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Spaceport Florida: Tourism and Aerospace Jobs of the Future

Updated on January 3, 2020
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Ms. Inglish is a successful Employment & Training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

Lauch Control at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Lauch Control at Cape Canaveral, Florida. | Source

Tax Incentives Bring Jobs and Business to Florida

Florida is one of the three or four most popular states in the USA for relocation in 2014, because of the lack of State Income Tax. The population is increasing as New Yorkers and others move down to the sunny state to work, to do business, to retire, and to escape taxes.

Numerous jobs and long-term career opportunities are waiting in the State of Florida for qualified workers. By the middle of June 2013, over 328,000 jobs were listed for the state, not counting seasonal/summer jobs.

By January 2014, this number had risen to 370,000+, because of the influx of new residents and businesses.After a small decline, jobs in August 2015 included ads for over 260,000 positions statewide.

Long Haul Truck Driving is a big source of new jobs, though, as is Healthcare at places like North Florida Regional Med Center, and Engineering in IT settings as well as electrical, mechanical, manufacturing and other applications.


United States Naval Reserve Jobs

During Summer 2015, the US Naval Reserve in Florida advertised for psychologists and physiologists to fill their positions in Aerospace Experimental Psychology & Physiology. This reflects the uptick in space exploration from Earth to the ISS, the Moon, and Mars, with plans for expeditions to the Asteroid Belt and Jupiter after 2020.

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Kennedy Space Center2012 was NASA's 50th Anniversary at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the beginnings of partnerships with commercial aerospace companies. At least 63 companies were on board my May 1, 2012.Overhead view of the KSC Complex.
Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center
2012 was NASA's 50th Anniversary at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the beginnings of partnerships with commercial aerospace companies. At least 63 companies were on board my May 1, 2012.
2012 was NASA's 50th Anniversary at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the beginnings of partnerships with commercial aerospace companies. At least 63 companies were on board my May 1, 2012. | Source
Overhead view of the KSC Complex.
Overhead view of the KSC Complex. | Source

Active Spaceports Require IT Workers for 2018 Moon Landing

Advertised jobs in Florida, especially in aviation and aerospace, increased from 2011 through 2017 after the Space Shuttle Program ended:

  • 231,600 job were advertised in June 2012.
  • Over 273,800 listings in December 2012.
  • By January 15, 2013: 283,000+ posted job vacancies.
  • By January 2014: 370,000 jobs were advertised.
  • June 2015: The state still enjoyed 245,000 job listings.
  • August 2015: Over 260,000 job listings were advertised.
  • November 2015: Over 260,000 jobs advertised.
  • February 2017: over 215,000 jobs listed. The unemployment rate in the state was down to 5.0%, indicating not enough workers present to fill the advertised jobs.

Florida is not only a retirement sanctuary and a vacation paradise or a point of contact for foreign refugees. Business is also good in Florida for the IT, Healthcare, and Human Services industries.

This business should consistently attract a strong worker base and strengthen a growing state economy.

IT is growing strength additionally as the privatization of space flight and its partnerships with NASA and American Government bring new businesses to areas around Florida and Texas, likely until mid-21st Century. The NASA Commercial Crew companies are responsible for providing the ships that will take us to Mars as early as 2025. and to the Moon before 2018.

The State Employment Security Agency collects data on the labor markets and occupational outlook around the State of Florida. Below is a collection of such information that shows the predicted large-scale growth of the Top Job in Florida.

The highest demand jobs in Florida are all IT occupations with opportunity for advancement.

The Number One Florida Fast-Growth Job was Computer Support Specialist, with 29,000+ new jobs by 2010, almost double that of the year 2000.

Computer Software Engineers in the Number Two spot increased jobs by 84% 2001 - 2010; in 2013, it passed everything else to become Number One.

Physical and Mental Heath Care professionals and Human Services fill out the Top 20 List in Florida.

President Donald Trump signed a new mandate for NASA on March 23, 2017. It instructed the space agency to put emphasis on space exploration with Mars as a destination. The US Congress had already stipulated that a Mars landing be accomplished by 2041.

Spaceport Cape Canaveral USAF Station (Cape Kennedy)

Cape Canaveral:
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

get directions

Kennedy Space Center:
Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32899, USA

get directions

Lighthouse on Sanibel Island.
Lighthouse on Sanibel Island. | Source

Industry and Education in Florida

The Florida Tourism Industry generates over $57 Billion worth of business revenues in the state every year. Information Technology (IT) is used with increasing frequency in Tourism related businesses as well as in other industries, such as Healthcare. IT jobs, overall, are the fastest growing occupations in Florida, including within Healthcare and medical research.

The Aerospace Industry creates $4.5+ Billion of business revenues in Florida annually and allows over 23,000 people to work in the aerospace and aeronautics sectors all over the state. With the rise of privatized space flight since 2004 and the first X-Prizes, this employment trend has only to increase with almost guaranteed demand.

The Defense Industry brings in a staggering $44 Billion of yearly business to Florida, employing at least 715,000 people.

