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 Did you know there are 77 higher education schools in Georgia? 

Before you choose the right college to pursue your IT career, it is important to understand the educational and career landscape. Whether you want to pursue a career in computer support or as a network administrator job in say... Atlanta, Georgia, we have taken the time to gather some important information for you. For example, did you know that Georgia employs about 19,900 computer user support specialists? [i] Let's start with some general education information about colleges in Georgia from 2014:[ii]

  • Georgia is home to 132 degree-granting institutions—77 four-year and 55 two-year schools.
  • Georgia awarded a total of 121,819 degrees/certificates! The national average is 78,228.
  • 318,579 female college students attend school in Georgia, while the national average is 228,592.
  • 213,914 male students attend college in Georgia, compared to the national average of 171,951.

Information Technology Careers in Georgia

Checking out IT jobs in Georgia? About 901,105 firms are located in this state, including IT companies.[iii] And remember that non-IT businesses may have technology personnel needs, too! Keep an open mind when exploring job listings, and read the requirements carefully to make sure you qualify. Finally, you should know that many IT careers have different titles but may have overlapping duties. Here are a few IT careers worth knowing about:   

Computer User Support Specialist [iv]

Sample of reported job titles: Computer Specialist, Computer Support Specialist, Computer Technician, Electronic Data Processing Auditor (EDP Auditor), Help Desk Analyst, Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist), Network Support Specialist, Network Technician, Support Specialist, Technical Support Specialist[v]

  • Computer user support specialists employed in Georgia in 2014: 19,900
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Georgia, 5 are computer user support specialists.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $28,080
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $81,440
  • From 2012 to 2022, Georgia is expected to add about 5,550 new computer user support specialist positions for a total of 25,420 jobs. That’s a projected 28% increase.*

Computer user support specialist salary information for specific metro areas of Georgia**

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Albany, GA$31,460$37,110$68,800
Athens / Clarke County, GA$26,490$40,870$56,070
Atlanta / Sandy Springs / Marietta, GA$29,210$49,070$84,930
Augusta / Richmond County, GA$21,520$37,380$65,320
Brunswick, GA$31,280$39,350$72,370
Columbus, GA$28,950$44,490$73,890
Dalton, GA$32,140$43,150$69,110
Gainesville, GA$22,770$41,43079,720
Hinesville / Fort Stewart, GA$30,400$43,010$56,730
Macon, GA$26,450$38,68055,660
Rome, GA$22,620$37,380$48,400
Savannah, GA$31,970$45,730$96,560
Valdosta, GA$27,920$38,520$59,010
Warner Robins, GA$30,270$54,320$85,180

 

Database Administrator[vi]

Sample of reported job titles: Database Administration Manager, Database Administrator (DBA), Database Analyst, Database Coordinator, Database Programmer, Information Systems Manager, Management Information Systems Director (MIS Director), Programmer Analyst, Systems Manager[vii]

  • Database administrators employed in Georgia in 2014: 5,140
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Georgia, 1.29 are database administrators.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $49,920
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $119,610
  • From 2012 to 2022, the number of database administrator roles in Georgia is expected to grow by about 750, or 18.5%, for a projected total of 4,810 jobs.*

Data administrator specialist salary information for specific metro areas of Georgia**

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Athens / Clarke County, GA$51,910$70,600$91,570
Atlanta / Sandy Springs / Marietta, GA$51,530$81,420$120,810
Augusta / Richmond County, GA$46,380$69,850$106,940
Columbus, GA$52,790$77,210$120,520
Gainesville, GA$42,220$73,260$111,040
Macon, GA$37,850$60,090$100,290
Savannah, GA$41,760$60,230$89,940
Warner Robins, GA$49,270$57,190$83,350

 

Computer Network Architect [viii]

Sample of reported job titles: Network Analyst, Network Consultant, Network Engineer, Network Manager, Networking Systems and Distributed Systems Engineer, System Programmer, Systems Analyst, Systems Engineer, Telecommunications Analyst, Telecommunications Engineer[ix]

