Dr. Judy Genshaft

University of South Florida

“By working together through the Chamber, Tampa Bay institutions…play an important role in strengthening our economy and our community.”

Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz

Stetson University College of Law

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Dr. Ronald L. Vaughn

The University of Tampa

“... Appreciates our continuing partnership with the Chamber to build a better community, develop future leaders and strengthen businesses.”

Dr. Kenneth Atwater

Hillsborough Community College

"Being actively involved with the Chamber has helped us forge relationships that have benefited HCC as a whole.”

Dr. Bill Lennox

Saint Leo University

"Chamber membership has been an exceptional way to strengthen our ties to the community and provide opportunities for our students and faculty."

Industries
 

Welcome! The purpose of these pages is to introduce you to a variety of industries in the Greater Tampa Bay community. We have also included a list of college majors that generally pursue careers in each industry. We invite you to explore the diverse assortment of opportunities available right here in the city of Tampa.

 


Hospitality / Tourism


Tampa Bay’s hospitality and tourism industry is booming, setting records in a range of key criteria: bed tax receipts; hotel occupancy rates; average daily room rates; revenue per available room. Tampa Bay as a tourism market has gained some new cachet. It’s not just beaches anymore — it’s cultural tourism, culinary tourism, craft beer trips, and more. In fact, Tampa Bay was recently named the No. 2 spot nationally on USA Today’s ranking of the best beer communities in the country! With more and more visitors flocking to the Tampa Bay area, at least seven new hotels are planned, under construction or recently opened on Clearwater Beach and in the downtown areas of Tampa and St. Petersburg. According to data from STR Inc., a firm that tracks the hotel industry, hotel revenue in May 2015 reached $48.7 million with 65,000 room nights - up more than 10 percent from the same period in 2014.

Relevant majors: Advertising; American Studies; Art; Cybersecurity; Digital Arts; English; Entrepreneurship; Environmental Science and Policy; Global Sustainability; Hotel Management; Hospitality Management; International Business; International Studies; Management; Management Information Systems; Tourism Management; Marketing; Mass Communications; Spanish
 

Information Technology

Tampa Bay serves as the gateway to the Florida High Tech Corridor (recently rebranded as simply, “the Corridor”) which spans 23 counties. Created as a partnership between the University of South Florida, University of Central Florida and now including the University of Florida, the Florida High Tech Corridor promotes the growth of the high-tech industry across Central Florida. In nearly two decades, The Corridor has worked with 360 companies on nearly 1,350 research projects, generating close to $1 billion in economic impact, according to its 2014 annual report. The University of South Florida in Tampa, the University of Central Florida in Orlando and the University of Florida in Gainesville are the lead partners in the collaboration that stretches from the Tampa Bay area east along Interstate 4 to the Atlantic Coast. The Tampa Bay region offers high tech companies, research institutions and industry organizations that are growing rapidly. Tampa has rich opportunities for employers and employees in agritechnology, aerospace, digital media, energy technologies, life sciences and medical technologies. Information technology is the driver for innovation the Tampa Bay region.

Relevant majors: Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Cybersecurity; Digital Arts; Electrical Engineering; English; Information Studies; Information Technology; Management Information Systems; Marketing; 
 

Financial Services

Nearly one in four of the state's business and information services firms resides in Tampa Bay. These firms range from financial services firms to information technology providers to professional services organizations such as law firms, accounting firms, engineering firms, consulting and more. As a gateway to the Florida High Tech Corridor, Tampa Bay is home to many information technology firms along with many business services providers.
Wall Street South is Tampa Bay's financial services cluster. It is the largest in the state of Florida and ranks 20th in the nation in terms of domestic employment. The size and scope of this sector has drawn many service vendors to the region to support the financial services industry. Financial services firms in the Tampa Bay area include Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Deposit Trust & Clearing Corporation, Raymond James Financial, Franklin Templeton, Metlife, USAA, Progressive Insurance, and State Farm.

