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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.

Jobs in Athens

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 82830 $42540 $20.45 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 13210 $32160 $15.46 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 9780 $20030 $9.63 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 8390 $33000 $15.86 10.15
5 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 8310 $55770 $26.81 6.15
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 6100 $69570 $33.45 5.75
7 Production Occupations 5060 $32740 $15.74 5.85
8 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 4830 $32510 $15.63 6.45
9 Management Occupations 3970 $105290 $50.62 6.05
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 2910 $42070 $20.23 3.8
11 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 2860 $57280 $27.54 0.9
12 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 2780 $57920 $27.85 5.05
13 Retail Salespersons 2680 $26730 $12.85 3.1
14 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2490 $26230 $12.61 3.7
15 Personal Care and Service Occupations 2310 $22580 $10.86 4.1
16 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2240 $17890 $8.6 2.15
17 Cashiers 2130 $19680 $9.46 2.25
18 Construction and Extraction Occupations 2110 $39050 $18.77 4.4
19 Office Clerks, General 2070 $26690 $12.83 2
20 Registered Nurses 1990 $60660 $29.16 1.9
21 Waiters and Waitresses 1950 $18820 $9.05 1.6
22 Healthcare Support Occupations 1870 $29410 $14.14 3.05
23 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 1780 $28120 $13.52 1.6
24 Protective Service Occupations 1570 $36730 $17.66 2.25
25 Customer Service Representatives 1570 $28650 $13.77 1.75
26 General and Operations Managers 1550 $106200 $51.06 1.4
27 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1520 $25250 $12.14 1.2
28 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1460 $34920 $16.79 1.6
29 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1220 $56590 $27.21 2.8
30 Food Preparation Workers 1100 $19590 $9.42 0.6
31 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 1020 $51030 $24.54 1
32 Cooks, Restaurant 1010 $20280 $9.75 0.75
33 Community and Social Service Occupations 960 $42420 $20.4 1.65
34 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 900 $35490 $17.06 0.9
35 Receptionists and Information Clerks 870 $26040 $12.52 0.7
36 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 860 $32350 $15.55 1.1
37 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 850 $24090 $11.58 1.6
38 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 830 $54800 $26.35 1.7
39 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 740 $46550 $22.38 1.2
40 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 740 $57730 $27.76 1
41 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 720 $29840 $14.35 0.6
42 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 680 $49130 $23.62 1
43 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 680 $66940 $32.18 1.65
44 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 650 $20540 $9.88 1
45 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 620 $29040 $13.96 0.8
46 Personal Care Aides 580 $17960 $8.64 1.3
47 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 530 $41620 $20.01 0.45
48 Childcare Workers 510 $19770 $9.5 0.8
49 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 500 $19000 $9.13 0.25
50 Accountants and Auditors 500 $59760 $28.73 0.9
51 Medical Assistants 500 $31030 $14.92 0.45
52 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 500 $38020 $18.28 0.6
53 Bartenders 480 $19470 $9.36 0.4
54 Packers and Packagers, Hand 470 $20980 $10.09 0.45
55 Biological Technicians 450 $48040 $23.1 0.1
56 Team Assemblers 440 $34740 $16.7 0.75
57 Legal Occupations 440 $65350 $31.42 0.8
58 Dishwashers 430 $17690 $8.5 0.3
59 Medical Secretaries 430 $30160 $14.5 0.4
60 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 410 $42100 $20.24 0.5
61 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 410 $61360 $29.5 0.7
62 Electricians 410 $43710 $21.01 0.4
63 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 410 $31610 $15.2 0.35
64 Billing and Posting Clerks 390 $33750 $16.23 0.35
65 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 380 $39560 $19.02 0.5
66 Computer User Support Specialists 380 $42320 $20.35 0.4
67 Instructional Coordinators 360 $70810 $34.04 0.1
68 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 350 $47510 $22.84 0.2
69 Nursing Assistants 350 $23090 $11.1 1.05
70 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 350 $34130 $16.41 0.4
71 Education Administrators, Postsecondary 340 $135470 $65.13 0.1
72 Pharmacy Technicians 340 $28020 $13.47 0.25
73 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 330 $41890 $20.14 0.2
74 Real Estate Sales Agents 310 $34970 $16.81 0.2
75 Substitute Teachers 310 $19210 $9.23 0
76 Insurance Sales Agents 300 $63350 $30.46 0.3
77 Security Guards 300 $31530 $15.16 0.7
78 Carpenters 300 $37590 $18.07 0.6
79 Telemarketers 290 $18660 $8.97 0.15
80 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 290 $51190 $24.61 0.4
81 Pharmacists 280 $120690 $58.03 0.2
82 Construction Laborers 270 $29820 $14.33 0.8
83 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 270 $48920 $23.52 0.5
84 Tellers 270 $28580 $13.74 0.3
85 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 270 $33500 $16.11 0.3
86 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 260 $28330 $13.62 0.2
87 Counter and Rental Clerks 260 $26680 $12.83 0.3
88 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 260 $57690 $27.73 0.3
89 Lawyers 250 $79020 $37.99 0.5
90 Human Resources Specialists 250 $50950 $24.49 0.3
91 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 250 $205130 $98.62 0.2
92 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 250 $47660 $22.91 0.3
93 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 250 $46260 $22.24 0.6
94 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop 240 $19640 $9.44 0.3
95 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 230 $70530 $33.91 0.1
96 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 230 $23650 $11.37 0.4
97 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 220 $40410 $19.43 0.3
98 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 210 $47620 $22.89 0.35
99 Demonstrators and Product Promoters 210 $18740 $9.01 0.1
100 Bill and Account Collectors 210 $30570 $14.7 0.2
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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
All Occupations 42,540 82,830
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,160 13,210
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,030 9,780
Sales and Related Occupations 33,000 8,390
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,770 8,310
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,570 6,100
Production Occupations 32,740 5,060
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,510 4,830
Management Occupations 105,290 3,970
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,070 2,910
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 57,280 2,860
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 57,920 2,780
Retail Salespersons 26,730 2,680
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,230 2,490
Personal Care and Service Occupations 22,580 2,310
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 17,890 2,240
Cashiers 19,680 2,130
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,050 2,110
Office Clerks, General 26,690 2,070
Registered Nurses 60,660 1,990
Waiters and Waitresses 18,820 1,950
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,410 1,870
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,120 1,780
Protective Service Occupations 36,730 1,570
Customer Service Representatives 28,650 1,570
General and Operations Managers 106,200 1,550
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,250 1,520
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,920 1,460
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 56,590 1,220
Food Preparation Workers 19,590 1,100
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,030 1,020
Cooks, Restaurant 20,280 1,010
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,420 960
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,490 900
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,040 870
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 32,350 860
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,090 850
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 54,800 830
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 46,550 740
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 57,730 740
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 29,840 720
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 49,130 680
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 66,940 680
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 20,540 650
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 29,040 620
Personal Care Aides 17,960 580
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 41,620 530
Childcare Workers 19,770 510
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 19,000 500
Accountants and Auditors 59,760 500

