Top Areas for Hiring

Top hiring areas in Georgia include Atlanta, Columbus and Savannah followed by Athens and Sandy Springs.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Atlanta
  • 463,878
  • 100.4%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $55,096
  • [TBA]

Elementary to secondary level teachers can look for work with Atlanta Public Schools, which is home to over 100 schools. Available jobs can be found on the district’s recruitment site. Private schools are also popular with parents in Atlanta; for available openings visit the Georgia Independent Schools Association recruitment site. Atlanta is also home to more than 30 colleges and universities, including Georgia Tech, which advertises available positions on its website, Georgia State University, which posts available jobs on its recruitment site, and Emory University, which also hosts a recruitment portal for potential faculty. While average educator salaries lag behind the city’s living wage for a family of four, senior educators and postsecondary educators tend to meet or exceed the city’s living wage.

2Columbus
  • 200,579
  • 90.0%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $53,535
  • [TBA]

The major employer of public school teachers in Columbus is the Muscogee County School District; available openings can be found on their website. On the postsecondary side, Columbus State University, which posts jobs on their recruitment site, is among the largest employers. Another option for postsecondary educators is Columbus Technical College. With average educator salaries lagging somewhat behind he region’s living wage for a family of four, dual-income households are the norm for educators in Columbus.

3Savannah
  • 145,674
  • 91.1%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $50,193
  • [TBA]

Savannah-Chatham County Public School is the regions main employer of educators at the elementary, middle and high school levels. For available jobs, visit their recruitment site. College and university professors can look for work at the Armstrong State University, Savannah State University and Savannah Technical College. For jobs at Armstrong State University, one can visit their human resources page. Savannah State University posts jobs online and Savannah Technical College also has an online recruitment site. On average, educator salaries lag approximately $10,000 below the region’s living wage estimates for a family of four.

4Athens
  • 122,604
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $58,400
  • [TBA]

Clarke County School District is Athens larges employer of public school teachers with more than to 800 full-time teachers on the payroll. Openings with the district are posted on their recruitment site. Other local employers include Athens Christian School and the Catholic diocese, which operates several local schools. On the postsecondary side, best bets for educators include the University of Georgia and Athens Technical College, which both posts jobs on their human resources sites.  In Athens, on average, educators meet the city’s living wage, making Athens a recommended destination for educators at all levels.

5Sandy Springs
  • 105,330
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $55,096
  • [TBA]

Fulton County School System is Sandy Springs major employer of educators at the elementary to secondary levels, and it posts available jobs on its recruitment site. The city is also home to several private schools—many affiliated with a specific religion. For private school jobs, visit the Georgia Independent Schools Association recruitment site. Sandy Springs is not home to any colleges or universities. On average, educators and Sandy Springs make just under the city’s estimated living wage for a family of four, but dual-income educator families in the city generally are comfortable and able to save for the future.

6Roswell
  • 95,501
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $55,096
  • [TBA]

Roswell is served by Fulton County School System. Jobs with the Fulton Country School System can be found on the district’s recruitment site. There are no colleges or universities in Roswell. On average, educator incomes lag just under the estimated living wage for a family of four.

7Albany
  • 74,843
  • 90.5%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $53,386
  • [TBA]

In Albany, the larges employer of public school teachers it the Dougherty County School System. For available openings, visit their recruitment site. Local private schools include Far Horizons Montessori School, and several Catholic schools (openings for educators can be found on the local diocese website). At the postsecondary level, educators can look for work at Albany State University, which hosts a talent recruitment site, and Darton State College and Albany Technical College, which both posts openings on their human resources sites.  On average, educator salaries fall just under the region’s estimated living wage for a family of four but postsecondary educators with full-time appointments generally meet or exceed local living wage estimates for a family.

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