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People & Workforce

Saratoga County has a well-educated, skilled and productive workforce. Saratoga has a population of 222,133 with roughly 112,500 in the workforce (July 2013- New York State Department of Labor).

Educational Attainment

Population 25 years and over: 151,097

Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Click here for a full database of statistics from the New York State Department of Labor.

Workforce Training

The region offers a variety of skills training programs that can be custom-tailored to meet your specific needs. Delivered through a statewide network of local providers, such as community colleges and vocational-technical schools, New York State’s training programs are both flexible and convenient. Whether you need to train new workers or upgrade or retain your current employees, New York has a program to meet your unique training needs.

A truly unique feature of Saratoga County is the Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Energies (TEC-SMART). TEC-SMART is a state-of-the-art education and training facility that is located at the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park in Malta. This training facility is a joint initiative between the Hudson Valley Community College and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). TEC-SMART will train technicians and provide customized training programs to suit the needs of the high tech business community.

Higher Education and Research and Development

The Capital Region is home to 21 colleges and universities with a total enrollment of almost 105,000 students and over 750 degree options. The Region has a proven track record of educating a talented an productive labor pool of skilled and non-skilled, technical and clerical workers are ready to meet the employment needs of global technology companies. From Ph.D. researchers to technicians, our skilled workforce has extensive experience in engineering, electronics and manufacturing. New York is home to more than 400,000 scientists and engineers, including 8 percent of the nation’s Ph.D.s.

With more than $17 billion in high-tech investments, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, offering students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and providing over 300 corporate partners with access to an unmatched ecosystem for leading-edge R&D and commercialization of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology innovations.

Since its inception in 2004, CNSE has quickly gained recognition, both on and off campus, as a leader and pioneer in nanotechnology education, research, and economic outreach.

More than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty currently work here, from companies including IBM, Intel, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Toshiba, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, and Lam Research.

CNSE’s footprint spans upstate New York, including its Albany NanoTech Complex, a 1.3 million-square-foot megaplex with the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 140,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms.

In addition, CNSE’s Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, Saratoga County, provides a prototyping and demonstration line for next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells and supports CNSE’s leadership of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC). CNSE’s Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Rochester offers state-of-the-art capabilities for MEMS fabrication and packaging. The CNSE Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility (CNSE MDF), also in Rochester, is the solar industry’s first full-service collaborative facility dedicated to crystalline silicon.

Colleges and Universities in the Capital Region


From primary education to the university level, the Capital Region of New York State boasts some of the finest educational institutions in the United States. In addition, there are a variety of skills training programs that can be custom-tailored to meet a company’s specific needs. Delivered through a statewide network of local providers such as community colleges and vocational-technical schools, New York State programs are both flexible and convenient.


The G450C is a public-private partnership program (New York State (CNSE), Intel, TSMC, Samsung, IBM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES) that develops cost-effective test wafer fabrication infrastructure, equipment prototypes and high-volume tools to enable a coordinated industry transition to 450mm wafers. The program will use the capabilities established at CNSE for joint development activities and support of a comprehensive industry ecosystem. The consortium is located at CNSE in Albany, New York, a twenty minute drive south of Saratoga County.