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Cybercities ranks Miami-Fort Lauderdale's high-tech sector

South Florida has seen an increase of engineering services jobs, according to the Cybercities 2008 report released Tuesday by the American Electronics Association. Telecommunications services is reported to be the leading tech sector in the area with 17,400 jobs in 2006, raking it 10th nationwide. Second highest is engineering services with 15,300 jobs, which is an increase of 900 from the year before.

South Florida's high-tech industry employed 72,900 people in 2006, according to the report, which includes Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. The average tech worker in the area earned $66,600 in 2006, which is 61 percent more than the average private sector wage of $41,300 for South Florida. The area is ranked ninth in number of high-tech establishments, with 6,600 in 2006.

Other highlights about South Florida from the report:

  • 2,700 jobs lost between 2005 and 2006
  • ranks 10th in telecommunications services employment with 17,400 jobs
  • ranks 13th in engineering services employment with 15,300 jobs
  • ranks 20th in computer systems design and related services employment with 15,100 jobs

The top five cybercities by high-tech employment in 2006 were the New York metro area, Washington, D.C., San Jose/Silicon Valley, Boston and Dallas-Fort Worth. Seattle saw the largest tech industry employment growth, adding 7,800 jobs in 2006.

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