Georgia has more than 162 post-secondary institutions. Of these, 44 offer online programs. Of these accredited online colleges, 17 are public four-year colleges or universities and five are public community or technical colleges and 22 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 826 online certificate programs, 3,321 online associate programs, 5,362 online bachelor’s programs, 2,288 online master’s programs, 2,832 online professional programs, and 544 online doctoral programs. In these programs, students may study subjects ranging from psychology to web design to chemical engineering.
Georgia has about 3.7 million employed workers. The state’s largest industries are:
- Wholesale trade: 3 percent
- Arts and entertainment: 9 percent
- Information: 3 percent
The average wage of Georgia employees is approximately equal to the average wage for employees across the U.S. Employees in Georgia earn an average annual income of $42,270 while the national average annual income is $42,871. The median income for employees is $31,610 per year. But, the top 10 percent of the state’s employees earn over $78,280 per year, while the bottom 10 percent earn under $16,840.
Tuition for online college courses varies based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program. In Georgia, the average in-state tuition at the public four-year colleges and universities was $4,097 per year. Public community and technical colleges charged students an average of $2,009 per year. Private accredited online college tuition ranged from $5,016 to $38,600 per year.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accredits schools in Georgia. Be sure to check the credentials of any school or program you are seriously considering.
Georgia, which is located in the Southeast region of the United States, is named in honor of King George II of Great Britain. The 24th largest state in the nation, it has an area of 59,425 square miles. The average annual temperature in the state is approximately 62°F.
Georgia has the 9th largest population in the nation. It has 159 counties with a reported population of 9,687,653 residents. An estimated 43 percent of Georgia’s population is under the age of 30. Additionally, it has one of the most diverse populations in the country. An estimated 44 percent of the state’s population identifies itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.
Georgia’s capital city, Atlanta, is the largest city in the state. It has a population of 420,003 residents. Of the state’s residents, about 23.07 percent reside in the greater Atlanta area. Georgia’s other big cities are Augusta, Columbus, Savannah, and Athens.
As compared to residents in other states around the nation, Georgia residents generally have an average level of education. According to the 2010 Census, approximately 18.8 percent of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have finished high school, 3.7 percent have at least an associate degree, 3.1 percent have degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher, and 1 percent hold a graduate level degree.