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Agriculture may be the first industry that comes to mind when you think of Georgia, but the Peach State's commitment to workforce development and its solid job growth has earned it the title of America's Top State for Business in 2014 from business news network CNBC. An improved housing market and good infrastructure also contributed to Georgia's no. 1 ranking: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport was the busiest airport in the world for 16 years in a row as of 2014, and the port of Savannah had its busiest year ever in 2013.


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Fiscal year 2013 also saw a 10 percent increase in new jobs in Georgia, two-thirds of which were generated by existing businesses and the rest by companies relocating to Georgia, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development (Georgia.org). American and international companies have taken notice of the advantages of locating their businesses in Georgia: A Georgia.org video boasts that 17 Fortune 500 and 31 Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered there.

Where the jobs are

As of 2013, Georgia.org reported employment numbers that heavily favored service providers over goods-producing businesses and total private-sector employment over government jobs:

  • Service-providing establishments, including utilities, trade and transportation, finance, education and health employed an average of 2,732,301 workers per month.
  • Goods-producing establishments, including agriculture, mining, construction and manufacturing employed an average of 530,590 workers monthly.
  • Federal, state and local government's employment figures averaged 640,049 monthly.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov), the following industry sectors added the highest percentage of new jobs since the end of 2013:

  • Construction
  • Professional and business services
  • Leisure and hospitality

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metropolitan area employs the greatest concentration of workers in the state -- 2,553,000 as reported by BLS.gov for May 2014.

Hot jobs in the Peach State

The average worker in Georgia brought home $44,040 a year as of May 2013. If you are looking for the most promising jobs, the Georgia Department of Labor's list of hottest jobs in the state includes the following occupations, shown here with their average annual salaries as of May 2013 from BLS.gov and growth projections in Georgia through 2022 from ProjectionsCentral.com:

CareerTotal EmploymentAnnual Median WageProjected Employment Change
Respiratory Therapists3,86052,0308,265
Paralegals and Legal Assistants8,12051,3608,135
Construction Managers4,33087,4507,973
Radiologic Technologists5,19051,3008,282
Dental Hygienists5,13062,3408,278
Computer User Support Specialists19,04046,4608,031
Registered Nurses66,08061,9508,270
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)
**Annual Median Wage is in Dollars ($).

These occupations typically require a high school degree and postsecondary training, which for most of them is a two-year associate degree or less. Potential salaries and job openings for these careers far surpass the average for all occupations in the state. With a relatively short stint in school, you can reap the rewards of a solid career for many years.

Georgia vocational schools and the state's extensive network of technical colleges stand ready to provide you with the education for these and other good-paying, career-oriented occupations. Choosing an occupation for your personal growth that can also contribute to the state's economic growth is a win-win.

Sources:

Annual Georgia industry mix 2013, Georgia Department of Labor, https://explorer.dol.state.ga.us/industrymix/

Economy at a Glance, Georgia, Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 15, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.ga.htm

Fortune Favors the Peach, Georgia Department of Economic Development, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUa-XjUiw74

"Georgia is CNBC's Top State for Business in 2014," CNBC.com, Scott Cohn, June 24, 2014, http://www.cnbc.com/id/101767549

Georgia's Hot Careers to 2020, Georgia Department of Labor, http://explorer.dol.state.ga.us/mis/current/hot_careers_current.pdf

Long-term occupational projections through 2022, Georgia, Projections Central, http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm

Occupational Employment Statistics, Georgia, May 2013, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ga.htm

Technical College System of Georgia, https://kms.tcsg.edu/POA/tcsg/TCSGProgramOfferings.aspx?appitemid=405

"2013 Georgia Job Creation Hits Record High," Georgia Department of Economic Development, http://www.georgia.org/newsroom/press-releases/deal-2013-georgia-job-creation-hits-record-high/

Vocational Schools in Georgia
This list also contains online schools that accept students from Georgia
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Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln College of Technology.

Programs : Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Electronic Systems Technician (EST), and more..

Campus Locations :

Marietta: 2359 Windy Hill Road Marietta, GA 30067

Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.

Programs : Auto Repair Technician, HVAC Technician, Motorcycle Repair Technician, and more..

Campus Locations :

Scranton: Scranton, PA 18501

Earn your degree or diploma on your schedule and succeed at Ashworth College.

Programs : Automotive Technician, Heating and Air Conditioning, Carpentry, and more..

Campus Locations :

Norcross: Norcross, GA

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.

Programs : BS in Legal Studies, MS in Legal Studies, BS in Paralegal Studies, and more..

Campus Locations :

Fort Lauderdale: 6301 Kaplan University Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Earn Your Diploma from Home!

Programs : Auto Mechanics, Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Electrician, and more..

Campus Locations :

: , PA 94404

As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.

Programs : Legal Studies (BS), Paralegal Studies (AS), Criminal Justice (MS), and more..

Campus Locations :

Savannah: 709 Mall Road Savannah, GA 31406

Prepare for an exciting cosmetology career today at Empire Beauty Schools.

Programs : Cosmetology, Teacher of Cosmetology, and more..

Campus Locations :

Savannah: 7400 Abercorn Street Suite 901 Savannah, GA 31406

Lawrenceville: 1455 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite 105 Lawrenceville, GA 30044

Morrow: Southlake Pavilion II, 1958 Mt. Zion Rd. Ste. 205 Morrow, GA 30260

Kennesaw: Town Ctr Plz, 425 Ernest-Barrett Pkwy, S H-2 Kennesaw, GA 30144

Atlanta: Briarcliff Village, 2190 Henderson Mill Road Atlanta, GA 30345

Set your career in motion at Virginia College.

Programs : Certificate in Cosmetology, DIP_Cosmetology, BAC-Paralegal Studies, and more..

Campus Locations :

Columbus: 5601 Veterans Pkwy. Columbus, GA 31904

Augusta: 2807 Wylds Road Extension, Suite B, Augusta, GA 30909

Birmingham: 400 Chase Park South Suite 300 Birmingham, AL 35244

With Miller-Motte you can expect the focus to be on you, the student, and your career. We are committed to Changing Futures, Changing Lives, and it all starts with you. You can rely on challenging programs, interesting curriculum, and educators with industry experience preparing you for your new future.

Programs : Cosmetology - Certificate, and more..

Campus Locations :

Augusta: 621 NW Frontage Rd. Augusta, GA 30907

Macon: Rivergate Center 175 Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. Macon, GA 31210

Get hands-on training with Le Cordon Bleu Schools of North America.

Programs : Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta - Certificate in Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta - Certificate in Patisserie and Baking, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Online - Associate Degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management 60 weeks, and more..

Campus Locations :

Tucker: 1927 Lakeside Parkway Tucker, GA 30084

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