What makes Alpharetta so special? It's a net importer of jobs which means we have more workers than residents during the day. Thousands of people from across Metro Atlanta come into our community to work daily.
With the right mixture of business, real estate and quality of life factors, it’s no wonder why Alpharetta is where companies large and small choose to locate here. Even better, Alpharetta sits at the center of some of the nations top talented workers. From executives to technologists, our community is a draw for all types of high-skilled, quality workers that companies need to be successful.
- 83,640 Total Workforce 2011
- 63.3% BACHELOR'S DEGREE OR MORE Educational Attainment
- 1.8M POPULATION 16 YEARS+ Labor Draw Area
Workforce by Top Industry
Alpharetta is known as a major technology and corporate hub in the southeast. Thus, a majority of the people who work in Alpharetta everyday are some of the most skilled and talented in Georgia. Many of our workers are trained in telecommunications, financial-technology, software development and network solutions. On top of that, Alpharetta has a burgeoning corporate and retail presence that serves as the leading destination for North Fulton County and Metro Atlanta.
*Percent of Alpharetta Total Workforce, 2011
Workers by Industry
- 12,650 Information NAICS: 51
- 11,441 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services NAICS: 54
- 9,794 Finance and Insurance NAICS: 52
- 6,931 Administration & Support NAICS: 56
- 6,837 Retail Trade NAICS: 44-45
- 6,281 Wholesale Trade NAICS: 42
- 5,841 Hotel/Food Services NAICS: 72
- 4,624 Health Care/Social Assistance NAICS: 62
- 2,563 Educational Services NAICS: 61
- 2,881 Management of Companies NAICS: 55
- 2,111 Transportation/Warehousing NAICS: 48-49
- 2,387 Real Estate NAICS: 44-45
- 1,006 Manufacturing NAICS: 31-33
- 1,632 Other Services NAICS: 81
- 1,847 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation NAICS: 71
Labor Draw Area
Alpharetta’s Labor Draw Area includes some of the most populated and successful counties in Georgia, with easy access to 1.8 million potential workers. These include Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County, Forsyth County, DeKalb County and Cherokee County which account for a majority of Alpharetta’s workforce.
The Alpharetta area is home to several higher education institutions that support technical training as well as continuing education. Additionally, Metro Atlanta serves as one the top destination in the southeast for recent graduates from large research universities. Alpharetta is positioned perfectly to attract the regions high quality, high skilled workforce. Check out some of our local higher education institutions below.
The Alpharetta Campus offers spacious classrooms; a full-service research library; access to Galileo, an online database retrieval system for Georgia libraries; a fully wired computer lab; and a comfortable commons area. Once enrolled at the Alpharetta Campus, you may also take courses at any Atlanta-area location where the course is offered, or take online courses. Take your courses on campus, online, or a mix of both—whatever best fits your schedule and your life.
Emory Continuing Education is now offering some of our most popular courses in Alpharetta! The new location, just off Georgia 400 exit 11, was chosen in order to provide those in the North Metro area with more convenient access to the professional and personal continuing education we offer at Emory’s campus. Classes will be held in Alpharetta year-round and you can register for those classes the same way you always have. Most importantly, you will receive the same superior level of education that you’ve come to expect from Emory.
The Georgia Perimeter College Alpharetta Center began in 2000 through a partnership with Georgia State University. At that time, Georgia State University offered graduate classes in the evening, and Georgia Perimeter College began to offer a limited number of undergraduate classes during the day. When Georgia State University constructed its new building at Alpharetta Center, Georgia Perimeter College took possession of the original classroom building already on site. In August 2010, Georgia Perimeter College began offering more day, evening and weekend classes at Alpharetta in its new Center. Georgia Perimeter College also expanded academic and student services, providing a wide range of support to our students.
The Alpharetta Center currently offers the nationally ranked part-time or Flex MBA (core curriculum), the Professional MBA (full degree), the new Executive Master of Science in Information Systems (MS MIT) degree, and classes for Georgia State’s new 2 Plus 2 Program for undergraduates looking to complete their degrees (in Accounting and Marketing), as well as a selection of graduate classes in areas like Education and Library Media Technology.
In June 2010, Gwinnett Tech’s service area was expanded to include North Fulton County. Most recently, the state board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) approved the future purchase of approximately 25 acres of land in Alpharetta as the site for a new satellite campus of Gwinnett Technical College. This property is located at the intersection of Old Milton Parkway and GA 400. The 25-acre recommended site can support 4 three-story buildings and necessary parking. When fully built out, the campus could serve up to 10,000 students. While these discussions are underway, GTC will continue to offer focused training through online degree programs, Continuing Education courses and Adult Education programs in North Fulton.
These degree completion programs combine theory and best practice in business and communications to prepare students for leadership roles in private corporations, non-profits and government agencies. They are designed to meet the needs of busy adult students who are often juggling work, family and community commitments. These include a Bachelor of Arts in General Business Studies (GBS), Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and Leadership (OML)and Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management, Leadership and Working Adults into Teaching (WAIT.