These Are The 25 Best Jobs In Atlanta

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by Chris Kolmar
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Best Jobs In Atlanta

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for the best of the best. The best place to live, the best place to work, and the best job.

Well, if you live in Atlanta, we’re going to make your life a bit easier by figuring out the best jobs in town.

Since we obsess about numbers here at Zippia, it seemed only logical that we’d turn to them to answer that question. After much number crunching, we came to this set of the top ten best jobs in Atlanta:

  1. Computer Network Architects — $106,360
  2. Software Developers, Applications — $93,360
  3. Marketing Managers — $136,610
  4. Database Administrators — $84,250
  5. Software Developers, Systems Software — $96,320
  6. Management Analysts — $93,440
  7. Sales Managers — $128,300
  8. Electronics Engineers, Except Computer — $90,820
  9. Computer Programmers — $98,240
  10. Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants — $53,080

Head on for the secret sauce that gets you promoted onto this list and the whole set of top 25.

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How We Calculated The 25 Best Jobs In Atlanta

So we went to the ultimate source of job statistics, the BLS and their online database buddy, ONet. Trust me, it takes a certain kind of crazy to dive into those numbers, and I’m not sure I made it out in one piece.

Once we had the data, we looked at the following for each of the 577 jobs with available data:

  • Average Annual Salary — The higher paying, the better
  • 10th Percentile Salary — You can be “bad” at your job and still get paid well
  • Job Availability — All else equal, more jobs mean more chances to snag one
  • Education required — The lower the bar on education, the more people can do it
  • Stress level — Open heart surgery takes a toll on you.

We then ranked each job across each criteria from 1 to 577, with 1 being best.

Finally, we averaged the ranks across each criteria to create a Zippia Job Score. The job with the highest Zippia Job Score has to be the best that Atlanta has to offer.

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1. Computer Network Architects

Best Jobs In Atlanta

Source: BLS
  • Zippia Score: 130.4
  • Average Annual Salary: $106,360
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $66,250
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 1.717

2. Software Developers, Applications

  • Zippia Score: 131.4
  • Average Annual Salary: $93,360
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $50,200
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 7.326

3. Marketing Managers

  • Zippia Score: 137
  • Average Annual Salary: $136,610
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $72,930
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 1.868

4. Database Administrators

  • Zippia Score: 139.8
  • Average Annual Salary: $84,250
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $51,530
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 1.826

5. Software Developers, Systems Software

Best Jobs In Atlanta

Source: CNBC
  • Zippia Score: 141.6
  • Average Annual Salary: $96,320
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $54,160
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 4.255

6. Management Analysts

  • Zippia Score: 143
  • Average Annual Salary: $93,440
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $43,100
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 8.088

7. Sales Managers

  • Zippia Score: 150.4
  • Average Annual Salary: $128,300
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $54,670
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 3.71

7. Electronics Engineers, Except Computer

  • Zippia Score: 150.4
  • Average Annual Salary: $90,820
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $57,260
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 1.387

9. Computer Programmers

  • Zippia Score: 152
  • Average Annual Salary: $98,240
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $51,410
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 3.53

10. Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

Best Jobs In Atlanta

Source: The Nest
  • Zippia Score: 158.4
  • Average Annual Salary: $53,080
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $34,160
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 5.954

11. Administrative Services Managers

  • Zippia Score: 161
  • Average Annual Salary: $97,670
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $44,870
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 3.052

12. Web Developers

  • Zippia Score: 165.4
  • Average Annual Salary: $78,060
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $46,370
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 0.984

13. Financial Analysts

  • Zippia Score: 169.6
  • Average Annual Salary: $80,300
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $47,480
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 2.426

14. Network and Computer Systems Administrators

  • Zippia Score: 171.2
  • Average Annual Salary: $83,270
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $49,360
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 3.284

15. General and Operations Managers

Best Jobs In Atlanta

Source: Forbes
  • Zippia Score: 175.6
  • Average Annual Salary: $121,000
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $45,500
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 22.012

15. Health Educators

  • Zippia Score: 175.6
  • Average Annual Salary: $84,090
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $42,710
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 0.975

17. Sales Engineers

  • Zippia Score: 177.4
  • Average Annual Salary: $106,700
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $52,890
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 0.926

17. Aerospace Engineers

  • Zippia Score: 177.4
  • Average Annual Salary: $109,830
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $79,820
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 0.32

19. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

  • Zippia Score: 178
  • Average Annual Salary: $64,780
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $31,450
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 5.198

20. Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators

  • Zippia Score: 179
  • Average Annual Salary: $49,410
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $31,740
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 1.069

21. Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

  • Zippia Score: 179.8
  • Average Annual Salary: $53,970
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $40,080
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 1.277

22. Information Security Analysts

  • Zippia Score: 180.2
  • Average Annual Salary: $88,290
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $54,030
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 0.763

23. Computer Systems Analysts

  • Zippia Score: 180.6
  • Average Annual Salary: $82,230
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $41,570
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 5.995

23. Mechanical Engineers

  • Zippia Score: 180.6
  • Average Annual Salary: $85,390
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $53,180
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 1.13

25. Credit Analysts

Best Jobs In Atlanta

Source: Flickr user petukhov.anton
  • Zippia Score: 181.8
  • Average Annual Salary: $74,570
  • 10th Percentile Salary: $43,140
  • Jobs Per 1,000: 0.607

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