Workforce  •  Lifestyle  •  University of Maine


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.  And 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 that it draws from the larger Bangor Metro Area as well as from the town itself to fill local jobs.

 Orono Labor Force, 2005-09 Average 4,719
 Jobs in Orono, 2005 Average  7,015
 Bangor Metro Area Labor Force, 2005-09 Average  72,538

Occupational Profile

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.

Job Profile

 The jobs in Orono are heavily concentrated in education and health care, which account for 63% of the total, but employment crosses many industrial sectors:

Recruiting Employees

 A number of recruitment resources are available in Orono, the Bangor region, and Maine.  Information is available at these sites:

 Maine Dept. of Labor Job Bank

 Tri-County Career Center, Bangor


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