With over half of our residents of prime working age, 25- to 54-years old, and more than one-third being Millennials, Arlington, VA offers employers a robust talent pool from which to hire. By locating your business in Arlington you’ll have access to not only the most educated workforce in the nation but also an entire region of specialized tech talent. And it’s a talent pool that continues to grow; more than $2 billion will be invested to increase the number of computer science and related graduates, ensuring the best and brightest minds will be here for years to come.
Arlington’s workforce is the most highly-educated in the nation; about 75% of residents have at least a bachelor’s degree, and more than 40% have advanced degrees – many in the specialized fields your company needs.
Arlington is also the center of an entire region housing those educated, sought-after workers. In fact, Arlington and its surrounding jurisdictions comprise half of the top ten most educated counties in the nation.
What does that mean for your business? Arlington’s skilled, specialized and highly-educated workforce gives your company a critical competitive advantage.
Over 225,000 Tech Workers Live in the Washington, D.C. Metro Region
Arlington grants access to one of the largest pools of tech talent in the nation. Our region's workers offer employers a plethora of specialized skills acquired at the nation's top universities. They're software developers and information security analysts. They're experts in cloud technologies and network architecture. What this means is that your company will have a choice when it comes to its hiring decisions. And with our tech talent investment plan, that workforce is constantly growing. It all adds up to top tech talent ready for the innovation of the future.
Virginia was ranked as the state with the Top Tech Talent Pipeline by Business Facilities Magazine in 2021, and much of the tech talent investment is happening right here in Arlington and Northern Virginia.
The Washington, D.C. metro region already produces more than 55,000 graduates per year, and nearly a quarter of those degrees are in tech fields. And those numbers will continue to grow:
Virginia is also launching a $2 billion investment that will double the number of computer science and related degrees produced in Virginia within 20 years. Investments span from K-12 curricula to doctoral degree programs and everything in between.
"We were particularly impressed by the dedication to higher education and the K-12 talent pipeline [in Virginia]. The investments the local community and the state are going to make are really going to augment the great talent pipeline, which is a primary reason we chose the Commonwealth for this new headquarters."
May 5, 2022
Tech talent seems to be the new buzzword among economic development organizations around the nation. In the era of the Great Resignation, everyone seems to be developing ways to try to attract the best and brightest individuals to their communities for work.
November 13, 2021
Revered as one of the most influential business forces in the world, Amazon was seeking a location for its new East Coast headquarters (referred to as HQ2) that would inspire invention and help the retail and technology giant connect with passionate innovators across the nation and globe.
August 18, 2021
Arlington and the D.C.-metro region are well-known for their high-caliber tech talent, but some awards stand above the rest. For example, Smart Asset named Arlington the Best City for Women in Tech, Scoring Tech Talent listed the D.C.-metro region as the 3rd best tech talent market in North America and Business Facilities ranked Virginia as the state with the best tech tech talent pipeline.
Strategic Initiatives Manager
Conor is AED's Strategic Initiatives Manager focused on Arlington’s workforce and tech talent initiatives and capabilities.
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