Augusta University

Cyber Institute | MPA Cybersecurity Workforce Study

In the Augusta Metro area, cybersecurity is poised to be one of the fastest growing areas of employment.

Why Augusta?

The Augusta Metro area is moving toward becoming a major technology hub with the arrival of the U.S. Army Cyber Command Headquarters at Fort Gordon and the new Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center in downtown Augusta. Due to the investments in the Augusta Metro, the community will be an internationally-recognized center for cyber professionals and cybersecurity education. The economic effect of being a cyber hub will strengthen the community’s local businesses, school systems, institutions of higher education, and local nonprofits.

To learn more about the community’s future as a cyber hub, the Augusta University Cyber Institute and Master of Public Administration (MPA) analyzed the current workforce and surveyed local businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits to project future cybersecurity growth and economic impact. The research finds that the Augusta Metro is already a cyber hub and is moving toward being an internationally-recognized cyber center.

IT and Cyber-related Workforce

(including Fort Gordon) is estimated at 12,716 occupations, which is 5.3% of the workforce.

Cyber Growth

138% increase in jobs contributing over $400 million in salary to the local economy.

IT and Cyber-Related Jobs:

Range from

$46,150 – $110,390

annually, with an estimated mean wage of

$72,324.

Highest Percentage of Positions:
Computer User Support Specialist19%
Computer Systems Analyst13%
Computer Occupations, All Others13%
Top 3 Paying Jobs:

Computer & Information Systems Manager (8% of total positions).

Software Developers, Systems Software (6% of total positions).

Computer Network Architects (3% of total positions).

4668
New jobs in five years.
97778
Average salary for cybersecurity professionals
400
Million dollars in salary

Cybersecurity Workforce Study Quotes

The Augusta Metro area is an innovative hub for cyber- and information technology-related jobs. Over 5% of the area's workforce is engaged in these types of jobs, which pay well above average wages.-
The Augusta Metro area is becoming even more robust center for cyber-related occupations and moving toward what Fortune magazine labeled as one of the possible cybersecurity capitals for not just the United States but the world. The study indicates that sampled businesses, nonprofits, and public agencies expect to grow their cyber-related workforce by 138%, or more than 800 jobs, over the next five years. Extrapolating this finding to all enterprises suggests the Augusta Metro cybersecurity workforce may increase by over 4,000 positions injecting an estimated $400 million to the local economy.-

About the Cybersecurity Workforce Study

The study was conducted by Dr. Mark Harris, a faculty member in the Hull College of Business and Cyber Institute and director of Graduate Studies in Information Security Management, Dr. William Hatcher, director of the MPA program, and Dr. Wesley Meares, a faculty member in the MPA program.

The Cybersecurity Workforce Study is available for digital download here.