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Miami Has the Lowest Percentage of People Working in Science and Engineering in the Nation

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Gov. Rick Scott is pushing for Florida students to get degrees in science and engineering, but when those students graduate they might have to travel far away to actually find employment.

A new analysis of census data finds that Florida's metros have a shockingly low numbers of people working in science and engineering, and the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale metro area has the lowest number of people employed in the fields of any major metro area in the nation.

The National Science Foundation says that workers with expertice in science and engineering "are an integral part of a region's innovative capacity because of their high levels of skill, creative ideas, and contributions to scientific knowledge and R&D." Their analysis shows that few of those workers are in Florida.

Only 3.8 percent of workers in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale region work in science and engineering. That's well below the national average of 6.2 percent, and the lowest rate of any major metro area.

Other Florida metros don't fare much better. The rate in Orlando is 4.9 percent, 5.5 percent in Jacksonville and 6 percent in Tampa.

We shouldn't be too shocked though. Miami's economic engine seems to be more concerned with flooding the market with high-priced condos than high-paying jobs.

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stat3man
stat3man

Who on earth cares about this? We also have the lowest percentage of people working with snow removal equipment. Where exactly is Miami supposed to dig up science and engineering employment, when its economy is mostly focused on tourism, international banking, and trade? There's no MIT here. UM is the oldest institution of post-secondary learning, and it's not even 100 years old. And FIU only in recent years has begun to draw research funding. Of course, the New Times can never pass up an opportunity to highlight Miami's supposed deficiencies. Anyway, science and engineering are currently the preferred careers du jour. In 5 years, it'll be something else.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Good job analyzing those numbers.  LOL JK!

David Lebatard
David Lebatard

and an even lower number that actually read the new times...

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Somebody should explain to the author that every one of those "high-priced condos" that he claims are flooding the market requires an engineer to work on the design and construction.  While writing a hipster column for a free weekly doesn't.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

people in miami are stupid, i knew that already

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

south american drug dealers pay the $800 per square foot price on condos - scientists don't

Carlos Rivera
Carlos Rivera

According to BREAKING BAD, drug dealing is crazy with science. Your argument is invalid.

Stefan Jhagroo
Stefan Jhagroo

If Fix-A-Flat butt doctors aren't counted as scientists then this analysis is flawed.

Erik Ace SobeArtist
Erik Ace SobeArtist

thats b/c we have no labs or factories here! just hospitals and hotels!

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Interesting fact only to be ruined by your ignorant opinion.  Do you even know what the words "market forces" even mean let alone actually know how they work?

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