Skilled and Talented Workforce

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Educational Attainment - Mesa

Educational attainment refers to the highest degree of education an individual has completed as defined by the US Census Bureau.  The chart shows the largest number of Mesa residents in the "Some College, No Degree" category.

Regional Educational Attainment

The graph below shows a comparison of the percent of residents earning a Bachelor's Degree or Higher over time. In 2016, Gilbert (AZ) led the group, while Mesa lagged behind the other cities at between 20% to 25% on average.

Availability and Accessibility to Job Skills Needed in Today's Economy

  • Mesa is home to more than 10 colleges and universities and greater than 45,000 students are enrolled in higher education in Mesa. Enrollment in the Benedictine University has grown to more than 450 full-time students.
  • Mesa Community College, part of Maricopa County Community College District, is one of six community colleges nationally to be chosen by Apple to deliver its app development curriculum.
  • Mesa is home to ASU’s Polytechnic campus located adjacent to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. ASU Poly has more than 4,800 full and part-time students and offers 13 undergraduate and 13 graduate degree programs. Additionally, ASU will bring 750 students and 40 faculty to Downtown Mesa along with ASU Innovation Studios and digital arts programming in 2021.  
  • East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT), with two campuses in Mesa, is considered a model for career and technical education by the U.S. Department of Education. EVIT provides high school and adult students with hands-on, advanced skills training in more than 40 occupation-specific programs from 3D animation and aviation to web design and welding.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Demand for STEM skills is anticipated to increase in the short and medium term. STEM skills are defined as those skills “expected to be held by people with a tertiary-education level degree in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math” (STEM).  

Below is a breakdown of the percent of Bachelor's Degrees awarded to Mesa residents. STEM concentration areas include Science and Engineering; Engineering; Biology, Agriculture, and Environmental Science; Computers, Math and Statistics; Physical and Related Science