Missouri’s commitment to advancing technology and large, turn-key labor pool has helped make it a top destination for information technology development. Ten Missouri colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s or higher degree in electrical or computer engineering, and 34 institutions offer a bachelor’s or higher degree in computer science.
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.
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, 102,044 are employed in core occupations relevant to the Information Technology Industry.
In a study by leading business advisory firm, KLG Advisors, St. Louis and Kansas City were identified among the most favorable markets for IT talent pools. Kansas City was ranked among the top U.S. metro areas for IT Talent Expansion. Indicators considered in the study include concentration of IT talent, growth of IT labor force and the number of IT graduates from area colleges and universities.
The IT Talent Pool In Missouri Runs Deep
Missouri’s workforce has the education that Information Technology companies require:
- 10 Missouri colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s or higher degree in electrical or computer engineering, and 34 institutions offer a bachelor’s or higher degree in computer science.
- 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).