Professionally, the financial services industry, the engineering services industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development are popular business areas among Georgia Tech alumni. The software development industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. It is typical for Georgia Tech grads — a group that scores high on the SATs and contributes to an impressive graduation rate — to earn above-average incomes as well. Following graduation, Georgia Tech students earn an average of approximately $83K.
Georgia Tech grads who become Senior Software Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in around $93K on average annually. However, Project Engineers and Software Developers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $92K each). Sliding in near the bottom are Architects, who report earnings of about $58K.
Upon earning their degrees, many Georgia Tech grads prefer to remain in Atlanta; in fact, close to two-fifths of grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. In addition, former Georgia Tech students often head to Charlotte, N.C. after graduating, where the median salary comes to $125K in this top-paying city. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by Georgia Tech alumni is Washington, DC, where earnings average $58K. Other common destinations include Houston, Texas and New York, N.Y.
Among the highest-paid Georgia Tech alumni are those with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) — they earn close to $140K on average per year. A Bachelor of Science in Architecture commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $45K.
Former Yellow Jackets with Linux abilities can expect to make 13 percent more than their former classmates (approximately $94K). Many former Georgia Tech students are familiar with Project Management, and roughly one in five grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are desirable skills as well.
Benefits and Perks
More than half of former students are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about one-third of alumni get paid sick leave. Almost all alums save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. For this school, the vast majority of alums are the recipients of health benefits, and a large number of respondents pick up dental plans, too. Georgia Institute of Technology alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.
Compensation averages $73K for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Georgia Tech grads. Other schools similar to Georgia Tech include Georgia State University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.