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Gainesville Employment

Employment and Industries in the Gainesville, Georgia Area

Gainesville is regarded as the trade, industrial and retail center of Northeast Georgia. Poultry processing is a major economic factor for Gainesville. It's often called the chicken capital of the world. The city includes manufacturing industries such as textiles and apparel, automotive parts and industrial machinery. Tourism is also a big part of the economy. In addition, agribusiness is thriving in the region.

The county includes over 40 Fortune 500 companies and forty international companies. The county has attracted companies in industries such as technology manufactures, telecommunications, technical support and software development. The major sectors for employment in Gainesville include poultry processing, education, tourism, manufacturing, healthcare and construction.

Some of the most popular jobs in Gainesville that are primarily filled by college graduates are registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, teachers, medical and clinical laboratory technicians, medical and health services managers, sales managers, securities, commodities and financial services sales agents; and financial managers.

Shown below is a list of the top industrial employers in the Gainesville region:

  • Elan Pharmaceuticals
  • Theragenics
  • Kiel Laboratories
  • ATEX
  • ZF Industries
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Wrigley Manufacturing Company LLC
  • Siemens VDO
  • Kubota Manufacturing of America
  • Peachtree Doors & Windows

The top non-industrial employers in Gainesville are:

  • Northeast Georgia Medical Center
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Walmart Super Center
  • Lake Lanier Islands
  • The Longstreet Clinic

Notable information about Gainesville: In 2008 the cost of living index was at 89.2. The national average is 100. The average salary in 2009 was $25,000. Approximately 15% of the population over the age of 25 have a bachelor's degree and about 9% have a graduate degree.

Companies in Gainesville have access to business organizations including:

The Gainesville Times offers up-to-date information about the business endeavors in Gainesville.

Most Popular Jobs in Gainesville, 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 1,500 $59,350 $41,420 - 78,980 24% 56%
2 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 1,130 $54,640 $26,160 - 93,460 8% 51%
3 Elementary school teachers, except special education 1,060 $51,390 $35,680 - 67,460 14% 95%
4 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 640 $54,730 $36,780 - 75,810 6% 96%
5 Accountants and auditors 330 $56,670 $35,440 - 89,960 18% 79%
6 Chief executives 290 $133,900 $35,410 - 2% 65%
7 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 270 $31,780 $22,630 - 44,470 15% 51%
8 Medical and health services managers 210 $0 $ - 16% 57%
9 Sales managers 180 $92,130 $41,430 - 162,300 10% 69%
10 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 160 $44,580 $24,440 - 63,810 25% 67%
11 Financial managers 150 $87,120 $41,490 - 133,450 13% 60%
12 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 150 $74,150 $32,940 - 122,160 12% 51%
13 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 150 $49,980 $34,920 - 67,200 20% 87%
14 Lawyers 140 $73,930 $44,170 - 89,270 11% 99%
15 Management analysts 140 $65,460 $29,640 - 97,940 22% 78%
16 Biological technicians 140 $33,880 $22,980 - 41,330 16% 60%
17 Instructional coordinators 120 $46,440 $20,580 - 72,640 23% 79%
18 Pharmacists 110 $104,820 $84,570 - 131,980 22% 97%
19 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 110 $84,980 $68,140 - 105,790 8% 78%
20 Social and human service assistants 100 $28,790 $20,860 - 37,240 34% 58%
21 Civil engineers 90 $61,020 $39,210 - 85,050 18% 87%
22 Self-enrichment education teachers 90 $50,940 $17,870 - 79,590 23% 54%
23 Training and development specialists 90 $50,820 $36,300 - 69,390 18% 56%
24 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 90 $43,400 $27,450 - 60,710 18% 56%
25 Industrial engineers 80 $70,900 $45,150 - 100,490 20% 74%
26 Mechanical engineers 80 $63,730 $41,360 - 92,730 4% 78%
27 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 80 $49,010 $34,160 - 71,990 13% 73%
28 Engineering managers 70 $94,380 $61,890 - 126,440 7% 84%
29 Financial analysts 70 $66,560 $43,830 - 98,300 34% 87%
30 Network and computer systems administrators 70 $65,460 $46,180 - 80,690 27% 50%
31 Computer systems analysts 60 $70,540 $44,950 - 100,630 29% 68%
32 Physical therapists 60 $69,170 $45,980 - 102,700 27% 89%
33 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 60 $48,170 $24,890 - 67,720 5% 58%
34 Graphic designers 60 $44,270 $30,110 - 64,400 10% 55%
35 Advertising sales agents 60 $40,930 $14,390 - 91,850 20% 56%
36 Medical and public health social workers 60 $39,120 $31,240 - 49,870 24% 77%
37 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 60 $34,380 $26,410 - 45,230 11% 58%
38 Marketing managers 50 $108,990 $48,780 - 163,470 14% 69%
39 Computer and information systems managers 50 $86,750 $59,560 - 118,130 16% 73%
40 Librarians 50 $51,170 $37,920 - 66,950 4% 85%
41 Public relations specialists 50 $46,500 $32,320 - 66,440 18% 81%
42 Purchasing managers 40 $74,660 $39,090 - 123,810 3% 57%
43 Market research analysts 40 $62,810 $42,060 - 106,090 20% 82%
44 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 40 $61,300 $33,640 - 98,100 17% 56%
45 Surveyors 40 $53,530 $36,250 - 74,260 24% 82%
46 Clergy 40 $51,710 $26,780 - 81,880 19% 75%
47 Social and community service managers 40 $48,960 $28,100 - 78,190 25% 72%
48 Network systems and data communications analysts 40 $47,800 $28,850 - 77,960 53% 57%
49 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 40 $47,670 $27,120 - 63,670 18% 56%
50 Computer programmers 40 $44,780 $27,440 - 70,100 -4% 73%
51 Legislators 40 $14,930 $12,940 - 17,350 1% 65%
52 Physician assistants 30 $104,880 $69,120 - 158,740 27% 67%
53 Veterinarians 30 $95,560 $69,620 - 156,120 35% 100%
54 Managers, all other 30 $73,800 $42,010 - 115,200 7% 55%
55 Education administrators, postsecondary 30 $73,490 $48,220 - 102,890 14% 78%
56 Sales and related workers, all other 30 $35,060 $16,800 - 41,720 14% 62%
57 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 30 $32,820 $24,370 - 41,260 24% 78%

