Workforce & Education

Our highly trained workforce of over 230,000 is drawn from a excellent mix of job experiences across seven counties and five cities. Companies in Amherst County agree the workforce has strong work ethic and low absenteeism rates. Very low union activity combined with Virginia’s Right-To-Work law creates an ideal environment for businesses.

Here is a quick view of Amherst County’s workforce.

Amherst CountyExtended Labor MarketTotal
Labor Force15,110211,916227,026
Unemployment Rate4.3%4.3%

Labor knows no boundaries. Workers in the region commute long distances for good jobs.

Extended Labor Market

Within Amherst County’s extended labor market is the Lynchburg Region, a 2,000 square mile area composed of the City of Lynchburg; the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell; and the towns of Altavista, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Brookneal. For the Lynchburg Region labor market information go to Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance»

For additional detailed labor information on Amherst County, go to the Virginia Employment Commission community profile.

Postsecondary Education in the Amherst Region: Essential Workforce Development

Collectively, more than 800 engineering students graduate from the institutions on our map each year. And just two hours away is Virginia Tech, offering still more resources for research and talent.

Other nearby institutions include James Madison University in Harrisonburg (about 90 minutes’ drive) and Mary Baldwin University in Staunton (about an hour away).

Area Educational Institutions

American National UniversityCareer-oriented Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree programs in business, IT, and medical pathways.104 Candlewood Ct, Lynchburg, VA 24502
Byers Technical InstituteLocated just outside the western border of Amherst County in the town of Buena Vista, BTI specializes in pipe/mechanical welding instruction.2694 Glasgow Highway, Buena Vista, Virginia 24416
Centra College of NursingCentra College of Nursing is committed to providing excellent care to individuals, families, and patients in the community through the development of professional nurses.905 Lakeside Dr A, Lynchburg, VA 24501
Central Virginia Community CollegeMany courses are geared toward technical studies/certifications, with options to adapt content to employers’ needs.3506 Wards Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24502
Hampden-Sydney CollegeFounded in 1775, this men’s college today combines a liberal arts education with a respected career center.80 College Rd, Hampden Sydney, VA 23943
Liberty UniversityHosts 14,000 students on campus, with 17 colleges & schools, including engineering and osteopathic medicine.1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, VA 24515
Longwood UniversityLongwood offers more than 100 programs of undergraduate study, as well as MBA and other graduate degrees.201 High St, Farmville, VA 23909
Randolph CollegeThis liberal arts college also makes its summer online courses available to the general public.2500 Rivermont Ave, Lynchburg, VA 24503
Southern Virginia UniversityA small, faith-based college built upon the liberal arts education model with an emphasis on job placement.1 University Hill Dr, Buena Vista, VA 24416
Sweet BriarA college for women, boasting an accredited engineering program (mechanical, electrical & environmental).134 Chapel Road, Sweet Briar, VA 24595
University of LynchburgAmong its resources: a College of Business, a College of Health Sciences, and Westover Honors College.1501 Lakeside Dr, Lynchburg, VA 24501
University of VirginiaJust 50 miles from our county, this renowned institution provides convenient access to business & engineering studies.Charlottesville, VA
Virginia Military InstituteThis historic school maintains degree programs in civil, computer, environmental, electrical and mechanical engineering.319 Letcher Ave, Lexington, VA 24450
Virginia Technical InstituteHands-on, tailored career training in project management, electrical, welding, plumbing, HVAC and more.201 Ogden Rd, Altavista, VA 24517
Virginia University of LynchburgAn institution originally begun in 1886 by the Va. Baptist State Convention.2058 Garfield Ave, Lynchburg, VA 24501
Washington & LeeThis school’s Physics and Engineering Department supports undergrad and graduate studies in multiple fields.204 W Washington St, Lexington, VA 24450

Experience the Beauty

There are many reasons why Amherst County is a place where companies choose to locate. Thanks to our prime geographic location, low cost of doing business, beautiful surroundings, and a hard working, well trained workforce, Amherst County is an excellent place to do business.