Orono offers a highly educated workforce and access to a valuable stream of "knowledge workers" graduating from the University of Maine and other area universities and colleges. More than 54% of adults living in Orono have at least 4-year college degrees. Students who are on their way to degrees provide a valuable base of employment for many types of businesses.
Orono is a service center within the Bangor Metropolitan Area - a designation that means the community is a hub for jobs, business and other services, and housing choices. Orono hosts about 1.5 jobs for every resident worker - meaning it draws from the Larger Bangor Metro Area as well as from the Town itself to fill local jobs.
More than a third of the labor force living in Orono is in professional occupations, including nearly a fifth in education - reflecting the presence of the University of Maine. Another quarter is in service occupations, 13% in administrative support, 11% in sales, and 10% in production, transportation, and construction trades.
The Big Gig is a partnership between the towns of Orono & Old Town, The University of Maine & Husson University, and Blackstone Accelerates Growth. Its goal is to create a network of people who are looking to make positive change and bring economic impact to our communities. No Business or enterprise is too large or too small to get involved!
The jobs in Orono are heaavily concentrated in education and health care, which account for 63% of the total, but employment crosses many industrial sectors.