Florida Chamber Foundation Chief Economist Provides Look at Future of Florida’s Workforce


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This morning, Dr. Jerry Parrish joined the Florida House Post-Secondary Education Subcommittee to discuss the future of Florida’s workforce and the Florida Chamber Foundation’s recent report- Florida Jobs 2030. Click here to read Dr. Jerry Parrish’s full testimony.

What does the future of Florida’s talent, workforce and skills look like?

By 2030, Florida will add six million more residents and will need to create 2 million net new jobs. At the same time, rapid innovation technology will drive increased automation, globalization, digitization, and advances in machine learning in the next decade and a half.

While these shifts are already well underway, by 2030 these and other disruptive technologies will lead to the development of new jobs and a shift in the skills and competencies required for existing jobs within the state’s economy. Though many of the jobs Floridians will hold in 2030 have not yet emerged, Florida has a strategic opportunity to prepare for these shifts by leveraging its many assets and changing demographics to make decisions that will have generational benefits and create economic opportunity for millions of Floridians.

Read the Report and Share Your Thoughts

Florida Jobs 2030 is an analysis of the state’s 21st-century jobs. This analysis draws on labor market research and qualitative interviews with more than 90 stakeholders from Florida’s business, education, nonprofit, and workforce communities to examine these 21st-century jobs, the skills required to perform them, and anticipated gaps in the labor market. Click here to read the report and tell us your thoughts on where Florida’s workforce future is headed.

Learn More

During the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2017 Future of Florida Forum, education, workforce and economic development leaders dedicated an entire morning to discussing how Florida can be ready for the future of workforce. During that event, the Florida Chamber Foundation also unveiled Florida’s newest education website, Launch My Career Florida.

A talented workforce is Florida’s best long-term economic strategy, and businesses around the state agree that talent is quickly replacing the tax incentive as the economic tool of choice. There are several ways you can continue the conversation:

Testimony on Florida Jobs 2030


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ON:            Florida Jobs 2030

TO:             House Post-Secondary Education Subcommittee

BY:             Jerry Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Florida Chamber Foundation

DATE:       October 11, 2017

Good afternoon Madam Chairman and members of the committee.  I am Dr. Jerry Parrish – I am the Chief Economist and Director of Research at the Florida Chamber Foundation.

Today I’ve been asked to discuss our recent report called Florida Jobs 2030This report is available to everyone for free – at www.theFloridaChamber.com

Before I do that I want to remind the Committee that we have online The Florida Scorecard.

On it we track the metrics that are important to Florida’s Future.  We have data at the State level as you see here, and we have it for every county in Florida.  There are hundreds of thousands of data points available for use by everyone – all of it is Free to use.   Because we believe that we can track Florida’s progress through the use of the right metrics.

For each of Florida’s 6 Pillars there is additional data.  Here you see the metrics for our Talent Supply and Education pillar.  You may notice the color scheme – if it’s green it means we’re going in the right direction.  Red means we’re not – and the light blue means we had no change.

The Florida Chamber Foundation has been doing research a long time.  In the nearly 49 year history of the Chamber Foundation, we have produced many research reports that have led to good policy actions by the Florida Legislature.

Our latest report is called Florida Jobs 2030.

The Chamber Foundation is thankful for the support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for this project.

In this report, more than 90 stakeholders from all areas of Florida were interviewed.


  1. Private-sector companies, both large and small businesses
  2. Professionals involved in career training and development
  3. State college, and state university leaders
  4. Economic Development Professionals
  5. Non-profit leaders
  6. Many local chambers of commerce
  7. Foundations who work in this field
  8. Association partners of the Chamber Foundation

Results from these hundreds of hours of interviews were combined with quantitative data on the number of jobs available in categories chosen for their growth potential in this state and their ability to provide high-wage jobs and career options for Florida families.

In the report, we detail the 5 Target Industries that we expect to grow the most, and produce the most high-wage jobs for Florida between now and the year 2030.  These categories include:

  1. Aerospace and Aviation
  2. Health Care & Life Sciences
  3. Manufacturing
  4. Finance and Professional Services
  5. Logistics & Distribution

For each of these industries, we note the entry-level, middle-skill, and high-skill jobs available in the career lattice – and what qualifications someone would need to get these differing skill jobs.  This one for Aerospace and Aviation shows potential paths of how someone could get into the industry and progress as they obtain higher skills.

This slide shows the Logistics and Distribution Cluster – and you may remember that with the Chamber Foundation’s Trade & Logistics Studies – both 1 and 2 – this is something we have been doing research on for a long time.

For each of the 5 target industries, we show the specific jobs, their current employment, expected growth, median wage and the education required for an entry-level position.

This slide shows the 2 industry clusters expected to grow the fastest in the upcoming years.  As in the other 3, the report provides detailed job projections, the entry, middle- and high-skill jobs that are expected to grow as well as the salaries that are possible.

You know, people often ask me how our research is being used.  I am pleased to say that we not only has CareerSource Florida been using our research, we also have Florida’s State College System using our report to align their curriculum to what Florida needs to secure its future.  Just last week the Florida College System hosted a 2-day convening of leadership teams from all of its 28 colleges that I participated in – along with economists from Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity and CareerSource Florida.  In it the college leadership team reviewed how their College was meeting the talent needs of local businesses in these 5 target industries.  This will align Florida’s talent supply with the expected growth in these industries that diversify Florida’s economy and create high-wage jobs.

