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Updated on May 23, 2015

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Atlanta - The Capital of the South

The Workforce Investment Act's Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia area is one of the most economically sound and growing cities throughout the American South. In fact, the city is nicknamed Hotlanta and The Capital of the South. The region offers many opportunities for jobs, careers, and business ownership of a long term nature. For new graduates and career changers, Atlanta can present viable solutions to their job seeking goals.

My travels to Atlanta never fail to find healthy customer traffic at the many shopping areas, along the corners of every major street intersection. Anchor stores as well as small shops thrive in abundance. Several globally-recognized companies are headquartered in Atlanta, including Coca-Cola and Turner Broadcasting.

Underground Atlanta is a fascinating and entertaining addition to the street level activities. It is a portion of the city that was built below the many train viaducts that carried automobile traffic over the tracks. The Underground is full of dining, shopping, and entertainment possibilities and a vibrant night life. Antiques and upscale home furnishings are high growth retail items in the Atlanta region, and the city enjoys several sales conventions related to these products each year, adding to the excitement of the Underground and the street level festivities.

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Travel, Tourism, and History

As one of the original and successful 13 American Colonies, Atlanta continues to be a business and tourist destination for Americans and international visitors because of its historical areas, colleges and universities, gardens, dining establishments, the National Park Service that includes a number of parks and a full-size replica of a slave ship from the 17th century. Some people come to Atlanta specifically to look for work and housing, and a number of job opportunities exist, as well as some of the most affordable housing in America. For these reasons, Atlanta continually stands in the top 25 cities for successful careers and housing options in the country.

The 1996 Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta

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Health Care, Hospitality and Information Technology (IT) are Leaders

Healthcare Careers

Metro Atlanta is the location for many hospitals and medical centers, the Healthcare Industry being major employer in this Workforce Investment Act area. High-growth Atlanta area job titles include medical assistant, dental hygienist, dental assistant, medical records and health information technicians, physician assistant, radiation therapist, home health aide, respiratory therapist, cardiovascular technologist, physical therapist, epidemiologist, and surgical technologist.

Information Technology (IT) Careers

The Healthcare Industry is reliant upon information technology to manage growing patient lists. Atlanta offers many high-tech companies that deal with information processing, analysis, and storage; as well as IT jobs in nearly all major employment fields. High-demand IT job titles include network systems and data communications analyst, computer software engineer, database administrator, computer systems analyst, computer and information systems manager, and network and computer systems administrator.

Hospitality Industry Careers

The Hospitality Industry is high-growth in Atlanta as increasing numbers of professional in the Metro Area turn to service employees to help them with their busy lives. Increasing attendance at the Metro Area conventions and a thriving business travel Industry add to Atlanta business traffic and the need for hospitality workers. Job titles available on an ongoing basis in Atlanta in the hospitality industry include food preparation worker (cook or chef), food server (wait staff), banquet workers, host and hostess, hotel reception and information clerk, and valet and parking lot attendant. Airport jobs are abundant as well, including transportation attendant, baggage screener, and security staff.

Atlanta Dining and Cuisine

In addition to antiques, fine dining, and home furnishings, Atlanta is home to The Food Network's Paula Deen and her two sons, who together operate her successful long standing restaurant and offer cooking shows about southern style fare. If this style of cooking and dining is not your favorite, Atlanta offers several find healthy eating establishments, and a wide array of wholesome and organic foods at chains such as Whole Food. Alton Brown of "Good Eats" and "Iron Chef America" TV fame often takes viewers to the Whole Food Stores in Georgia with healthy eating tips made even more palatable with his scientific evidence and his team of witty and slapstick actors.

Metro Atlanta Industries that Offer the Most Jobs

The following list represents the business and industry sectors in the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan Area that offer the largest numbers of new jobs in the 21st century through 2014.

  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

Many (1,000s) of these and other jobs are available in the fast-growing Atlanta suburbs of:

Education and Training in Atlanta

The University of Georgia is the largest academic facility in Georgia. It was built in Athens, Georgia, about 70 miles from Atlanta. Historically, it is the very first state-chartered university in America, initiated under a public Land Grant and Sea Grant. The University of Georgia, or USG, consistently ranks in the top 25% of best public colleges as recognized by U.S. News & World Report.

