Florida is the land of oranges, sunshine—and golf. In fact, it has over 1,200 golf courses—more than any other state, and the golf industry supports more than 200,000 Florida jobs, No wonder the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum is located in St. Augustine, Florida, and the PGA headquarters is in West Palm Beach. And while we're talking about sand traps you want to be in, Florida's beaches are on par with any in the country and are the center of the state's tourism industry. Florida also makes a lot of green with its theme parks and big attractions, including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and the Daytona International Speedway.
The only thing better than visiting Florida is living there! You don't have to wait until retirement to find a new clubhouse. Your best ball might be in Florida right now. If you're looking to relocate to the Sunshine State for job opportunities, take a swing at the areas of Jacksonville, Miami, and Tampa.
Aviation and aerospace are important to Florida. You probably associate Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with Florida. The Sunshine State has 20 commercial and 130 public-use airports, making it a major hub for flight training and transportation jobs.
Aerospace and aviation also drive manufacturing in Florida. Along with products for airplanes and rockets, Florida supports production jobs in more than 20,000 manufacturing companies that also make food and beverages, batteries, and medical devices. In fact, Florida is the second-largest manufacturer of medical devices used in biotech. Biotechnology specialties also provide life science jobs in genomics, personalized, and regenerative medicine.
Other popular jobs in the Sunshine State include:
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The median household income in Florida is near $56,000, but you might see a higher or lower paycheck depending on your job and location. Make sure you're on the right course before you talk money by looking at Monster's Salary Tools. You'll get the estimated range of what companies are paying for the job you're pursuing in Florida. You'll also see what skills can make you more valuable to an employer.
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