Overview of Nashville, Tennessee
A number of signs point toward favorable job potential for career seekers in Nashville. In 2017, Business Facilities magazine rated Nashville the #5 metro area in the category of economic growth potential. In 2016, Forbes ranked the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin area #4 on the list of The Best Big Cities for Jobs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of April 2018 the unemployment rate in Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin stood at 2.2%, nearly half that of the national rate. The average hourly rate for those working in the Nashville area, the BLS further reports, was $22.65 in May 2017.
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce (NACC) reports in 2018 that the industries listed below are the largest employers in the Nashville region:
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center
- Nissan North America
- HCA Healthcare, Inc.
- Vanderbilt University
- Saint Thomas Health
- Community Health Systems
- The Kroger Company
- National HealthCare Corp.
Top Growing Occupations
Jobs in education and healthcare are most prevalent on the list of fastest growing occupations in Nashville. As reported by a workforce study presented by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, the following jobs are among those that are expected to see the greatest growth through 2020:
- Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
- Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
- Postsecondary Teachers
- Medical Assistants
- Security Guards
- Accountants and Auditors
- Management Analysts
- Pharmacy Technicians
- Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
- Computer User Support Specialists