Workforce / Talent in Jefferson County Florida
Our local workforce is diverse in culture, economics and education. Drawn from the region, including Florida’s two major Universities, they can fill a variety of positions.
Jefferson County’s major employers are in the agribusiness, healthcare and public sectors. Others include transportation, light manufacturing, financial services and retail.
Our local labor force is approximately 5,000, and our geographic location draws employees from several surrounding counties, including some in Georgia.
Two nationally recognized state universities, Florida State and Florida A&M, are located in Tallahassee, which along with Tallahassee Community College and Lively Vocational-Technical College, serve more than 45,000 students.
Two and four-year degrees are also available at Valdosta State College (Georgia), North Florida Community College, Thomas County Community College (Georgia) and the Troy State University (Alabama) adjunct college.
Vocational training is available at Thomasville Vo-Tech (Georgia) and a private business-studies school, Keiser College, offers a variety of course studies.
Business and industrial researchers will find two of the world’s few “supercomputers,” a CYBER 205 and the nation’s first ETA-10, located on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee. Along with the Supercomputer Computations Research Institute (SCRI), FSU is home of the Tandem Van de Graaf Superconducting Accelerator and the Center for Materials Research and Technology.
Florida State also boasts the new National High Magnetic Field Laboratories, the only such installation in the Southeast, having beaten some stiff competition – including MIT – for this high-tech honor.
Florida A&M University counts one of the country’s premiere business schools, full pharmacology and architectural programs and the International Translation Center (ITC) among its tutorial assets.
POPULATION & EDUCATION LEVELS IN IMMEDIATELY SURROUNDING COUNTIES
|2016 Population Estimates||287,822|
|Educational Attainment: Percent high school graduate or higher||92.3%|
|2016 Population Estimates||31,893|
|Educational Attainment: Percent high school graduate or higher||88.9%|
|2016 Population Estimates||22,175|
|Educational Attainment: Percent high school graduate or higher||76.3%|
|2016 Population Estimates||18,224|
|Educational Attainment: Percent high school graduate or higher||82.0%|
|Thomas County, Georgia|
|2016 Population Estimates||45,248|
|Educational Attainment: Percent high school graduate or higher||81.1%|
|Total Population with Jefferson County||419,268|
Jefferson County Florida Demographics
Jefferson County has been designated by the State of Florida as a “Rural Area of Opportunity,” and is part of a larger region known as the North Florida Economic Development Partnership. A demographic snapshot of the region, as well as county-specific data is shown below.
REGIONAL DATA SNAPSHOT
|North Central Florida Regional Population (2013)||1,090,448 (5.6% of state)|
|Percentage of Population for Workforce (2013)||Over 60% between ages of 20-64|
|Total Jobs in Region (2103)||387,559|
|Average Earnings for Workforce (2013)||$47,451|
AVERAGE EARNINGS BY SELECTED INDUSTRY (2013)
|Professional Scientific||$ 67,142|
|Mining, Quarrying||$ 62,729|
|Health Care||$ 51,973|
|Transportation and Warehousing||$ 47,270|
LEADING INDUSTRIES (2013)
- Government—NAICS Code 90 (29%)
- Health Care—NAICS Code 62 (15%)
- Retail Trade—NAICS Code 44 (13%)
- Accommodation and Food—NAICS Code 72 (10%)
- Professional Scientific—NAICS Code 54 (5%)
- Manufacturing—NAICS Code 31(5%)
- Construction—NAICS Code 23 (5%)
- Administrative and Support—NAICS Code 56 (5%)
Gross Regional Product (2012): $32,833,664,681
Exports (2012): $50,399,785,168
Imports (2012): $49,225,968,626
TOP COLLEGE PROGRAM COMPLETIONS (2012)
|Liberal arts and sciences:||7,014 (23%)|
|Health Professions:||5,393 (18%)|
|Business Management:||5,090 (17%)|
|Social Sciences:||3,474 (11%)|