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Top 10 High Paying Jobs at Cape Canaveral

Updated on March 1, 2017
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Ms. Inglish is a successful employment & training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

Space Shuttle Atlantis at Cape Camaveral
Space Shuttle Atlantis at Cape Camaveral | Source

Health, Power and Techology

High Demand Jobs Advertised Through 2024

  1. Registered Nurses - RNs, including Travel Nurses - Protected high demand through 2016. Average annual salary is over $65,000, plus benefits and perks.
  2. Occupational Therapists
  3. Physical Therapists
  4. Software Engineers - Average advertised salary over $84,000 in many fields, including health and technologies.
  5. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts and Engineers - Avg. salaries over $128,000
  6. Computer Programmers
  7. Systems Engineers, Project Engineers, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers - many of these are in Melbourne
  8. Sales Representatives, Salespeople and Sales Supervisors: Sales Reps are highest-paid in this category.
  9. Event Specialists
  10. Dental Assistants

Additional High Demand Jobs

  1. Assistant Managers
  2. Administrative and Executive Assistants
  3. Physicians and Dentists: Over $200,000 salary. (See Concierge Medicine section below.)
  4. Public Health Officers
  5. Teachers K-5 are projected to be in high demand also through 2024, because of the influx of population to Brevard County.

Strongest Growing Industries

Through my accumulated job listing databases and workforce development contacts, I have found increasing numbers of jobs in Brevard County in:

  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Aerospace Industry: The NASA Mission to Mars, and public and privatized space flight are increasing quickly. The development of a supersonic passenger plane is a mandate for NASA as well.
  • Renewable Energy jobs are in creation from out of Melbourne FL in the form of solar farms erected across Southeast Florida and near Brevard County. The power farms are appearing across the nation.

The federal and local governments as well as contractors and various commercial concerns are serious about advancing the role of space flight in America's future. New businesses and jobs are emerging based on this intent.

Cape Canaveral Launch Pad Area
Cape Canaveral Launch Pad Area | Source

The cities and towns of Brevard County are good for all stages of life and work and are near historic Cape Canaveral and the US Space Program. Private company SpaceX has been using the Apollo 11 launch pad successfully and built a spaceport near Brownsville, Texas across the Gulf of Mexico.

NASA Projects After the Space Shuttle Program

  • Florida Awarded $7M for SpaceX to Expand Cape Facilities: State funding helped SpaceX expand Cape Canaveral facilities for launch more frequently.
  • Year 2013: Selected an outstanding group of Astronauts for Mission to Mars. Four men and four women, all with multiple advanced degrees, including medicine.
  • Year 2014: At least five NASA launch projects were already scheduled by mid-January.
  • GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B: These projects completed their final inspections and were weighed one final time at the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Fla., on Tuesday. GRAIL Launch9/2011 - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • Supersonic Passenger Plane
  • Contract in 2016 with SpaceX for cargo and astronaut delivery to the ISS.


Sources: Author's membership in Active USAF CAP as Aerospace Educator.

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Strong Future Prospects

Top 12 Major Employers

  1. Lockheed Martin: NASA Commercial Crew member
  2. Katmai Government Services: Cape Kennedy
  3. Northrop Grumman: NASA Commercial Crew member
  4. Starboard Group Management Company
  5. Harrison Corporation: Communications
  6. Jacobs
  7. Vencore
  8. Millennium Engineering and Integration Company
  9. Thales
  10. Leidos
  11. Range Generation Next (RGNext)
  12. SpaceX: Aerospace Manufacturing and Exploration

Jobs Expected to Increase Through 2024

  1. Retail Salespeople and Supervisors
  2. Food service jobs, including cooks
  3. Customer Service Representatives
  4. Primary, Secondary, and Special Education Teachers
  5. Engineers: All fields, including Aerospace, Healthcare, and IT
  6. Logistics workers and supervisors
  7. Registered Nurses (RNs) and Travel Nurses of all levels
  8. Building Cleaning and Pest Control
  9. Health Technologists and Technicians
  10. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
  11. Financial Specialists
  12. Construction Laborers and Helpers
  13. Receptionists and Information Clerks
  14. Motor Vehicle Operators, including Truck Drivers
  15. Sales Representatives


Stimulus Jobs and Recovery - The Move to Florida

When the US Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, it awarded funding to US states and counties, in including Brevard County, for a variety of purposes.

Major goals of recovery and stimulus included:

  • Creation of new jobs
  • Induction of new economic activity and growth
  • Demands for new accountability and transparency in government spending

Economic Stimulus money found its way to Florida and Brevard County and interestingly, enough Ohioans have moved to Florida to reduce the number of US congressional seats warranted in Ohio in 2011. Migrants are not all retirees, either, but a large proportion are mid-careerists and younger families or individuals. This movement to Florida is true even though Ohio operates and expands its own Space Corridor in the southwest wedge of the state from Cincinnati to through West Chester, Dayton, Fairborn, and the cities in between. Brevard County is growing space-age jobs faster than Ohio.

