Over 56,000 online job openings available for high skill positions; up more than 15 percent over the year

 Today, Governor Rick Scott announced more than 56,405 online job postings in STEM related fields for January 2013. Over-the-year job postings are up 15.2 percent compared to January 2012.

Governor Scott said, “We’ve made incredible progress in growing jobs for Florida families, and STEM fields have played a key role in that effort. In the four years before I took office, we lost over 800,000 jobs and the unemployment rate was 11.1 percent. Since I took office two years ago, Florida’s unemployment rate has dropped to 8.1 percent, and we have added around 200,000 jobs. We must continue this progress and provide our children with great job opportunities. Preparing students for careers in STEM is the key to achieving that goal. With online job posting for STEM jobs up by more than 15 percent since last year, we now have tens of thousands of opportunities for Florida families to find great jobs here in the Sunshine State.”

According to the Help Wanted OnLine data series from The Conference Board, the number of STEM-related job postings in Florida in January 2013 increased by more than 7,432 from the previous January. STEM labor demand in Florida bottomed out in January 2010 at 38,024 ads and has increased by 18,381 openings since then (+48.3 percent).

Major occupational groups with the most online ads in January 2013 were healthcare practitioners and technical occupations; computer and mathematical occupations; and business and financial operations occupations. Online job demand for STEM was strongest in the large metro areas, led by Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Broward, Orange, Palm Beach and Duval counties.

STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and STEM-related jobs are ones that are considered high wage and high skill. Workers in STEM occupations use science and math to drive our state’s innovation and competitiveness by generating new ideas, new companies and new industries.

 

Top   Advertised STEM Occupations for Florida

Online   Ads
January 2013

Online   Ads
January 2012

Total   Ads for Florida

56, 405

               48,973

Registered   Nurses

                      17,171

                    13,965

Computer   Systems Analysts

3,250

3,399

Web   Developers

3,105

3,246

Accountants

2,770

2,413

Computer   Support Specialists

2,528

2,410

Network   and Computer Systems Administrators

                        1,663

1,869

Computer   Software Engineers, Applications

                      1,649

1,599

Financial   Managers, Branch or Department

                        1,476

1,454

Computer   Programmers

                        1,283

1,239

Industrial   Engineers

                        1,065

1,113

Software   Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers

976

712

Information   Technology Project Managers

943

878

Physician   Assistants

                            873

649

Family   and General Practitioners

                          798

647

Database   Administrators

                            767

708

Computer   and Information Systems Managers

755

635

Auditors

   700

655

Computer   Systems Engineers/Architects

                            680

960

Financial   Analysts

                            590

                            602

Medical   and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

                          576

                          428

 

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state’s economic, workforce and community development efforts. This new approach helps expedite economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit www.floridajobs.org.

 

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