Numerous top-rated companies is not the only factor that makes a community great for business. Skilled, dedicated employees are the driving force behind the greatest business locations in the world.


Tampa is the population center of an eight-county region, with an active labor force of 1.97 million. And with a median age of 37, we are young, talented, and educated.


Tampa has become one of the country’s most sought-after addresses for the new generation of young, educated and entrepreneurial talent, and is consistently ranked among the best cities for job seekers by Fortune, Forbes, Indeed, etc.


Millennials are the second largest labor base in Florida and 18-34 year-olds make up 24% of the population, and they are growing 11 to 13 percent faster than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census data. This generation’s creativity and drive have reinforced the region’s dominant sector, professional and business services, including IT services. 


A strong higher education community in the Tampa area is producing our talented workforce of tomorrow. The University of South Florida is a top 50 research university and has achieved preeminent status, the University of Tampa has been named one of “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes, Saint Leo University is a top 10 provider of higher education to military, and Hillsborough Community College is a leading two-year institution developing programs to most immediately respond to local workforce gaps.


The greater Tampa Bay metro area is proud to claim over 250,000 veterans in our local active labor force as well, offering employers another valuable source of uniquely trained personnel.


The breadth and depth of local talent and programs to support specific skills in Tampa provide local employers year after year with an innovative, entrepreneurial, creative, passionate, multicultural, multilingual and diversity-tolerant workforce.

Talent quality, availability and ease of recruitment consistently top the list of why local employers throughout the Tampa area continue growing once they become established here.

Our rapid population growth leads to increased enrollment in Tampa’s academic institutions, and both growth trends support a sustainable workforce pipeline.

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