Relevant majors: Accounting; Advertising; Business Economics; Entrepreneurship; Cybersecurity; Digital Arts; Economics; English; Finance; International Studies; Management; Management Information Systems; Marketing; Mass Communications; Mathematics; Philosophy; Religious Studies
 

Healthcare


With more than 50 hospitals, dozens of clinics and ambulatory care centers, the Tampa Bay has an abundance of top-rated health care facilities for children and adults. The region also has a wealth of well-trained medical professionals—nearly 53,000 nurses and more than 9,200 physicians (including physician assistants)—provide care to Tampa Bay residents and visitors every year. Mark Vitner, senior economist at Wells Fargo, recently told the Tampa Bay Times that “Health care is a sizable growth industry in Tampa Bay because of its large retiree population.”

Relevant majors: Allied Health; Athletic Training; Behavioral Healthcare; Biomedical Sciences; Cell Biology and Molecular Biology; Chemistry; Communication Sciences & Disorders; Cybersecurity; Environmental Microbiology; Gerontology; Health Science; Information Technology; Marketing; Mass Communications; Medical Technology; Microbiology; Nursing; Public Health; Religious Studies
 

Transportation


Tampa International Airport is the largest airport in the region with 21 carriers and more than 17 million passengers served last year. In addition to the recent opening of a new terminal, improvements are being planned to handle 25 million passengers by 2020. Traveler satisfaction has always been a top priority for "America's Favorite Airport." It has won high recognition in the international J.D. Power and Associates Global Airport Passenger Satisfaction Study for three consecutive years. The Condé Nast Traveler recognized TIA as the third best airport in the world and IATA Skytrax 2003 survey named TIA as the No. 2 airport in North America.

Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport has experienced a 19.2 percent increase in passenger traffic during the first quarter of 2005, mainly due to the addition of AirTran Airways and expanded service to destinations.

St. Petersburg–Clearwater International Airport provides access to commercial airliners, and smaller charter craft. The airport is currently planning an expansion which will include new terminal facilities and runway extension. Dotting the landscape throughout the area, are many general aviation airports for the aircraft enthusiast and smaller corporate jets.
Amtrak provides passenger rail service from Union Station in Tampa. Bus service is provided in Hillsborough County by Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART), in Pinellas County by Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), in Pasco County by Pasco County Public Transportation and in Hernando County by THE Bus. HART and PSTA provide express services between Tampa and Pinellas County, and PSTA provides connections to Pasco County.

HART also operates the TECO streetcar between downtown Tampa and Ybor City. In 2013 HART also began operating a Bus rapid transit system called MetroRapid that runs from downtown Tampa to the University of South Florida.

On July 1, 2007, an intermodal transportation authority was created to serve the seven county Tampa Bay Area. The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) was formed to develop bus, rapid transit, and other transportation options for the region.

Relevant Majors: Civil Engineering; Cybersecurity; Digital Arts; Entrepreneurship; Geography; Management Information Systems; Marketing; Mass Communications
 

Manufacturing


Tampa Bay ranks in the top 20 nationwide for medical device manufacturing clusters. The industry employs more than 10,000 people with an average wage in excess of $49,000 and produces over $2 billion worth of goods and services for an economic impact of more than 51,000 jobs and $5 billion. Tampa Bay's history of manufacturing for the defense industry has created a workforce skilled in high-precision fabrication of electronic parts and assemblies and experience in dealing with government relations, easing the transition to the highly regulated medical manufacturing industry. The Tampa Bay area is currently experiencing a resurgence in manufacturing jobs, which appears to be mostly concentrated in smaller, high-tech or “niche” companies. Today there are more than 333,000 manufacturing jobs across Florida, and more than 61,000 of these are in the Tampa Bay region.

Relevant majors: Computer Engineering; Cybersecurity; Digital Arts; Electrical Engineering; Entrepreneurship; Mechanical Engineering; Marketing