Florida ranks #1 in high-tech employment in the Southeast, and #4 nationwide, plus it ranks #3 in the nation for number of high-tech businesses at 30,000. Add all this up, and Florida rightfully secures its place as one of the country’s top tech job hot spots.
And when you drill down to Tampa, you’ll find more of the same. Tampa leads the nation in high-wage STEM job openings. Between 2011 and 2016, the IT sector in the Tampa market grew by 6.9 percent – twice the overall jobs growth here. Tampa has become a hub for IT companies of all shapes and sizes, and there doesn’t seem to be any stopping our growth in the industry.
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Our colleges and universities are among the top producers of STEM graduates and total graduates with bachelor’s degrees, which is providing the needed talent to meet our job growth. Hillsborough County has become a top destination for graduates with training in data warehousing, data scaling, data analytics, and data management. Our region is also home to USF’s Florida Center for Cybersecurity, a first-of-its-kind, shared resource that will work to make Florida the national leader in this emerging and critical field. USF offers both bachelor’s and master’s programs in cybersecurity, a direct response to what the professional sector needed.
An excellent example of a local company that has experienced entrepreneurial success is DAS Health, a nationwide provider of Health IT and management solutions. Founded in 2003, DAS Health is an advocate and partner of independent physician practices and groups, working to streamline workflows, increase efficiencies and productivity, protect earnings and improve profitability. After several acquisitions in 2016, DAS Health doubled in size and became one of the largest electronic health records software and health IT providers in the country. It recently expanded again, building out its existing Tampa headquarters to accommodate the addition of 30 new IT and client services positions.