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Employment in Fast Growing Atlanta Suburbs

Updated on February 17, 2022
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Metroplex with High Salaries

Roswell is the 7th largest city in the state of Georgia, while and Sandy Springs is the 6th. Both of them are very fast-growing suburbs of Atlanta, as is Alpharetta GA, named the Best Place to Move for Work in America by in 2009. Among the 25 top cities on this list, Alpharetta is Number 1, Roswell is Number 10, and Sandy Springs is Number 15.

All three of these top cities are located in Fulton County and as they continue to grow in population, new business enterprises, and land annexations, they may expand to the extent that they will physically meet Atlanta. Already, they are coming near the point of functioning with Atlanta as a metroplex, a larger metropolitan area made up of several cities. In this case, Atlanta and Gainesville GA already form a larger metro area. This can be called a Metroplex, or a Mega-opolis as well.

Jobs listed on and, which collect available jobs everywhere extant through Internet resources, have increased in number faster in Sandy Springs than in Roswell. At the same time, there are usually more jobs available in and around Roswell than Sandy Springs, though both metro areas offer large numbers of listings. However, jobs in both areas' jobs listings are in the majority, higher salaries of $50K - 110K+ per year.

Fulton County, Georgia
Fulton County, Georgia

Fulton County Job Growth Projections Long-Term

  1. Food Preparation and Service
  2. Healthcare Practitioners and Techs
  3. Computer and Mathematics Jobs
  4. Managers
  5. Education, Training, and Library related jobs
  6. Business and Financial Operations Occupations
  7. Sales
  8. Office and Administrative Support
  9. Personal Care and Service
  10. Transportation and Materiel
  11. Customer Service Representatives (CSRs)
  12. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  13. Building and Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance
  14. Healthcare Support
  15. Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations

Sandy Springs Revitalization

Fairly new and fast-growing, Sandy Springs just east of the Chattahoochee River, was not incorporated until the end of 2005. With a population of over 100,000 people, the town is named specifically for the springs in the surrounding area and in the city, which make up nationally protected historic areas.

The spring never runs dry and is preserved at the Sandy Springs Historic Site. In the 1800s, Creek Nation members and settlers watered their horses here on their way south to Atlanta each spring. A Methodist church built a camp at the point where various trails met at the sandy springs and held summer Camp Meeting each year for many years.

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The spring never runs dry and is preserved at the Sandy Springs Historic Site. In the 1800s, Creek Nation members and settlers watered their horses here on their way south to Atlanta each spring. A Methodist church built a camp at the point where various trails met at the sandy springs and held summer Camp Meeting each year for many years.

Gold brought settlers beginning in 1828 and thereafter, and a town grew. Cherokee Nation had had a civilized government with its own constitution and capital city nearby and its members could read and write. However, when gold was discovered on their land, they were moved off by the US Federal Government. Plantation cotton and textiles became the source for the local economy for many years, replaced by services and other manufacturing ventures today.

As a part of the revitalization that began the spring before the incorporation of Sandy Springs, the Town Turtles of Sandy Springs, was instituted as a public art and fundraising project by the Sandy Springs Society. Rolled out in the Turtle Trot Parade 75 turtles sculptures painted by local professional and amateur artists were set into place around town.

Many cities host public art projects: Columbus, Ohio presented painted concrete ears of corn and now has OSU's sports mascot Brutus Buckeye in all sorts of costumes around the university campus and Northwest Columbus. Cincinnati displays decorated pigs all around town. Some cities have horses and others have cows. It's great fun.

The MARTA light rail system in Sandy Springs and the larger Atlanta metro area is a driving force for growth, because it promotes easy, fast transporation all the way from North Springs, north of Sandy Springs, down through Atlanta to the airport just north of the I-285 outerbelt, as well as in the east-west direction.

Top Hiring Companies

Many of the top hiring employers in and around Sandy Springs are in the business of Healthcare and Information Technology (IT). A few are in Manufacturing or Production, as well as in Staffing & Employment.

  1. Emory Healthcare
  2. Emory University
  3. IBM
  4. WellStar Health System
  5. Firstpro
  6. Hunter Technical Resources
  7. MATRIX Resources
  8. Dekald Medical Center
  9. Piedmont Hospital
  10. DeKalb Medical

Top Sandy Springs Jobs

From 2009 through 2014, job listings increased 250%; and after a decline during a 2020-2021 pandemic, jobs began increasing again. Jobs in highest demand include:

  1. Project Managers
  2. Software Developers, including JAVA
  3. Truck Drivers and Owner-Operators
  4. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  5. Dentists and Dental Assistants
  6. IT Engineers
  7. Physical and Occupational Therapists
  8. Sales Representatives
  9. Nurse Practitioners
  10. Senior Accountants
  11. Web Developers
  12. Account Executives

Roswell, Georgia

Roswell, Georgia is a little less than 10 miles northeast of Sandy Springs. Roswell was incorporated in 1854, named for the settler Roswell King, and early mining investor in the area. Discovering the Chattahoochee River, he built a cotton mill powered by the moving water. His Roswell Manufacturing Co. and Roswell Mill were the backbone of the local economy for many years.

Roswell is home to over 85,000 people and its metro area is home to over 101,000 individuals. Healthcare, Tourism, Education, Information Technology and Manufacturing make up much of the local economy. Economic development plans for further growth are in place for several years, through 2020.

Martha Bulloch Roosevelt lived in Roswell. She was Theodore Roosevelt's mother and Eleanor Roosevelt's grandmother. Bulloch Hall, pictured above and preserved in Roswell today, was her family home.

Many other celebrities and historical personages have graced Roswell and their homes and other installations can be found on tours listed in the links, above right.

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Bulloch Hall, Roswell GA
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Local companies that are consistently hiring in the 2020s:

  1. WellStar Health System
  2. McKesson: Medical supplies, pharmaceuticals
  3. Northside Hospital
  4. Hunter Technical Resources
  5. MATRIX Resources
  6. Clorox, in Alpharetta, north of Roswell.
  7. North Fulton Regional Hospital
  8. Tenet Healthcare
  9. Staff Financial Group
  10. Core Medical: RNs with this company earn an average of $26 - $31 per hour.
  11. Prestige Staffing
  12. Atlanta Medical Center

Highest In-Demand Jobs

  1. Business Analysts
  2. Physical and Occupational Therapists
  3. Sales Representatives nda Salespersons
  4. Java and Web Developers
  5. Dental Assistants
  6. Project Managers
  7. Software Engineers
  8. Architects
  9. Patient Services Technician Specialists
  10. Senior Accountants

Higher Education

A large number of colleges, Universities and career training academies are located in the Roswell-Sandy Springs area, with some found in nearby Atlanta. These institutions include:

  • Argosy University
  • Art Institute of Atlanta; 6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30328
  • Brown Mackie College-Atlanta
  • Chattahoochee Technical College
  • Devry Institute of Technology & Keller Graduate School: Near Roswell
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Institute Of Technology
  • Georgia Perimeter College
  • Georgia State University
  • Gwinnett College - Sandy Springs
  • Life University: Chiropractic and Holistic Health degrees
  • Reinhardt: North Fulton Campus
  • Southern Polytechnic State University
  • Strayer University in Roswell

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Patty Inglish MS


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