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 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 2,460 $20,340 $16,150 - 28,040 2% 5%
2 Team assemblers 1,770 $26,550 $19,590 - 37,320 0% 5%
3 Cashiers 1,750 $17,920 $13,540 - 23,070 -3% 10%
4 Retail salespersons 1,680 $26,870 $14,190 - 51,890 12% 25%
5 General and operations managers 1,600 $91,480 $42,550 - 2% 48%
6 Stock clerks and order fillers 1,490 $23,140 $16,490 - 31,960 -8% 8%
7 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 1,470 $15,880 $12,860 - 21,890 18% 5%
8 Office clerks, general 1,340 $24,820 $14,260 - 35,970 13% 19%
9 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 1,160 $37,630 $25,470 - 51,840 10% 4%
10 Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers 1,140 $19,530 $14,420 - 26,820 11% 2%
11 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 1,130 $31,250 $18,640 - 45,470 13% 16%
12 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 1,040 $25,640 $16,250 - 37,290 1% 18%
13 Customer service representatives 930 $33,590 $22,020 - 49,450 25% 22%
14 Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 920 $31,850 $26,430 - 38,970 5% 2%
15 Maintenance and repair workers, general 900 $34,840 $22,160 - 49,540 10% 6%
16 Waiters and waitresses 900 $16,370 $12,940 - 22,420 11% 14%
17 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 890 $25,660 $20,080 - 37,890 -7% 14%
18 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 890 $22,090 $13,930 - 32,670 15% 4%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 880 $51,200 $28,570 - 87,250 6% 29%
20 Packers and packagers, hand 880 $19,500 $13,680 - 26,460 -12% 3%
21 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 830 $39,460 $27,260 - 52,590 15% 18%
22 Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 740 $25,370 $14,100 - 38,920 -5% 5%
23 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 720 $49,840 $32,810 - 73,650 -5% 15%
24 Industrial truck and tractor operators 690 $25,500 $20,690 - 33,070 -2% 2%
25 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 640 $35,970 $21,490 - 56,220 4% 25%
26 Construction laborers 600 $29,250 $18,600 - 44,660 11% 5%
27 Teacher assistants 580 $18,950 $13,600 - 25,730 10% 18%
28 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 550 $30,890 $15,600 - 58,210 8% 4%
29 Receptionists and information clerks 540 $25,830 $18,440 - 32,570 17% 13%
30 Child care workers 530 $17,670 $13,500 - 22,300 18% 15%
31 Electricians 520 $39,470 $24,840 - 54,740 7% 7%
32 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 510 $22,660 $17,040 - 29,690 18% 7%
33 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 450 $32,090 $23,150 - 42,680 8% 3%
34 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 440 $26,450 $17,910 - 37,080 18% 6%
35 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 410 $27,710 $21,010 - 37,970 4% 6%
36 Butchers and meat cutters 410 $23,080 $19,780 - 28,660 2% 2%
37 Slaughterers and meat packers 400 $20,450 $17,100 - 24,100 13% 2%
38 Production workers, all other 390 $20,660 $13,440 - 30,290 2% 5%
39 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 380 $36,300 $27,550 - 47,750 14% 7%
40 Medical assistants 370 $31,080 $22,870 - 40,010 35% 10%
41 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 360 $54,320 $29,980 - 84,360 9% 10%
42 Cooks, restaurant 360 $18,370 $13,280 - 25,170 12% 5%
43 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 350 $29,940 $17,430 - 41,810 11% 14%
44 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 340 $18,160 $13,390 - 23,850 14% 3%
45 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 330 $32,480 $19,410 - 51,150 14% 4%
46 Cooks, fast food 330 $19,280 $14,360 - 24,890 8% 5%
47 Carpenters 320 $41,530 $25,450 - 74,090 10% 6%
48 Industrial machinery mechanics 280 $35,300 $25,630 - 51,350 9% 5%
49 Tellers 280 $26,700 $18,920 - 37,110 14% 16%
50 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 270 $49,500 $29,150 - 72,890 7% 13%
51 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 270 $31,230 $21,560 - 40,850 4% 15%
52 Medical secretaries 270 $30,510 $21,390 - 39,500 17% 18%
53 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 270 $17,800 $13,070 - 24,290 13% 5%
54 Dental laboratory technicians 260 $37,800 $21,580 - 58,050 4% 12%
55 Security guards 260 $24,480 $17,510 - 38,440 17% 13%
56 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 250 $39,080 $25,400 - 56,730 11% 4%
57 Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 250 $25,400 $16,900 - 38,280 -5% 4%
58 Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders 240 $25,790 $20,460 - 41,800 -9% 3%
59 Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 220 $32,480 $17,740 - 40,900 -16% 0%
60 Maintenance workers, machinery 220 $28,720 $21,730 - 40,020 -1% 0%
61 Food batchmakers 220 $19,760 $13,630 - 27,720 11% 5%
62 Amusement and recreation attendants 220 $18,520 $13,460 - 24,690 24% 22%
63 Loan interviewers and clerks 210 $37,790 $26,480 - 50,170 -1% 24%
64 Sheet metal workers 210 $28,590 $21,600 - 37,850 7% 4%
65 Personal and home care aides 210 $18,040 $16,180 - 19,740 51% 10%
66 Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 200 $30,560 $22,650 - 40,760 19% 14%
67 Machinists 200 $29,070 $19,120 - 41,630 -3% 3%
