US CDR JOB DEMAND UP 26% IN 9 MONTHS

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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 an October 18, 2017 article on the same subject updated to July 2018.  CDR as a combined job growth opportunity shows Virginia as the front runner with 6,619 job openings trailed by California with 5,689 job openings.  Florida holds steady at fifth with 2,028 job openings with NWFL staying steady at job openings of 446.  Chart 1 shows how the top States fare in CDR job openings.  In the last quarter, CDR has strengthened in NWFL with 22% of all CDR job openings in Florida, an increase of two percentage points.

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Chart 1

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Chart 2

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 www.cyberseek.org, Florida ranks sixth well below California and Virginia in total cyber jobs. When the latest job openings are compared from www.indeed,com Florida ranks a distant sixth with 940 job openings compared to the front runner Virginia with 6,141 openings.  NWFL holds at number 11 in the nation behind Georgia.  From April to July the number of job openings in NWFL increased 22% as compared to a 15% growth in Florida overall and a 10% growth in the United States.

Drones:  According to www.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 53 openings ranks a distant fifth behind California with 434 openings.  NWFL however has fallen to number 11 in the nation just behind Georgia.  From April to July the number of job openings in NWFL fell 44% as compared to a 7% decline in growth in Florida overall and a similar decline in the United States.

Robotics:  According to www.sokanu.com. Florida ranks 7th in number of existing robotics jobs.  In terms of job openings Florida fell to third with 1,035 openings well behind California’s 2,839 openings.  NWFL however has fallen out of the top ten positions with 82 job openings.  From April to July the number of job openings in NWFL fell 18% as compared to a 5% decline in Florida overall and a 4% growth in the United States.

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