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World-Class Talent Pool

Abundant talent today and in the future

“Having previously built two successful technology companies in this city, I believe Atlanta has the top technology talent pool for building a leading, successful software company to serve our global customer base.”

Alan Dabbiere, Co-Chairman of OneTrust

Atlanta provides you with access to world-class talent. The region’s healthy job growth, top ranking colleges and universities and vibrant economy continue to attract and retain the well-trained and highly-skilled workers that employers need to be competitive.

  • Growing labor market and job opportunities
  • Top-ranked colleges & universities
  • Strong talent attraction and retention
  • HOPE Scholarship
  • Robust workforce development programs and public-private partnerships

Job and Workforce Growth Outpaces Nation

With a workforce 3.1 million strong, metro Atlanta represents the 7th largest labor market in the nation. Atlanta has also historically ranked in the upper echelon of metro areas for annual job creation. Since 2018, the region has added approximately 229,000 new jobs, ranking Atlanta 5th in total job creation nationally during this period (Lightcast, 2023.Q2).


Regional Workforce

IHS Markit, 2023


Largest Labor Market in U.S.

IHS Markit, 2023

Young, Educated Professionals

More than 43% of the region’s population (age 25+) holds a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to 36.2% nationally. The region is also successful in attracting young, educated professionals from out-of-state and abroad, with most in-migrants hailing from other Georgia markets, New York City, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, and Chicago.


City for Professional Opportunities

Wallet Hub, 2022


City for Young Professionals, 2022

Continuous Pipeline of Talent

Atlanta’s large concentration of degree-seeking students and top-tier colleges and universities make the area one of the country’s richest in top-level talent.


Colleges & Universities


Annual Degrees Awarded in 2021

Lightcast, 2023.2Q (IPEDS)

Notable regional institutions include:

  • Emory University: Global Health, Law, Management
  • Georgia Institute of Technology: Engineering, Research & Development, Supply Chain
  • Georgia State University: Creative Media, FinTech, Business
  • Kennesaw State University: Cyber, FinTech, Professional Sales
  • University of Georgia: Business, Engineering, Research & Development

Atlanta is also home to the Atlanta University Center Consortium, the world’s oldest and largest association of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Strong Talent Retention

Atlanta's home-grown talent pool is bolstered by the more than two million students attending schools within a 250-mile radius of Atlanta, many of whom relocate to the region after graduation. The region is also home to many Southeastern universities' most sizable alumni associations.


College Graduate Retention

Brookings Institute, 2016


City for Recent College Graduates

CNBC, 2022

HOPE Scholarship: Tuition-Free College for Georgia's Brightest Students

Since the HOPE Scholarship's inception in 1993, the State of Georgia has awarded free pre-kindergarten programs and full college tuition waivers to top-performing students.

HOPE Scholarship & Zell Miller Grant: Georgia high school graduates earning a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible for the HOPE Scholarship and/or Zell Miller Grant, which covers up to 100% of tuition at in-state public post-secondary institutions.


Scholarships & Grants Awarded


Students Reached Since Inception

Voluntary Pre-K: Georgia’s youngest students have access to free quality Pre-K programs, giving them early learning advantages that prepare them for greater success long-term.

Learners to Earners

From learners to earners, metro Atlanta's primary and secondary schools prepare students for a productive future. More than one million students are enrolled in the region's 37 public school systems and private schools.


Top 500 Best U.S. High Schools

U.S. News & World Report, 2022


Top 1000 Best U.S. High Schools

U.S. News & World Report, 2022

STEM Programs

Schools in metro Atlanta offer unique STEM opportunities – from robotics competitions to math and science discovery programs – for students in each stage of their educational careers. Examples of impactful STEM programs outside of the traditional classroom setting that are unique to Atlanta include:


Georgia STEM & STEAM Certified Schools

Georgia DOE, 2022


Best U.S. STEM High Schools

U.S. News & World Report, 2022

  • Atlanta Science Festival: Brings together students of all ages to celebrate science in Atlanta with more than 100 hands-on exhibits and performances.
  • Chicktech Atlanta: A series of STEM-related opportunities for select high school girls in the Atlanta area, particularly focused on girls with no technology-creation experience.
  • Georgia First Robotics: Statewide initiative that encourages young people to become science and technology leaders through engagement in mentor-based programs that build STEM skills to inspire innovation and foster well-rounded capabilities.

Other Notable Programs

  • Coding as a Foreign Language: Computer science courses can satisfy high school students' foreign language graduation requirement.
  • Dual Enrollment: Provides opportunities for Georgia high school students to take college-level courses and earn concurrent credit toward a high school diploma and a college degree.
  • Georgia Dual Language Immersion Program: Enrolled students spend at least half of their school day learning in a target language and the other half in English at one of more than 40 schools across the region.
  • Work-Based Learning: Combination of academic curriculum and work experiences with local private businesses and public entities.