Ohio operates the Ohio Space Corridor in the entire southwestern wedge of the state, but many Ohioans have chosen the private and public sector aerospace manufacturing and IT jobs in Florida. Overlayed upon this corridor is the Dayton-Fairborn Aviation HIstory Trail, marking the history of aviation and aerospace flight in Ohio and supporting businesses from the very beginning of the 20th Century. Still, space-age jobs call job seekers from Ohio to Florida and other southern points.

Thousands of spectators line NASA Causeway at Kennedy Space Center to watch a Space Shuttle launch.
Thousands of spectators line NASA Causeway at Kennedy Space Center to watch a Space Shuttle launch. | Source

Important Cities for Jobs in Brevard County

  • Cape Canaveral
  • Cocoa and Cocoa Beach
  • Melbourne - National Solar Power plans a $1.5 billion renewable energy project in nearby counties. Solar farms are a specialty that the company is spreading across the Southeastern USA.
  • Palm Bay
  • Titusville - This is the county seat and prominent in Kennedy Space Center and NASA activities
  • West Melbourne

Employ Florida Program

  • Employ Florida databases showed 6,400 jobs open in Brevard County in August 2011. At the same time, Internet giants SimplyHired and Indeed job search and trending engines showed 8,900+ when nearby Orlando was added to the market area. Orlando is only about 30-35 miles west of Brevard County.
  • Employ Florida Marketplace

    Florida's job-matching services. Updated regularly with high demand jobs and emerging new jobs. Job listings are increasing in the mid-2010s and so is the population of the state, because Florida has no State Income Tax.

Medical Tourism

Concierge Medicine, Medical Tourism, Increasing Healthcare Business

Because of the uptick in Medical Tourism in Florida and other states known for travel and retirement living, the rise of Concierge Medicine in Brevard County is adding to the local economy. It is pursuring Aerospace in its contribution to that economy with the growth of Healthcare overall in Brevard cities and towns.

This is a system in which a family or individual pays an up front access fee for continuing physician access, many reporting the fee to be $1500 per year ($125/month). In return, physicians are able to spend more time with patients and report offering better care. Concierge Medicine is joined by increases in Cosmetic Surgery, hair removal and other skin care services like laser care, and related medical and quasi-medical businesses in Brevard County.

In addition to the medical services above that can be termed "luxury medicine", Brevard County also operates a walk-in clinic with reasonable fees and discounts:

Community Walk-In Clinic
2105 Palm Bay Road NE #1-W (southern part of the county)
Palm Bay, FL 32905; Phone 321-327-5910

A night launch at the Cape.
A night launch at the Cape. | Source

Active Aerospace and Technology Companies Posting Jobs

  1. Harris Corporation
  2. Siemens
  3. GE Energy and GE Transportation
  4. Piper Aircraft
  5. Rockwell Collins
  6. Mainstream Engineering
  7. Hewlitt Packard
  8. Superior Technical Resources
  9. Northrop Grumman
  10. Lockheed Martin Corporation
  11. Yoh
  12. L-3 Communications
  13. General Dynamics
  14. Raytheon
  15. Aurora Flight Sciences

NASA employees, families and friends on the NASA Causeway over the Banana River near Kennedy Space Center. Launch of STS-26 and the Space Shuttle Discovery on September 29, 1988.
NASA employees, families and friends on the NASA Causeway over the Banana River near Kennedy Space Center. Launch of STS-26 and the Space Shuttle Discovery on September 29, 1988.

Ground Transport in Brevard County: The Library-Bus Connection

Space Coast Area Transit or SCAT provides some of the best transportation and programs on the Eastern Seaboard, increasing the mobility of the population, including youth. If youth work and ride a bike, they can use SCAT free-of-charge when they show their Brevard County Library Card.

This saves time and money from a young person's budget and schedule. It also saves the environment by providing easily affordable mass transit all through the summer months, up to the beginning of the school year. Using the library card for transportation remind students to keep reading during summer months in order to prevent learning loss and to experience the fun and excitement of good reading materials, from graphic novels to classics.

All Brevard County students from all school systems can ride their bikes to a bus stop, load bikes on the bike rack at the front of the bus, and retrieve it when they get off at their destination. Even surfboards can be stowed if enough space is available.Students can bus to the beach with their boards and back again, rather than to stay in the house or roam the streets.

I have another idea - take a mobile library bus to the beach. Students and adults might like to read something while they are having refreshments between water activities throughout the year.

© 2011 Patty Inglish MS


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