September 27, 2020

Immigration

Permanent visas

Employers claim a need for foreign workers for everything from pilots to pilates instructors.

Mike Vogel | 9/27/2018

Top Five Occupations
Occupation Positions Average Wage Offer
Software developers, applications 887 $85,972
Computer systems analysts 177 $92,748
Financial managers 126 $121,259
Marketing managers 113 $106,492
Computer and information systems managers 88 $129,679
Source: Office of Foreign Labor Certification

  • 3,657 — Total number of jobs in Florida certified by the Department of Labor in 2017 as meeting the government test for workers with a set of skills for which Florida employers couldn’t find a qualified U.S. worker.
  • $9/hour - $350,000/year — Wages ranged from just under $9 an hour for a cook at an Indian restaurant in Orlando to $350,000 a year for a doctor at a Fort Myers cancer treatment firm.
  • $74,600 — Average wage offered at Florida firms

All Across Florida, Employers Seek Visas For Foreign-Born Workers

Employers who seek certification from the U.S. Department of Labor to hire foreign-born workers and get them a permanent U.S. visa to move here include some of Florida’s largest employers — and some of its smallest. Examples of jobs for which employers sought certification in 2018:

Firm Location Job Wage Offered
Rogers Blue Jays Baseball Partnership Dunedin Major League strength and conditioning assistant $65,000
Raymond James & Associates St. Petersburg Senior technology test analyst $77,000
Silver Airways Fort Lauderdale First officer $34/hour
Atlantic Sapphire USA (aquaculture) Miami Chief operations officer $161,000
Comprehensive Breast Center Miami Public relations specialist $84,552
University of Florida Gainesville Assistant professor, architecture $76,125
Florida State University Tallahassee Assistant professor, recreation and fitness $73,000
Seacoast Bank Stuart Data integration developer $73,757 to $117,500
Siemens Energy Orlando Project engineer $92,248
International Speedway Daytona Beach Interactive web designer $44,582
Publix Super Markets Lakeland Systems analyst $83,980 to $126,035
Source: Office of Foreign Labor Certification, U.S. Dept. of Labor

 

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