22% 45%
61 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 6,470 $24,590 $16,130 - 38,340 -5% 5%
62 Insurance sales agents 6,390 $58,920 $25,230 - 102,830 13% 45%
63 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 6,230 $42,730 $27,250 - 62,960 11% 4%
64 Driver/sales workers 6,160 $25,640 $13,550 - 42,000 -5% 4%
65 Bus drivers, school 6,110 $22,630 $13,490 - 37,430 9% 4%
66 Counter and rental clerks 6,100 $25,490 $14,340 - 39,590 23% 16%
67 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 6,060 $21,680 $14,470 - 29,410 14% 3%
68 Home health aides 5,970 $19,160 $16,260 - 23,810 49% 7%
69 Postal service mail carriers 5,930 $0 $ - 1% 11%
70 Sales representatives, services, all other 5,730 $54,700 $21,870 - 101,020 28% 48%
71 Construction managers 5,710 $85,160 $51,120 - 127,560 16% 29%
72 Medical secretaries 5,560 $31,180 $23,350 - 40,190 17% 18%
73 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 5,510 $17,000 $12,910 - 24,150 12% 6%
74 Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 5,470 $43,820 $28,910 - 61,290 12% 3%
75 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 5,370 $16,760 $12,950 - 23,480 10% 8%
76 Bartenders 5,360 $19,260 $13,050 - 31,140 11% 17%
77 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 5,340 $31,420 $20,610 - 46,940 -7% 14%
78 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 5,150 $32,180 $23,220 - 40,640 5% 2%
79 Real estate sales agents 5,100 $52,210 $21,300 - 98,970 11% 45%
80 Pharmacy technicians 5,090 $27,590 $18,690 - 38,090 32% 16%
81 Loan interviewers and clerks 5,040 $30,230 $14,370 - 46,130 -1% 24%
82 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 4,920 $29,870 $17,110 - 48,920 12% 6%
83 Data entry keyers 4,670 $28,330 $20,550 - 40,790 -5% 18%
84 Dental assistants 4,660 $35,500 $26,450 - 46,790 29% 9%
85 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 4,640 $50,360 $28,750 - 77,860 10% 17%
86 Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers 4,630 $57,310 $40,520 - 67,730 3% 13%
87 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 4,590 $39,440 $21,900 - 61,380 9% 3%
88 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 4,580 $20,880 $14,040 - 30,060 11% 5%
89 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 4,570 $75,310 $41,850 - 125,360 4% 38%
90 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 4,490 $43,430 $28,300 - 62,730 13% 17%
91 Telemarketers 4,490 $29,860 $17,150 - 50,800 -10% 14%
92 Printing machine operators 4,400 $36,310 $22,020 - 53,820 -6% 6%
93 Fire fighters 4,390 $37,530 $25,170 - 54,070 12% 18%
94 Amusement and recreation attendants 4,370 $17,040 $13,040 - 23,400 24% 22%
95 Order clerks 4,240 $30,780 $20,350 - 43,350 -24% 16%
96 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 4,190 $41,470 $18,170 - 63,660 16% 43%
97 Insurance claims and policy processing clerks 4,110 $33,150 $21,790 - 48,710 -1% 22%
98 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 4,080 $56,540 $34,160 - 86,420 0% 42%
99 Legal secretaries 4,050 $45,940 $27,360 - 64,830 12% 18%
100 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 4,040 $18,960 $13,980 - 24,960 10% 5%
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Jobs More Common Near Atlanta Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Fish and game wardens 35,650 160 22
Tire builders 31,800 360 17.6
Flight attendants 0 9,060 9.1
Broadcast news analysts 57,610 350 7
Rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers 27,320 110 6.6
Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers 110,830 6,480 6.2
Statistical assistants 26,620 1,150 5.7
Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders 30,760 1,830 5.6
Electrical and electronics installers and repairers, transportation equipment 38,310 450 4.3
Commercial pilots 148,440 1,350 4.2
Materials scientists 85,770 460 4.2
Actors 0 950 3.8
Air traffic controllers 121,590 820 3.8
Power distributors and dispatchers 61,890 200 3.7
Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes 64,970 470 3.7
Insulation workers, floor, ceiling, and wall 32,550 810 3.4
Transportation inspectors 59,100 830 3.4
Private detectives and investigators 36,030 1,200 3.2
Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders 23,250 680 3.2
