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
|Institution Name||No. of Computer Science Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees||Admission Rate|
|Kennesaw State University||6||$6,060||58.5%|
|Clayton State University||3||$5,340||40.92%|
|Georgia Piedmont Technical College||3||$2,850||N/A|
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.
Tech Industry and Career Outlook in Georgia
|Career||Annual Mean Wage||Statewide Projected Job Growth Rate||Statewide Current Number of Jobs|
|Computer Network Architects||$113,110||4.7%||4,550|
|Computer Network Support Specialists||$69,740||9.3%||6,660|
|Computer Systems Analysts||$87,850||24.6%||17,580|
|Information Security Analysts||$90,940||17.3%||2,190|
|Network and Computer Systems Administrators||$87,570||10.8%||10,380|
|Software Developers, Applications||$103,630||19.7%||20,430|
|Software Developers, Systems Software||$101,530||15.9%||11,870|
Georgia's information economy is on the rise, spurring job growth and attracting major investments in new technology innovation. According to its recent report, the Technology Association of Georgia found the technology industry experienced ten-percent job growth over the last several years.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, State Occupational and Wage Estimates - Georgia, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ga.htm
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CompTIA, 2015 Cyberstates, https://www.comptia.org/resources/2015-cyberstates
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National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter
National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
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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/