WorkforceNOW

Highly-educated, specialized and diverse—our workforce is engaged in competitive industries. Whether it is engineering, construction, healthcare, professional services, business or management, we’re using our skills to build and maintain the region’s momentum. We’re succeeding in AltoonaNow.


EducationNOW Altoona Greater Des Moines Region
High School Graduate or Higher 96.12% N/A 92.20% N/A
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 34.24% N/A N/A 34%
Educational Attainment 25+
Less than 9th Grade 98 1% 13,456 2.8%
Some High School, no diploma 283 2.88% 22,523 4.7%
High School Graduate (or GED) 2,605 26.51% 139,437 29.1%
Some College, no degree 2,261 23.01% 103,166 21.6%
Associate Degree 1,215 12.36% 47,702 10%
Bachelor’s Degree 2,459 25.02% 105,186 22%
Master’s Degree 653 6.64% 43,883 9.2%
Professional School Degree 185 1.88%
Doctorate Degree 69 0.70%
Employment Data
In Armed Forces 13 0.11% 514 0.09%
Civilian – Employed 8,677 74.58% 358,572 63.93%
Civilian – Unemployed 402 3.46% 17,885 3.19%
Not in Labor Force 2,543 21.86% 183,902 32.79%
OccupationNOW Altoona Greater Des Moines Region Regional, Mean Annual Wage
Architect / Engineer 188 2.10% 3,530 1.07% $66,706
Arts / Entertainment / Sports 194 2.17% 6,080 1.84% $43,601
Building Grounds Maintenance 162 1.81% 9,570 2.90% $25,755
Business / Financial Operations 850 9.52% 24,770 7.49% $63,637
Community / Social Services 106 1.19% 4,560 1.38% $43,771
Computer / Mathematical 302 3.38% 12,270 3.71% $73,453
Construction / Extraction 346 3.87% 11,710 3.54% $43,687
Education / Training / Library 610 6.83% 17,900 5.42% $45,003
Farms / Fishing / Forestry 8 0.09% 450 0.14% $31,657
Food Preperation / Serving 282 3.16% 26,230 7.94% $20,402
Health Practitioner / Technical 466 5.22% 17,300 5.23% $72,081
Healthcare Support 315 3.53% 7,560 2.29% $29,079
Maintenance Repair 317 3.55% 13,060 3.95% $43,399
Legal 123 1.38% 3,010 0.91% $96,168
Life / Physical / Social Science 14 0.16% 3,070 0.93% $62,602
Management 931 10.42% 18,970 5.74% $97,297
Office / Administrative Support 1,543 17.27% 59,970 18.15% $35,258
Production 220 2.46% 17,640 5.34% $32,004
Protective Services 145 1.62% 5,290 1.60% $41,394
Sales / Related 1,019 11.41% 35,440 10.72% $40,656
Personal Care / Service 395 4.42% 10,840 3.28% $23,354
Transportation / Moving 396 4.43% 21,080 6.38% $34,262