Growth bringing more professionals to Las Vegas Valley, Henderson

With thousands of people moving into the Las Vegas valley over the past decade, Southern Nevada's economy continues to grow and diversify. It is estimated that nearly 15% of new residents come to the area already possessing professional, management or technical skills. A population of over one million people lives within a 25-minute commute of Henderson-area business parks allowing the opportunity for Henderson-based business to attract employees for all positions and skill levels.

The largest age groups for Henderson are 25-54 year-olds, representing 43.3% of the city's population (2005-2009 American Community Survey 5-year estimates, US Census Bureau). This indicates Henderson is attracting a high percentage of workforce-age population.
Total labor market continues to shine
The Las Vegas region is home to a growing labor force approaching 1 million workers. The region continues to demonstrate remarkable consistency in job and population growth, low unemployment and strong economy.

While the local economy has strong roots in leisure and hospitality industries, sectors such as education and health services, finance, manufacturing and professional business services have accounted for thousands of new jobs in recent years.

As of January 2011, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate for Nevada was 14.2%, a rate which is higher than the national average of 9.0%. The Las Vegas-Paradise MSA unemployment rate was 13.7% in January 2011. Mean and median occupational wages for hundreds of occupations within the region are available through the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation
Henderson emerges as a hub for higher educational providers
Demand for highly-trained technical and professional staff is critical to employee recruitment and retention. The City of Henderson has emerged as a hub for higher educational institutions which provides employers an excellent opportunity to attract and develop key staff.

Thirteen higher education institutions have established themselves in Henderson. The City of Henderson has proactively attracted these universities/colleges in an effort to meet the needs of future workforces. These institutions - as well as the emergence of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) as a leading research institution - are contributing to the community's skilled workforce.

The development of this education cluster is leading to the collaboration of the institutions working with representatives of respective industries - benefiting both the businesses and institutions. For example, through involvement in the Southern Nevada Medical Industry Coalition (, Nevada State College at Henderson, Touro University and Roseman University of Health Sciences have all developed strategic alliances with health care businesses in the market.

The 13 higher education institutions in Henderson include:
  • College of Southern Nevada - Henderson Campus
  • DeVry University
  • International Academy of Design & Technology
  • ITT Technical Institute
  • Everest College
  • National University Nevada
  • Nevada State College at Henderson
  • Regis University
  • The Art Institute of Nevada & The Culinary Institute of Las Vegas
  • Touro University-Nevada
  • University of Phoenix, Las Vegas Campus
  • Roseman University of Health Sciences
  • Sierra Nevada College
Programs and degrees offered at Henderson higher education institutions include (UNLV not included):
  • Accounting
  • Billing and Coding
  • Business Accounting Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Network Systems, Software Applications, Programming and Web Development
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Management
  • Culinary Arts
  • Digital Entertainment & Game Design
  • Digital Media Production
  • Drafting Technology with AutoCAD
  • Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Electronics & Comp. Tech
  • Fashion Design
  • Game Art & Design
  • General Allied Health
  • Graphic Design
  • Human Resources
  • Human Services
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems Security
  • Information Systems/Technology
  • Interactive Media Design
  • Interior Design
  • Liberal Arts
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Media Arts & Animation
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Administration
  • Medical School
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Project Management
  • Public Administration
  • Network Systems
  • Special Education
  • Visual Effects & Motion Graphics
  • Visual Communications