Cyber specifics clarify bright picture

Augusta University study exposes first snapshot of industry’s growth here

It would take industrial-sized robotic arms to truly get our hands around the enormity of the cyber revolution now going on in Augusta.

 

Or maybe just a comprehensive academic study from experts who know how to measure such things.

That’s what we’re getting a week from today, with the release of an Augusta University study on current and upcoming cyber workforce needs among area employers.

But the major findings are already out – including the fact that the cyber industry is already big here, and a big part of the community.

To wit: The cyber industry already boasts 12,716 jobs, or about 5.3 percent of the workforce. While some 77 percent of those jobs are at Fort Gordon, look for that to change as more jobs and companies pop up in the private sector.

“We’re already a cyber hub,” notes Dr. William Hatcher, director of AU’s Master of Public Administration program.

Hatcher says a survey of 1,500 companies and public and private agencies indicates a 138 percent increase in cyber jobs in the next few years – mostly in the private sector.

And that’s not even counting unforeseen business startups – which Hatcher says future annual studies on Augusta’s cyber workforce will indeed take into account.

Now we’re getting some specifics. The arms are getting around this thing, thanks to the researchers at Augusta University.

Such information will help everyone understand better what exciting things are already going on and what can be expected if all goes well. It will help city planners, real estate professionals, retailers and restaurateurs and residents. And it will help parents and students – who, as Hatcher noted, can make use of Augusta University’s growing information technology and computer science programs.

Augusta wins further, if bright young students stay home for such offerings, rather than leave town for such places as Georgia Tech – though that school and others in the state will undoubtedly feed graduates to Augusta’s cyber revolution.

Get your arms around that!

 

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