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Health and Life Sciences

Paving the Way for a Healthy Tomorrow

Georgia offers numerous bioscience organizations and centers – like the Global Center for Medical Innovation in Atlanta – leading the development of innovative practices and technologies across the sector. This center is making waves in the areas of preclinical testing and pathology, as well as medical device training and manufacturing. Boasting over 10,000 workers in Healthcare and Social Assistance, this industry in Macon is buzzing with opportunity. With nationally ranked institutions like Atrium Health Navicent, ranking in the top ten hospitals in Georgia, our workforce is equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to help provide the best services and support to patients across the country and world. 


Plus, our unparalleled pro-business environment helps health and life sciences companies such as Atlanta Prosthetics & Orthotics and Smisson-Cartledge Biomedical excel in Macon.

Fast Facts

Macon By The Numbers
Top 60
best colleges for public health in America (Mercer University)
Best college for nursing in Georgia (Mercer University)
Top 7
colleges for biology in Georgia (Mercer University)
State in highest number of life science professionals (Georgia)

Major Employers

  • Workforce
  • Companies
  • Higher Education

Continuing to Grow

Passion and Determination Drives Us

Impassioned and dedicated, the Macon-Bibb county health and life sciences workforce is committed to providing the best service and products in the industry. Employing more than 10,000 individuals, the health and life sciences sector in Macon has the highest concentration of employment in the industry compared to the national average.

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Top Employers

From Head to Toe

Macon is  home to an energetic and advanced pool of companies leading the health and life sciences industry. Companies like Hanger Clinic provide patients with life-changing and high-quality prosthetics. Labcorp and Quest Diagnostics provide testing tools and information for doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and researchers to make the best decisions for patient treatment. Innovative Smisson-Cartledge Biomedical provides technologies specializing in temperature controlled fluid therapies, and exports to countries around the world.

Health & Life Science Education Opportunities

Private and Technical Colleges

Macon’s higher education institutions are dedicated and committed to supplying our future health and life sciences workforce with the skills needed to provide safe and functional services to patients worldwide. The best place to get equipped for the healthcare profession is right here in Georgia, with Wesleyan University’s Nursing (BSN) program ranking 15th in the state. Also nationally ranked, Mercer University has a College of Health Professions and offers an abundance of courses and learning opportunities for students to distinguish themselves from others in the sector — programs like global health studies, health informatics, healthcare leadership, and much more. Central Georgia Technical College offers a bioscience program to help train and qualify personnel in health and life sciences. Enroll in courses like cardiovascular technology, dental hygiene, surgical technology and more in CGTC’s Health Sciences program of study to take the next step in your healthcare career.