With a labor force of approximately 3 million people, there is an abundant supply of skilled workers available in virtually all occupations.
Philadelphia is known as a hardworking city with a get-it-done attitude. Pair that with the strength of our regional colleges and universities, and you get a varied, eager workforce to meet all your hiring needs.
Over 100 degree granting-institutions of higher education, with 434,000 full and part-time students
Over 151,000 workers are employed in science, technology, engineering, and math careers
Greater Philadelphia has a diverse workforce with over 765 foreign-owned companies located throughout the region
Highest award rate for 1st professional degrees
36% of the population 25 years and older have a bachelor’s degree or higher; compared to the U.S. average of 29%
Greater Philadelphia is the 5th largest labor force among the nation’s largest metro areas
Greater Philadelphia boasts 6,600 IT-producing businesses
Low Wage and Salary Costs Make Doing Business Easier
Greater Philadelphia has one of the lowest wage and salary costs among the largest metros in the United States.
With a labor force of approximately 3 million people, there is an abundant supply of skilled workers available in virtually all occupations in Greater Philadelphia.
Highest award rate for 1st professional degrees.
35% of the population 25 years and older have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to the U.S. average of 28%.
13% of the population 25 years and older have advanced degrees, well above the U.S. share of 10%.
With over 100 colleges and universities, Greater Philadelphia ranks as one of the nation’s leading centers for higher education.
The pipeline of highly educated workers in Greater Philadelphia is largely due to an extensive higher education system. During the 2009/10 academic year, colleges and universities in the region awarded 85,700 certificates and degrees, 79% of which were Bachelor’s or higher.
Select Greater Philadelphia (Select) is the business attraction organization for northern Delaware, southern New Jersey, and southeastern Pennsylvania. A non-profit entity, Select highlights Greater Philadelphia’s unique business assets to national and global audiences with the ultimate goal of growing the economic vibrancy of our collective community through attracting new businesses and new jobs to our 11-county region. Select assists companies interested in locating in Greater Philadelphia by providing resources, detailed information, and connections.