Gov. Scott: STEM-Related Job Openings Continue to Rise in Florida

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More than 65,000 online job openings available for STEM; up nearly 14 percent over the year

TALLAHASSEE— Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the number of available online job openings in STEM-related (sciences, technology, engineering, and math) fields in Florida has sharply increased since last year, with more than 65,825 postings in November 2012. That is nearly a 14 percent increase since November 2011.

Governor Scott said, “As Florida’s economy continues to grow, demand for STEM related fields is increasing. Today, STEM jobs advertised online are up by nearly 14 percent from last year, providing tens of thousands of job opportunities for Florida families. The evidence is clear – we have to ensure we make STEM education a priority for Florida children so that more Florida families have the tools they need to pursue the American Dream. Florida has a highly-skilled workforce that is uniquely prepared to fill these positions and meet the demands of the 21st century economy.”

This summer, the US Chamber of Commerce rated Florida as having the best talent pipeline in the nation to fill STEM jobs. Additionally, more than half of Florida’s top 11th grade STEM students intend to pursue college in-state according to an October survey.

According to the Help Wanted OnLine data series from The Conference Board, the number of STEM-related job postings in Florida in November 2012 increased by over 8,025 from the previous year. Demand was also up by 2,237 openings over October 2012, an increase of 3.5 percent. Twenty one of the state’s 24 workforce regions had higher demand for STEM over the year.

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

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