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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.

Jobs in Atlanta

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations2619440$51,390$24.71100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations406270$37,890$18.2214.35
3Sales and Related Occupations293110$40,110$19.289.9
4Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations247920$21,110$10.158.55
5Transportation and Material Moving Occupations217440$36,390$17.56.55
6Management Occupations173210$124,820$60.016.15
7Business and Financial Operations Occupations171160$75,130$36.125.25
8Education, Training, and Library Occupations154190$50,200$24.146.05
9Production Occupations134270$35,290$16.975.7
10Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations133950$79,910$38.425.8
11Computer and Mathematical Occupations115940$88,440$42.522.9
12Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations98880$47,420$22.83.8
13Construction and Extraction Occupations89150$44,180$21.244.45
14Retail Salespersons85880$24,960$122.85
15Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food75970$19,160$9.212.3
16Customer Service Representatives75190$36,320$17.461.75
17Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand69840$27,430$13.191.7
18Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations63950$27,140$13.053.65
19Cashiers63440$20,050$9.642.2
20General and Operations Managers60740$122,430$58.861.5
21Personal Care and Service Occupations59110$26,690$12.834.3
22Protective Service Occupations58080$39,780$19.122.2
23Healthcare Support Occupations57420$31,320$15.063
24Waiters and Waitresses52410$19,240$9.251.7
25Office Clerks, General45640$30,570$14.71.9
26Architecture and Engineering Occupations41140$80,600$38.751.7
27Registered Nurses40400$70,540$33.921.95
28Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products39100$64,550$31.040.9
29Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations37730$54,830$26.361.8
30Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive36810$36,620$17.611.5
31Stock Clerks and Order Fillers35790$26,390$12.691.3
32Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers31830$43,370$20.851.2
33Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners30200$25,080$12.061.55
34Accountants and Auditors28690$77,370$37.20.9
35First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers28610$60,180$28.930.95
36Community and Social Service Occupations26310$50,470$24.261.65
37Sales Representatives, Services, All Other26170$61,030$29.340.6
38Business Operations Specialists, All Other25200$74,550$35.840.7
39Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks25140$41,500$19.951.05
40Software Developers, Applications23870$104,780$50.380.55
41Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers23710$29,520$14.190
42Legal Occupations23630$112,560$54.120.8
43Maintenance and Repair Workers, General23150$38,240$18.380.9
44Cooks, Restaurant22700$23,520$11.310.8
45Security Guards20810$29,050$13.970.7
46First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers20530$44,400$21.351
47Construction Laborers19930$35,850$17.240.8
48Nursing Assistants19000$26,630$12.81
49Food Preparation Workers18850$21,130$10.160.6
50Management Analysts18320$97,050$46.660.5
51Computer User Support Specialists17770$54,530$26.220.4
52Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators17280$34,500$16.590.35
53First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers17270$31,660$15.220.6
54Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists16930$66,260$31.850.4
55Receptionists and Information Clerks16430$29,790$14.320.7
56Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers15510$38,180$18.360.6
57Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers14830$29,610$14.240.8
58Lawyers14190$147,800$71.060.5
59Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks14030$32,670$15.710.4
60Computer Systems Analysts13930$90,400$43.460.4
61Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations13670$68,840$33.090.8
62Financial Managers13510$149,600$71.920.4
63Human Resources Specialists13480$64,270$30.90.35
64Packers and Packagers, Hand13350$24,290$11.680.45
65Computer Occupations, All Other13290$90,430$43.480.2
66Carpenters12740$48,890$23.50.7
67Personal Care Aides12620$21,680$10.421.5
68Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers12600$46,060$22.150.4
69Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses12440$42,860$20.610.5
70Sales Managers12350$135,960$65.370.2
71Medical Assistants11990$33,900$16.30.45
72Cooks, Fast Food11910$19,440$9.350.3
73Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants11670$59,930$28.810.35
74Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics11580$40,340$19.40.5
75Computer and Information Systems Managers11410$142,910$68.710.2
76Electricians11290$49,500$23.80.4
77Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners10900$20,490$9.850.9
78Software Developers, Systems Software10500$102,350$49.20.3
79Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education10220$29,930$14.390.3
80Medical Secretaries9950$34,440$16.560.4
81Childcare Workers9840$23,860$11.470.8
82Driver/Sales Workers9830$26,150$12.570.3
83First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers9740$59,900$28.80.4
84First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors9740$53,140$25.550
85Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers9290$37,660$18.110.3
86Managers, All Other9080$122,330$58.810.6
87Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products9010$83,100$39.950.2
88Substitute Teachers8850$25,820$12.410
89Network and Computer Systems Administrators8830$90,480$43.50.25
90Bus Drivers, School or Special Client8730$31,770$15.270.3
91First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers8720$65,480$31.480.3
92Dishwashers8350$18,850$9.060.3
93First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers8230$65,960$31.710.4
94Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop8130$19,460$9.360.3
95Real Estate Sales Agents8080$48,140$23.150.2
96Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks7950$45,970$22.10.2
97Bill and Account Collectors7890$38,100$18.320.2
98Billing and Posting Clerks7580$39,220$18.850.3
99Insurance Sales Agents7440$67,470$32.440.3
100Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders7380$34,300$16.490.2
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Jobs More Common Near Atlanta Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$51,3902,619,440
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,890406,270
Sales and Related Occupations$40,110293,110
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$21,110247,920
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,390217,440
Management Occupations$124,820173,210
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$75,130171,160
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,200154,190
Production Occupations$35,290134,270
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$79,910133,950
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$88,440115,940
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,42098,880
Construction and Extraction Occupations$44,18089,150
Retail Salespersons$24,96085,880
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$19,16075,970
Customer Service Representatives$36,32075,190
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,43069,840
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,14063,950
Cashiers$20,05063,440
General and Operations Managers$122,43060,740
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,69059,110
Protective Service Occupations$39,78058,080
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,32057,420
Waiters and Waitresses$19,24052,410
Office Clerks, General$30,57045,640
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$80,60041,140
Registered Nurses$70,54040,400
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$64,55039,100
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$54,83037,730
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,62036,810
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,39035,790
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,37031,830
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,08030,200
Accountants and Auditors$77,37028,690
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$60,18028,610
Community and Social Service Occupations$50,47026,310
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$61,03026,170
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$74,55025,200
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,50025,140
Software Developers, Applications$104,78023,870
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$29,52023,710
Legal Occupations$112,56023,630
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,24023,150
Cooks, Restaurant$23,52022,700
Security Guards$29,05020,810
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,40020,530
Construction Laborers$35,85019,930
Nursing Assistants$26,63019,000
Food Preparation Workers$21,13018,850
Management Analysts$97,05018,320

