Dubbed the "Silicon Valley of the South," Atlanta may be on the minds of high school graduates and mid-career changers looking to acquire training from trade and technical schools. According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, top industries include aerospace, agribusiness, defense, financial services, food processing, logistics and transportation, and many more. The sector employing the most workers in Atlanta, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov) is trade, transportation and utilities, which employed 538,900 workers in the first quarter of 2014. Other sectors include:
- Professional and business services: 434,900 workers
- Government: 319,000 workers
- Education and health services: 298,000 workers
- Leisure and hospitality: 240,900 workers
- Financial Activities: 155,700 workers
Atlanta, Georgia is a desirable location for Fortune 500 headquarters
Atlanta is home to the headquarters of a whopping 26 companies in the Fortune 1000, and 14 of those are among the Fortune 500. Those in the top 100 include Home Depot, United Parcel Service, Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines. Atlanta came in third in the nation among cities with the most Fortune 500 companies in 2013, according to Metro Atlanta Chamber. That just might be one of the reasons Forbes magazine ranked Atlanta 22nd among the best places for business and careers.
The wide assortment of businesses located in Atlanta bodes well for the 4,219,600 residents that reside in the 10-county Atlanta area, according to the Atlanta Regional Commission. With a median household income of $49,604 (2008-2012) according to the U.S. Census Bureau (census.gov), excellent educational opportunities, and companies that may be looking to hire fresh faces, Atlanta could be poised to offer promising potential for a variety of career seekers.
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