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Talent measures who is working today, and how well the region’s talent pipeline is being prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.

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Credentialing and Attainment

Certificates and degree production help track the education level of the potential workforce. Jobs that require more than a high school diploma have higher wages, and high-skilled industry sectors often require a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Certificate Production per 10K Residents
Degree Production per 10K Residents: AA/AS+ (Associates and Above)
STEM Degree Production
Educational Attainment Rate: AA/AS+
Educational Attainment Rate: BA/BS+
Educational Attainment Rate: Graduate/ Professional
Age 25-34 Educational Attainment Rate: BA/BS+

2024 Takeaways

Based on findings from the 2024 Regional Competitiveness Report, Tampa Bay saw annual improvements in 5 of the 7 indicators in this grouping, which is a great sign of upward educational attainment.

Notably, of the two indicators that did not improve, Tampa Bay fell 7 places in ranking for STEM Degree Production per 10,000 Residents. Our value of 12.39 is more than two times less the rate of the U.S. average (28.51).

On a positive note, the region saw an increase in the rate of residents aged 25-34 who have attained a bachelor’s degree or higher, improving by 1.6 percentage points year-over-year, while the U.S. average increased by only 0.66 percentage points. Austin, the top performer at 58.07%, outpaces Tampa Bay’s performance by over 20 percentage points.


  • Having a high percentage of degree production has been shown to have a direct correlation with other prosperity outcomes.
  • Increasing rates of graduate level degree production increases the talent pool for specialized and high-paying roles.


  • Decreasing values are a sign that the talent pool in Florida may not have enough supply to fulfill workforce demand.
  • Additionally, lower rates of certificate and degree production may lead to falling economic vitality and civic quality outcomes.


  • Affordability of Courses
  • Scholarships
  • Access to Higher Education and/or Certificate Programs
  • Enrollment in Trade Schools and Apprenticeship Programs
  • FAFSA Completion Rates
  • Academic Support Services