The Greater Rochester, NY region is developing and attracting exceptional talent.
Looking for a Highly Skilled Workforce? Look No Further.
Greater Rochester, NY is one of the most productive regions in the country, ranking third in college degrees per capita and #1 for degrees in STEM fields according to the latest U.S. Department of Education reports. Our workforce outperforms regions three times our size. With cancer-preventing vaccines, fuel-cell prototypes, technology that’s supporting missions to Mars, and Rochester’s talent & mind-boggling intelligence rankings, it’s no wonder our region thrives in attracting talent and innovative businesses.
Source: US Dept of Education
Photo credit: J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester
Colleges and Universities
Degrees Awarded Each Year
For Degrees in Physical Sciences and Mathematics
For Degrees in Biological and Life Sciences Fields
For Engineering and Engineering-Related Fields
In Computing and Information Sciences
Source: US Department of Education, 2018; rankings based on per capita analysis.
Productive Workplaces are Innovative Workplaces
Productivity Drivers Identified by Local Employers
Photo credit: J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester
High Employee Retention
The diverse talent in the Greater Rochester, NY region positions companies to create a collaborative workforce to advance innovation and competitiveness. Local employers share a commitment to create inclusive environments to build more pathways to prosperity. Their recruitment, hiring, and development practices result in some of the nation’s best workplaces for diversity.1
1Wegmans, Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity; Rochester Regional Health, HealthCare Diversity Organization Award, Healthcare Diversity Council
Why Companies are growing in the Greater Rochester, NY Region
Creating a Strong Foundation for Exceptional Employees
Rochester’s emphasis on higher education ensures a technically sophisticated and skilled workforce that attracts top-tier talent. New companies take advantage of exceptional local talent while enjoying low labor, land and real estate costs. All these factors, combined with an exceptional quality of life, give the Greater Rochester, NY Region a location advantage over competing U.S. metro areas.
|EMPLOYER RATINGS ON LABOR QUALITY | (1= POOR, 5 = EXCELLENT)|
|Labor Quality||Average Score|
|Willingness to work overtime||4.3|
|Productivity compared to that or company’s other sites||4.2|
Learn More About the Greater Rochester, NY Region’s Impressive Top Rankings
We keep and maintain and are investing specifically in Rochester because that is where the talent is. We do not succeed without the right talent.
Vice President and General Manager, Corning Advanced Optics
You know your business.
We know Greater Rochester.
Let’s team up.
Thank You To Our Investors
Rochester has a great work base. They’re loyal. They’re smart. They’re well educated and they want to succeed.
Executive Chairman and CEO, Eastman Kodak
We keep and maintain and are investing specifically in Rochester because that is where the talent is. We don’t succeed without the right talent.
Vice President and General Manager, Corning Incorporated
Rochester has the manufacturing capability, testing capability, and intellectual horsepower.
Past Chairman, NY BEST
Rochester has a deep talent pool around all of the things that we need to do to commercialize advanced materials for the energy economy.
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Ionomr
The decision to expand locally was a relatively easy one for CooperVision. The Rochester area has provided so many of the elements necessary for a successful operation.
This region has some of the top universities in the Northeast as well as community colleges and business support from the local and state leadership levels to achieve any amount of growth the business would need.
Vice President, Operations, Communications Systems / L3Harris Technologies
Rochester is home to some of the finest optics companies in the nation, almost all of which OptiPro does business with.
We have a long history of people skilled in aerospace technology and precision optical assembly. We take advantage of the industrial base in the Rochester area. We also take advantage of the skill sets developed by our local technical institutions like MCC, RIT, or the University of Rochester.”
Cryogenic Optical Test Director for James Webb Space Telescope, L3 Harris
We have inherited an exceptional quality of life thanks to an impressive cluster of cultural organizations, unparalleled natural resources, and a resilient and welcoming spirit of community.
President, Rochester Insititute of Technology
Once people get here and their families get used to short commute times, low home prices, the fact we have all kinds of recreational sporting activities, the quality of schools, they don’t want to leave.
CEO and Chairman, Sweetwater Energy
Rochester has provided ID Signsystems with the ability to grow and develop by tapping into the region’s large pool of design-focused talent, technicians, engineers and sign makers.
President, ID Signsystems
Our network of local universities, colleges, and optics companies has created a workforce pipeline that is unmatched anywhere in the United States.
GRE’s direction and guidance proved to be well worth our investment. Their passion to make the business environment in the Rochester area greater is very apparent.
There is unlimited, untapped technical talent in the area and I hope we start a wave of other companies moving to Rochester.
Rochester has a long history of being a hub for telecommunications. There is a rich ecosystem of talent and services to support business growth.
Founder and CEO, Wire3
Rochester is the perfect size city to get business done. I’m always one connection away from anything I’m looking for.
President, Kink BMX
The work we’ve done and the momentum we’ve generated as a business has been possible in large part because of the talent, knowledge and industriousness of our people in Rochester, NY.
CEO, Brand Networks
We have access to talent graduating from our businesses and technical institutions capable of perpetuating our success for years to come.
President & CEO, Simcona Electronics
The Rochester region provided convenient access to both railroads and major highways, as well as proximity to Barilla’s customer base in the Northeast.
Vice President of Supply Chain, Barilla America
Rochester has an excellent pool of qualified professionals with the right work ethic.
Health Services President and General Manager, Maximus
The country is starting to recognize Rochester as a technical city outside of just software. We have optics and manufacturing that’s exceeding most of the baselines around the country.
Rochester has the resources optics companies need to transform their concepts into reality.
Dr. Duncan T. Moore
Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship and Professor of Optical Engineering
Rochester has a great base of intellectual capital in the science and technology fields at local businesses and universities.
Daniel J. Burns
Regional President, M&T Bank Corporation
We’ve developed vaccines to prevent cervical cancer right here in Rochester.
Vice President and COO, University of Rochester Medical Center
Among many great options, none could match Rochester in terms of talent, local supplier networks, and opportunities to partner with top-tier research institutions.
CEO, Plug Power