The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that Orlando was the #1 city for job growth in 2015-16 It also notes that the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had a civilian labor force of over 1.3 million people and an unemployment rate of 3.3% in March 2018. Home to facilities of over 150 international companies, Orlando is also ranked #5 for 'fiscal fitness' by State Farm Insurance and BestPlaces. The average hourly wage for the region was $21.35 for all occupations as of May 2017. Jobs in business and financial operations had a reported $32.83 average hourly wage; legal professionals had an average hourly wage of $49.70.
Fast-Growing Careers in Orlando, Florida
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity tracks top career opportunities in regions throughout the state based on employment projections from 2017-2025. The following are projected to be among the top growing careers in Orange County, of which Orlando is the county seat. All of these occupations can expect at least 26.8% growth over the decade.
- Operations Research Analysts
- Industrial Machinery Mechanics
- Medical Assistants
- Physical Therapist Assistants
- Physical Therapists
- Home Health Aides
- Brickmasons and Blockmasons
- Nurse Practitioners
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
According to the BLS, the following job categories had the highest employment in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford region as of April 2018. At the top of the list, there were 268,300 jobs in leisure and hospitality at that time; meanwhile, the manufacturing industry had 46,900 jobs.
- Leisure and Hospitality
- Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
- Professional and Business Services
- Education and Health Services
- Financial Activities