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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.

Jobs in Gainesville

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 81530 $40610 $19.52 100
2 Production Occupations 12500 $30560 $14.69 5.85
3 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 12430 $32570 $15.66 14.8
4 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 8830 $28940 $13.91 6.45
5 Sales and Related Occupations 7080 $36340 $17.47 10.15
6 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 6250 $69450 $33.39 5.75
7 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 6200 $21490 $10.33 8.3
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 5000 $48850 $23.49 6.15
9 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 3610 $24340 $11.7 1.6
10 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 3370 $39260 $18.88 3.8
11 Management Occupations 3220 $108460 $52.15 6.05
12 Construction and Extraction Occupations 2850 $39960 $19.21 4.4
13 Healthcare Support Occupations 2660 $28930 $13.91 3.05
14 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 2620 $68080 $32.73 5.05
15 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers 2510 $22230 $10.69 0.1
16 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 2290 $19860 $9.55 2.15
17 Retail Salespersons 2030 $25860 $12.43 3.1
18 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 2030 $25650 $12.33 3.7
19 Office Clerks, General 2030 $24360 $11.71 2
20 Cashiers 1940 $19970 $9.6 2.25
21 Registered Nurses 1910 $64920 $31.21 1.9
22 Team Assemblers 1790 $27130 $13.05 0.75
23 Protective Service Occupations 1670 $33100 $15.92 2.25
24 General and Operations Managers 1450 $112590 $54.13 1.4
25 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1380 $44110 $21.21 1.2
26 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1300 $34230 $16.46 1.6
27 Customer Service Representatives 1280 $31000 $14.91 1.75
28 Personal Care and Service Occupations 1210 $23780 $11.44 4.1
29 Waiters and Waitresses 1190 $19020 $9.14 1.6
30 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 1170 $24990 $12.01 1.2
31 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1110 $69450 $33.39 1
32 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 1070 $25220 $12.13 0.25
33 Medical Assistants 1030 $31940 $15.36 0.45
34 Packers and Packagers, Hand 970 $21300 $10.24 0.45
35 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 930 $34080 $16.39 0.9
36 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 910 $53710 $25.82 0.4
37 Nursing Assistants 890 $25440 $12.23 1.05
38 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 840 $35530 $17.08 0.3
39 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 770 $37300 $17.93 1.1
40 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 720 $25810 $12.41 1.6
41 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 710 $73480 $35.33 2.8
42 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 710 $68240 $32.81 1.65
43 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 700 $20400 $9.81 1
44 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 700 $52770 $25.37 1
45 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 670 $33440 $16.08 0.2
46 Construction Laborers 670 $28500 $13.7 0.8
47 Community and Social Service Occupations 660 $45140 $21.7 1.65
48 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 650 $40860 $19.65 0.5
49 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 640 $31500 $15.14 0.3
50 Receptionists and Information Clerks 620 $28150 $13.53 0.7
51 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 620 $61650 $29.64 1.7
52 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 570 $40410 $19.43 1
53 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 550 $37860 $18.2 0.6
54 Cooks, Restaurant 530 $23600 $11.35 0.75
55 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 530 $32990 $15.86 0.6
56 Security Guards 520 $21730 $10.45 0.7
57 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 520 $32830 $15.79 0.5
58 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 480 $30850 $14.83 0.4
59 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 470 $40410 $19.43 0.2
60 Slaughterers and Meat Packers 440 $25450 $12.23 0.1
61 Billing and Posting Clerks 430 $32680 $15.71 0.35
62 Accountants and Auditors 420 $67500 $32.45 0.9
63 Loan Officers 420 $86400 $41.54 0.2
64 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 420 $22390 $10.76 0.2
65 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 410 $27620 $13.28 0.35
66 Carpenters 370 $39040 $18.77 0.6
67 Firefighters 370 $35780 $17.2 0.2
68 Cooks, Fast Food 370 $19410 $9.33 0.3
69 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 360 $56150 $27 0.6
70 Food Preparation Workers 350 $20930 $10.06 0.6
71 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 340 $30690 $14.76 0.6
72 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 340 $26890 $12.93 0.8
73 Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 330 $30120 $14.48 0
74 Helpers--Production Workers 330 $22050 $10.6 0.3
75 Medical Secretaries 310 $34970 $16.81 0.4
76 Legal Occupations 300 $64690 $31.1 0.8
77 Loan Interviewers and Clerks 300 $35800 $17.21 0.1
78 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 300 $41910 $20.15 0.45
79 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 290 $46370 $22.29 0.3
80 Electricians 290 $47390 $22.79 0.4
81 Tellers 290 $30810 $14.81 0.3
82 Machine Feeders and Offbearers 290 $30930 $14.87 0.1
83 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 280 $43490 $20.91 0.2
84 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 280 $19480 $9.37 0.3
85 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 280 $63760 $30.65 0.3
86 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic 270 $39800 $19.13 0.1
87 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 270 $61390 $29.51 0.7
88 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 270 $51010 $24.52 0.9
89 Personal Care Aides 270 $21370 $10.27 1.3
90 Pharmacy Technicians 240 $29220 $14.05 0.25
91 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 240 $62390 $30 0.4
92 Insurance Sales Agents 240 $51490 $24.76 0.3
93 Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 240 $35830 $17.23 0.1
94 Management Analysts 230 $87280 $41.96 0.5
95 Sales Managers 220 $131270 $63.11 0.2
96 Home Health Aides 210 $23450 $11.27 0.7
97 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 210 $38520 $18.52 0.2
98 Real Estate Sales Agents 200 $27850 $13.39 0.2
99 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 200 $56360 $27.1 0.5
100 Parts Salespersons 200 $32910 $15.82 0.2
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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
All Occupations 40,610 81,530
Production Occupations 30,560 12,500
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,570 12,430
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 28,940 8,830
Sales and Related Occupations 36,340 7,080
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,450 6,250
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 21,490 6,200
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,850 5,000
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 24,340 3,610
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 39,260 3,370
Management Occupations 108,460 3,220
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,960 2,850
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,930 2,660
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 68,080 2,620
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers 22,230 2,510
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 19,860 2,290
Retail Salespersons 25,860 2,030
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,650 2,030
Office Clerks, General 24,360 2,030
Cashiers 19,970 1,940
Registered Nurses 64,920 1,910
Team Assemblers 27,130 1,790
Protective Service Occupations 33,100 1,670
General and Operations Managers 112,590 1,450
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 44,110 1,380
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,230 1,300
Customer Service Representatives 31,000 1,280
Personal Care and Service Occupations 23,780 1,210
Waiters and Waitresses 19,020 1,190
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 24,990 1,170
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 69,450 1,110
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 25,220 1,070
Medical Assistants 31,940 1,030
Packers and Packagers, Hand 21,300 970
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 34,080 930
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 53,710 910
Nursing Assistants 25,440 890
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 35,530 840
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,300 770
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,810 720
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 73,480 710
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 68,240 710
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 20,400 700
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 52,770 700
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 33,440 670
Construction Laborers 28,500 670
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,140 660
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 40,860 650
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 31,500 640
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,150 620

