The engineering services industry, the consulting industry, and the software development industry are just a few of the areas in which Georgia Tech grads find work. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the aerospace and defense industry. It is quite common for Georgia Tech grads — a demographic that scores high on the SATs — to earn top-notch salaries in the workforce. Following graduation, Georgia Tech students earn an average of $81K.
The most lucrative professionals among Georgia Tech alumni are Senior Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of about $108K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at approximately $83K and around $79K, respectively, are Software Engineers and Aerospace Engineers. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Project Engineers who make an average of $65K.
Graduates of Georgia Tech seem to enjoy living in Atlanta, and more than a third of grads wind up living and working there after graduation. Another city that attracts a wealth of Georgia Tech grads is San Francisco, Calif.; given its high compensation ($109K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the other end, Georgia Tech grads flock to Alpharetta, Ga., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $73K. In addition, grads flock to Houston, Texas as well as New York, N.Y.
A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance earns Georgia Tech students the most money after college (an average about $125K per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) (approximately $53K on average annually).
Many Georgia Tech grads have knowledge of Project Management, with roughly one in five alumni using this program on the clock. Former Yellow Jackets with C++ Programming Language experience garner salaries that are 9 percent more than other grads' salaries. Competency in Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office also warrants excellent remuneration.
Benefits and Perks
Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one in three grads and one in five survey participants, respectively). Health benefits extend to almost all alumni, and a large number of grads also receive dental coverage. Nearly all graduates plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Graduates of Georgia Institute of Technology are also recipients of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University grads bring in salaries of around around $71K, making them the most similar to Georgia Tech alumni in terms of earnings. Georgia State University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham are also similar to Georgia Tech.