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Top Jobs in Marietta, Sandy Springs and Atlanta

If you're looking for Atlanta jobs, some of the steadiest options in the area can be found in the fields of health care, education and computers. Specifically, the major industries in this part of Georgia include transportation, education, health services and business services, so for career-seekers who want to know where the jobs will be in the future, these industries might be a strong bet.

There are roughly 835,000 working adults age 18-64 in the metro area that includes Atlanta, Marietta and Sandy Springs, according to the U.S. Census, so you'll have some competition. However, Atlanta is a corporate hub where opportunities potentially abound. In fact, the city is home to several Fortune 500 companies, including Aflac, Delta Airlines and Home Depot.

Here's a look at some of the fastest-growing careers in the Atlanta area, based on long-term career data collected by the Georgia Department of Labor, and current salary and education data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Biomedical Engineers

Mental Health Counselors

Home Health Aides

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Meeting & Convention Planners

Typical Entry-Level Education

Bachelor's degree

Master's degree

Less than high school

Associate degree

Bachelor's degree

Mean annual salary metro area (May 2013)

$85,890

$44,450

$20,030

$61,500

$49,150

Mean annual salary statewide (May 2013)

$84,580

$42,650

$20,120

$60,010

$48,220

Projected growth metro area through 2020

72.73%

36.86%

42.01%

48.20%

47.26%

Projected growth statewide through 2020

64.70%

28.25%

53.2%

48.5%

35.7%

Employment per 1,000 jobs
(May 2013)

0.047

0.487

1.883

0.345

0.768

What makes these careers noteworthy is that they all boast generous projected growth rates, with biomedical engineers enjoying the largest projected growth in the metro area. The national average of growth for biomedical engineers through 2022 is 27 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics -- less than half of the career's projected state growth and nearly a third of its projected growth in the metro area.

And with the exception of home health aides, all of these jobs offer a mean annual salary close to or over the mean annual salary of all occupations in Atlanta, which is $48,270.

These jobs were designated “top” based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Georgia Department of Labor, which called out that they were among the fastest-growing jobs relevant at both the regional metro and state levels.

Sources:

"Atlanta Area Employment -- February 2014," Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 9, 2014,
http://www.bls.gov/ro4/cesatl.pdf

Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013,
http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_12060.htm

"Occupational Outlook Handbook: 2014-15 Edition," Bureau of Labor Statistics, Jan. 8, 2014,
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

"Fortune 500," CNN Money,
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2012/states/GA.html

Georgia Labor Market Explorer Industry Outlooks, Georgia Department of Labor,
https://explorer.dol.state.ga.us/gsipub/index.asp?docid=386

2010 Census Interactive Population Search, U.S. Census,
http://www.census.gov/2010census/popmap/ipmtext.php?fl=13