Prospective residents considering a move to Nashville can rest assured that job prospects in the 'Music City' are bright. Nashville is often described as a ‘southern boomtown’ thanks to its incredibly dynamic economy. Skilled newcomers will find that the job prospects here are excellent. Nashville is a great place for job seekers and wide-ranging employment opportunities play a huge role in drawing talented people to the city.
Nashville is a business-friendly city, with local authorities working hard to offer incentives to companies that look to base their operations here.
The job market in Nashville
Being ‘the home of country music’, it should come as no great surprise that Nashville is the USA’s second-biggest music industry hub, sitting just behind New York City. And, although the city's music industry accounts for more than 50,000 jobs, the largest industry is actually healthcare. Nashville is home to over 300 healthcare companies, including the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). The presence of the automotive industry is also growing in Nashville with Nissan North America moving its corporate headquarters here, while General Motors and Bridgestone also have operations based out of Nashville.
Other prominent industries in Nashville include insurance, finance and religious publishing. The city also boasts its fair share of Fortune 500 companies including BNY Mellon, Ernst and Young, Community Health Systems, Dell, Deloitte and UBS.
Nashville boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country at just 2.6 percent and the city’s economy is expanding fast. Not only are existing businesses growing their operations, but more and more new companies are seeing value in moving their offices to Nashville.
Finding a job in Nashville
Job seekers can consult online job portals, social networks such as LinkedIn and local classifieds, or enlist the help of an agency. If already in the city, new arrivals may find local newspapers useful, and it's always a good idea to ask around the neighbourhood or your local network to find out if anyone knows of an opening.
Work culture in Nashville
The world of work in Nashville is vibrant and dynamic. It is a city full of hope – a real risk-taking, dream-making place. The city attracts a lot of young talent as it's not only a great place to launch a career, but also boasts a surprising array of cultural and lifestyle offerings. Young people from all over the US and beyond want to be part of it.
Many businesses in Nashville have seen the value in creating a healthy workplace culture where employees are happy and staff retention levels are high. A large number of companies, especially in the growing tech and finance sectors, offer their employees flexible work contracts where they are able to work from home to accommodate their personal circumstances.
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