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 36% of New Jersey’s workforce graduates from college with a bachelor’s degree or higher. The national average stands at only 29%. Two of our counties – Morris, with 48% of its workers holding Bachelor’s or higher degrees, and Bergen, with 46% (both in North Jersey) – exceed the national average by more than 15%.
  • Greater than 13% of our workforce has an advanced graduate or professional degree, compared to 10.6% nationwide.
  • The State also has one of the highest graduation rates from High School in the country: 90.1% of our seniors receive their diplomas. The national average: 83%.
  • 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 consistently is among the 5 best states for educational excellence in CNBC’s annual Top States for Business rankings. From our highly-ranked universities to quality public school systems, New Jersey is one of the top undisputed education leaders.

More than 436,000 students are enrolled in the State’s 63 public and private colleges and universities. In US News & World Report’s 2016 Best Colleges rankings, Princeton University earned the #1 spot for the 5th 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.


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Educating the Next Generation

Who is setting the standard for educating the next generation? New Jersey. The State’s strength in education begins with excellent pre-K and elementary schools, where children get the foundation they need for academic success. As 1 of 2 states with the highest percentage of preschoolers enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs, New Jersey is uniquely positioned to help students succeed.

The State’s school systems and high schools consistently receive national accolades. New Jersey high schools dominated Newsweek’s Top High Schools 2016 list, with 9 of the top 25 high schools in the nation. The State also ranked 2nd overall in Wallet Hub’s 2016 States with the Best School Systems. And, U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best High Schools rankings included 27 New Jersey high school gold medal winners, 31 silver medal winners and 41 who were recognized with bronze medals. 

Is New Jersey proud of its students’ and schools’ achievements? You bet! You will be, too, when your business moves here and reaps the benefits of the State’s highly-educated work force.

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. Ranked #1 in the Northeast U.S. for its workforce development programs by Site Selection magazine, the State employs 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 of 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 20 to 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 7 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, including:

  • Advanced Manufacturing (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
  • Financial Services (African American Chamber of Commerce)
  • Health Care (Rutgers University)
  • Life Sciences (BioNJ)
  • Retail, Hospitality & Tourism (Fairleigh Dickinson University in North Jersey and Richard Stockton College in South Jersey)
  • Transportation, Logistics & Distribution (Rutgers University)
  • Technology & Entrepreneurship (New Jersey Institute of Technology)

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
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