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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 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.

This mid-sized 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 and EDC works with private providers as well to ensure businesses have access to multiple training options.

Most Educated City, Colorado Springs Forbes 2016
Best Mid-Size City for New Grads, Colorado Springs 2016
Best City for Veterans, Colorado Springs Livability 2016
Best State to Make a Living, Colorado Forbes 2015
Places for STEM Grads, Colorado Springs NerdWallet 2016
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(Bureau of Labor Statistics, August 2017)
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Education Levels Comparison

City Percent
High School
Dallas, TX30.274.5
Seattle, WA58.993.4
Washington, DC54.689.3
Raleigh, NC48.290.5
Portland, OR45.591.3
Boston, MA45.385.2
Denver, CO4586.1
Salt Lake City, UT43.187.4
Boise, ID39.894.3
Chicago, IL35.682.3
Albuquerque, NM33.589
Los Angeles, CA3275.5
Reno, NV30.385.7
Spokane, WA28.891.6
Phoenix, AZ26.780.7
Las Vegas, NV22.383.3
Percent of those 25 and older.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 - 2015 American Community Survey
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Active Applicants

L/O CodeColorado Springs75-Mile Radius
11 - Management Occ1,9556,325
13 - Business/Finance9003,317
15 - Computer/Math1,0993,462
17 - Architect/Engineer4761,424
19 - Science Occupations132604
21 - Comm & Social Service5251,406
23 - Legal Occupations142488
25 - Education & Library6031,748
27 - Arts, Sports, Media6341,822
29 - Healthcare Practice4041,108
31 - Healthcare Support6821,807
33 - Protective Services5111,103
35 - Food Prep & Serving1,4623,991
37 - Cleaning & Bldg Maintenance6852,060
39 - Personal Care3701,146
41 - Sales & Related1,8955,802
43 - Office & Admin Support3,61911,071
45 - Farm, Fish, Forest141349
47 - Construct & Extract1,0713,184
49 - Install, Maint, Repair7251,829
51 - Production9732,857
53 - Transportation8642,472
55 - Military Occupations3553
Total Itemized Applicants19,90359,428
(Pikes Peak Workforce Center, September 2017)
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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)
Rebekah Adair Economic Development Analyst (719) 884-2828 |