68 Postal service mail carriers 200 $0 $ - 1% 11%
69 Computer support specialists 190 $44,640 $26,190 - 65,200 13% 43%
70 Business teachers, postsecondary 190 $33,060 $25,880 - 50,040 0% 0%
71 Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 190 $26,680 $21,830 - 32,170 12% 3%
72 Dishwashers 190 $14,650 $12,670 - 18,270 10% 3%
73 Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 180 $30,440 $22,690 - 39,610 10% 24%
74 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 180 $27,770 $14,250 - 39,460 12% 6%
75 Counter and rental clerks 180 $22,430 $13,980 - 34,170 23% 16%
76 Preschool teachers, except special education 180 $20,590 $16,020 - 34,300 26% 43%
77 Loan officers 170 $66,310 $43,470 - 85,610 12% 49%
78 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 170 $21,750 $14,010 - 30,900 11% 5%
79 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 170 $16,760 $13,220 - 21,310 17% 14%
80 Surgeons 160 $211,690 $129,260 - 0% 0%
81 Education teachers, postsecondary 160 $33,120 $25,910 - 48,890 0% 0%
82 Pharmacy technicians 160 $27,150 $20,830 - 32,500 32% 16%
83 Business operations specialists, all other 150 $56,490 $32,470 - 81,590 21% 49%
84 Parts salespersons 150 $33,560 $22,620 - 48,160 -2% 6%
85 Production, planning, and expediting clerks 140 $40,990 $27,480 - 60,520 4% 30%
86 Bill and account collectors 140 $30,310 $25,400 - 37,950 23% 13%
87 Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 140 $26,910 $17,760 - 37,820 -15% 0%
88 Insurance sales agents 130 $50,840 $25,210 - 95,760 13% 45%
89 First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 130 $44,490 $29,140 - 63,810 10% 17%
90 First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 130 $39,700 $24,390 - 51,840 13% 17%
91 Switchboard operators, including answering service 130 $22,510 $16,190 - 31,120 -8% 10%
92 Bakers 130 $20,920 $16,610 - 25,270 10% 8%
93 Refuse and recyclable material collectors 130 $19,330 $13,180 - 29,100 7% 3%
94 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 120 $54,180 $34,960 - 76,450 0% 42%
95 Administrative services managers 110 $89,280 $41,500 - 12% 40%
96 Industrial production managers 110 $86,790 $42,430 - 137,010 -6% 43%
97 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 110 $37,600 $24,430 - 53,800 2% 11%
98 Surveying and mapping technicians 110 $36,630 $23,370 - 51,580 19% 7%
99 Dental assistants 110 $31,730 $22,420 - 40,450 29% 9%
100 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 110 $25,630 $15,940 - 32,420 12% 0%
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Jobs More Common Near Gainesville Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers 19,530 1,140 36.4
Slaughterers and meat packers 20,450 400 34.5
Dental laboratory technicians 37,800 260 15.5
Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders 25,790 240 9
Education teachers, postsecondary 33,120 160 8.4
Surgeons 211,690 160 7.7
Butchers and meat cutters 23,080 410 7.6
Maintenance workers, machinery 28,720 220 7.5
Business teachers, postsecondary 33,060 190 7.1
Mathematical science teachers, postsecondary 39,910 100 6.4
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 32,480 220 6.1
Food batchmakers 19,760 220 6
Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers 31,850 920 5.7
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 26,680 190 5.7
Biological technicians 33,880 140 5.3
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 25,370 740 4.9
Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders 25,400 250 4.4
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 25,660 890 4.3
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 31,780 270 3.9
Production workers, all other 20,660 390 3.7
Team assemblers 26,550 1,770 3.7
Surveying and mapping technicians 36,630 110 3.4
Sheet metal workers 28,590 210 2.9
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 32,090 450 2.7
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 19,330 130 2.5
Packers and packagers, hand 19,500 880 2.5
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 30,560 200 2.5
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 49,840 720 2.5
Industrial truck and tractor operators 25,500 690 2.5
Industrial machinery mechanics 35,300 280 2.3
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 20,340 2,460 2.2
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 18,160 340 2.2
Chief executives 133,900 290 2.1
Instructional coordinators 46,440 120 2
Loan interviewers and clerks 37,790 210 2
General and operations managers 91,480 1,600 2
Bakers 20,920 130 2
Amusement and recreation attendants 18,520 220 2
Child care workers 17,670 530 1.9
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 30,440 180 1.7
Switchboard operators, including answering service 22,510 130 1.7
Drywall and ceiling tile installers 44,590 100 1.7
Electricians 39,470 520 1.7
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 16,760 170 1.7
Medical and health services managers 0 210 1.7
Stock clerks and order fillers 23,140 1,490 1.6
Elementary school teachers, except special education 51,390 1,060 1.6
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 25,630 110 1.6
Medical assistants 31,080 370 1.6
Industrial production managers 86,790 110 1.6

