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Visit Sarasota, Florida For Relaxation And Jobs

Updated on April 20, 2016
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Ms. Inglish has 30 years of successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (CAP).

Sarasota Is Circus Country

Ringling Park, Sarasota FL
Ringling Park, Sarasota FL | Source

Tourism And Travel

The tourist trade is always healthy in Sarasota and the job market is increasing in museums, historical places, and similar installations in the area.

Insurance, Financial Products, Information Technology, and Tourism

The Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice census and job market area covers both Manatee County and Sarasota County on the Gulf Coast of Florida. In fact, Sarasota County once was part of Manatee and was apportioned off from the larger county as the population and businesses increased.

The population of this beautiful Floridian area is over 700,000 people. The City of Sarasota, along with the larger statistical region surrounding it, are recognized by economists and workforce specialists among the Top 25 Best Medium-Sized Cities in America for Jobs and Business expansion. Sarasota was chosen a leading American city back in 2001 and has maintained that characteristic.

Since 2003, this market area has grown in economy and population at least four times faster than the average rate for all USA cities. Information Technology (IT - data, computers, etc.) is a fast-growing industry in this part of Florida, along with Financial Products and Insurance. Tourism is a steady mainstay to the economy and is also growing.

Sarasota Attractions On the Gulf Coast

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Sarasota, Florida:
Sarasota, FL, USA

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Lido Beach, Sarasota FL:
Lido Beach, 1100 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236, USA

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Tidy Island:
Tidy Island, Florida 34210, USA

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Sunset on Lido Beach, Lido Key Sarasota FL

Top 10 Fastest Growing Enmployment Sectors in Greater Sarasota

  1. Museums, Historical Sites, and Other Installations - Growth in this sector increases tourism and the overall local economy with incoming dollars and tax revenues.
  2. Internet Publishing & Broadcasting
  3. Social Assistance
  4. Retail Furniture and Home Furnishings
  5. Administrative & Support Services - banking, Healthcare, IT, Green Industries, other
  6. Ambulatory Health Care -- Sarasota Memorial Hospital
  7. Warehousing and Storage
  8. Wood Product Mfg
  9. Misc Store Retailers
  10. Merchant Wholesalers

An Additional 10 Fast Growing Occupations

  1. Personal & Laundry Services
  2. State Government Occupations
  3. Retail Electronics & Appliances
  4. Online and Catalog Retailers
  5. Retail Building Materials and Garden Supplies
  6. Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries - Tourism, Hospitality, etc.
  7. ISPs, Web Search Portals, and Data Processing Services
  8. Repair & Maintenance
  9. Retail Health and Personal Care Products
  10. Credit Mediation

In Manatee County, additional fast-growing jobs include

  • Agriculture,
  • Construction, and
  • Manufacturing.

Tidy Island, Sarasota Bay

Sports Teams In and Near Sarasota

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers - NFL
  • Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football
  • Tampa Bay Lightning - NHL
  • Tampa Bay Devil Rays - baseball
  • Sarasota Reds - baseball

Postsecondary Schools in Greater Sarasota Area

  • Manatee Community College
  • Manatee Technical Institute
  • Bradenton Beauty & Barber Academy
  • Gospel Crusade Institute
  • Fashion Focus Hair Academy
  • Keiser College-Sarasota
  • Ringling School Of Art & Design
  • Sarasota County Tech Institute
  • Sarasota School Of Massage
  • Sunstate Academy Of Hair
  • Sarasota Travel School
  • Uiversity of Sarasota
  • University Of Tampa
  • University Of South Florida

Ringling Family Landmarks

Ringling Museum and Art Gallery

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One end of the John Ringling House in Sarasota, which is now a grand museum and art gallery. Gunther Gebel-Williams with his trained tigers in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1969.Reproduction of the "Howard Brothers Circus" in the museum is a representation of the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus.One of the circus wagons.
One end of the John Ringling House in Sarasota, which is now a grand museum and art gallery.
One end of the John Ringling House in Sarasota, which is now a grand museum and art gallery. | Source
Gunther Gebel-Williams with his trained tigers in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1969.
Gunther Gebel-Williams with his trained tigers in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1969. | Source
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Reproduction of the "Howard Brothers Circus" in the museum is a representation of the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus.
Reproduction of the "Howard Brothers Circus" in the museum is a representation of the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus.
One of the circus wagons.
One of the circus wagons. | Source

The Ringlings Loved Italy

The Italian historic Asolo Theater, an 18th-century structure, that disassembled in 1930 and shipped to Florida, where it stands on the Ringling Museum grounds today.

John Ringling Installations

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John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art:
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243, USA

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Ringling Park:
Ringling Park, Sarasota, FL 34237, USA

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John Ringling Causeway :
John Ringling Causeway in Sarasota, FL 34236, USA

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A Ringling Brothers Clown. She may have graduated from their Clown College..
A Ringling Brothers Clown. She may have graduated from their Clown College.. | Source

John Ringling Mansion and Art Museum

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is a tribute to a legendary circus magnate and his wife. Ringling Brothers Circus was a mainstay of entertainment in the first half of the 20th century, joining with Barnum and Bailey Circus thereafter to continue the circus tradition. Once held in gigantic tents, the stakes of which were placed into position by elephants, these circuses switched to sports arenas and stadiums in large part by 1950.

These circuses and others like them gave the inspiration to Ray Bradbury as a boy to later create such unforgettable stories and novels such as Dark Circus, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. Combining his inspiration from the circus, early horror movies, and science fiction, Mr. Bradbury wrote these stories and they have remained unmatched to this day. John Ringling did not realize that this could happen from his three magic rings of entertainment in the center of a canvas tent on a hot August afternoon.

On Sarasota Bay, the Ringling Art Museum is the state art museum of Florida. The mansion was restored in 2002 and includes Circus Museums, a huge library, a learning center, acres of gardens, parks, and the World's Largest Miniature Circus. You can see the old circus wagons that used to come to town surrounded by running, laughing children that would pick up some work around the circus in order to gain free tickets and make friends with the elephants and the clowns. A large rose garden completes a lovely, fascinating location.

Circus Sarasota carries on the Ringling tradition of good entertainment at affordable prices, plus programs for artists and education, including guest performers from China and other countries. Link: CIRCUS SARASOTA

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is 38 miles north of Sarasota along highway I-275.

The Dali Museum

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The white objects on the roof are all eggs.
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The white objects on the roof are all eggs.
The white objects on the roof are all eggs. | Source

Salvador Dali Museum

Salvador Dali was the icon of the Surrealist Movement of art, and is known for his partings of melting clocks and faces with two eyes on only one side.

The Dali Museum is a short distance from Sarasota in St,. Petersburg FL at 1000 Third Street South. Exhibits have included an exhibit dedicated to Women, selections from 100 paintings based on the Latin Vulgate Bible, and several others.

The museum also hosts its touring galleries around America as well as multimedia presentations in Florida.

Salvador Dali's Famous Melting Clock

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Outdoor work at the St. Petersburg FL Dali Museum. The clock melting on a bench.Tapestry of the famous painting.
Outdoor work at the St. Petersburg FL Dali Museum. The clock melting on a bench.
Outdoor work at the St. Petersburg FL Dali Museum. The clock melting on a bench. | Source
Tapestry of the famous painting.
Tapestry of the famous painting. | Source
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Salvador Dali Museum:
The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd, St Petersburg, FL 33701, USA

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      sarasota-florida 

      8 years ago from Sarasota Florida

      Nice hub Patty! The housing market downturn has made the job market tough here in Sarasota. This page can help give those looking for jobs some good ideas on where to start.

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