Job Outlook: Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN, music country capital of the world and center of the South, is experiencing lower than average unemployment, and a strong job outlook well past the next decade. Nashville is the state capital and the largest metro area in Tennessee, with a population of 1.6 million people. Nashville lies on the Cumberland River, at the intersection of Interstates I-40, I-65, and I-24, in North eastern Tennessee.


Unemployment Rate of Nashville Metro Area:

Nashville's unemployment rate was 8.7% according to April 2011 statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 2011 report.


Top Industries in Nashville Metro Area:

The fastest-growing industries in the Nashville metro area are:


The best-paying industries in the Nashville metro area are:


Top Companies in Nashville Metro Area*:

  1. Vanderbilt University & VU Medical Center – Considered the "Harvard of the South", Vanderbilt University has been a leading private educational institution since its founding in 1873. Educating over 12,000 students, Vanderbilt has cultivated a strong reputation in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education and human development, as well as a full range of graduate and professional degrees including its highly regarded Medical and Law programs.

  2. State of Tennessee – The state government of Tennessee is also the state's largest employer. Over 43,000 employees work in over 1,400 types of jobs for the state.

  3. Gaylord Opryland – the "home of American Music", The Grand Ole Oprey is Nashville's largest tourist attraction. The Oprey, The Opreyland Resort and Convention Center, and Gaylord Entertainment are also one of Nashville's largest employers.

  4. Nissan North America Inc. – Nissan's Nashville area operations expect to see job growth, fueled by $1.4 billion in federal assistance to build Nissan's Leaf, its electric hybrid car, in the Nashville area.

  5. Gulfstream Aircraft – Gulfstream Aircraft, a division of General Dynamics, manufactures corporate and private jets. Employment has been on the decline at Gulfstream, as the company has managed falling sales during the recession by laying off approximately 25% of its workforce.

  6. St Thomas Hospital – The leading faith-based health care provider in Tennessee, St. Thomas Hospital is a division of St. Thomas Health Services and owned by Ascension Health, the biggest non-profit health care provider in the country. St. Thomas manages four Nashville area hospitals: St. Thomas, Baptist, Middle Tennessee Medical Center and Hickman Community Hospital.

  7. AFL Telecommunications – A subsidiary of Fujikura, AFL Telecommunications is the world's largest Optical Ground Wire and Fiber Optic cable manufacturer, providing a single wire for transmission of electrical power and data, voice, and video signals.

  8. Electrolux Home Products – Electrolux is an international company manufacturing brands for consumer and professional use. The company produces and sells refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners and cookers sold under esteemed brands such as Electrolux, AEG-Electrolux, Eureka and Frigidaire.

  9. Baptist Hospital – The leading faith-based health care provider in Tennessee, Baptist Hospital is a division of St. Thomas Health Services and owned by Ascension Health, the biggest non-profit health care provider in the country. St. Thomas manages four Nashville area hospitals: St. Thomas, Baptist, Middle Tennessee Medical Center and Hickman Community Hospital.

  10. Centennial Medical Center – A 615-bed Nashville Hospital, employing over 1,200 physicians, Centenial is one in the top 10% of Cardiac centers in the country. As part of TriStar and HCA, Centennial Medical Center is part of one of the nation's largest providers of health care.

Top Nashville Jobs in need of workers:

Nashville attitudes and employment outlook:

The Nashville metropolitan area expects strong job and population growth in the coming years, as companies continue to relocate operations in the area. Job growth is reversing national trends, with unemployment fewer people in the Nashville are than national averages. This business expansion is fueling expected population growth of 45.6% in the Nashville metropolitan area through 2025, according to bizjournals.com.

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From the Nashville Chamber Of Commerce

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