A Pipeline for Growth

We have size and we have skill. There are more than 250,000 college students and 345,000 K-12 students being trained in award winning schools, industry magnets, colleges, coding camps, universities and training programs. Our higher education institutions are engaged in world class research in fields such as sustainability, artificial intelligence, supply chain management and other cutting edge areas.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools has industry magnet programs in engineering, marine science, business and the arts. This community is building a talented, skilled and diverse workforce. Highly educated young professionals are also already converging in our urban core with the number of 25-34 year olds with college degrees increasing by 25% in the past decade.

Academic Leaders Council

One of the biggest steps local leaders have taken to show commitment to workforce readiness is a collective effort by seven of the area’s major higher educational institutions to retain homegrown talent through paid internships in high-growth industries. The Talent Development Network matches students with internships in fields such as aviation, banking, creative design, trade and logistics, hospitality, technology and healthcare. The internships give employers the opportunity to mold their future employees and can last from a month to a year.


Along with hands-on experience and learned skills, Miami’s up and coming labor force is also working closely with employers to match career seekers with business needs through a public-private partnership known as CareerSource South Florida. The workforce assistance centers provide services and resources to job seekers and employers at no cost. CareerSource South Florida also provides funds for specific workforce development and training such as the TechHire Training Initiative, which trains minority youths to become entry-level professionals in high demand IT careers.

With multiple programs in place, Miami-Dade is on a clear path toward ensuring its labor pool is workforce-ready and providing employers with a skilled base of workers.

Degrees Awarded for Select Universities in Miami-Dade County (2015-2016)

UniversityAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorate Certificate
University of Miami02,601
Florida International University68
Florida Memorial University031633
Miami Dade College10,366
Johnson and Wales University233
St. Thomas University0249
Barry University0962
Overall Total10,66714,772

Source: National Center for Education Services, 2017

Growing Labor Force in Miami-Dade County

Local Area Unemployment Statistics, 2016


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