Anyone looking for an Atlanta education job is in luck, as the industry is expected to continue to grow.
In July 2008, the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area’s education and health services industry employed a total of 257,200 people, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, an increase of 2.9 percent from last year. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, the state’s education services industry is expected to grow to 432,130 by 2014, up from 345,470 in 2004.
Atlanta’s public school system is run by the Atlanta Board of Education. As of 2007, the system had 49,773 students and 106 schools, including 58 elementary schools, 16 middle schools, 20 high schools and seven charter schools. There also are two alternative schools for middle and high school students, two single gender academies and an adult learning center.
Atlanta also is home to more than 30 colleges and universities, including Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, an engineering and research university, which has been ranked in the top 10 public universities since 1999 by U.S. News & World Report.
The city also is home to Atlanta University Center, a group of historically black colleges and universities, including Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College and the Interdenominational Theological Center. The Morehouse School of Medicine is independent from the AUC. In 2005, the Savannah College of Art and Design opened a Midtown Atlanta campus and bought and closed the Atlanta College of Art. John Marshall Law School and the Reformed Theological Seminary also are located in Atlanta.
The suburbs of Atlanta are home to many colleges as well, including Emory University, a liberal arts school that has been ranked as one of the top 20 schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The suburbs also are home to Oglethorpe University, named for the founder of Georgia; Agnes Scott College, an all-women’s college and many state institutions such as Clayton State University, Southern Polytechnic State University, Kennesaw State University and Georgia Perimeter College.