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As the nation’s third-largest tech industry, 33,000+ high tech companies call Florida home.
The long-established Florida technology industry offers a broad range of expertise, from software to photonics to modeling, simulation and training. Since the birth of the IBM PC in Boca Raton, other big tech companies have found a home in the state, including Citrix, Motorola, Northrop Grumman and Electronic Arts. Together, they employ over 311,800 Floridians.
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With more than 310,000 IT professionals currently employed throughout the Sunshine State, Florida ranks No. 4 for high-tech employment in the U.S. The state ranks at the top for employment in communications equipment manufacturing, telecommunications and computer systems design.
From Verizon’s NAP of the Americas facility to Florida Lambda Rail, Florida has some of the fastest and most widely available wireless networks in the country. Lightning-speed data transmission and state-of-the-art connectivity are supported by 61,000+ total fiber miles (No. 3 in the nation) and 47,000+ fiber-connected buildings (No. 3 in the nation).
Florida offers a wide-ranging area of IT expertise. With established businesses operating in the areas of microelectronics, photonics, digital media, modeling, simulation and more, there are also a number of emerging fields in the broader IT industry as well. For example, recent growth in the area of government technology (GovTech), led by Orlando-based newcomer GCR that opened its Center of Excellence in 2020, are creating hundreds of high-paying jobs and setting the standard for GovTech innovations across the nation.