I would like to take this time to remind the Committee that this report is part of the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Florida 2030 Project. 

Our organization has visited all 67 counties in Florida and discussed Florida’s future with more than 10,000 people for the Florida 2030 project, developing a strategic plan for our state – discussing Florida’s future and what we need to do to prepare.  You will see that report around March 2018.

Finally – I want to let you know that the Florida Chamber Foundation partnered with the U.S. Chamber on a website called Launch My Career.  We help a press conference at our Future of Florida Forum.  It is a website that people can go to and get information on potential careers, what the demand is expected to be and what the pay is.  You can find that website at www.LaunchMyCareerFL.org

Thank you Madam Chairman and the Committee for allowing me to present today – I will be glad to answer any questions that you may have.

Thank you.



Is Tallahassee Ready to Tackle the Jobs of the Future?

Authored By: Dr. Jim Murdaugh, President, Tallahassee Community College


In 1994, the Florida Chamber Foundation released “No More Excuses: What Businesses Must Do to Help Improve Florida’s Schools,” which showed that assessment, accountability and improving student learning were the keys to creating a world-class education system in Florida.

Thanks to the resolve of families, teachers, and education and business leaders, Florida went from having a graduation rate that was 48th in the nation to a state that is ranked in the top quartile in educational achievement. Leon County is now graduating more students from high school and more students from its higher education institutions.

That is good news, but has the improvement been enough to ensure our workforce is prepared? According to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s latest research report, “Florida Jobs 2030,” 64 percent of Florida jobs will require some form of postsecondary education by 2021. The workers of tomorrow will need to remain competitive in the midst of automation, globalization and technological advances. Many of the jobs that Floridians will hold in 2030 are still emerging, and some do not even exist yet.

While we must address the continuing gaps between the requirements of these positions and current levels of education, this is also an opportunity for students and communities to take advantage of middle-skill and entry-level opportunities that do not require advanced degrees.

“Florida Jobs 2030” poses a call to action to businesses, educators, training providers, employers, employees, communities, local government and policy makers to work together to create pathways to success for today’s students.

 At Tallahassee Community College, we take these conversations seriously. Do our students have opportunities to prepare for the jobs of the future? Will they graduate in a future that has the jobs they need?

Creating a workforce that is prepared and that is globally competitive is one key to ensuring Florida’s future remains bright. If you agree, visit www.FloridaChamber.com/FloridaJobs2030 and learn more about how you can get involved.


Continue These Conversations

You can help continue these conversations and more by registering for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Learners to Earners Education Summit, held June 13-14 in Orlando. Click here to learn more.

CareerSource Florida President: Right Skills at the Right Time Matter

As the Florida Jobs 2030 report points out, industry input is key to Florida’s success. CareerSource Florida is holding workshops and has established leadership councils based around this report to “think about what the talent needs are for those industries that are so important to Florida’s economy.”

The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Chief Economist, Dr. Jerry Parrish, estimates that nearly 2 million net new jobs will need to be created between now and 2030. Florida’s workforce is key to ensuring a future that can create economic opportunities and jobs for all Floridians. That’s why a long-term lens on what workforce means to businesses in Florida is important.

As Dennard explains:

The CareerSource Florida network served over 80,000 businesses last year in recruiting, training and hiring needs. What we found, was that the need for businesses to have the right skills at the right time available to support their business is critical to moving Florida’s economy forward. Creating a long-term sustainable talent pipeline can move these opportunities from being transactional – or meeting the needs of an individual business— to transformational, changing the lives of Florida families and ensuring that sustainable talent pipeline for businesses.

You can be part of this conversation.

Register today to attend the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2017 Learners to Earners Education Summit.

A Call To Action: Florida Jobs 2030


Authored By: Charles Hokanson, Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Helios Education Foundation

Polk County will need to create more than 61,900 net new jobs by 2030 to meet demand. And while third-grade reading scores, high school graduation rates and educational attainment in Polk County are improving, is it enough to ensure our workforce is prepared for future jobs that may not exist today?

Florida will need to fill the more than 2 million net new jobs needed by 2030. The Florida Chamber Foundation’s latest research report, Florida Jobs 2030, shows 64 percent of Florida jobs will require some form of post-secondary education by 2021. The workers of tomorrow will need to remain competitive in the midst of automation, globalization and technological advances.

While there are gaps to address between the requirements of these positions and the current levels of education and training within the state, this is also an opportunity for students and communities to take advantage of middle-skill and entry-level opportunities, which don’t require advanced degrees.

Florida Jobs 2030 poses a call to action to businesses, educators, philanthropy, training providers, employers, employees, communities, local government and policy makers to partner together to create pathways toward success for today’s students.

At Helios Education Foundation, our mission is to ensure that every individual in Arizona and Florida has the opportunity to attend and is prepared to succeed in post-secondary education. We believe that education changes lives and strengthens communities; that education is an investment, not an expense; that every student, regardless of Zip code, deserves a high-quality education; and that we will achieve our mission through partnership and collaboration.

We must work collaboratively to ensure our students are prepared to enter a workforce that is globally competitive and secures our state’s economic future. If you agree, join the conversations at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s annual Learners to Earners Education Summit in June.