  • Computer network architects employed in Georgia in 2014: 4,540
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Georgia, 1.14 are computer network architects.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $65,430
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $150,970
  • From 2012 to 2022, computer network architect jobs may increase by 590 or 14.4% in Georgia, for a total of around 4,690 jobs.*

Computer network architect salary information for specific metro areas of Georgia**

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Atlanta / Sandy Springs / Marietta, GA$66,250$105,200$151,170
Augusta / Richmond County, GA$49,990$84,360$139,120
Columbus, GA$76,950$105,950$160,470
Dalton, GA$85,130$110,160$140,290

 

Information Security Analyst [x]

Sample of reported job titles: Computer Security Specialist, Computer Specialist, Data Security Administrator, Information Security Analyst, Information Security Manager, Information Security Officer, Information Security Specialist, Information Systems Security Analyst, Information Technology Security Analyst, Information Technology Specialist[xi]

  • Information security analysts employed in Georgia in 2014: 2,240
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Georgia, .56 are information security analysts.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2014: $51,890
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2014: $122,110
  • From 2012 to 2022, information security analyst careers in Georgia are projected to grow by 35.7%, or 770 jobs, for a total of 2,920 roles.*

Information security analyst salary information for specific metro areas of Georgia**

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Atlanta / Sandy Springs / Marietta, GA$54,030$88,640$123,580
Augusta / Richmond County, GA$41,710$83,110$126,860
Columbus, GA$50,440$69,630$107,620

 

Software and IT Services Companies in Georgia***

There are several different industries that contribute to employment in Georgia. But of Inc.’s Top 5000 Companies, fourty-six are classified as IT services companies and fourteen are Software Companies in Georgia. Here are some GA companies who cracked the top 500 in this list of 5000: [xii]

  • #305 Clearleap – This Duluth, Georgia software company offers multiscreen video delivery for paid TV servicesy and other content providers. Clearleap makes it easier for content owners to deliver video to tablets, smartphones, and gaming platforms, not just traditional TVs – that’s good news for almost everyone! They’ve been in business since 2008.[xiii]
  • #483 Premier Logic – Traditionally, companies often sought separate consultants for business, creative, and technology. Premier Logic brings these three critical areas together, helping companies fast-track their ideas for products, mobile apps, and more. This Georgia software company is based in Alpharetta and was founded in 2000.[xiv]
  • #679 AirSage – AirSage analyzes transportation and travel data points and patterns, offering valuable market research to the transportation and tourism industries. This Atlanta software company was founded in 2000 and has grown 669% in the past three years![xv]
  • #180 Futurewave Systems – Futurewave offers IT staffing, software and app development, social media, and other consulting services. This Atlanta IT services company has grown an impressive 2,343% in the last three years and was named the #3 Top Georgia Company in 2014 by Inc. They were founded in 2006.[xvi]
  • #239 Expert Technical Solutions – Businesses often seek professional help to find just the right IT team member. Expert Technical Solutions offers IT staffing services for positions such as programmer, web developer, network architect, system administrator, and many other roles. They are based in Atlanta, Georgia and were founded in 2010.[xvii]

* Georgia job outlook projections were sourced from an Excel spreadsheet available for download at https://explorer.dol.state.ga.us/gsipub/index.asp?docid=389. **Salary Data  ***This listing is for informational purposes only and does not represent that jobs are available or will be available at these companies.  
[i] bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ga.htm#15-0000 | [ii] nces.ed.gov/programs/stateprofiles/sresult.asp?mode=full&displaycat=4&s1=13 | [iii] quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13000.html | [iv] www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes151151.htm | [v] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1151.00 | [vi] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151141.htm | [vii] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1141.00 | [viii] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151143.htm | [ix] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1143.00 | [x] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151122.htm | [xi] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1122.00 | [xii] inc.com/inc5000/list/2014/ | [xiii] clearleap.com/products/ | [xiv] premierlogic.com/solution/ | [xv] airsage.com/ | [xvi] futurewavesystems.com/ | [xvii] experttechnical.net/services/

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