Workforce Overview

Education

Eastern Idaho’s workforce is young, with higher-than-average education levels. According to recent surveys, 80% of the area’s working-age residents have post-secondary education, while 34% have a four-year degree or more advanced education. The workforce is technology-oriented, with the largest concentration of technical professionals in the northern Rockies.

Labor Policies

Idaho is a pro-business environment and a "right-to-work" state, which means employees can individually choose whether or not to belong to a union. The state also follows an "employment-at-will" doctrine, meaning employment relationships have no set length and can be ended at any time by either party, with or without notice or cause.

The estimated median household income for the Idaho Falls metropolitan area is around $47K per year. Per capita income averages around $20K, including all adults and children. (Source: Sperling’s BestPlaces)

Employers

Eastern Idaho is home to the Idaho National Laboratory, the nation’s premier nuclear and energy research laboratory. Idaho Falls is also the regional medical hub, with two hospitals serving eastern Idaho, western Wyoming, and southwestern Montana.  

The largest employers and manufacturers in the area include: 

 

Name

Product or Service

Employees

Battelle Energy Alliance

Research and Management Services

3,800

Idaho Falls School District #91

Education

1,700

CH2M Hill WG, LLC

Environmental Management

1,700

Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center

Health Care Services

1,300

Melaleuca, Inc.

Cosmetics, Vitamins, Soap

1,300

Bechtel BWXT, Idaho Inc.

Engineering and Waste Management

960

Bonneville Joint School District #93

Education

850

City of Idaho Falls

Government Services

750

Center Partners

Call Center

600

Bonneville County

Government Services

450

Wal-Mart

Department Store

450

Albertsons, Inc.

Retail Food Sales

350

Northwind/CIRI

Wind Energy Services

400

 

 

Employees

Trade, utilities, and transportation account for more than a quarter of the jobs held in Bonneville County. The next largest sector includes professional and business services, and most INL jobs are classified in this category. Government, educational, and health services are also significant.

 

Occupation

Median Hourly Wage (2010)

Occupation

Median Hourly Wage (2010)

Management Occupations

$29.65

Lawyers, Judges, and Related Workers

$34.13

Top Executives

 

31.21

Primary, Secondary, and Special Education School Teachers

20.25

Advertising, Marketing, Promotions, Public Relations, and Sales Managers

31.15

Art and Design Workers

 

13.99

Operations Specialties Managers

25.46

Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners

27.39

Computer and Mathematical Occupations

30.99

Supervisors, Construction and Extraction Workers

19.85

Architects, Surveyors, and Cartographers

30.49

Electrical and Electronic Equipment Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers

12.09

Engineers

41.09

Metal Workers and Plastic Workers

15.50

Life Scientists

30.55

Supervisors, Transportation and Material Moving Workers

19.73

Community and Social Services Occupations

17.77

Material Moving Workers

10.32

Other Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations

15.01

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations

9.20

Motor Vehicle Operators

13.98

Business and Financial Operations Occupations

23.20

Helpers, Construction Trades

12.44

Law Enforcement Workers

18.80

Source:  Idaho Department of Labor, Communications & Research 2010