Highly Educated, Highly Skilled

Looking to recruit top talent for your company? It’s easy: Move to New Jersey. Our State has one of the most highly educated, highly skilled workforces in the country. The numbers say it all:

  • Nearly 39% of New Jersey’s workforce graduates from college with a bachelor’s degree or higher. The national average stands at only 31%.
  • Nearly 15% of our workforce has an advanced graduate or professional degree, compared to 11.9% nationwide.
  • The State also has the 2nd highest high school graduation rate in the country: 90.5% compared to the national average of 84%.
  • Plus, New Jersey boasts the biggest concentration of scientists and engineers per square mile in the world – more than 225,000 at last count.

A Leader in Education

It’s easy to understand why New Jersey ranks #2 for educating students at all levels in US News & World Report’s Best States for Education. From our highly-ranked universities to quality public school systems, New Jersey is one of the top undisputed education leaders.

More than 540,000 students are enrolled in the State’s 63 public and private colleges and universities. In US News & World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges rankings, Princeton University earned the #1 spot for the 7th consecutive year. Several other New Jersey universities also are ranked among the Top 150 best in the nation, including Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Seton Hall University.

540,000

students enrolled in HIGHER EDUCATION

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colleges &
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#1

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in the U.S.

Princeton University

Educating the Next Generation

New Jersey’s strength in education begins with excellent pre-K and elementary schools, where children get the foundation they need for academic success, and continues with some of the best high schools in the nation

Our school systems and high schools consistently receive national accolades. New Jersey ranked 2nd overall in Wallet Hub’s 2018 States with the Best School Systems. U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best High Schools rankings included 23 New Jersey high school gold medal winners, 39 silver medal winners and 41 who were recognized with bronze medals. High Technology High School, in Secaucus is ranked #1 in New Jersey and is in the top 20 of all high schools nationwide.

With more than 90% of seniors receiving their high school diplomas, and as one of two states with the highest percentage of kids enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs, New Jersey is uniquely positioned to help students succeed.

Leading the Way in Workforce Development & Training

New Jersey has a well-earned reputation for its established programs to respond quickly to the rapidly-changing needs of employers with a comprehensive approach to helping businesses find and train employees. This includes competitive Employee Training Grants, Apprenticeship Training and On-the-Job Training programs.

New Jersey also offers training through the Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development. Unique in the United States, the Consortium was founded in 2004 by the State’s community colleges to provide coordinated, one-stop statewide education and training services for businesses and industries. New Jersey companies have access to the resources of all the State’s community colleges, including over 1,700 programs taught by faculty with business and industry experience. With 64 community college campuses statewide, there is a college facility within 25 minutes of every resident’s home or workplace.

New Jersey Talent Networks

Looking for top talent to join your team? Check out the Talent Networks. Created with grants issued by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Talent Networks connect employers with trained employees in 9 major industry clusters in the State. Each Talent Network is operated by a lead agency that develops strategic partnerships with employers, educators and workforce development professionals to develop and provide industry-specific training.

If you’re looking for a highly educated, highly skilled workforce, you’ve come to the right state.

what can choose New Jersey do for you?

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Margie Piliere Chief Economic
Development Officer

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Peter Coats Senior Economic Development Associate, Manufacturing

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