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$51,3902,619,440
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$37,890406,270
Sales and Related Occupations$40,110293,110
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$36,390217,440
Management Occupations$124,820173,210
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$75,130171,160
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$50,200154,190
Production Occupations$35,290134,270
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$79,910133,950
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$88,440115,940
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$47,42098,880
Construction and Extraction Occupations$44,18089,150
Customer Service Representatives$36,32075,190
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$27,43069,840
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$27,14063,950
General and Operations Managers$122,43060,740
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,69059,110
Protective Service Occupations$39,78058,080
Healthcare Support Occupations$31,32057,420
Office Clerks, General$30,57045,640
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$80,60041,140
Registered Nurses$70,54040,400
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$64,55039,100
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$54,83037,730
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$36,62036,810
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$26,39035,790
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$43,37031,830
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,08030,200
Accountants and Auditors$77,37028,690
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$60,18028,610
Community and Social Service Occupations$50,47026,310
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other$61,03026,170
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$74,55025,200
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$41,50025,140
Software Developers, Applications$104,78023,870
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers$29,52023,710
Legal Occupations$112,56023,630
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$38,24023,150
Security Guards$29,05020,810
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$44,40020,530
Construction Laborers$35,85019,930
Nursing Assistants$26,63019,000
Management Analysts$97,05018,320
Computer User Support Specialists$54,53017,770
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$34,50017,280
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$31,66017,270
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists$66,26016,930
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,79016,430
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$38,18015,510
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$29,61014,830

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