Atlanta Reports Strong Growth in Mobile, Health IT Jobs

    Atlanta has been going gangbusters in adding tech jobs, with companies including General Motors, AirWatch and Ernst & Young in the past few months announcing big hiring plans.

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    A new report from the Metro Atlanta Chamber, conducted by labor data firm Burning Glass International, concludes that metro Atlanta job postings have “rebounded successfully following the recession.”

    Online job postings across all sectors dipped in 2010 to a low of 247,283, but hit 410,571 in 2012, an increase of 60 percent.

    Among the largest areas of job growth: mobile technology and health IT.

    The number of advertised positions in mobility more than doubled between 2010 to 2012 and those in health IT soared by 167 percent. In addition, the report found that Atlanta had almost twice as many digital media job postings per capita as the rest of the nation in 2012. Those jobs postings grew by 48 percent, while software development jobs grew by 51 percent.

    AT&T, Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner were the top job posters in the wireless/mobility sector, while Northrop Grumman posted more than double the number of jobs of number two in the sector, Wellstar Health System. Health informatics was far and away the most sought-after skill, with top job postings including Epic analyst, Epic consultant, Cerner analyst, Meditech developer and health IT analyst.

    The report contains a wealth of information on job demand by sector and skills sought.

    Obviously, GM, AirWatch and others see Atlanta as a location rich in talent, with strong training provided at Georgia Tech and other colleges and universities. Georgia also topped Dice’s list of the “stickiest” states — those where it’s the most difficult to lure IT workers away – another factor that employers like.

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