Highly Skilled Talent

If you are looking for hard working, highly skilled and available talent – look no farther than Missouri’s trained workforce. With more than 3 million educated workers Missouri’s talent pool is deep, specialized and experienced in our state’s key growth areas including advanced manufacturing, agtech, logistics and more.

Missouri's graduation rate is higher and hourly wage is lower than the national average.

Educated Workforce (Source: BLS, 2016 annual)

Missouri’s trained and skilled workforce is driving innovation and building a modern, cutting edge economic environment. We are creative and innovative with a strong pro-business work ethic, a deep and educated agricultural heritage and a strong financial and technology acumen. Our colleges specialize in training our workforce for medical research, cybersecurity, financial services, plant science and more.

Missouri understands that an educated and trained workforce is essential to success. As a result, Missouri offers traditional and non-traditional training options for workers and companies that allows employers to recruit a workforce that is customized to fit their needs.

Home to many certified work ready communities, Missouri employees are hard working, conscientious, engage in workforce training opportunities and have a proven ability to adjust to technology and workforce evolution. Our high school graduation rate is 87.8 percent, placing us in the top 10 states in the nation.

In 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed legislation making Missouri the 28th right-to-work state in the US. Additionally, Missouri’s competitive cost of living and vibrant culture enables employers to provide employees with a high quality of life at a lower cost than almost anywhere in the U.S.

Click here to learn more about Missouri’s Work Ready Communities. And get in touch with us to learn what specific solutions we have for your talent needs.

Missouri has a larger workforce than most of our neighboring states.

Overall Workforce (Source: BLS, 2016 annual)

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In Their Words

What I like about Missouri is the people. I like the work ethic that comes with the people. I like the honesty you encounter.

— Gregg Scheller / Katalyst Surgical

We would find it difficult to replace the work force, many of whom are very technically skilled people. Missouri is good for Leggett & Platt, because of people, resources, economic incentives, and low tax burden.

— Dave Haffner / Leggett & Platt

People here have an excellent work ethic. And there’s a sense of extended family in the area. It’s feels like a wholesome, down home country atmosphere with the amenities that you would expect in a metropolitan area.

— Randy Moore / EaglePicher Technologies

I’m not sure what my expectations were, but I’ve been surprised by the talent of the pool we’ve got to work with in the local area, and by ‘the local area’ I mean not only Columbia, but St. Louis, Kansas City, and Rolla.

— Jim Chapdelaine / IBM

Our staff understands glass science and technology. This is a company that grew out of the research and talent being incubated at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla.

— Ted Day / Mo-Sci Corporation

The work ethic here is really good. People come in and work hard. They’re used to working hard before we hire them.

— Jack Prim / Jack Henry & Associates

I've lived in a lot of places, and there is a difference here in how people conduct themselves. There is a strong work ethic and friendliness that I haven't found elsewhere.

— Dr. Susanne Cohen / Triumph Pharmaceuticals