WORLD-CLASS TALENT

THE NEW MEXICO TALENT POOL

Talent is the essential component of any successful business and, in New Mexico, we value our workforce. Our commitment to retaining top talent is just one of the many reasons that the 2017 Business Facilities State Rankings Report listed New Mexico in the top ten for Economic Growth Potential and number 5 for Workforce Training Leaders. Our unique competitive advantages as a business environment are not going unnoticed. New Mexico continues to attract some of the most sophisticated and recognized companies from across the globe.

New Mexico has a well-educated, sizable, productive workforce willing to consider new job opportunities. Every year, students graduate from our universities with various degrees ranging from liberal arts and nursing, to business, math, science, engineering, and education. With these graduates entering the workforce each year, employers are able to select motivated, hard-working employees.

WORKFORCE & INDUSTRY

When it comes to New Mexico's workforce, our talent pools are varied and meet the needs of many employers. Some key takeaways include:

  • Large talent pools in business and professional services, manufacturing, logistics, and extraction.
  • Employment is approaching 200,000 in manufacturing, natural resources, and logistics.
  • Our general business sectors  and executive talent – benefit from employment of almost 300,000.

OCCUPATIONAL EMPLOYMENT IN KEY ECONOMIC BASE SECTORS CHART

Large talent pools in business and professional services, manufacturing, logistics, and extraction.

  • Among sectors typically targeted by employers considering New Mexico (i.e., economic base jobs), a number stand out as having strong potential because of the large quantities of talent.
  • Our general business sectors – encompassing a broad range of occupations including service, sales, finance, operations, back office, and executive talent – benefit from employment of almost 300,000.
  • Likewise, across manufacturing, natural resources, and logistics, employment is approaching 200,000.

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PROPORTION OF WORKFORCE IN KEY ECONOMIC BASE OCCUPATIONAL SECTORS

High concentrations of talent in engineering, the sciences, and agriculture.

  • There are also sectors in which, while they are small in terms of absolute numbers employed, New Mexico shines because relative to typical employment levels elsewhere we have high concentrations of talent.
  • Such niche sectors where New Mexico stands out include Engineering and the Sciences … largely as a result of our long history as a world-class research center.  We are home to several federal and private sector research institutions.
  • We have an even longer history – one that stretches across literally millennia – as a major agricultural center.  That continues today.

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