Looking for work in Atlanta? If you’re a sole proprietor or small business, some jobs are more in demand than others. Land surveyors, photo technicians and acupuncturists, for example, are in hot demand, and there aren’t a lot of service professionals clamoring to fill these openings. On the other hand, there is a surplus of writers, marketers and web developers looking for work in Atlanta.
Thumbtack has an unprecedented volume of data on the supply and demand for thousands of different services across hundreds of different markets in the United States. Using this data, we are able get a picture of what service markets are underserved and which are oversaturated.
In a recent study of the Atlanta area, for example, we looked at the ratio of requests processed by Thumbtack to the number of available pros in a given market for the more than 20,000 Atlanta service professionals registered on Thumbtack. The higher the ratio, the bigger the opportunity there is for a service professional to come into that market and make a living.
The most in-demand jobs relative to supply in Atlanta were a surprising mix of highly skilled and less conventional occupations.
In addition to crunching our own data, we also took a look at the Atlanta market overall to uncover why these are the most in-demand occupations right now and where the opportunities are for would-be entrepreneurs.
Despite ranking 9th in population, Atlanta ranked 5th in the number of building permits issued in 2015. This building boom means that there is a lot of demand for land surveyors across Atlanta’s low-density landscape. The average cost of a land surveying job in Atlanta is $385.
Southerners have always loved their scrapbooks, but many are now looking to take them into the digital era by professionally scanning the photos in them. However, there aren’t yet enough businesses available to meet the demand for this particular service. The average cost of a photo technician project is $80 in Atlanta.
Atlantans aren’t unique in turning to acupuncture to address their stress, back and foot pain, and even their fertility, but there simply aren’t enough providers of this alternative medicine to meet the area’s high demand. The typical cost of an acupuncture visit is $76.
Southerners have a reputation as people who love monogrammed items, but there aren’t enough embroidery providers to keep up with demand in Atlanta. Most embroidery projects average $73 per job.
With easy access to acres of pasture for hours of riding enjoyment close to the urban core, horseback riding is a popular activity in Atlanta that has unmet demand on Thumbtack. Most horseback riding instructors command $50 per session on average.
The precipitous drop in TV prices doesn’t mean people aren’t still getting their TVs repaired. Reports of the death of this industry may be overstated as there are still plenty of people requesting the services provided by the TV repair businesses in the Atlanta area. A typical TV repair in Atlanta costs $83 per visit.
With warm temperatures for much of the year and lots of land, it isn’t a surprise that swimming instructors would be in demand in Atlanta. Swimming instructors typically charge $78 per instruction session.
8. Piano Tuner
Classical music isn’t dead in Atlanta, with many people still wanting to keep their piano in tip-top shape, their only challenge is finding enough piano tuners. The average cost to tune your piano in Atlanta is $103.
With year round warm temperatures and inspiration from the nearby annual Masters tournament, Atlantans are keen to up their golf game. Golf instructors typically charge $78 per instruction session.
Atlanta finished just outside of the top ten in our look at America’s buggiest cities, which shows why exterminators are in demand here. The average extermination job runs about $70 in Atlanta.
Where Supply Outstrips Demand
We also looked at the occupations in the area that have more supply than demand and found that many business service providers like writers, designers, illustrators and marketers face stiff competition in Atlanta – perhaps because most of these jobs can also be performed remotely. That means people with these skills in Atlanta often have to compete with professionals from across the country, not just those physically in their market.
The biggest surprise on this list for Atlanta was web developers, which are in hot demand around the country right now. However, Atlantans entering this industry also face the hurdle of having to compete with many, already well-established freelance coders from across the country.