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Administrative services managers 89,280 1.23 110
Loan interviewers and clerks 37,790 1.19 210
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 51,200 1.14 880
Customer service representatives 33,590 1.13 930
Tellers 26,700 1.13 280
Loan officers 66,310 1.12 170
Cooks, fast food 19,280 1.11 330
Medical assistants 31,080 1.11 370
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 27,770 1.11 180
Retail salespersons 26,870 1.1 1,680
Parts salespersons 33,560 1.1 150
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 26,450 1.09 440
Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 37,600 1.08 110
Receptionists and information clerks 25,830 1.08 540
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 30,440 1.07 180
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 54,730 1.07 640
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 32,480 1.07 220
Truck drivers, light or delivery services 30,890 1.07 550
Surgeons 211,690 1.06 160
Computer support specialists 44,640 1.06 190
Carpenters 41,530 1.06 320
Medical secretaries 30,510 1.05 270
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 84,980 1.04 110
Dental laboratory technicians 37,800 1.04 260
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 25,630 1.03 110
Elementary school teachers, except special education 51,390 1.03 1,060
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 31,230 1.03 270
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 54,180 1.02 120
Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 39,460 1.02 830
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 74,150 1.02 150
Maintenance and repair workers, general 34,840 1.01 900
Stock clerks and order fillers 23,140 1.01 1,490
Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 26,680 1 190
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 37,630 1 1,160
Amusement and recreation attendants 18,520 1 220
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 40,990 1 140
Pharmacists 104,820 1 110
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 49,980 1 150
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 29,940 0.99 350
Dental assistants 31,730 0.98 110
Bill and account collectors 30,310 0.98 140
Industrial production managers 86,790 0.98 110
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 31,250 0.98 1,130
Office clerks, general 24,820 0.98 1,340
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 30,560 0.97 200
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 27,710 0.97 410
Team assemblers 26,550 0.97 1,770
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders 25,370 0.97 740
Security guards 24,480 0.97 260
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 54,640 0.97 1,130

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