Skilled Workforce

Missouri has thousands of exciting jobs in financial services, customer care, insurance, and professional services as well as a significant presence of Fortune 500 headquarters and major financial institutions. This industry boasts high-wage jobs and opportunities for workers of all skill levels to enter the field.  This foundation together with Missouri’s large, turn-key labor pool has helped make it a top destination for financial and professional services development.  

With more than three million highly educated workers, Missouri’s growing and diverse population is a strong point of difference among other Midwest states. In fact, Missouri’s substantial number of skilled employees exceeds the entire populations of 19 states, including Kansas, Arkansas, and Nebraska.

Missouri boasts a workforce with a greater level of educational attainment than the national average, in addition to having 138 post-secondary educational institutions, more than most other Midwestern states.  The Show-Me State is home to many nationally ranked degree programs in business, accounting, and law.

All of these factors combined make Missouri's people its greatest resource, and one of the main reasons why so many businesses find success here.  Of the 2.67 million workers in Missouri, nearly 216,900 are employed in the financial and professional services business sectors, representing 8.3 percent of all the jobs in the state.

The Talent Pool In Missouri Runs Deep

Missouri’s workforce has the education that Financial and Professional Services companies require.  Nearly every public or not-for profit college and university in Missouri offers an array of degree programs supporting the Financial and Professional Services target.

  • Approximately 80% of all graduates with degrees that support the Financial and Professional Services target are from business, management or marketing programs.
  • 86.9% of Missouri's population over 25 (over 3 million people) has attained a high school diploma or higher, exceeding the national average of 85.6%.
  • In 2009, 85,021 post-secondary degrees/certificates were awarded in the state. Of those, 38,370 were bachelor's degrees, 19,512 were master's degrees and 3,501 were doctorates. The numbers of degrees awarded in all categories exceeded the national average.
  • Over one million Missourians hold a bachelor’s degree or higher (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey).

Higher Education Supporting Industry Growth