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Tech Employment in Florida Grows by 18,000 Net New Jobs

Apr 21, 2020

CompTIA Cyberstates 2020 reveals tech’s impact in the Sunshine State

Tallahassee, Fla. – Information technology (IT) employment in Florida grew by nearly 18,000 net new jobs in 2019, capping a decade in which the state’s tech-related workforce expanded by more than 120,000, according to Cyberstates 2020™, the definitive guide to the U.S. tech industry, occupations and trends published annually by CompTIA, the leading trade association for the global IT industry.

Net tech employment increased by an estimated 17,987 workers in 2019, an increase of 3.2% over 2018.[1]

From 2010 through 2019 tech employment in Florida grew by 25.9%. Tech workers now make up 6.2% of the state’s workforce.

The tech sector accounts for 7.8% of the state’s total economy. At $73.8 billion, Florida ranks sixth nationally in the dollar amount of its economic impact.

“Technology powered job growth and economic gains in the past decade in Florida and across the county while delivering countless benefits in how we work, communicate, create and share,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA.

“Looking ahead, the need for professionals from all backgrounds to develop, support, and protect these technologies will continue to grow,” Thibodeaux added. “In these trying times it is often difficult to think beyond today, but we must remain committed to preparing the workforce of tomorrow for success in whatever the future may hold.”

Florida ranks fourth nationally in net tech employment and third in the total number of jobs added last.

“The labor market for technology professionals was extremely tight during 2019, with unemployment nationwide at historic lows throughout periods of the year,” said Tim Herbert, executive vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA. “This speaks to the broad-based demand for tech talent across regions, industries and employers looking to capitalize on innovation that was once in the realm of science fiction, but increasingly reality.”

In fact, positions in emerging technologies accounted for 13.7% of all tech job postings in Florida last year.

More from Cyberstates 2020

  • The Orlando metropolitan market experienced a 30.3% increase in net tech employment between 2010 and 2019. In the Tampa metro area, the growth rate for the decade was 22.8%, and in Miami, 21.8%.
  • Orlando ranked sixth nationally in the percentage increase (4.7%) in year-over-year tech employment last year.
  • The economic impact of the tech sector in the Orlando area totals an estimated $13.2 billion, or 10.2% of the total economy and more than any other industry.
  • The estimated median tech occupation wage in Florida is $71,862. That’s 86% higher than the median wage for all occupations in the state.

Cyberstates 2020 is based on CompTIA’s analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), Burning Glass Technologies, Hoovers and other sources.     

Visit for the latest data on the economic and employment impact of the U.S. tech industry.

About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5.2 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit to learn more.


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[1] Net tech employment is a measure developed by CompTIA to encompass the two components of the tech workforce: employment within the tech industry and tech employment across all other sectors of the economy.

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Fast Facts

  • $2 trillion – Estimated direct economic impact of the U.S. tech industry, representing 8.8% of the national economy.

  • 582,000 – Number of tech business establishments in the U.S.

  • 9.1 million – U.S. net tech employment at the end of 2022.

  • 286,400 – Estimated number of new technology jobs added in the U.S. in 2022.

  • 4.1 million – Number of postings by U.S. employers for tech job openings during 2022.