Labor Statistics / Wage DataAllen's key location gives companies the opportunity to draw employees from an extended radius outside of the city's corporate limits. Demographics indicate a wide range of occupational skills with special emphasis on technology. Employees generally have higher educational levels and job skills and are well suited for technology positions. Allen and Collin County continue to be one of the fastest growing areas of the country indicating increased potential for new employees. Collin College provides a diversified course curriculum for students and specialized training for local companies through the Business Solutions Group. If you are searching for a job in Allen, visit the Allen Chamber's Online Job Bank
|Labor Drawing Radius: 30 miles|
|Population in a 30-mile radius||3,653,812|
|Not in Labor Force||771,586|
Civilian Labor Force
|Dallas-Plano-Irving MD - Labor Composition - May 2009*|
|Natural Res./Mining & Constr.||120,800||6 %|
|Trade, Transportation, & Utilities||402,900||20 %|
|Financial Activities||182,400||9 %|
|Professional & Business Services||326,400||16 %|
|Education & Health Services||241,900||12 %|
|Leisure & Hospitality||200,300||10 %|
|Other Services||68,900||3 %|
*Source: Texas Workforce Commission
A Highly Skilled Workforce Available for Today’s Needs
“Sanmina-SCI Corporation is a global leader in electronics contract manufacturing with the future in mind; demanding to employ high quality, well educated, diverse and progressive team members. The Allen community supports such a pool of talents with convenient proximity to educational and support resources. A growing, learning, progressive community, Allen is providing an excellent home for the creative, high tech, professional team members that Sanmina-SCI requires for our continuous growth and competitive advantage.”
- Frank O’Reilly, VP Operations, Sanmina–SCI Corporation
Training for Tomorrow’s Opportunities
Collin County Community College (CCCCD) is a student and community centered institution offering academic programs in the arts and sciences to transfer to senior institutions. With over 40,000 students, CCCCD has taken a lead role in development of technical programs leading to associate degrees or certificates designed to develop marketable skills and promote economic development.
CCCCD provides specialized training for local companies through the Business Solutions Group. The college has been awarded millions of dollars in workforce, economic, and community development grants from the State of Texas and other sources to meet local and statewide training needs. Many Allen companies have taken advantage of these resources to upgrade the skills of their current employees and train new hires.
Allen High School students gain real world experience through coursework and internships in the Career and Technology education program. Specialized areas include Agricultural Science, Business and Marketing, Communication Media, Family and Consumer Science, Health Science Technology and Technology Education. Internships are available to students in such areas as Health Science Clinical Rotations, Broadcasting, Elementary Teaching and Childcare. Ninety-eight percent of Allen High School seniors graduate, with approximately 80% going on to two or four-year college programs.
Technology is more than just a buzzword at Allen Independent School District (AISD). Using network and multimedia technologies, students at all grade levels use electronic resources for exploring their world. The school district’s approach is to first teach students how to use technology as a tool. Teachers then integrate the use of that technology into assignments and classroom projects.
Allen ISD and CCCCD have created a partnership which offers high school students and the Allen community local access to college programs in a facility located in Allen High School. Students may enroll in the concurrent program that allows them to earn college credits while still in high school.
Proximity to Some of the Country’s Finest Institutions of Higher Learning
The University of Texas at Dallas
(UTD – Richardson, approximately 10 miles from Allen)
UTD is a young, dynamic research institution. Its mission is to provide Texas and the nation with the benefits of educational and research programs of the highest quality. These programs address the multi-dimensional needs of a dynamic modern society driven by the development, diffusion, understanding and management of advanced technology. UTD has gained international prominence in exciting and cutting-edge research areas such as audiology, brain health, computer science, digital forensics and cybercrime prevention, management, nanotechnology, sickle-cell disease research, space science and telecommunications.
UTD recently broke ground on an $85-million Natural Science and Engineering Research building, a facility that is expected to add momentum to UTD’s drive to become one of the nation’s “Tier One” academic research institutions. The facility contains laboratories, a clean room, space for a business incubator and other areas dedicated to research. The state-of-the-art facility was made possible by a public-private partnership between the State of Texas, the University of Texas System and Texas Instruments (which is building a $3-billion chip fabrication plant near the UTD campus).
Southern Methodist University
(SMU – Dallas, approximately 20 miles)
SMU is a private university with six degree-granting programs including the renowned Cox School of Business, Dedman School of Law (which ranks in the top tier of law schools) and an internationally recognized School of Engineering. SMU consistently ranks in the top half of national universities in “America’s Best Colleges”.
Southwestern Methodist University-in-Legacy
(SMU-in-Legacy – Plano, approximately 7 miles)
SMU-in-Legacy, located in Plano’s Legacy Business Park, offers the Professional (part-time) MBA, ranked among the top 20 programs nationally. Individuals with a technology background can take advantage of the Executive Master’s in Engineering or achieve certifications in advanced computer systems. The Plano campus is among the first in the country to offer a master’s degree in digital gaming. SMU’s Plano campus also offers graduate certification for individuals interested in working with children or adults who have dyslexia or related language learning disorders. During the summer the Teacher AP institute attracts hundreds of teachers, wishing to explore the latest methods and topics in Advanced Placement education. In June and July children in grades K-12 can take advantage of over 60 different workshops to keep active young minds thinking, solving, building, and creating.
The University of North Texas
(UNT – Denton, approximately 35 miles)
UNT, a doctoral/research university, ranks in the top 4 percent of U.S. colleges and universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation. The Denton campus is the Flagship University of the UNT system which includes the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth and the UNT Dallas Campus. UNT Research Park and College of Engineering are located on the main campus.
Texas Woman’s University
(TWU – Denton, approximately 35 miles)
TWU is a public, coeducational university with an emphasis on liberal arts and health-related fields. TWU ranks ninth in the nation in doctoral degrees awarded in the health sciences and graduates more new nurses than any other program in Texas.