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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 2553370 $50720 $24.38 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 401220 $37590 $18.07 14.8
3 Sales and Related Occupations 286430 $41960 $20.18 10.15
4 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 238240 $20840 $10.02 8.3
5 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 215540 $35340 $16.99 6.45
6 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 167020 $73890 $35.52 5.05
7 Management Occupations 166550 $123040 $59.15 6.05
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 145470 $49330 $23.72 6.15
9 Production Occupations 140310 $33750 $16.23 5.85
10 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 128200 $79040 $38 5.75
11 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 114580 $88510 $42.55 2.8
12 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 98050 $46670 $22.44 3.8
13 Retail Salespersons 85800 $25490 $12.25 3.1
14 Construction and Extraction Occupations 81540 $42720 $20.54 4.4
15 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 68510 $27170 $13.06 1.6
16 Customer Service Representatives 68230 $36320 $17.46 1.75
17 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 65430 $18660 $8.97 2.15
18 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 63900 $26260 $12.63 3.7
19 General and Operations Managers 60130 $124590 $59.9 1.4
20 Cashiers 59980 $20030 $9.63 2.25
21 Protective Service Occupations 56580 $38690 $18.6 2.25
22 Personal Care and Service Occupations 56090 $25120 $12.08 4.1
23 Healthcare Support Occupations 54340 $30090 $14.47 3.05
24 Waiters and Waitresses 49890 $19230 $9.25 1.6
25 Office Clerks, General 46830 $30430 $14.63 2
26 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 41020 $80320 $38.62 1.65
27 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 40920 $65910 $31.69 1
28 Registered Nurses 39460 $67870 $32.63 1.9
29 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 36470 $53020 $25.49 1.7
30 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 35260 $25620 $12.32 1.2
31 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34930 $37260 $17.92 1.6
32 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 32280 $41790 $20.09 1.2
33 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 29210 $24430 $11.74 1.6
34 Accountants and Auditors 27500 $79070 $38.02 0.9
35 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 26670 $41110 $19.76 1.1
36 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 26190 $60350 $29.01 1
37 Community and Social Service Occupations 24950 $48670 $23.4 1.65
38 Team Assemblers 24420 $27800 $13.37 0.75
39 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 23430 $61490 $29.56 0.6
40 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 23360 $71790 $34.51 0.7
41 Software Developers, Applications 22690 $103680 $49.85 0.5
42 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 22580 $36700 $17.64 0.9
43 Legal Occupations 22310 $109690 $52.74 0.8
44 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 20930 $43480 $20.91 1
45 Cooks, Restaurant 19920 $24050 $11.56 0.75
46 Security Guards 19210 $28950 $13.92 0.7
47 Nursing Assistants 18680 $24870 $11.96 1.05
48 Management Analysts 18360 $94900 $45.62 0.5
49 Computer User Support Specialists 18070 $55650 $26.76 0.4
50 Construction Laborers 17270 $35360 $17 0.8
51 Food Preparation Workers 17180 $20610 $9.91 0.6
52 Receptionists and Information Clerks 16820 $30580 $14.7 0.7
53 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 16620 $32690 $15.72 0.35
54 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 15950 $64480 $31 0.35
55 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 15560 $36510 $17.55 0.6
56 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 15280 $32980 $15.86 0.6
57 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 14650 $28760 $13.83 0.8
58 Computer Systems Analysts 14000 $95440 $45.89 0.4
59 Cooks, Fast Food 13920 $18690 $8.99 0.3
60 Packers and Packagers, Hand 13740 $24550 $11.8 0.45
61 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 13680 $31450 $15.12 0.4
62 Lawyers 13160 $144660 $69.55 0.5
63 Childcare Workers 13050 $21320 $10.25 0.8
64 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 12840 $44670 $21.47 0.45
65 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 12760 $66810 $32.12 0.9
66 Financial Managers 12730 $148680 $71.48 0.4
67 Human Resources Specialists 12680 $62840 $30.21 0.3
68 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 12610 $39770 $19.12 0.5
69 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 12530 $57560 $27.67 0.5
70 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 11940 $19880 $9.56 1
71 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 11940 $43140 $20.74 0.5
72 Sales Managers 11860 $133680 $64.27 0.2
73 Software Developers, Systems Software 11830 $98290 $47.25 0.3
74 Medical Assistants 11570 $32210 $15.48 0.45
75 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 11520 $31330 $15.06 0.3
76 Carpenters 11450 $42850 $20.6 0.6
77 Personal Care Aides 11050 $21120 $10.15 1.3
78 Computer and Information Systems Managers 10620 $139820 $67.22 0.25
79 Electricians 10320 $47750 $22.96 0.4
80 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 9920 $57530 $27.66 0.4
81 Dishwashers 9670 $18660 $8.97 0.3
82 Bill and Account Collectors 9670 $38170 $18.35 0.2
83 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 9080 $90610 $43.56 0.3
84 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 8870 $30870 $14.84 0.25
85 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 8860 $30000 $14.42 0.3
86 Computer Occupations, All Other 8790 $89570 $43.06 0.2
87 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 8530 $89210 $42.89 0.2
88 Managers, All Other 8510 $119100 $57.26 0.65
89 Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks 8470 $43170 $20.76 0.2
90 Driver/Sales Workers 8250 $24830 $11.94 0.3
91 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 8070 $64440 $30.98 0.3
92 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 7960 $18550 $8.92 0.25
