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Georgia Vocational and Technical Schools

Georgia is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies, the world's busiest airport, diverse industry and over ten million residents. It is also a great place to earn a quality education, with 20 public four-year institutions, an impressive 46 public two-year institutions, and a multitude of private schools, vocational and technical schools, career schools, and online universities.


Industries that employ technical and manual services and procedural knowledge are best for students of technical schools.


The cost of living in the state is consistently lower than the national average; in some cases, much lower. For instance, housing costs are exceptionally low compared to the national average. Just over 65 percent of residents own their homes, and the median cost of a home is $151,300. That's a quite affordable number in a place where the average household income is $49,179 per year, according to the U.S. Census.

In addition to these handsome numbers, employment in Georgia looks very promising. Those who choose to earn a certificate, diploma or degree from Georgia vocational schools might be surprised to see so many options available in the fields of health care, law, web development and more.

Vocational trends and opportunities in Georgia

Technical schools in Georgia are poised to meet the demand of a growing economy. As more employers look toward students who can move immediately into the workforce upon graduation, workers who have an associate degree, certificate or diploma are expected to be in higher demand.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, educational institutions in the state awarded numerous certificates and diplomas to students in 2010. The most common career paths chosen are listed below:

  1. Health sciences: 16,533
  2. Manufacturing, construction, repair and transportation: 13,807
  3. Consumer services: 5,102
  4. Business management: 3,323
  5. Business support: 2,772

Those who choose to take their education further and earn their associate degree might take one of two common routes: the applied associate path, which enables a student to move directly into the workplace upon graduation, or the more general associate degree path, which prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution. In 2010, just over 6,000 students chose the liberal arts or general education path in Georgia. Those who chose a path to take them directly into the workforce opted for the following popular degrees:

  1. Health sciences: 3,343
  2. Business management: 1,683
  3. Computer and information sciences: 948
  4. Protective services: 615
  5. Consumer services: 589

Students who graduate from technical schools in Georgia can look forward to a rewarding future in terms of both finances and stability. Those who earned an associate degree made a median wage that was about $9,500 more than those with a high school diploma. They also saw an unemployment rate of about three points lower, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Leaders & Laggards Report.

In addition, vocational schools in Georgia have one of the lowest costs of completion in the United States, ranked in the top five, with excellent funding opportunities on the state and local level. All of this combines to create a very favorable atmosphere for those who are considering earning a degree or certificate from schools in Georgia.

Careers for graduates of Georgia trade schools

Once graduation is over, then what? Fortunately, Georgia has plenty of room for those who are ready to move into the workforce. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, the following positions are expected to be in demand through 2022, and all of them require an associate degree or less. Projections Central offers hard percentages as to growth of these positions in the state.

Career

Projected Growth in Illinois (2012 to 2022)

Mean Annual Wage in Illinois (2014)

Dental hygienists

48.3%

$67,600

Paralegals and legal assistants

24.7%

$51,200

Radiologic technicians

22.7%

$50,400

Registered nurses

16%

$61,600

Web developers

27.8%

$73,000

Computer user support specialists

28%

$47,900

Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers

22.1%

$52,500

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

BLS data also showed a higher-than-average demand for electricians, supervisors of construction trades and laborers, plumbers, community association managers, real estate sales agents, sales reps, office supervisors, and more. It is clear that graduates of Georgia vocational schools can expect diverse job opportunities in the coming years.

Expert advice on vocational education in Georgia with Hans Hanson

Hans Hanson of Total College Advisory spoke with us about the exceptional opportunities available to vocational or technical school graduates in Georgia and beyond.

How do employers view vocational education, as opposed to a four-year degree?

Employers are looking for students with definable attributes, knowledge and skills, that qualify themselves for jobs worthy of pay. How employers view technical education depends on the job. Employers generally view four-year degrees as academic programs providing students with general subject knowledge. Rather, employers view vocational and technical education as specific training programs providing students with practical knowledge. Vocational and technical education delivers well on definable attributes with study programs of which are focus-oriented on delivering applied knowledge and skills rather than general education.

What should students look for in a vocational program?

Students should look for schools that specialize in certain jobs and career paths. They should zero-in on schools delivering strong internship and co-op programs. They should seek out schools known for getting their students involved in the academic community of the college and the working community of the area. They should attend schools that offer students a direct path to employment for the vocation or technical skill for which they are educating.

Which industries are suited for graduates of technical schools?

Industries that employ technical and manual services and procedural knowledge are best for students of technical schools. These industries require their workforce to contribute on day one of employment. They don't have lengthy in-house training programs. Their market does not support training costs and rookie mistakes. Rather, they need their employees to come to work equipped and qualified for service immediately.

What are the most popular two-year degree programs for students?

Of the top 30 growth jobs being projected for the next decade, almost half of them are best suited for two-year degree programs. In top demand include:

  • Service technicians for installation and repair of home-related systems
  • Service associates for healthcare and entry level nursing
  • Office administration and support staff for businesses
  • Customer service representatives for organizations
  • Technical support for technology and communication companies; their systems, services and devices
  • Maintenance workers for buildings and towns
  • Heavy equipment operators for construction companies
  • Engine and auto repair technicians
  • Food-service and culinary staff professionals
  • Athletic and physical development trainers

Vocational schools in Georgia offer students the opportunity to blaze their own path through a promising career. It all begins with learning more about the school that's best suited for you, so check out the listings below to find a match.

About the Expert

Hans Hanson of CollegeLogic & Total College Advisory has earned his MBA degree in Finance from the Marist College.

Sources:

  1. Career/Technical Education (CTE) Statistics, Georgia, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/ctes/tables/index.asp?LEVEL=COLLEGE
  2. Cost of Living in Georgia, Sperling's Best Places, http://www.bestplaces.net/cost_of_living/state/georgia
  3. Georgia, Leaders & Laggards, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, http://www.uschamberfoundation.org/reportcard/georgia/
  4. Georgia Long Term Occupational Projections, Projections Central, http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
  5. Georgia Quick Facts, U.S. Census Bureau, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13000.html
  6. Georgia's Hot Careers to 2022, Georgia Department of Labor, http://explorer.dol.state.ga.us/mis/current/hot_careers_current.pdf
  7. Interview with Hans Hanson of Total College Advisory
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