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Nashville - America's Smartest Cities Are Job Strong

Updated on May 13, 2016
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Ms. Inglish has 30 years of successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (CAP).


Creative Working Boom!

Greater Nashville, Tennessee is the only state or like-size metro area besides California and Texas in the Top Five Places For Jobs list after the Great Recession of 2009 - 2010. The arts community has boomed here, leading to even more artists moving the Nashville. This has affected Tourism by drawing more visitors. Other industries are expanding as well.

Smart Cities

The long-time Country Music stronghold of Nashville, Tennessee is also one of the 25 Smartest Cities in America, according to Money Magazine. A substantial proportion of its residents hold a Bachelor's Degree or higher level of educational attainment.

Located along the Cumberland River, Music City Nashville is the County Seat of Davidson Coutny and the capital of Tennessee. Its leading industries in the 2000s are Healthcare, Sales, Music, and Publishing.

Nashville is combined with its county to make a city-county government and the Greater Nashville Area is home to over a million and half people. Builds New Facilities Near Nashville

Nashville is famous for its music and its Printers Alley. In 2011 - 2012, built another 500,000 square-foot warehousing and processing facility just outside of Nashville in the suburb of Lebanon, Tennessee. This is provided the Greater Nashville Area with over 1,000 new jobs.

Tennessee has been good for the growing online book and other media seller, The latest property brings total square footage for the bookseller in Tennessee to 2,000,000 ft2 with the completion of two more sites in Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tennessee in 2011.

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Greater Nashville Area

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Popular Attractions

Read reviews of the Top 10 Places to visit while traveling in Tennessee, below. Many are in the City of Nashville.

Grand Ole Opry

In 2015, Ryman Auditorium began a new, $14,000,000 reconstruction project.

Ryman Auditorium History

Historic Photos of the Opry: Ryman Auditorium 1974
Historic Photos of the Opry: Ryman Auditorium 1974

I visited this historic American music site in 1974 and will never forget the music I heard and the performers I enjoyed there as a youth - especially "Ghost Riders In the Sky." People who do not love country music like this place as well - I did!


Zoo Aquarium

Around the Nashville Parthenon

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Jackson Tomb at the Hermitage.Nashville and Tennessee Warblers.Parthenon in 1920.Shelby Park.
Jackson Tomb at the Hermitage.
Jackson Tomb at the Hermitage.
Nashville and Tennessee Warblers.
Nashville and Tennessee Warblers.
Parthenon in 1920.
Parthenon in 1920.
Shelby Park.
Shelby Park.

"Today" by Beth Inglish

Live Painting at the Nashville Opera

Downtown Nashville.
Downtown Nashville.

Dramatic Increase in Jobs Since 2010


Top 15 Hot Job Openings - Largest Numbers

  1. Truck Drivers
  2. Registered Nurses (RNs) - Several specialties, with Women's Health Nurse increasing in positions. Travel Nursing is also increasing to this metro area, with added perks and higher salaries.
  3. Information Technology Engineers
  4. Sales Representatives
  5. Manufacturing and Production
  6. Media and Entertainment Jobs - Art galleries, art schools, companies that need graphic design experts, and more. Internships at Sony Music.
  7. Store Managers and Assistants
  8. Physicians and Public Health Officers
  9. Aerospace Engineers and Technicians. Several companies and the National Guard and Air National Guard.
  10. Physical Therapists and Assistants
  11. Business Analysts
  12. Account Executives - Financial Products

Top 10 Projected Increasing Job Titles to 2018

  1. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  2. Truck Drivers - Heavy trucks, semis; require CDL.
  3. General Office Clerks
  4. Executive Secretaries - includes Administrative Assistants
  5. Frontline Managers and Supervisors in Offices/Admin areas
  6. Maitenance/Repair Jobs
  7. Sales Representatives
  8. Receptionists and related
  9. Billing and Accounting Clerks
  10. Law Enforcement Officers

Bold print indicates high demand jobs already appearing as high demand in job postings 2012 - 2015.

Top Job Posting Companies

  1. Marriott International - Resorts and hotels.
  2. Trucking Companies - Hogan, CRST, USA Truck and more.
  3. Vanderbilt University
  4. Riverside Community Hospital
  5. Pizza Hut , Taco Bell, and Sonic Drive-Ins
  6. Swedish Medical Center
  7. Nashville Public Schools
  8. Central Payment - Credit Card services.
  9. HCA Healthcare
  10. St. Thomas Hospitals (at least three hospitals)
  11. US Army Medical Corps and National Guard

Healthcare - Number One Nashville Industry

Nashville TN boasts 275 healthcare organizations. This includes one very major player in the Hospital Corporation of America. HCA is the biggest private-sector hospital and clinic business globally, employing over 183,000 people. All, from the beginnings in one hospital in the early 1960s, makes Nashville a healthcare hotspot. HCA operates in 20 US States and England.

