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A Classic City - Jobs and Life In Athens GA

Updated on February 8, 2016
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

A Classic Southern City

Athens is known by the nickname The Classic City. Athens, Georgia is circled by the highway known as the Athens Perimeter, much like an outerbelt highway around other cities. It is also called the Georgia 10 Loop and photos and descriptions of scenery and installations along the highway are available at the links below.

In 1990, the City of Athens joined its city government with Clarke County government to become one entity: Athens-Clarke County.

Two hundred years previously, back in the 1785, the University of Georgia was grated a charter. This event eventually caused a whole town to grow up around the new school and that town became Athens GA. This is testimony to how a college or university in a town can create economic growth with new jobs that draw residents and students to the area. The amounts and types research results coming out of UGA show much promise for creating new local jobs in emerging technologies and new career fields through the 2010s and beyond. All this creates a college town in the Top 20 College Towns in America, as recognized by Money Magazine.

Athens, In Northeastern Georgia

A markerAthens GA -
Athens, GA, USA
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Dearing Street Historic District

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A markerDearing Street Historic District, Athens GA -
Dearing Street, Athens, GA, USA
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B markerThe Tree That Owhs Itself -
Tree That Owns Itself, South Finley Street, Athens, GA 30605, USA
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C marker40 Watt Club, 285 West Washington Street, Athens GA -
285 West Washington Street, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Advertised Jobs Increased 2009 - 2014, With Some Fluctuation

A low point occurred in January 2010, but in January 2014 the number of advertised jobs increased to 6,700 listings.
A low point occurred in January 2010, but in January 2014 the number of advertised jobs increased to 6,700 listings. | Source

Top 15 Hot Jobs

  1. CDL and Transport Drivers -- Customer Deliveries, Delivery- Route Sales
  2. Dentists and Dental Assistants
  3. Occupational Therapists
  4. Account Executives
  5. Physical Therapists and Assistants
  6. Technicians - Maintenance, Engineering, Pharmacy
  7. Store Managers and Assistant Managers
  8. McDonald's, Taco Bell and other Fast Food Crews
  9. Retail Cashiers
  10. Flex Team Representatives
  11. Account Executives
  12. Financial Advisors
  13. Transport Drivers, Customer Deliveries, Delivery- Route Sales
  14. Physician - Pediatrics
  15. Registered Nurses (RNs), including Travel Nurses.

Government Projections for High Growth Jobs to 2016

Entries below indicate job categories or titles already in high demand on daily lists of job postings seen above.

  1. Combined Food Prep & Service
  2. Mainstream Elementary School Teachers
  3. Retail Salespersons
  4. Healthcare Support Jobs
  5. Teacher's Assistants
  6. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  7. Waitstaff (Dining)
  8. Janitors and Cleaners
  9. General Office Clerks
  10. Construction Laborers
  11. Mainstream Secondary School Teachers
  12. CDL Truck Drivers
  13. Telecommunications Equipment Installer-Repairers
  14. Management Analysts
  15. Child Care Workers

Largest Employers

The local Chamber of Congress reports that during the decades 2000 - 2020, the following companies have been the largest employers, maintaining the largest employee pools: through retention and hiring

  1. University of Georgia
  2. Athens Regional Medical Center - for employment, see jobs here.
  3. Clarke County School District
  4. Pilgrim's Pride
  5. Athens-Clarke County Unified Government
  6. St. Mary's Hospital
  7. Gold Kist, Inc.
  8. Merial Limited, Inc.
  9. Power Partners
  10. DuPont. The miracles of Science™

Top Hiring Companies

  1. Barr-Nunn Transport - Truck driving jobs; require CDL.
  2. United States Air Force - Military and civilian jobs.
  3. University of Georgia
  4. Northeast Georgia Health System
  5. Collier, Vinson and Demonbruen
  6. CVS/Pharmacy
  7. Food Lion
  8. Amedisys
  9. Pepsi Cola
  10. Pizza Hut
  11. UHS-Pruitt
  12. United States Army National Guard
  13. Home Depot
  14. Taco Bell
  15. Guardian Home Care

