Nashville is well known for its music, publishing and tourism industries, but few are aware that it is also considered a leader in the finance, health care, education and technology industries. A look at the largest employers in Nashville reveals a few surprises.

Per the Nashville Health Council, Nashville is known as the nation’s health care center. St. Thomas Health Services and HCA are two of the largest employers in Nashville, Vanderbilt University Medical Center the largest, St. Thomas the 5th largest and HCA the 8th.

Retail places to work in Nashville are Walmart (Nashville's 10th largest employer) and Kroger, a nationwide grocery chain.

Among education jobs in Nashville the largest places to work in Nashville are Vanderbilt University (the largest employer in the city), Middle Tennessee State University, Rutherford County Board of Education and the public school systems of Sumner and Davidson Counties (4th largest employer).

The Government offers many of the better employment opportunities. The State of Tennessee, located in downtown Nashville, is the second largest employer in the city, the U.S. Government is the 3rd and the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County is the 6th. Other major employers in the area are the County Governments of Sumner, Williamson and Rutherford along with the Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.

Nashville has attracted a number of corporate headquarters. Nissan North America, in downtown Nashville, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Shoney’s Restaurant Co. are the 3 largest employers in this area.

Nashville jobs in the telecommunications arena come from AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Ingram Industries and UPS offer jobs in distribution with Dell, Inc. and Asurion providing technology jobs. Ranstadt, a nationwide staffing agency, is the major employer in business services.

The only entertainment company to make the top ten employers of Nashville jobs is Gaylord Entertainment. Gaylord owns the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium and is the 9th largest employer in Nashville.

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