Despite a national recession in 2009 - 2009, Hospital Corporation of America realized an increase in earnings during the 3rd Qtr of 2009, according to company fact sheets and press releases. Revenues increased half a billion dollars over the same period in 2008.

Nashville Hospitals

Increase in HCA Jobs in Nashville

The number of job listings originating from Health Corporation of America in the USA increased 250% from 2005 - 2009. This was a major contributor to the increased earnings shown by HCA by 3rd QTR 2009, continuing to increase significantly through 2011. A new increase in job postings begin in 2015.

Increases in Jobs for HCA Healthcare

Nationwide job listings.
Nationwide job listings. | Source
Nashville jobs with HCA began another increase in early 2015.
Nashville jobs with HCA began another increase in early 2015. | Source

Nashville-Davidson Stimulus Jobs and New Developments

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) helped the Nashville-Davidson market with $35,000,000 in 2009 for education, infrastructure, safety, social services, and employment. By year end, another $75,000,000 in ARRA grant funds were in application and approval processes to further develop infrastructure, safety, and social services in order to handle new business and residential growth spurred by business and higher education in Nashville.

Government sponsored employment offices are available in each county in Tennessee. In Davidson County and Nashville, the employment programming comes under the auspices of the Middle Tennessee OneStop Career Center.

This entity serves both businesses and employment seekers through programs that provide Employment and Training (including classroom education, on-the-job training and others), Job Placement, Career Planning, and related services.

The large OneStop centers are particularly useful, because they offer job seekers free use of telephones, fax machines copies, and Internet stations for contacting interviewers and performing job research. See:

  • Middle Tennessee OneStop Center Center: 2200 Rosa L. Parks Blvd; Nashville TN 37228
  • Nashville South Office: 3763 Nolensville Road; Nashville TN 37211. Phone: 615-741-3556; Fax: 615-532-2773. This office servces US Veterans.

Nashville OneStops

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2200 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228, USA
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A marker3763 Nolensville Road; Nashville TN 37211 -
3763 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211, USA
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Vanderbilt Stadium

Higher Education

Tennessee State University

Local Sports

  • Tennessee Titans Football (NFL)
  • Nashville Storm Football (NAFL) - See promotional video above.
  • Nashville Predators Hockey
  • Nashville Sounds Minor League Baseball
  • Music City Stars Basketball (ABA)
  • Nashville Metros Soccer
  • Tennessee Titans
  • Nashville Predators
  • Nashville Sounds

Nashville Storm NAFL Promo

© 2009 Patty Inglish

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Artists and musicians have moved into Nashville in greater numbers in the 2000s. View some portfolios and hear some of their music on the Hub. Not related, Beth Inglish McMillian is one of the brightest to hit the music and fine arts scene in Nashville.

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      mcbrick 6 years ago

      I've been living in Nashville for over two years now and I love it. It has a lot of opportunities, but you will need someone to vouch for you. This city is built on relationships more than any other city I've lived in. If you're planning on moving here, be ready to stay and make life long friends.

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      Miss Lil' Atlanta 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Wow, this is a really well put together hub!

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      Claude King 7 years ago

      Hey Everybody, Do not forget Nashville is still a great hub for people interested in the Music Business, Heck I am 88yrs old. Just got back from Nashville with another Gold Record, The Cajun Cowboy. Nashville has a lot of what you need in the Music Business. Claude King

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

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

      Thank you for stopping by Nashville Culture! I will return to Nashville as soon as I get the chance and hope to write more about the city soon.

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      Nashville Culture 7 years ago

      Nashville is a great place to live and work. Thanks for writing about our wonderful town. I hope this encourages more people to visit.

      They really don't know what they are missing when they pass up a chance to live, work or vacation here.

      I hope to see more work from you in the future. Maybe it will be more on Nashville. Thanks again for taking interest in Nashville and hope you decide to visit again soon Patty.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 8 years ago from Great Britain

      And there I was thinking Nashville only meant Kris Kristofferrson and other great country and western singer/songwriters. Thanks for waking me up

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

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

      Thanks Don, I used to go there quite a lot and must return soon.

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      dusanotes 8 years ago from Windermere, FL

      I read your other Hub on Nashville and both are very good. Thanks for reporting on part of the south that haswonderful nostalgia and great history. Don White