Detroit offers a specialized talent pool, from manufacturing and technology to healthcare, the arts and more. Our local universities and robust workforce training programs continue to grow and train our workers. This guarantees businesses in Detroit have a ready supply of workers to fuel success.
The Detroit region is home to 4 million people, including 2 million workers. Of those, 347,000 are employed in industries related to advanced manufacturing, over 87,000 are employed in architecture and engineering, 97,000 are employed in creative and design industries, 18,000 are employed in higher education, 45,000 are employed in defense-related industries. 210,000 are employed in medical services, 50,000 are employed in information technology and 18,000 are employed in research and development.
World-class education and training resources in the Detroit region are steadily growing the city’s skilled talent pool. Twenty-four top higher education institutions are within 250 miles of Detroit. The University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University are located in the Detroit region itself. The University of Michigan consistently ranks among the top five public universities according to U.S. News and World Report. Michigan State University is one of the top research universities in the world, receiving substantial research funding from a variety of federal sources. Wayne State University, attracting students from every state and 70 countries, offers one of the most diverse educational experiences available.
The University Research Corridor (URC), a partnership between these three key universities, is ranked No. 2 in the U.S. among university clusters in the Innovation and Power Rankings. In 2017, the URC conferred over 34,000 degrees, including nearly 2,400 medical degrees – the highest number of advanced degrees in medicine and biological science fields of any peer university cluster.
In addition, Michigan’s Community College System and its 28 public colleges include entrepreneurial centers of excellence, including virtual learning centers.
To ensure residents have access to these critical training tools, the Detroit Promise Initiative provides free tuition to any Detroit-resident student graduating from a Detroit high school to earn an associate’s degree, technical certificate, or bachelor’s degree at five participating community colleges or 17 four-year universities.
The Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) also offers workforce training assistance to new and existing businesses. Its Business Services Division draws from Detroit’s extensive talent pool to recruit the ideal staff at no cost to businesses. If certain key skills are not readily available in the market, DESC identifies available training courses or develops custom training programs to assist with the cultivation of necessary talent.