Most people, when they think of Georgia and opportunities in information technology, focus on Atlanta. While the opportunities are certainly there, this happening town is not the only place where the technology community is thriving. Other cities like Columbus and Savannah are contributing to the Peach State's growing reputation as a technology hotbed of the Southeast alongside Raleigh.
According to the Kauffman Foundation's study in 2012, Georgia is ranked second in the U.S. for its growth in entrepreneurialism over the past decade, adding to an already healthy business climate, which includes corporate headquarters for some of today's biggest brands including Coca-Cola, Home Depot, Delta Airlines, and UPS.
Georgia IT Job Market
With helpful technology incubators like Atlanta Tech Village and Tech City South in Atlanta, as well as government-funded locations across the state, the financial, mobile telecommunications, cloud storage, and cybersecurity markets are booming. Opportunities abound in these fields.
Computer software engineers are listed among the fastest growing occupations across the state, and this growth is expected to continue over the next several years according to the Georgia Labor Market Explorer run by Workforce Statistics & Economic Research. In 2013, Forbes named Atlanta as one of the top markets for IT and computer science jobs, and there are still many opportunities there and throughout the state.
The top 10 largest employers in Georgia are comprised of military, healthcare, utilities, and government contracting companies, and all of them have growing technology needs. Add those in to Atlanta's large number of Fortune 500 companies, and opportunities for IT jobs in Georgia abound.
IT Salaries in Georgia
Georgia enjoys a great cost of living and decent salaries. An IT specialist in Georgia can expect to make $81,000. The average employee in IT makes around $65,000, which is about 14 percent higher than the national average.