Industry Overview

Information Technology

Florida has remained at the forefront of infotech innovation since the birth of the IBM PC in Boca Raton. The state's industry strengths are diverse, and range from photonics, to mobile technologies, to communications equipment, to modeling and simulation, and beyond.

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Modeling, Simulation and Training (MST)

Florida is home to perhaps the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training (MST) clusters, with over 300 companies and 22,500 professionals. Florida companies are building simulation and training systems for the defense, medical, entertainment, education and other sectors.



Florida’s photonics cluster is among the largest in the United States, with some 270 companies employing nearly 5,800 professionals focused on the design, development, manufacturing, testing, and integration of photonics and related systems.

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Software & Computer Systems Design

Florida boasts one of the nation’s largest software and computer systems industries – with 14,100 firms employing 84,400+ industry professionals. Major areas of growth include gaming, medical, finance, defense/homeland security.


Microelectronics & Computer Products

Florida’s microelectronics and computer products sector – made up of 745 companies and their 31,000 employees – produces a broad spectrum of equipment, from ubiquitous microprocessors and circuit boards to nano-sized devices and other technologies of the future.

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Digital Media

Florida’s creative and tech industries team up in the Digital Media field to develop some of the best video games, mobile applications, and other digital media technologies. There are some 4,200 industry companies in Florida, employing nearly 11,000 people.



Florida has become the nation’s Internet gateway to Latin America and Europe. Our telecom industry includes 7,300+ firms and 91,200 workers, with a high concentration of firms in web portal and Internet related development, and mobile technologies and equipment.