Summer is here and it may feel like it’s time to slow down and settle in for a few months of heat and humidity, but it might be the right time to take a step forward in your career. According to Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Chief Economist and Director of Research at Glassdoor, “After a weak start to the year, both job postings and pay have rebounded on Glassdoor, a sign that the economy’s fundamentals remain strong as we enter the summer months.”
Check out the positions below and see why they are some of Atlanta’s fastest-growing jobs.
Median Salary: $31,772
Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 7.9%
Pharmacy technicians work to measure, package, and label medication for customers. They can also handle customer information collection and prescription confirmation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for pharmacy technicians is steadily increasing due to an aging population requiring more prescription medicine and the increasing responsibilities of pharmacists, leading to a boost in compensation.
Median Salary: $40,212
Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 5.4%
Machine Operators are tasked with ensuring that automated manufacturing processes proceed safely and smoothly, performing routine machine maintenance, and running machines for packaging, manufacturing, and construction. Atlanta is a major hub for shipping and transit due to its airport and accessibility, so it’s no wonder that there is such a high demand for machine operators.
Median Salary: $55,694
Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 5.3%
If you love the open road, look no further than working as a truck driver! They are frequently paid by the mile and, in the case of owner/operators, can even earn a percentage of revenue from their shipment. A strong economy means more demand for goods, leading to more openings and growth for truck drivers.
Median Salary: $28,311
Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 4.6%
Median Salary: $32,157
Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 4.3%
Bank tellers greet customers, solve account issues and handle deposits and withdrawals. According to CNBC, companies such as Bank of America are set to increase the pay of their tellers steadily over the next year.
Median Salary: $48,109
Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 4.2%
A good office manager is central to keeping teams running smoothly and maximizing productivity. Office managers help manage payroll, filing systems, recruiting and more. If you are attentive to detail, organized and personable, a job as an office manager may be right for you.
Median Salary: $51,166
Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 4.0%
Have a love for all things culinary, an eye for detail and want a faster-paced work environment? Atlanta’s restaurant scene is no secret-it has been hailed as the culinary capital of the South for many years. Restaurants need to invest in talent to keep service and quality high, so expect to see great opportunities on Glassdoor for restaurant management. Just be sure to check out these common new manager mistakes so you can hit the ground running.
Median Salary: $41,049
Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 3.8%
As e-commerce becomes more and more dominant, businesses like Amazon are relying on an increasingly robust delivery network to make sure their packages get out on time. “With the nation’s unemployment rate at a 50-year low, pay is on the rise as a growing number of employers are facing labor shortages in tech, e-commerce, healthcare, and many lower-skilled roles,“ explains Chamberlain.
Median Salary: $35,276
Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 3.7%
Want to take on a role that will make an immediate and lasting impact? Consider training to be an emergency medical technician. EMT’s are needed nationwide and it shows: the Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a massive 15% employment increase from 2016 to 2026.
Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 3.6%
Security officers have excellent job prospects, need less training than many comparable jobs, and stand to make a good wage, especially when working for the government, where job postings are up 15.4% according to our most recent Job Market Report.
If you decide that it is time for a career change, it’s key to make a choice based off of future salary prospects as well as current pay offerings. Living in Atlanta has many benefits, and one of the biggest is its booming job market: Atlanta has had an estimated 7.3% year-over-year increase in job openings, compared to the national average of 1.2%.
Methodology: Glassdoor’s Fastest Growing Salaries report ranks the jobs with the highest year-over-year percent salary growth, using data from Glassdoor’s Job Market Report for May 2019. The Job Market Report uses millions of anonymous salary reports to estimate median salaries for given metro areas and job titles. For more information, read our full methodology report.