The Florida Space Coast offers a vast number of business and educational opportunities, including not only Tourism, IT, Aerospace, and Defense, but also the following:

IT, Engineering and Other Jobs

  • Daytona Beach International Airport
  • Melbourne International Airport
  • Orlando International Airport
  • Orlando Sanford International Airport
  • Port Canaveral Sea Port and 13 other deep-water sea ports:

Healthcare & IT Jobs

4-Year Colleges and Universities - Education and Jobs Development in IT, Aerospace, and Healthcare Industries

  • Beacon College
  • Bethune-Cookman College
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Full Sail Real World Education
  • Rollins College
  • Stetson University
  • University of Central Florida

2-Year Community Colleges

  • Brevard Community College
  • Daytona Beach Community College
  • Lake Sumter Community College
  • Seminole State College
  • Valencia Community College

Miami skyline.
Miami skyline. | Source

Jobs Titles Creating the Most Openings

  1. Retail Sales - Connected to tourism and the increasing numbers of workers moving to Florida to work in Aerospace Industries.
  2. Waitstaff - Full Service Restaurants, freestanding, hotels, resorts, on cruise ships.
  3. Customer Service Representatives
  4. Food Prep & Service - Casual and Fast Food Dining
  5. Registered Nurses (RNs) - Especially Travel Nurses
  6. General Office Clerks
  7. Patient Care Techs, Nurse's Aides, Orderlies, and Other Healthcare Support Staff
  8. Janitorial, except Housekeepers
  9. Landscape-related jobs
  10. Bookkeeping & Accounting
  11. Child Care Workers
  12. Executive Sec./Admin. Asst.
  13. Home Health Aides (HHAs)
  14. Cooks, Restaurant
  15. Receptionists
  16. Accountants and Auditors
  17. Mainstream ElementaryTeachers
  18. Retail and Concessions Cashiers
  19. Maids and Housekeepers
  20. Security Guards

Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island
Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island | Source

Spaceport Florida

Cape Kennedy (Canaveral) is America's premier launch site for spacecraft and rockets. In 2012, six launch complexes are in use with more to follow. Located at Cape Canaveral, you can find the historic and popular Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, where you can watch NASA Saturn V and commercial launches.

Patrick Air Force Base is also on Cape Canaveral, under the US Department of Defense and administering additional launches. You can also find the commercial Spaceport Florida; an air-launched vehicle and missile Drop Zone at Mayport, Florida; and an offshore submarine-launched ballistic missile launch site. Other areas are for rent.

  • The long time site was attacked by hackers after the final Shuttle Launch and taken off line until cleanup was accomplished. Their Encyclopedia Astronautica offers additional information on the operations at Cape Canaveral today.

Historic Canaveral training equipment display.
Historic Canaveral training equipment display.

Women's Sports Leagues and Jobs

Florida is the home to a number of Women's Professional and Women's Semi-Professional Soccer Teams that perform well and draw large crowds of fans and visitors..

Both men's and women's teams can be a source of playing, coaching, IT, and Healthcare and related jobs in Florida.

Top Florida Sports Teams

  • W-League
  • Women's Premier Soccer League
  • Bradenton Athletics
  • Central Florida Krush
  • Central Florida Strikers
  • Miami Surf
  • Orlando Falcons
  • Palm Beach United
  • South Florida Breeze
  • Tampa Bay United

IT and Healthcare in Sports

Florida Sports Teams also use a variety of IT related and Healthcare related jobs. Opportunities are offered by several of these teams:

Professional Teams

  • Florida Bobcats (AFL) - Plantation
  • Florida Marlins (MLB) - Miami
  • Florida Panthers (NHL) - Miami
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL) - Jacksonville
  • Miami Dolphins (NFL) - Miami
  • Miami Fusion (MLS) - Miami
  • Miami Heat (NBA) - Miami
  • Miami Sol (WNBA) - Miami
  • Orlando Magic (NBA) - Orlando
  • Orlando Miracle (WNBA) - Orlando
  • Orlando Predators (AFL) - Orlando
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL) - Tampa Bay
  • Tampa Bay Devil Rays (MLB) - Tampa Bay
  • Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) - Tampa Bay
  • Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS) - Tampa Bay
  • Tampa Bay Storm (AFL) - Tampa Bay

Arenas and Stadiums

College and High School Leagues

  • Central Florida Knights - Orlando
  • Florida Atlantic Owls - Boca Raton
  • Florida Gators - Gainesville
  • Florida International Golden Panthers - Miami
  • Florida Southern Moccasins - Lakeland
  • Florida State Seminoles - Tallahassee
  • Jacksonville Dolphins - Jacksonville
  • Miami Hurricane - Miami
  • North Florida Ospreys - Jacksonville
  • South Florida Bulls - Tampa
  • West Florida Argonauts - Pensacola

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2007 Patty Inglish MS

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks for looking here, Cindy! Best of luck to you!

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      6 years ago

      i am a girl just checking out the jobs so i can know which one is good for me and which one sounds fun.

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      9 years ago

      I get many information for my job from this. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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      10 years ago from Dhaka, Bangkadesh

      Wow great hub. thanks for the information.

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      10 years ago

      I'm moving to fla - thanks for the info

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      SoFla Baseball 

      10 years ago

      Here in South Florida they can't find enough nurses. That seems like a great job to have.

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      Tiago Marcelo 

      10 years ago

      What a professional Hub. Wow.

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      10 years ago from Houston TX

      Men! This info. is mainly useful to people in Florida. i will contact a friend

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      10 years ago

      Great hubs :-)

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      Lin Poa 

      10 years ago from at the beach

      Patty, I think I don't need to tell you that your hubs are well professional and this one is no exception. You really put some time into this one. Great work!

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      12 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Professional Hub, thanks for the data!

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      12 years ago from United States

      I really like how you did this hub, thank you

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      14 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Tahnks for the wonderful comment perfumer!

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