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Talented Workforce

With a young, talented, and educated workforce, with ample access to higher education, recruitment, and training programs, the Tampa Bay area a has become one of America’s best labor markets. Nearly 2 out of 3 Florida Public University Graduates stay and work in the state.

Universities and College Communities

  • Eckerd College

  • Hillsborough Community College
  • Keiser University
  • Pasco-Hernando State College
  • Rasmussen College
  • Saint Leo University
  • St. Petersburg College
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Tampa

Tampa Bay is home to nearly 80 colleges, universities and technical schools, training the students of today for the jobs of tomorrow.

The University of South Florida is one of the largest universities in the nation and ranks in the top 50 public universities in both the Times Higher Education World Survey and the Academy Ranking for World Universities. It’s also one of the most globally diverse, with more than 4,000 international students and 200 research scholars from 138 different countries.

Our area also has the University of Tampa, named one of “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes. Nearly a quarter of its graduate students come from nations outside the United States, encouraging opportunities for diverse cultural and educational exchange.

US News & World Report’s Best Online Programs edition recognized Saint Leo University for continuing education programs serving adult learners and veterans making significant contributions to the local workforce. Tampa Bay is home to the following higher education institutions, among others:


Our workforce recruitment and training assistance will allow you to establish local operations in less time, at a lower cost. Working with CareerSource Tampa Bay, Pinellas, and Pasco-Hernando, we offer programs that help you recruit and train new employees, as well as maintain and expand the skills of your existing workforce.

Enhancing the competitiveness of our regional workforce is a top priority in Tampa Bay. In recent years, our leading business and economic development organizations joined together to identify current and future employer needs in key high-growth industries, including information technology and manufacturing. Through this effort, we’ve created new workforce development opportunities. These include apprenticeships, on-the-job training, fellowships, and programs for continuing professional education, as well as partnerships with local colleges and national universities.


Propelled by rapid innovation, today’s manufacturers rely on increasingly advanced technology – and they need skilled workers for its development and operation. Tampa Bay is home to several specialized programs and industry groups that support the needs of manufacturers.
The Manufacturing Alliance of Hillsborough County provides students, teachers, and job seekers with the resources they need to help our manufacturing sector succeed for generations to come. The American Manufacturing Skills Initiative (AMskills) delivers a world-class, high tech, and company-sponsored apprenticeship program in Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando counties to train our future manufacturing technicians, engineers, and CEOs. First of its kind in the United States, AMskills works with the German Embassy’s Skills Initiative, delivering a North American take on the proven training scheme that underlies the success of the German manufacturing model.