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Tech Workforce Pipeline

Growing and Attracting a High Tech Workforce

The Corridor’s high tech legacy has attracted a skilled workforce since the days of the Space Race. Thanks to three of the nation’s leading research universities (the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida and the University of Florida), the Corridor is also growing its own high tech talent pool of scientists, engineers and other innovative entrepreneurs to serve nearly 20,000 high tech companies throughout the 23 county region.

High Tech Employment in the Corridor

Sector Establishments Employment Average Employees
per Company
Average Salary
Aerospace 296 13,207 44 $86,227
Financial Services 10,048 92,557 9 $79,437
Information Technology 5,182 44,164 8 $84,555
Medical Technology 686 12,233 17 $62,374
Microelectronics 272 14,351 52 $79,525
Other (Media, R&D, Telecom) 4,100 52,122 12 $74,441
Photonics 163 2,020 12 $63,532
Total 20,747 230,654 11 $78,638

*Q1 2015 data from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

stemCONNECT:  Cultivating Tomorrow’s Workforce

Recognizing the need for a high tech workforce of the future, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council established an educational initiative to reach middle and high school students. Involving representatives from academia and private industry, stemCONNECT is “cultivating tomorrow’s workforce” throughout the region with innovative in-person and online program offerings.

Connecting Students with STEM Experts

Through video conferencing tools, stemCONNECT provides middle and high school teachers access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) experts who exhibit the exciting, real-world applications of STEM concepts students learn in the classroom. These experts also elaborate on career opportunities in their high tech field and share with students the importance of STEM studies.

stemCONNECT virtual programs have reached more than 4,700 students and have become a helpful tool for teachers across the 23-county region. Sessions cover: modeling, simulation and training; robotics; space; physics; and, more.

For more information and to request a session, visit www.flstemconnect.com.

stemCONNECT Contacts:

Dr. Jeff Bindell
Director, stemCONNECT

Vicki Morelli
Manager, stemCONNECT