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Talent & Workforce

A Savvy Talent Pool

Colorado Springs is home to top-notch higher education institutions that continually produce a steadfast, growing workforce. With more than 38 percent of the population holding a bachelor’s degree or higher, and some of the nation’s top veterans transitioning into the workforce, the region’s talent raises the bar.

Colorado’s second-largest city is a one-hour drive from Denver, allowing employers access to a diverse pool of qualified professionals. And with the unbeatable quality of life to sweeten the deal, it’s easy for businesses to retain and recruit talent.

Facts & Figures

Percent of Persons Age 25 Years or More with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher
Median Age
Median Household Income

Higher Education

Home to some of the nation’s top-performers in higher education, the Pikes Peak region prepares students for jobs in a variety of industries — from aerospace to healthcare.

Higher education facilities located within the region include:


With some of the nation’s leading military institutions, including the United Sates Air Force Academy, and military bases such as Fort Carson, veterans contribute significantly to the Colorado Springs’ workforce. Bringing leadership, dedication and critical skills to the table, these leaders served their country, and are contributing to the region’s bottom line.

A variety of workforce training programs are available to veterans through the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, including transition assistance, job development career assessment and more.

Workforce Training

To help local companies stay competitive, the region offers many workforce training options.

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center connects businesses with work-ready job seekers who have ties to private institutions, community colleges and higher-education institutions.

The Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC works with private providers as well to ensure businesses have access to multiple training options.

Fastest Growing City for Millennials Brookings Institution 2018
Most Educated State (Colorado) WalletHub 2018
Top State Winning the War for Talent (Colorado) CNBC 2018
Best American City to Work in Tech SmartAsset 2018
Best Midsize Cities for Jobs by Forbes Forbes 2018
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(Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 2018)
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Education Levels Comparison

City Percent
High School
Seattle, WA60.493.9
Washington, DC55.490.0
Raleigh, NC49.291.3
Portland, OR47.091.6
Boston, MA46.485.7
Denver, CO45.786.4
Salt Lake City, UT44.487.5
Boise, ID40.694.4
Chicago, IL36.583.1
Albuquerque, NM33.889.1
Los Angeles, CA32.575.9
Dallas, TX31.075.3
Reno, NV30.786.2
Spokane, WA28.891.9
Phoenix, AZ27.480.9
Las Vegas, NV22.483.5
Percent of those 25 and older.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 - 2016 American Community Survey
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Active Applicants

L/O CodeColorado Springs75-Mile Radius
11 - Management Occ1,6465,187
13 - Business/Finance7902,582
15 - Computer/Math9912,691
17 - Architect/Engineer3731,013
19 - Science Occupations125470
21 - Comm & Social Service4201,081
23 - Legal Occupations102349
25 - Education & Library5221,403
27 - Arts, Sports, Media4971,540
29 - Healthcare Practice359895
31 - Healthcare Support5921,463
33 - Protective Services400867
35 - Food Prep & Service1,4343,404
37 - Cleaning & Bldg Maintenance6351,712
39 - Personal Care380998
41 - Sales & Related1,6944,779
43 - Office & Admin Support3,0798,609
45 - Farm, Fish, Forest123306
47 - Construct & Extract1,0342,784
49 - Install, Maint, Repair6271,451
51 - Production7762,054
53 - Transportation7051,871
55 - Military Occupations3753
Total Itemized Applicants17,34147,562
(Pikes Peak Workforce Center, December 5, 2018)
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Colorado Springs Labor Availability

2017 Forecast 30 Minutes
(25 Miles)
45 Minutes
(50 Miles)
1 hour drive
(75 Miles)
0 - 19 years191,495340,870939,564
20 - 44 years244,503406,2471,262,589
45 - 64 years181,906331,272937,262
65+ years90,243163,326484,738
Median Age35.837.237.0
Per Capita Income$33,212$35,487$35,926
Median Household Income$63,823$69,422$65,310
(ESRI, August 2017)
Yemi Mobolade Vice President, Business Retention and Expansion (719) 575-4310