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Georgia Computer Training Schools

Situated in the Southeast corridor, Georgia has established itself as an emerging leader in the technology economy. According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, there are more than 16,000 tech firms in the state, and Georgia has the second fastest industry growth rate for information technology in the country. From financial technology to health IT, Georgia has a diverse and burgeoning tech sector.

Continuing the sector's rapid growth rate requires an educated workforce. In turn, the 2015 state of the industry report from the Technology Association of Georgia found that developing a skilled workforce is the most crucial factor for growing Georgia's innovation economy. That should be welcome news for prospective computer science students. In order to reach the demand for technology professionals, the state will require an additional 85,000 individuals holding a bachelor's degree and more than 44,000 with a master's degree or higher in STEM-related fields.

Computer Science Education in Georgia

The state of Georgia has an expansive higher education system, with a wide variety of nationally recognized universities and colleges. The University System of Georgia oversees 30 public institutions, including Georgia Tech University, the University of Georgia, and Georgia State University. Each of those universities offers graduate programs in computer science that are nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Georgia Institute of Technology - #9
  • University of Georgia - #90
  • Georgia State University - #112

In addition to being able to attend a top ten graduate program in computer science at Georgia Tech, prospective computer science students may choose to complete their academic programs at one of the two- and four-year institutions across the state.

Institution

Count

Public, 4-Year

22

Private, 4-Year

13

Private, For-Profit

15

Public, 2-Year

27

Private, 2-Year

14

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

Graduation data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) shows that nearly 3,400 students graduated with a degree in a computer science-related field of study in Georgia in 2012-2013.

Academic Award

Total Conferred

Bachelor's degree

1,615

Associate degree

1,097

Master's degree

584

Doctor's degree - Research/scholarship

68

Grand Total

3,364

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

Computer Science School Spotlight: Georgia Institute of Technology

Located in Atlanta, the Georgia Institute of Technology (known as Georgia Tech) is a research university that has been ranked as the 36th best university in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of national universities. The university's 1,100 faculty serve nearly 15,000 undergraduate students and more than 8,400 graduate students. Situated on a 400-acre campus, the university offers degree programs through its six colleges, including the College of Computing.

The College of Computing is nationally recognized for its education and research. More than 2,000 students are enrolled in the college's three schools and 18 degree programs. The college includes 84 academic, 35 research and 15 instructional faculty members. The schools include computer science, interactive computing and computational science and engineering. Students may select from 15 different academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level:

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Master of Science in Analytics

PhD in Algorithms, Combinatorics & Optimization

Bachelor of Science in Computational Media

Master of Science in Bioengineering

PhD in Bioengineering

Master of Science in Computational Science and Engineering

PhD in Bioinformatics

Master of Science in Computer Science

PhD in Computational Science & Engineering

Master of Science in Human-Centered Computing

PhD in Computer Science

Master of Science in Information Security

PhD in Human-Centered Computing

PhD in Robotics

The School of Computer Science offers research opportunities in seven core areas: computer architecture; databases; information security; programming languages and software engineering; networks; systems; and theory. The school has partnerships with major companies ranging from Boeing to IBM, Intel to Microsoft and numerous research centers. Additionally, the school is home to renowned faculty members who hold fellowships and memberships in some of the most highly touted professional organizations, such as the National Academy of Engineering and American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Program Recognition

Georgia Tech has been recognized as one of the top computer science programs by U.S. News & World Report:

  • Best Graduate Computer Science Programs - #9
  • Global Universities for Computer Science - #12
  • Best Artificial Intelligence Program - #6
  • Best Computer Systems Program #6
  • Best Computer Theory Program - #14
  • Best Programming Languages Program - #13

Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked the university #6 in Engineering/Technology and Computer Science in 2014

Tech Industry and Career Outlook in Georgia

Georgia's information economy is on the rise, spurring job growth and attracting major investments in new technology innovation. According to its 2015 report, the Technology Association of Georgia found the technology industry experienced ten-percent job growth between 2010 and 2015, creating an additional 25,000 jobs in the state.

