Graduates of Georgia technical colleges and universities now have a place to turn to compare earnings for different careers across the state.

According to an announcement from Gov. Nathan Deal Tuesday, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) has released the Georgia Higher Learning and Earnings (GHLE) dashboard and research report which provides tools that are designed to help students seeking higher education make important decisions for their future. The GHLE Dashboard (http://learnearn.gosa.ga.gov) is an interactive site which allows users to explore earnings patterns of graduates for the first and fifth years after graduation.

According to the information released by Gov. Deal, users can sort information by program of study/major, degree type and Georgia public technical college or college/university attended. The dashboard also provides earnings information for the most popular and highest-earning degrees.

“By 2020, more than 60 percent of job openings in Georgia will require some form of postsecondary education,” said Deal. “To meet this demand, we are providing additional tools to help students seeking higher education make important decisions for their future. I am encouraged by the graduates of Georgia’s technical colleges and universities who have chosen to work in the top state for business and are using their skills in Georgia’s workforce.”

According to Gov. Deal, GOSA has also published a research report that provides median, 25th percentile and 75th percentile wages by degree category, technical college or college/university and program of study for the first and fifth year after graduation. The report found that earnings can vary dramatically by program of study and the college attended, and that wages tend to increase after five years but at varying rates within programs of study and colleges attended.

The research also found:

  • As students increase their level of education, their wages tend to increase. These differences become more pronounced as more time passes after graduation.
  • Among the most popular programs of study, fields relating to medicine are consistently amongst the top earners relative to other popular degree categories.
  • Business-related bachelor’s and master’s degrees have higher earnings relative to other popular programs of study.

In addition to degree type and program of study, officials stressed that it is important to note that many factors, such as student ability and motivation, college selectivity and job market conditions, affect earnings, so the results in the report and dashboard should not be interpreted as a guarantee of employment or earnings.

According to Deal’s office, data for the report and dashboard are provided by Georgia’s Academic and Workforce Analysis and Research Data System (GA•AWARDS).

GA•AWARDS is the state’s Pre-K through workforce longitudinal data system. Student degree and certificate data are provided to GA•AWARDS by the University System of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia, the Georgia Independent College Association and the National Student Clearinghouse. The wage data is provided by the Georgia Department of Labor provides and the Georgia Student Finance Commission provides financial aid data.

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