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 40,610 81,530
Production Occupations 30,560 12,500
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 32,570 12,430
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 28,940 8,830
Sales and Related Occupations 36,340 7,080
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 69,450 6,250
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 48,850 5,000
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 39,260 3,370
Management Occupations 108,460 3,220
Construction and Extraction Occupations 39,960 2,850
Healthcare Support Occupations 28,930 2,660
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 68,080 2,620
Retail Salespersons 25,860 2,030
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 25,650 2,030
Registered Nurses 64,920 1,910
Team Assemblers 27,130 1,790
Protective Service Occupations 33,100 1,670
General and Operations Managers 112,590 1,450
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 44,110 1,380
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 34,230 1,300
Customer Service Representatives 31,000 1,280
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 69,450 1,110
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 25,220 1,070
Medical Assistants 31,940 1,030
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 34,080 930
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 53,710 910
Nursing Assistants 25,440 890
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 35,530 840
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,300 770
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 25,810 720
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 73,480 710
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 68,240 710
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 52,770 700
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 33,440 670
Construction Laborers 28,500 670
Community and Social Service Occupations 45,140 660
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 40,860 650
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 31,500 640
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,150 620
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 61,650 620
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 40,410 570
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 37,860 550
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 32,990 530
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 32,830 520
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 30,850 480
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 40,410 470
Slaughterers and Meat Packers 25,450 440
Billing and Posting Clerks 32,680 430
Accountants and Auditors 67,500 420
Loan Officers 86,400 420

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