U.S. Cyber/Drones/Robotics (CDR) Job Demand Up 16%

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Northwest Florida (NWFL) as a region has a reputation of being very strong in cyber technology, drones, and robotics (CDR) technologies.  This blog is an update on the October 18, 2017 article on the same subject updated to April 2018.  CDR as a combined job growth opportunity shows Virginia as the front runner with 5.907 job openings trailed closely by California 5,513 job openings.  Florida drops from fourth to fifth with 2,049 job openings with NWFL staying steady at job openings of 407.  Chart 1 shows how the top States fare in CDR job openings.  In conclusion, CDR has remained stable in NWFL with 20% of all CDR job openings in Florida.

 

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Cyber technology:  The IT micro-cluster in Northwest Florida has over 700 firms that employ over 8,000 people.  Furthermore, data suggests that there is a strong talent creation pool in the regional post-secondary training and education institutions that have an estimated 2,500+ training slots in IT. Looking at the contiguous area only encompassing Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa Counties there are over 500 firms employing over 6,000 people. Nationally according to cyberseek.org, Florida ranked third (behind California and Texas) in total cyber jobs. When the latest job openings are compared from www.indeed,com Florida ranks a distant sixth with 911 job openings compared to the front runner Virginia with 5,391 openings.  NWFL falls to number 11 in the nation well behind Washington State.  From January to April the number of job openings in NWFL held steady at 291 as compared to a 15% growth in Florida overall and a 16% growth in the United States.

Drones:  According to dronetrainghq.com Florida ranks fourth in number of people employed in drone technology.  Overall the number of jobs currently is small.  In terms of job openings Florida with 57 openings ranks a distant fifth behind California with 434 openings.  NWFL however has fallen to number 10 in the nation just well behind Georgia and Tied with Michigan.  From January to April the number of job openings in NWFL held steady at 16 as compared to a 58% growth in Florida overall and a 44% growth in the United States.

Robotics:  According to sokanu.com. Florida ranks 7th in number of existing robotics jobs.  In terms of job openings Florida ranks second with 1,081 openings well behind California’s 2,782 openings.  NWFL however has fallen out of the top ten positions with 100 job openings.  From October to January the number of job openings in NWFL held steady as compared to a 20% growth in Florida overall and a 14% growth in the United States.

This blog is based on decades of experience available at www.EnviromationInc.com