Florida is not simply a retirement hub or a vacation paradise, as most people know it. It’s a nest of business opportunities, long-term career prospects and job opportunities.
The state of Florida has more than just leisure or recreation to offer. It’s the economic giant of the southeastern region, which holds the fourth seat among the largest economies in the United States. It definitely is one of the best places to establish a profitable business or career.
It is particularly known for providing manpower for sales and related industries, the best healthcare and technical occupations, office and administrative support occupations, and management occupations.
Only recently, Help Wanted OnLine released its February 2011 report on Statewide Summary of the top ten most advertised occupations in the region and it specifically named Florida to be the fourth among the 10 states that provide the most populous state ads. Apparently Florida’s job requirements have increased by about 27,825 over the past year.
The report was based on a compilation prepared by the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation (Labor Market Statistics Center) on online jobs advertised by over 1,200 job boards.
The top ten most advertised occupations and hot jobs in Florida included listings for registered nurses, retail salespersons, first-line supervisors or managers of retail sales workers, physical therapists, customer service representatives, occupational therapists, sales representatives (wholesale and manufacturing), executive secretaries and administrative assistants, medical and health services managers, and web developers.
Advertisers such as Medical Connections, Inc., Professional Therapy & Rehab Services, Search One Inc., Critical Connection, Wells Fargo, Allegis Group, Bank Of America, Staples, West Marine, and Lowe’s were likewise named as the 10 Employers with the most number of ads.
So who are the top employers in Florida?
There are quite a number to name, but we have rounded down our list to the first ten based on achievement, recognition and employment benefits.
Accent is an international provider of integrated marketing solutions that is headquartered in Orlando, FL. It is a provider of business solutions such as data analysis, contact management, direct marketing, and fulfillment solutions using proven methodologies and measurements of consumer behaviors.
As an employer ACCENT offers its workforce a broader choice of benefits that tap on individual needs. This can include tuition reimbursements, scholarship programs, a dependent or day care flexible spending account, and many more!
American Express is the world’s largest card issuer and the number one provider of innovative payments, travel and expense management solutions of individuals and businesses. It has been ranked #49 of FORTUNE’s list of Top 100 Best Companies To Work For all over the United States and #1 in all of Florida for the year 2011.
One reason why American Express has been recognized by world leading, award-giving bodies is because of the employment opportunities and benefits it provides to all persons of all gender and race. About 30% of the top 500 positions at Amex are held by women and all employees have access to on-site medical services.
Baptist Health South Florida is south Florida’s largest private employer. Placed #42 in FORTUNE’s list of Top 100 Best Companies To Work For, the company has moved up the ranks by 17% in just two years.
Mariners Hospital, one of Baptist Health South Florida’s medical facilities, is the only hospital in Florida to receive a Medicare Award. It was honored in six categories including treatment for heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia. A majority of new hires of this company came from employee referrals. Last year, about more than 1,000 workers returned to work here after having worked shortly elsewhere.
Boca Raton Community Hospital employs over 1800 people in Boca Raton, FL. They are a not-for-profit hospital with state-of-the-art facilities and a low nurse-to-patient ratio. Boca Raton is a recipient of the HealthGrades’ award for “Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence” and is ranked among the Top 5% leading hospitals nationwide. In Florida, it is also ranked #1 for overall cardiac services, #1 for cardiac surgery, #1 for treatment of stroke, #2 for GI services, and #3 for GI medical treatment.
Carnival Cruise Lines prides itself on being “The World’s Most Popular Cruise Vacation – a distinction it has achieved by offering a wide array of quality cruise vacations for outstanding values. Among its achievements, the Carnival company has received the Gold Award of Excellence from the American Express Travel Service, Cruise Line of the Year from the National Association of Cruise-Oriented Agencies, and nine platinum awards from the Porthole Cruise Magazine.
JM Family Enterprises, Inc. is ranked 15th in the U.S. on FORBES’ list of private companies and #16 of Top 100 Best Companies To Work For. What put JM Family Enterprises on top of almost all top rated lists? This Toyota distributor reinstated the benefits that had been cut by Toyota to cope with the financial crisis and the Toyota recall.
The company also has seven health centers with doctors, nurses, and physical therapists, and its own on-site pharmacy.
Mayo Clinic ranks #61 on FORTUNE’s list of Top 100 Best Companies To Work For. It is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. At Mayo, doctors from different medical specialty come together to render their voluntary services for their patients. Mayo physicians also use vacation time, days off, nights, or weekends to care for patients in under served communities locally and abroad.
Miami Children’s Hospital is a world leader in pediatric healthcare. Once upon a time just a small facility, this hospital is now a freestanding, non-profit hospital renowned for excellence in all aspects of medical care. Miami Children’s Hospital is one of five children’s hospitals in the country and the only pediatric freestanding hospital in South Florida to have received the “Magnet” designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Magnet designation is considered the nursing profession’s highest national honor.
PCL Construction is a builder of high-profile developments, like the Mall of America and the Los Angeles’ Staples Center. It was first established in Florida in 1987 and has grown to be one of the premier heavy civil contractors in the United States. PCL and its subsidiaries have an annual construction volume of more than $6 billion, making it one of the largest contracting organizations in the United States. All employees in this company get bonus pay ranging from 5% to 10% of actual salary each year.
Publix Super Markets is the largest employee-owned company in the nation. It’s commitment to community involvement and volunteerism has contributed largely to its success and recognition as being one of the most admired companies since 2004. It reports revenue of about $24.5 million every year.