Florida is generally known for its tourism industry. With cities like Miami, Orlando, and Tampa drawing high numbers of visitors each year, tourism's role in Florida's economic makeup is secure. But while the tourism industry certainly feeds the service sector, it is by no means the only industry to consider. Florida is also home to corporate headquarters for a wide variety of companies, and is a leader in aerospace technologies and aviation, information technologies, life sciences, exploration of clean energy and natural resource technologies, and agriculture (1).
To prepare for careers in these industries, Florida's colleges and universities boast some of the nation's strongest research facilities. State universities include the University of Florida, the University of South Florida, and the University of Central Florida, each with strong programs in the various sciences, agricultural and business areas. Private colleges such as the University of Miami with its teaching hospital at Jackson Memorial can provide top-notch education in the life sciences, among other options.
When considering a career in Florida, consider that the state is ranked second in the nation for aviation and aerospace technologies, with over 2000 companies providing over 87000 jobs. With the strong legacy of NASA, the large presence of military operations, and the presence of most major defense companies, this field is likely to continue to show growth well into the next decade and beyond. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, salaries in this field can range into six figures annually.
In addition, according to Forbes 2012, some of the nationâ€™s largest privately owned companies headquartered in Florida include Publix, Southern Wine & Spirits, JM Family Enterprises, Brightstar and Oxbow. Florida is also home to the headquarters of many more diverse companies, both publicly and privately owned, allowing for diverse opportunities for business candidates seeking to make their mark on corporate America.
Regardless of career path, higher education degrees lead to higher salaries and more opportunities for advancement in many fields, as well as giving the degree holders a competitive edge over the competition. Whatever field you choose, higher education can help you be better prepared.