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Talent in a Class of its Own

Technicians and college grads to military veterans, the talent pool in Colorado Springs is LinkedIn’s most confident workforce. About 38% of the population – median age 34 – has earned at least a bachelor’s degree. Training centers, universities and five National Security Agency-certified institutions develop innovators primed for ingenuity. Manufacturing to med-tech, the workforce in Colorado Springs delivers the diversity and depth employers depend on.

Facts & Figures

38%
Talent (Age 25 Years or Older) with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher
34
Median Age
40,000+
University Students
84,000
Military Veterans
5
Universities Certified as National Security Agency Centers of Academic Excellence

Workforce

City life among the mountains and a competitive cost of living appeal to Colorado Springs job seekers and career builders. This exceptional quality of life makes it easy for businesses to recruit and retain talent.

Young professionals are a large component of the Colorado Springs workforce. The median age of residents is 34. An increasing number of millennials are choosing Colorado’s second city as a place for opportunity, according to the Brookings Institution.

Colorado Springs is among the most educated cities in the U.S. More than 38% of the population has earned a bachelor’s degree or greater degree – 6% more than the national average.

Nearly a dozen higher education institutions produce steadfast, savvy and energetic professionals, many of whom remain local after graduation. They help make up the country’s most confident workforce. Developed by LinkedIn, the Workforce Confidence Index looks at job security, personal finances, and career outlook.

Top-notch talent exists among trades and tech. Lockheed Martin, Bal Seal, and Philips leverage local skilled workers as they move from assembly line to market. Hewlett Packard, Oracle and 140+ tech companies operate in Colorado Springs, a CompTIA top-20 tech city for IT jobs.

Colorado Springs is home to five military installations, and servicepersons add distinctive diversity to the local workforce. About 84,000 veterans reside in the area, with an average of 400-plus military separations per month. Many choose to stay and pursue second careers in Colorado Springs, while those stationed at local installations in the past often return. Both contribute unique characteristics – disciplined, skilled, and a strong work ethic.

Higher Education

Almost a dozen colleges and universities make up higher education in Colorado Springs. Among them, the U.S. Air Force Academy and Colorado College, U.S. News & World Report’s third-most innovative school.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs houses top-ranked colleges for business and nursing. Recently, the college established a cybersecurity curriculum with the National Cybersecurity Center. In total, five Colorado Springs colleges are certified by the National Security Agency as Centers of Academic Excellence.

Pikes Community College and Colorado Technical University promote workforce-ready students with degrees in business, healthcare, trades, technology and other areas of expertise.

Training

When it’s time to train or tune-up skills, Colorado Springs employers tap into the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. Companies may work with the center to develop customized training, or use existing programs for on-the-job, new employee, or transitional training. Grants and funding are available to help offset training costs.

Part of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, the center also offers hiring events, pre-employment screening assessments, and labor market information.

Job training support programs are also available through the State of Colorado.

#1
Workforce Confidence Index LinkedIn 2020
#3
Most Innovative Schools (Colorado College) U.S. News & World Report 2020
#1
Fastest Growing City for Millennials Brookings Institution 2018
#9
Best City to Find a Job WalletHub 2020
#11
Most Educated Cities in America CNBC 2020
Top-20
Best Tech Cities for IT Jobs CompTIA 2020
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(Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 2020)
Beth Ann Taylor Vice President, Economic Development (719) 575-4312
btaylor@cscedc.com

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