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Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: Florida


Fast Facts: Tallahassee is the state capital and Miami is the largest metro area.

Florida Careers: As of 2008, Florida - which has no state income tax and an average temperature of 72.66 degrees in October - noted a population of almost 18.4 million, a significant increase since 2000. Forbes recently ranked Florida the 8th “Best State for Business.”

Florida Career Education: Florida ranked 33rd in a 2009 K-12 “Academic Achievement” study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Florida Economy: Through the hard work of a small mouse, Walt Disney World continues to lure more visitors than any other single attraction throughout the world.

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Fast facts:

Location, Location, Location...:  Located in the southeastern region of the U.S., Florida Alabama to the northwest and Georgia to the north. It was the 27th state admitted to the U.S.

Cities:  Tallahassee is the state capital and Miami is the largest metro area. Residents of Florida are understandably known as “Floridians.”

Behind the Name:  Florida is nicknamed the “Sunshine State” for readily apparent reasons – subtropical in many regions of the state, with true tropical climate in the far southern portions near Key West.

A Closer Look:  Florida, over the years has become one of the world’s strongest tourist magnets, with sun soaked beaches (closely observed sun bathers) and crystal springs.

Did You Know?  Through the hard work of a small mouse, Walt Disney World continue to attract more visitors than any other single attraction in the world.

Florida Careers and Employment:

Population:  18,328,340 (14.7% increase since 2000) – 50.9% Female, 49.1% Male (2008 U.S. Census Bureau).

Business Environment:  Ranked 8th in Forbes Magazine’s “Best States for Business,” 2008.

Top Industries:  In terms of paid employees, according to a 2008 U.S. Census Bureau study: (1) administrative and support and waste management and remediation services; (2) retail trade; (3) health care and social assistance; (4) accommodation and food services; and (5) construction.

Taxes:  No Income Tax and Sales Tax, 6% (Federation of Tax Administrators).

Cost of Living:  103.6 in relation to the “National Average” of 100 (Federal Cost of Living Index).

Quality of Life:  Ranked 27th of 50 states by CNBC, 2009.

Weather:  Average Temperature (In °F) – Jan: 58.09; Apr: 69.29; July: 81.60; Oct: 72.66 (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

K-12:  Ranked 33rd of 50 states in “Academic Achievement” by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2009.

Florida Economics:

In General:  The service industry offers the most career opportunities in Florida’s economy, while other notable sectors include manufacturing (8%), military and government services (12%) and farming (2%). However, tourism is now the state’s largest source of income. 

Service Industry:  The community, business and personal services sector ranks first in the critically important service industry in Florida, with private health care, law firms, hotels and amusement parks, and repair shops. Ranking second is Florida’s finance, insurance and real estate industry. Rapid growth in the Sunshine State resulted in growth in real estate (homes, stores, offices) development, insurance and finance including investment firms.

Agriculture:  Farming continues to be critical to Florida’s economic well-being. The main crops of Florida include citrus fruit and sugarcane. In revenue, Florida’s top five agricultural products are greenhouse and nursery products, oranges, cane for sugar, tomatoes, and cattle and calves.

Manufacturing:  Citrus fruit processing (fresh fruit juice, canned fruit juice, canned fruit) leads the way in the Florida manufacturing sector. Jellies, marmalades and frozen vegetables are processed, in addition to coffee, dairy and seafood. Electrical equipment manufacturing (military communications systems, broadcasting components and telephone equipment) ranks second behind the food processing industry.

Mining:  About four-fifths of the country’s phosphate rock (often used in fertilizer) is produced in Florida, making it the state’s most important mined product.

Did You Know?  The service industry employs a whopping 77% of the people in Florida, a percentage far higher than most states.

Florida Education:  

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Sources:  In addition to specific citations noted in this “Career Information” section, supplementary source materials include:  the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service; Netstate.com; Education-Portal.com; USCollegeSearch.org; and Wikipedia.com.

General Information
15,979,631 Population (as of 2000)2.0 Average Persons Per Household (as of 2000)
19,546,755 Population (current)$95,760 Average House Value (as of 2000)
46,335.9 Square Miles of Land$36,292 Average House Income (as of 2000)
1,585.1 Square Miles of Water

Business Information
458,268 Number of Businesses (as of 2003)$45,254,674,000 Total First Quarter Payroll (as of 2003)
5,949,191 Number of Employees (as of 2003)$186,162,027,000 Total Annual Payroll (as of 2003)

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