Workforce

Scale:  Labor force exceeds 1.2 million people I 1.1 million jobs

Top 5 Industries in 10-County Region by Employment (2015)

Industry #Employed % of Regional Workers
Healthcare and social assistance 198,05 16.9%
Professional and business services 171,517 14.6%
Retail trade 135,569 11.5%
Government 125,150 10.7%
Leisure and hospitality 121,004 10.3%

Major Occupations

32,000 computer programmers and software developers
24,000 skilled production workers
15,000+ engineers

Fastest Growing Occupation Groups

Occupation Groups 2015 Employment Growth Since 2010
Computers and mathematics 33,293 12.7%
Construction and extraction 58,389 11.3%
Architecture and engineering 23,062 7.7%
Life, physical, and social science 11,191 7.1%
Personal care and service 47,007 6.5%

Cost Competitive

Average wage in line with U.S.

Educated

42% of 25- to 44-year olds have a bachelor’s or graduate degree, compared to 34% nationally


Pipeline

  • 32, four-year colleges and universities; total enrollment of more than 125,000
  • Strong community college system, with four separate institutions operating 23 locations with total enrollment in excess of 32,000
  • More than 60 post-secondary career, technical and vocational schools
  • Nearly 50,000 degrees and certificates awarded annually:
    • 2,800 in computer and information sciences
    • 3,900 in engineering, architecture and design
    • 4,900 in technical and vocational trades