This historic university is composed seventeen separate training schools and colleges.This list of university divisions includes:

  • College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
  • Terry College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Environment & Design
  • College of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
  • USG Graduate School
  • Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • USG School of Law
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • School of Public and International Affairs
  • School of Social Work
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology
  • Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences:
  1. The Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases (CTEGD)
  2. The Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute (BHSI)
  3. The Developmental Biology Group (DBG)
  4. The Center for Health and Risk Communications (CHRC)
  5. The Bioimaging Research Center (BIRC)

Morehouse College

Martin Luther King Jr. located in front of Martin Luther King International Chapel, Morehouse College.
Martin Luther King Jr. located in front of Martin Luther King International Chapel, Morehouse College. | Source

Franklin Residential College

The Franklin Residential College (FRC) is a unique and innovative residential college in Atlanta. It is built on the model of the Oxford and Cambridge systems in England, where faculty and students live in community.

Successfully founded in the year 2000, FRC is an educational facility and a comprehensive residential system that joins the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the USG University Housing Office, and the Vice President of Instruction in a close partnership that serves students, staff, and faculty.

This educational facility is a ful community - a holistic and organic type of educational complex working together that bases education on the model in which students and faculty live, learn, and dine together for continual learning. This also gives a sense of belonging and ownership for educaiton and relationships to participants.

Georgia Perimeter College

Georgia Perimeter College is one of the top American colleges. It is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan community and two-year colleges. In fact, GPC is the third largest school in terms of enrollment in the University System of Georgia.

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    • ClassyAtl profile image

      ClassyAtl 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Atlanta is considered to be a thriving southern city. As with all things, there are pros and cons with regarding to employment. If you check job boards on a regular basis, you will see that there are thousands of jobs available in Atlanta, however, when you apply for those jobs most times you will not get a reply. The jobs that I am referring to are for highly educated individuals with excellent work histories as well as experience. I have many friends who have been unemployed and living in Atlanta for more than a year. I have friends who have been gainfully employed while living in Atlanta. The bigger picture is that unless you have an "inside source" at a lot of corporations in this town, you will not get. your foot in the door, and certainly not an interview. Thanks to the Internet, the way that individuals apply for employment opportunities have changed. You apply online and your resume floats out into the cyber world. It's kind of like letting a balloon fly away without knowing exactly where it will end up.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Much success to you! I like Louisiana too, but it's pretty humid in summer when I've been there.

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      Catherine 6 years ago

      I have always loved at atlanta since I was a little girl, I am a resident of louisiana but planning to move to atlanta very soon, Im just looking for the best k-12 schools in the area and then im out.

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      Krista 7 years ago

      My friend and her husband moved to Atlanta two years ago and were able to find work right away. They didn't have any luck finding work here in Ohio. Do you feel it's the total package, such as the tourism, restaurants, weather, etc that lead to so many amazing Atlanta Jobs?

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hi Wendy - I think you're right about Savannah, so I need to update and correct that. I did see footage of her doing a tour there and buying spices locally. And thanks for suggestig Georgia State. It's been a few years since I was in Atlanta, but always loved going there.

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      Wendy S. Wilmoth 7 years ago from Kansas

      I grew up in Atlanta, and my experience is that it snows about two or three days a year, then melts rapidly. The weather is a lot better than where I live now (Kansas) and I would love to go home.

      Oh, also, I'm not sure but I think Paula Deen works out of Savannah, not Atlanta.

      Also, a little information on Georgia State University may be helpful. It is the largest in Atlanta and the second largest in the state.

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I doubt that it snows very much. With snow in Dallas, I'd say it snows a little most everywhere.

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      myawn 8 years ago from Florida

      I am thinking of moving one day good info It snows in Atlants right? I don't know if I would like that.

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      Paul 8 years ago

      Great hubpage.

      I have recently moved to Atlanta and I'm loving it :-)