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 42,540 82,830
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,160 13,210
Sales and Related Occupations 33,000 8,390
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,770 8,310
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,570 6,100
Production Occupations 32,740 5,060
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 32,510 4,830
Management Occupations 105,290 3,970
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 42,070 2,910
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 57,280 2,860
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 57,920 2,780
Retail Salespersons 26,730 2,680
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,230 2,490
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,050 2,110
Office Clerks, General 26,690 2,070
Registered Nurses 60,660 1,990
Healthcare Support Occupations 29,410 1,870
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 28,120 1,780
Protective Service Occupations 36,730 1,570
Customer Service Representatives 28,650 1,570
General and Operations Managers 106,200 1,550
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,250 1,520
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,920 1,460
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 56,590 1,220
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 51,030 1,020
Community and Social Service Occupations 42,420 960
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,490 900
Receptionists and Information Clerks 26,040 870
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 32,350 860
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 54,800 830
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 46,550 740
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 57,730 740
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 29,840 720
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 49,130 680
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 66,940 680
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 29,040 620
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 41,620 530
Accountants and Auditors 59,760 500
Medical Assistants 31,030 500
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 38,020 500
Biological Technicians 48,040 450
Team Assemblers 34,740 440
Legal Occupations 65,350 440
Medical Secretaries 30,160 430
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 42,100 410
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 61,360 410
Electricians 43,710 410
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 31,610 410
Billing and Posting Clerks 33,750 390
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 39,560 380

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