On the investment side, 60 venture capital deals were completed in Georgia in 2014, raising nearly $500 million in capital funding. Evidence of the state's commitment to fostering innovation can be found on the Deloitte Fast 500, the list of the country's fastest growing private technology companies. In 2014, ten Georgia companies made the list, including the following:

Rank

Company Name

Industry

Location

155

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Software

Alpharetta

170

Damballa

Software

Atlanta

177

Amendia Inc.

Medical Devices

Marietta

236

Logfire

Software

Atlanta

244

AirSage

Software

Atlanta

281

Brightree

Software

Lawrenceville

307

eVestment

Internet

Marietta

328

Liasion Technologies

Software

Alpharetta

330

Paymetric

Software

Roswell

360

Arris Group, Inc.

Communication/Networking

Suwanee

Source: Deloitte, Fast 500, 2014

The technology sector, according to CompTIA, accounts for nearly 8 percent of Georgia's economy. The Technology Association of Georgia reports payroll in the sector reached $23 billion in 2014 and 82 percent of those surveyed reported the size of their tech workforce will increase during the next five years. As for in-demand tech occupations, survey respondents reported the following positions were the most critical to business operations in Georgia:

Occupation

Percent

Software Applications Developer

49.7%

Mobile Applications Developer

39.7%

Information Architect

38.2%

Project Manager

38.2%

Big Data Architect/Modeler

37.3%

Web Applications Developer

37.0%

Business Intelligence Analyst

33.6%

IT Security

30.0%

Systems Administrator

23.3%

Database Administrator

22.4%

Network Administrator

21.5%

Help Desk

17.0%

Other

12.7%

IT Auditor

6.7%

Source: 2015 State of the Industry Report, TAG

CompTIA reports technology-related job postings increased by 12.3 percent in the state between 2013 and 2014 with some of the largest sectors including Computer Systems Design (60,300); Telecommunications (49,900); Engineering Services (28,800); Software publishers (15,000) and Computer and Software Wholesalers (12,800). Overall, information technology is one of the top paying industries in the state with the average salary reaching nearly $90,000 per year.

A further examination of Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data reveals the top paying technology occupations in the state include: Computer and Information Systems Managers; Computer Network Architects and Computer Hardware Engineers. Across the board, individual technology careers in the state are projected to experience double digit growth between 2012 and 2022, with some career fields surpassing 30% growth. The table below includes a breakdown of the salaries and employment figures of tech-related careers in Georgia:

Occupation

Total Employed (2014)

Average Salary (2014)

Job Growth (2012-22)

Computer Systems Analysts

17,420

$81,400

31.70%

Computer Hardware Engineers

1,210

$98,960

28.30%

Computer User Support Specialists

19,900

$51,420

28%

Computer and Information Systems Managers

11,010

$128,720

20.50%

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

10,500

$80,520

20.30%

Computer and Information Research Scientists

580

$90,590

16.40%

Computer Network Architects

4,540

$105,620

14.40%

Computer Network Support Specialists

6,580

$68,590

10.40%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015

For students looking to the future, some of the top technology initiatives in the state include: Big Data, Cloud Computing, Product/Service Management and security. And, the most difficult positions to fill in the state include the following:

  • Application Developer
  • Data/Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Information Technology Manager
  • Information Architect
  • Network Engineer

Top Metro Employment Centers for Computer Programmers in Georgia

Metro Area

Total Employed

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

8,430

Columbus, GA-AL

610

Savannah, GA

350

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

200

Dalton, GA

200

Macon, GA

160

Warner Robins, GA

160

Athens-Clarke County, GA

60

Valdosta, GA

30

Grand Total

10,200

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015

Sources

Bureau of Labor Statistics, State Occupational and Wage Estimates - Georgia, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ga.htm

Deloitte, Deloitte Fast 500, http://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/technology-media-telecommunications/us-tmt-fast500-2014-ranking-list.pdf

CompTIA, 2015 Cyberstates, https://www.comptia.org/resources/2015-cyberstates

Projections Central, Georgia, http://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm

Inc., Inc. 5000, http://www.inc.com/inc5000/2014/facts-and-figures.html

National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter

National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

US News and World Review, Best Computer Science Graduate Programs, http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-science-schools/computer-science-rankings

Technology Association of Georgia, State of the Industry Report, http://www.tagonline.org/resources/state-of-the-industry-report/

Georgia Department of Economic Development, Information Technology, http://www.georgia.org/industries/information-technology/

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