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You may know about Orlando’s fun-side. But you probably don’t know about its tech-side as the nation’s top metro for STEM job growth and one of the fastest growing tech markets in the U.S. Driven by a superior quality of life, passionate creative culture and high value cost of operation, Orlando’s tech companies continue to propel a dynamic and innovative economy.
Named a “Rising Star” City for Tech Employment and Job Growth
Brookings Institute, 2022
68-Acre Creative Village Supports a High-Tech Cluster in Downtown Orlando
UCF Among Top 20 Most Innovative Universities
U.S. News & World Report, 2018-2021
It’s a Smart world, AFTER ALL
Orlando’s Tech Workforce
Orlando boasts a young, well-educated and diverse workforce with more than 2 million people. With an annual population growth rate of 2.3 percent and labor force growth rate of 3.5 percent, Orlando is a top city for STEM job growth and among the nation’s fastest-growing employment markets, ensuring a strong and stable labor pool well into the future.
2,200+ Software Developers Graduated in Orlando
3.0% Annual Labor Force Growth Rate
Florida Department of Commerce, 2021-2022
1000+ People per Week Added to the Population
U.S. Census Bureau
The theme here is success
Technology Degree Programs in Orlando
It’s no wonder Orlando is the top city for STEM job growth. Orlando is anchored by a university built to help the United States win the space race, now known as the University of Central Florida (UCF). New frontiers include digital twinning, surgical robots and smart mobility, inspiring a new generation to go to infinity and beyond.
The Digital Animation & Visual Effects (DAVE) School
Located on the backlot of Universal Orlando, the DAVE school produces skilled graduates in the fields of digital entertainment and interactive media.
Full Sail University
Full Sail’s focuses on real-world industry experience and creative problem solving, with degrees ranging from entertainment business to simulation.
Lake-Sumter State College
Lake-Sumter offers degrees in Information Technology and Management Technology.
Lake Technical College
With a 88% completion rate, Lake Technical College offers programs including welding technology, IT, and automotive technology.
Orange Technical College
Utilizes 3D animation and game engine technology to create realistic simulations used in the modeling, simulation and training industries.
Seminole State College of Florida
Programs including IT, Information Systems Technology, Engineering Technology and Computing and Telecom Services.
University of Central Florida (UCF)
Founded as Florida Technological University to support the U.S. space program, UCF continues its original focus on engineering and technology.
Programs include IT, Computer IT, and Engineering and Technology.
It’s more than fun and games – there’s serious business happening here. From aerospace and defense to education, healthcare and gaming, Orlando’s tech companies are behind innovations with global impact.
EA Tiburon Moves to Downtown
Electronic Arts Tiburon announced the construction of a new 180,000-square-foot studio in the heart of downtown Orlando.
CentralSquare Expansion Adds 240 High-Wage Hires
Headquartered in Lake Mary in the Orlando region, CentralSquare announced the addition of more than 240 new hires focused in development, professional services and sales to support its recent expansion.
An Ecosystem of Support
Orlando’s tech community is enthusiastic about partnership and collaboration.
UCF Coding Boot Camp
UCF coding boot camps get students ready with the in-demand skills they need to advance or start a career in coding, data analytics, or digital marketing.
StarterStudio is a pioneering hub for innovative and tech-enabled entrepreneurs that empowers and provides resources for entrepreneurs, creatives, and innovators to begin, grow, and flourish in Florida. Through community education programs, accelerators, funding, and collaborative work spaces, StarterStudio fosters a community—serving as a platform for the ideas of the future.
Florida High Tech Corridor Council
The Florida High Tech Corridor Council (The Corridor) is a partnership between industry and educators from USF, UCF and UF that is focused on attracting, retaining and growing high tech industry and the workforce to support it. The Corridor provides the Matching Grants Research Program, which has generated more than $1 billion in economic impact.
Orlando is Home to Magic & Microchips
Discover how the Orlando Economic Partnership, in partnership with the Florida High Tech Corridor, is focused on building an internationally recognized semiconductor industry cluster that is globally competitive resulting in significant contributions to Central Florida’s economy and the United States’ economic and national security.
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Other Focus Areas
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Exporting financial technology across the globe.
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Orlando is home to magic & microchips
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Get in touch with Abigail Wagner, Director of Economic Development, for additional information including customized talent data and tailored space recommendations.
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