Downtown Athens Neighborhood

This Downtown Athens scene not far from UGA shows one of the artistically decorated Bulldog stautes throughout town in mid-2008. This was a nationwide project, in which Cincinnati had Pigs and Columbus OH had decorated Ears of Corn around town.
This Downtown Athens scene not far from UGA shows one of the artistically decorated Bulldog stautes throughout town in mid-2008. This was a nationwide project, in which Cincinnati had Pigs and Columbus OH had decorated Ears of Corn around town.

Developing Downtown Athens

City leaders grasped the concept of downtown/urban revitalization as early as 1980 in Athens. In 2009, UGA forms one boundary of the Downtown Area and about 100 taverns are supported in the commercial district of Downtown Athens. A residential area is also successful in the district, including historic and newer homes, public housing, apartments, and hotels. A Multi-Modal Transportation Center under construction planning in 2009 will likely further facilitate new residential and commercial enterprises and make Downtown Athens increasingly more popular with students, visitors, and incoming residents.

University of Georgia Stadium
University of Georgia Stadium | Source

University of Georgia

The University of Georgia is a nationally recognized school that provides innumerable services to the community. On of these is a database of information that helps individuals and families to make New Year's Resolutions.

The UGA Office of Public Affairs offers an entire page of resolution resources during December to early January and topical help throughout the year at: UGA NEWS SERVICE.


The University of Georgia and its University Health Center monitor health and diease on its front webpage as well. ghe H1N1 and seasonal flu viruses have been spotlighted in order to prevent their spread. UGA helps to explain the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for community and college environments.


Interestingly, UGA maintains an online magazine about the State of Georgia. It includes major stories and photographs of the people, events, and important issues around the state.


This publication online at the UGA website presents dozens of articles about the outcomes of useful research projects and other unviersity news and events. Many UGA colleges are quite active in research and discovering information that will help humanity. These include a school of Ecology, a division for Bioinformatics, the Center for Drug Discovery, the New Media Institute, a carbohydrate research center, a division dedicated to studying global diseases, and several others.


The UGA Bulldogs of the Southeastern Conference are active in Football, Men's and Women's Basketball, Golf, Baseball, Soccer, and several additional sports.

Georgia Perimeter College

Georgia Perimeter College is a well known two-year college with several campuses that all award Associate Degrees in a number of fields. Degrees and certificates are awarded in a wide array of subjects and careers.

It continues to break ground on additional sites as the 3rd largest school in the state university system. Traditional, non-traditional, and online programs are all successful. In 2009, a specialized grant to education Hispanic students was most welcomed by the school. In addition to all this, GPC hits a new enrollment record every academic year.

A nationally known literary publication is supported by GPC at The Chattahoochee Review.

Two Well Known Colleges Within 30 Miles Of Each Another

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A markerUniversity of Georgia -
The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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B markerGeorgia Perimeter Collge, Clarkston GA -
Georgia Perimeter College Clarkston Campus, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021, USA
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© 2009 Patty Inglish

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Cool! Glad to meet you here on HubPages. :)

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      ButlerOlsonPubl 2 years ago

      Great job Patty! Athens is the best!

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      chammock 8 years ago

      My daughter is up at UGA in Athens. Thanks for the great info. Maybe she can find a good job to help offset some of her spending in college.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for an interesting hub about a lovely city.

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      dusanotes 8 years ago from Windermere, FL

      Nice Hub, Patty. Athans, GA must be one fine little town. I looked at those tree-lined streets. They seem to be live oak trees, same as we have in Florida. They stay green all year long - a wonderful tree...if you have plenty of room for them to spread out because they get B-I-G. I think cities that mandate them to be planted downtown near sidewalks and next to buildings are making a big mistake. They are the first trees to fall down in a hurricane or a big blow. Anyway, you did a great job, Patty. Don White