According to several new rankings, Atlanta looks to be a good, if not spectacular city for jobseekers in 2017.
And if you are a young person taking your first run at the job market, you’d be well advised to show up with some engineering and tech expertise on your resume – or maybe a pilot’s license.
Of the top ten jobs for new grads in Georgia – ranked by salary – nine are engineering or tech-related, according to a report by Zippia, an 18-month-old San Francisco-based company that offers job listings online.
And the tenth is airline pilots.
The highest average entry salary in Georgia is $58,890 a year for electronics engineers, just a bit higher than the $56,420 commanded by pilots, says Zippia.
The top jobs for starting pay: electronics engineers, pilots, industrial engineers, computer programmers and database administrators.
But to be fair, those are not necessarily the most common openings.
The job most in demand will be sales reps. By 2024, there will be 59,440 of them, Zippia calculates. By comparison, pilots rank 13th – there will be 8,980 people making their living that way.
In terms of hiring, electronic engineers rank 23d, Zippia said: Georgia will have 5,150 of them in seven years.
Overall, the prospects for this year put Atlanta in the upper sixth of American cities, according to a crunching of numerous metrics by the list-happy folks at Washington, D.C.-based WalletHub, a consumer-oriented finaicial site.
WalletHub divided their calculations among 23 different metrics, which were divided between two categories: “Job Market” and “Socioeconomic Environment.” They have more weight to the former, figuring that hiring matters more than “softer,” non-money issues – they matter, just not as much.
Among the metrics: the number of job opportunities, the median starting salary, the unemployment rate and the number of workers living in poverty.
Atlanta’s highest rank is on job openings: we are third, behind Orlando and Salt Lake City and ahead of Cincinnati and Tampa.
Among non-financial issues were things like employee benefits, housing affordability and commuting time.
On that last one, you may be interested to know we do not rank at the top for the length of commuting time. The top five longest average commutes are: New York City, Jersey City, San Francisco, Washington and Plano, Texas.
Shortest commute among the largest 150 cities? Tallahassee.
For a look at Zippia’s job listings for Atlanta, click right here. As of mid-afternoon Thursday, the company had more than 21,000 listings for Atlanta.
Top cities for job search in 2017:
1. Scottsdale, AZ
2. Plano, TX
3. Orlando, FL
4. Sioux Falls, SD
5. San Francisco, CA
6. Rancho Cucamonga, CA
7. Chandler, AZ
8. Salt Lake City, UT
9. Tempe, AZ
10. Raleigh, NC
The outlook for new job-seekers, 2017-2024
Ranked by average entry-level salary :
1 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $58,890
2 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers $56,420
3 Industrial Engineers $51,680
4 Computer Programmers $50,350
5 Database Administrators $49,970
6 Network and Computer Systems Administrators $46,770
7 Management Analysts $43,770
8 Web Developers $43,520
9 Sales Engineers $43,130
10 Technical Writers $42,760
Ranked by the number of jobs:
1. Sales Representatives
2. Management Analysts
3. Computer Systems Analysts
4. Directors, Religious Activities and Education
5. Human Resources Specialists
6. Insurance Sales Agents
7. Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
8. Recreation Workers
9. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
10. Computer Programmers
Ranked by growth in the field :
1. Community Health Workers
2. Web Developers
3. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
4. Computer Systems Analysts
5. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
6. Social and Human Service Assistants
7. Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
8. Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
9. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
10. Technical Writers