93 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 7830 $23100 $11.1 0.3
94 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 7800 $37180 $17.87 0.3
95 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 7760 $64160 $30.84 0.4
96 Substitute Teachers 7580 $24040 $11.56 0
97 Billing and Posting Clerks 7570 $38870 $18.69 0.35
98 Insurance Sales Agents 7550 $74470 $35.8 0.3
99 Computer Programmers 7480 $89330 $42.95 0.2
100 Real Estate Sales Agents 7260 $45220 $21.74 0.2
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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
All Occupations 50,720 2,553,370
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,590 401,220
Sales and Related Occupations 41,960 286,430
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 20,840 238,240
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,340 215,540
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 73,890 167,020
Management Occupations 123,040 166,550
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 49,330 145,470
Production Occupations 33,750 140,310
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 79,040 128,200
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 88,510 114,580
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,670 98,050
Retail Salespersons 25,490 85,800
Construction and Extraction Occupations 42,720 81,540
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,170 68,510
Customer Service Representatives 36,320 68,230
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18,660 65,430
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,260 63,900
General and Operations Managers 124,590 60,130
Cashiers 20,030 59,980
Protective Service Occupations 38,690 56,580
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,120 56,090
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,090 54,340
Waiters and Waitresses 19,230 49,890
Office Clerks, General 30,430 46,830
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 80,320 41,020
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 65,910 40,920
Registered Nurses 67,870 39,460
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 53,020 36,470
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,620 35,260
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 37,260 34,930
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,790 32,280
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 24,430 29,210
Accountants and Auditors 79,070 27,500
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 41,110 26,670
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 60,350 26,190
Community and Social Service Occupations 48,670 24,950
Team Assemblers 27,800 24,420
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 61,490 23,430
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 71,790 23,360
Software Developers, Applications 103,680 22,690
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,700 22,580
Legal Occupations 109,690 22,310
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,480 20,930
Cooks, Restaurant 24,050 19,920
Security Guards 28,950 19,210
Nursing Assistants 24,870 18,680
Management Analysts 94,900 18,360
Computer User Support Specialists 55,650 18,070
Construction Laborers 35,360 17,270

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 50,720 2,553,370
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,590 401,220
Sales and Related Occupations 41,960 286,430
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 35,340 215,540
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 73,890 167,020
Management Occupations 123,040 166,550
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 49,330 145,470
Production Occupations 33,750 140,310
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 79,040 128,200
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 88,510 114,580
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,670 98,050
Retail Salespersons 25,490 85,800
Construction and Extraction Occupations 42,720 81,540
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,170 68,510
Customer Service Representatives 36,320 68,230
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 26,260 63,900
General and Operations Managers 124,590 60,130
Protective Service Occupations 38,690 56,580
Personal Care and Service Occupations 25,120 56,090
Healthcare Support Occupations 30,090 54,340
Office Clerks, General 30,430 46,830
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 80,320 41,020
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 65,910 40,920
Registered Nurses 67,870 39,460
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 53,020 36,470
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,620 35,260
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 37,260 34,930
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,790 32,280
Accountants and Auditors 79,070 27,500
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 41,110 26,670
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 60,350 26,190
Community and Social Service Occupations 48,670 24,950
Team Assemblers 27,800 24,420
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 61,490 23,430
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 71,790 23,360
Software Developers, Applications 103,680 22,690
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 36,700 22,580
Legal Occupations 109,690 22,310
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 43,480 20,930
Security Guards 28,950 19,210
Management Analysts 94,900 18,360
Computer User Support Specialists 55,650 18,070
Construction Laborers 35,360 17,270
Receptionists and Information Clerks 30,580 16,820
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 32,690 16,620
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 64,480 15,950
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 36,510 15,560
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,980 15,280
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 28,760 14,650
Computer Systems Analysts 95,440 14,000

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