Workforce

Scale:  A labor force of 1.29 million people I 1.15 million jobs

Top 5 Industries in 10-County Region by Employment (2018)

Industry #Employed % of Regional Workers
Education and Health Services 256,200 21.6%
Trade, Transportation and Utilities  210,800 17.8%
Professional and Business Services 182,200 15.4%
Leisure and Hospitality 120,300 10.1%
Government 114,800 9.7%

Major Occupations

30,000 skilled production workers
16,000 engineers
12,400 software developers and programmers

Fastest Growing Occupation Groups

Occupation Groups 2018 Employment Growth Since 2010
Personal Care and Service 53,100 46.2%
Computers and Mathematics 36,700 30.8%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 58,900 15.1%
Management Occupations 51,600 11.3%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 90,300 10.7%

Cost Competitive

Average annual wage: $55,568 (2018, comparable to the national average)

Educated

31.6% of the population 25 and over have a bachelor’s or graduate degree, compared to 30.3% nationally (2012-2016) (U.S. Census Bureau)


Pipeline

  • 30 four-year colleges and universities; total enrollment of 137,300
  • Strong community college system, with four separate institutions operating 23 locations with total enrollment in excess of 42,600
  • 57 post-secondary career, technical and vocational schools
  • 45,000 degrees and certificates awarded in 2016-2017:
    • 8,500 health professions and related programs
    • 6,000 technical and vocational trades
    • 2,600 computer and information sciences
    • 2,900 engineering, architecture and design