Highly Skilled Labor Force

In order to accelerate the growth of the electric mobility industry in Georgia, EMIA has the goal to support the continuous supply of highly-educated talent and skilled workforce. It will work with representatives from the state’s universities, technical colleges and industry to identify workforce development needs for electric mobility related manufacturing, services and innovation.

median age
Georgia’s median age: 36.9

(U.S. average: 38.5)


college students

2.2 million workers

between the ages 25 and 44

Turning Talent into a Renewable Resource

2 Million Students Enrolled at Colleges & Universities Within 250 Miles of Atlanta

There are more than 2.2 million workers in Georgia who are between the ages of 25 and 44, representing nearly 44% of the state’s total employed workforce. With 33%* holding at least a bachelor’s degree and 41%* with an associate’s degree or higher, the state’s workforce is highly educated and predominate in technology, arts, business, and management fields. *(ESRI 2020)

In order to continue to fill the pipeline of skilled and professional talents, Georgia's colleges and universities train and educate almost 540,000 students a year. Initiatives like the HOPE scholarship and its far-reaching impact proves the state's commitment to increasing the caliber of education available in Georgia.

age_compositionThe state makes impactful investments in students from Pre-K through high school, but it doesn’t stop there. Georgia keeps intellectual capital in-state through a top-notch college and university system. Several programs are offered to make post-secondary education attainable and affordable.




Production, Business & Technology Workforce

As companies search for the prime location for their business, access to a dependable pipeline of talent is key. Georgia's partnership-driven approach to workforce development sets the state apart and ensures companies will be able to fill their critical staffing needs as Georgia’s universities equip their students with the in-demand skills needed to succeed. State-sponsored training facilities, top-notch educational programs, and nationally ranked colleges provide Georgia businesses with talent that enables them to achieve next-level success.

Relevant Business & Technology Occupations in Georgia by SOC Code
SOC Description 2020 Jobs 2030 Jobs 2020-2030 % Change
Nov-00 Operations Specialties Managers 66,352 77,874 17%
Nov-00 Other Management Occupations 90,674 102,917 14%
17-2000 Engineers 46,469 52,277 12%
49-1000 Supervisors of Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers 18,191 20,152 11%
49-2000 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 29,999 24,743 3%
49-9000 Other Installation, Maintenance, and Repair occupations 103,960 117,607 13%
51-1000 Supervisors of Production Workers 21,845 23,972 10%
51-2000 Assemblers and Fabricators 69,926 70,737 1%


2020 Jobs 2030 Jobs 2020-2030 % Change
447,416 490,279  11%



Georgia's HOPE Scholarship and Grant Programs

Georgia’s Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) program is ranked No. 1 in the nation by the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs. The HOPE scholarship and grant programs provide financial assistance to Georgia students pursuing undergraduate degrees or certificates at eligible Georgia public and private colleges and universities and technical colleges. HOPE has provided more than $11.2 billion in financial assistance to almost 2 million students for educational programs beyond high school since its inception in 1992. The HOPE Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship that covers up to 100% of the cost of tuition of Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. The HOPE Grant pays part of the tuition for students enrolled in a certificate program of study at eligible Georgia colleges and the HOPE Career Grant program supplements the HOPE Grant to provide free tuition for students preparing for occupations in high demand.



Georgia Quick Start

Georgia Quick Start is consistently ranked as the No. 1 workforce training program in the nation. Working directly with the employer, Quick Start develops and delivers fully customized, strategic workforce solutions for qualified companies investing in Georgia. Services are provided free of charge as a discretionary incentive for companies creating jobs within a broad range of industries. These discretionary, in-kind services are offered to new and expanding companies creating jobs across a range of industries. Quick Start customizes each training program to the specific project needs of the company. Services may include one or more of the following:

  • Strategic workforce consultation
  • Pre-employment assessment
  • Customized post-employment and job-specific training
  • Leadership and productivity enhancement training

College & Career Academies

Started in 2007, 50 statewide academies had more than 30,000 students enrolled in 2019.

To support the current and future needs of Georgia’s businesses, high school students across Georgia have access to training that builds their skills in high-demand areas. Always on the forefront of workforce development, Georgia was the first state in the country to adopt a career path requirement for all high school students. College and Career Academies allow high school students to get an early start on accredited college-level courses and technical certification programs through Georgia’s College and Career Academy Network. Each Academy is built through partnerships between a local school system, a technical college, and local business leaders to produce a long-term talent pipeline for the workforce needs specific to each community.

Technical College System of Georgia

22 colleges with 88 statewide campuses offer 600+ programs.

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) is another vital resource to the state's diverse workforce. Throughout the state, these facilities are training and certifying students in relevant and in-demand trade skills. The economic development offices at each technical college ensure their local companies have the customized training they need to keep their employees’ skills up-to-date and cutting-edge. TCSG oversees the state’s public technical colleges, adult literacy programs, and a host of economic and workforce development programs, including the College and Career Academy Network and the Quick Start training program.

Colleges and Universities

Georgia’s public and private colleges and universities educate hundreds of thousands of students each year and provide exceptional support to businesses and communities through research and outreach programs. The University System of Georgia (USG) comprises 26 public higher education institutions:

  • 4 research universities
  • 4 comprehensive universities
  • 9 state universities
  • 9 state colleges

University System of Georgia member schools:

  • University of Georgia (UGA) – The nation’s oldest land-grant university
  • Georgia Tech – The nation’s leading producer of engineers
  • Georgia State University –  Nationally best in class for innovative equity and inclusion programs 

Georgia’s private colleges and universities:

  • World-renowned Emory University
  • Highly ranked regional college Berry College
  • Atlanta University Center, including Spelman College - No. 1 HBCU in the nation (U.S. News & World Report), Morehouse College, (ranked 6th) and Clark Atlanta University (ranked 15th).

Graduates of these colleges and universities provide employers with a strong pool of skilled, diverse talent with various experiences and perspectives. According to CityLab and Brookings, the Atlanta region is the No. 5 metro area in the nation for retaining college graduates from two- and four-year institutions, with a 73.2% retention rate. Additionally, Georgia attracts graduates from around the country and around the world, further contributing to the state’s diverse talent base.

Number of Graduates by Completion Level - 250 Miles of Atlanta
Degree Level Number of graduates over last 5 years
Associate Degree 327,485
At Least 2 years but Less than 4 12,046
Bachelor Degree 813,475
Master's Degree 260,189
Doctor's Degree 64,799
students walking on university of georgia campus

Georgia offers one of the top talent pipelines for engineering in the country.

Georgia Engineering Schools: Georgia colleges and universities graduated 5,103 engineers in 2019, representing 36% of all engineering grads in the Southeast. Atlanta-based Georgia Tech is the top producer of engineers nationwide and is globally recognized as one of the world’s best institutions for higher education. Growing engineering programs at Kennesaw State University in Marietta, the University of Georgia in Athens, and Georgia Southern University in Statesboro are also supplying engineering talent to the state’s tech employers. 

Largest Southeastern Engineering Schools (Schools with 500 or More Graduates in 2019)
Description Engineering Degrees Awarded in 2019
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus 3,559
Clemson University 1,365
Auburn University 1,292
The University of Alabama 1,009
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville 876
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 617
University of South Carolina-Columbia 589
Kennesaw State University 575
Florida State University 540
University of Alabama in Huntsville 520