ATLANTA - High-technology jobs are growing in Georgia at a faster rate than the U.S. average, according to a report released Thursday by the Technology Association of Georgia.
And average pay for those jobs has increased for the third consecutive year to $83,000, topping the pre-recession peak by 2.4 percent.
“The increase solidifies technology as the state’s highest paying sector ahead of utilities, professional services and finance,” the report said.
The association reports there are 268,000 Georgians working in technology fields. Since 2010, the addition of 20,000 jobs equals an 8-percent rate, eclipsing other high-paying sectors in the state like healthcare, finance, manufacturing, construction and transportation.
In a survey of Georgia technology executives, 80 percent said having access to skilled labor was the No. 1 key to growing the sector further, ranking above access to capital, the state’s research universities, tax incentives and affordable real estate.
Gov. Nathan Deal heralded the news as a testament tothe state’s performance.
“We’ve seen strong growth in Georgia’s technology sector, and the findings released by the Technology Association of Georgia prove we’re not only doing great, we’re also doing better than most of our competitors,” the governor said. “Our technical schools and universities are producing the job skills needed by the industry; our technology infrastructure makes us one of the most wired areas in the country, and entrepreneurs have access to the capital they need for startups.”
The report noted Georgia businesses are leading their industries in eight key sectors: communication services, interactive marketing, financial transactions, logistics, health information technology, information security, energy management and so-called mission-critical systems.
“These are the kinds of high-paying jobs that states compete for, and our success will build on itself because these companies grow in clusters,” Deal said.