Law teachers, postsecondary 111,110 260 3.2
Model makers, metal and plastic 0 180 3.1
Reinforcing iron and rebar workers 36,940 950 3.1
Mechanical door repairers 38,940 320 3
Landscape architects 51,270 830 2.8
Traffic technicians 34,760 140 2.8
Proofreaders and copy markers 28,620 630 2.7
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 37,980 2,220 2.7
Skin care specialists 23,130 950 2.6
Electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers 37,900 1,320 2.6
Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators 37,500 290 2.6
Cooling and freezing equipment operators and tenders 27,840 130 2.6
Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay 55,160 580 2.6
Internists, general 178,800 1,790 2.5
Helpers--roofers 20,380 510 2.5
Law clerks 39,890 1,240 2.5
Bailiffs 20,470 470 2.4
Tax preparers 38,200 2,150 2.4
Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates 101,670 560 2.4
Transportation workers, all other 30,120 1,150 2.4
Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers 45,980 570 2.4
Set and exhibit designers 33,760 190 2.4
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 44,810 3,260 2.3
Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders 30,520 680 2.3
Management analysts 92,080 24,230 2.3
Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents 44,420 2,190 2.2
Shampooers 18,220 470 2.2
Pipelayers 33,050 1,760 2.1
Pest control workers 30,210 2,280 2.1
Education teachers, postsecondary 55,040 1,510 2.1
Artists and related workers, all other 80,460 190 2.1

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Commercial pilots 148,440 2.12 1,350
Radio and television announcers 64,430 1.65 390
Health educators 73,290 1.6 1,830
Artists and related workers, all other 80,460 1.52 190
Advertising sales agents 68,670 1.47 4,550
Real estate brokers 98,460 1.38 710
Microbiologists 88,950 1.35 420
Lawyers 138,240 1.35 12,180
Podiatrists 166,670 1.3 110
Coaches and scouts 46,250 1.3 1,930
Credit analysts 76,260 1.28 1,610
Legal secretaries 45,940 1.28 4,050
Healthcare support workers, all other 37,040 1.27 1,520
Graphic designers 51,110 1.27 3,560
Reporters and correspondents 51,490 1.26 700
Management analysts 92,080 1.25 24,230
Business teachers, postsecondary 91,830 1.25 1,220
Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers 43,650 1.24 240
Property, real estate, and community association managers 66,360 1.24 3,020
Designers, all other 59,650 1.24 180
Photographic process workers 35,190 1.23 450
Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders 30,760 1.23 1,830
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 37,010 1.23 3,120
Food service managers 59,280 1.22 1,970
Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic 35,610 1.22 710
Computer systems analysts 83,630 1.22 18,020
Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 57,870 1.21 4,290
Computer software engineers, applications 93,160 1.21 10,070
Telemarketers 29,860 1.21 4,490
Demonstrators and product promoters 30,900 1.2 1,640
Training and development specialists 60,630 1.2 6,210
Industrial engineering technicians 58,130 1.2 660
Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers 45,980 1.2 570
Advertising and promotions managers 101,220 1.2 990
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 64,890 1.2 2,990
Desktop publishers 44,970 1.19 690
Camera operators, television, video, and motion picture 50,110 1.19 440
Financial managers 110,360 1.19 10,900
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 29,870 1.19 4,920
Life, physical, and social science technicians, all other 51,310 1.19 170
Computer and information scientists, research 113,450 1.18 490
Network and computer systems administrators 72,110 1.17 6,500
Media and communication equipment workers, all other 66,270 1.17 160
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 35,570 1.17 8,510
Accountants and auditors 70,030 1.17 22,380
Cost estimators 65,500 1.17 4,020
Optometrists 123,720 1.17 280
Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders 30,520 1.17 680
Computer programmers 74,970 1.17 6,860
Paralegals and legal assistants 49,980 1.17 6,510

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