Atlanta’s Top Employers

Business is booming, especially for Atlanta’s home-grown mega businesses.

Georgia is home to 18 Fortune 500 companies; needless to say, many of them are headquartered in Atlanta, and are the lifeblood of the local economy. Academics, meanwhile, comprise a substantial portion of the city’s identity, from full-scale state colleges to prestigious institutions that have become legendary.

Delta Airlines — 31,237 employees

Transportation Titan

HQ: South Atlanta
Based near the Atlanta Airport, Delta Airlines’ global base of operations serves as the city’s largest employer.

Emory University/Emory Healthcare — 29,937 employees

Southern Ivy League and World-Class Healthcare

HQ: North Druid Hills
The University itself is ranked among the best in the country, setting the pace for the concept of ‘Ivy league South’. Meanwhile, the partner hospital provides cutting edge treatments in myriad fields of healthcare.

The Home Depot — 20,000 employees

Retail Megacenter Company

HQ: Vinings
With more than 2,000 locations across the world, The Home Depot has become the leader in DIY and home-related retail.

Coca-Cola — 8,761 employees

Beverage Giant

HQ: Downtown Atlanta
Known the world over, this iconic brand was first created in downtown Atlanta more than 125 years ago.

United Parcel Service (UPS) — 8,727 employees

Global Shipping

HQ: Downtown Atlanta
You’ve seen the brown trucks: is great and all, but they would be nothing without these guys.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — 8,539 employees

Public Health Leader

HQ: North Druid Hills
First conceived as a malaria research center, CDC has grown into one of the world’s most influential public health organizations.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta — 7,252 employees

Healthcare Provider

HQ: Several Locations
Based at multiple hospitals throughout the region, CHOA provides a full spectrum of pediatric care.

Georgia Tech — 6,386 employees

Academic Institution

HQ: West Midtown
Consistently ranked as one of the world’s best universities, The Georgia Institute of Technology, or Georgia Tech, offers education in 10 fields of engineering.

The Southern Company — 6,227 employees

Utilities Giant

HQ: Midtown Atlanta
Someone’s got to keep the lights on. The Southern Company is one of the largest utilities providers (gas and electric) in the country.

Georgia State University — 5,875 employees

Academic Institution

HQ: Downtown Atlanta
Offering a full spectrum of educational opportunities, the neighborhood-wide campus of GSU comprises one of the largest schools in the region.