Where Education Meets Passion

Our Workforce

With more than 5.7 million people in the workforce, Ohio is home to an abundant, vibrant and industrious talent pool. More than 200 academic institutions in Ohio graduate over 170,000 students annually from exceptional education programs, many incorporating both classroom and hands-on lessons.

Moreover, companies have opportunities to develop customized training programs in collaboration with colleges, universities and technical institutions. The state also has more than 250 registered apprenticeship programs. Additionally, Ohio’s workforce benefits from the No. 1 ranked quality of life in the U.S., according to Forbes (2017).

All this means Ohio’s workforce pipeline is continually filled with well-trained and highly skilled workers who are prepared to utilize their education in real-world careers.

Ohio has:

A Growing Workforce Pipeline 

  • Since 2007, there has been a 140 percent increase in the number of computer engineering graduates and a 125 percent increase in the number of information science graduates
  • A 50 percent increase in degrees and certificates granted for chemistry, petroleum engineering, chemical process technology and similar programs since 2010
  • The number of Ohio e-commerce graduates has increased by five times since 2010, the largest increase in the nation
  • A 71 percent increase in degrees granted for supply chain management since 2009
  • Ohio’s talent availability for the 3-D printing industry is almost 200 percent higher than an average U.S. state
  • The number of healthcare graduates has increased by almost 60 percent since 2006

Next Generation Workforce Building Opportunities

  • Insuring Ohio Futures is a statewide initiative that brings together education and industry to recruit the next generation of employees in the insurance industry
  • The Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSNL), managed by Battelle, promotes STEM education across Ohio
  • Ohio is home to more than 150 registered apprenticeship programs in machining
  • The Software Guild in Akron offers apprentice-level and advanced coding bootcamps for people who want to learn software development or advance their programming careers

Workforce Strength Throughout the State

  • Research partnerships like the Power & Energy Research Laboratory Group at Miami University in Cincinnati develop new technology to increase solar panel efficiency and lower cost
  • Northeast Ohio has 5+ accredited colleges and universities, 52 two-year training assets and 68 certificates/diplomas training centers
  • Southeastern Ohio has 20 two- and four-year private and public academic institutions, and 11 career and technical centers providing adult workforce training
  • Around Dayton, nearly 2,000 students graduate every year with an aerospace or STEM related degree
  • In 2016, foreign businesses invested about $1 billion in northwest Ohio, creating 1,200 new jobs
  • Central Ohio is a growing location for millennial talent, with more than 136,000 students in the region

Learn more about how Ohio is building the workforce of the future.

Ohio Continues to Attract Millennial Workforce

Ohio Continues to Attract Millennial Workforce

April 4, 2017

Millennials are seeking three things: availability of jobs, salary levels and affordable cost of housing. Cities throughout Ohio are taking additional steps to attract millennial talent and it’s paying off. Between 2010 and 2016 over 86,000 millennials moved or returned to Ohio.

Columbus Becomes Second Biggest City in the Midwest

Columbus Becomes Second Biggest City in the Midwest

June 7, 2017

Columbus surpasses Indianapolis as the 14th largest city in the U.S. and the second largest city in the Midwest.



When Wilmington Air Park sought growth, it realized it needed qualified workers to provide maintenance on its aircraft. To train workers, Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services (AMES), obtained a $315k grant to establish a training program. Learn how AMES is utilizing the grant to boost its workforce.