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Florida Careers: The Fastest Growing Careers in Florida (FL)

Looking for a job in the Sunshine State? Whether you're a longtime Floridian or just getting ready to move south, there are diverse job opportunities awaiting you in the state. Read on to learn more about fast-growing jobs in Florida.

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Florida at a Glance

Often billed as the 'top travel destination in the world', Florida also boasts a large population: over 21 million in 2018 according to latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. At 3.9%, the state's unemployment rate, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April of 2018, is slightly below the national rate. As of May 2017, the BLS reports, the average hourly rate of pay for Florida employees was $21.53.

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Florida's Fastest-Growing Careers

The highest number of fastest-growing careers in Florida are in the healthcare field, which is not surprising given that nearly 20% of the population was over the age of 65 in the 2010 census. Based on information provided by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), the following are among the careers what will see the most growth over the 2017-2025 period:

  • Statisticians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Home Health Aides
  • Helpers - Brickmasons, and Tile & Marble Setters
  • Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Operations Research Analysts

Florida Jobs With the Most Openings

Job growth does not necessarily translate to jobs with the most openings. Career opportunities in some areas abound in Florida. According to the DEO, those occupations over the 2017-2025 period include:

  • Retail Salespersons
  • Combined Food Prep. and Serving Workers, Inc. Fast Food
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Registered Nurses
  • Waiters and Waitresses
  • Restaurant Cooks
  • Nursing Assistants
  • Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
  • Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping
  • Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
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