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Sarasota County is the perfect backdrop for its expanding Tech sector. Its affordable cost of living, top-rated education system, many cultural amenities and attractive climate make it the right environment for building the next generation of tech.

A Spirit of Innovation

Florida is at the forefront of innovation in the creative economy. Floridians understand the undeniable link between innovation and business. In Sarasota County we are harnessing innovation and the state’s strong entrepreneurial spirit to build one of the nation’s leading creative hubs.


Top-rated education system paired with customized IT training centers ensure a qualified workforce


Innovative IT training solutions to help keep professional skills on the cutting-edge


Quality of life and affordability for both business and individuals provides the perfect backdrop for IT success


Ranked #4 among all MSAs in the United States for tech talent growth between 2019 and 2022  (LinkedIn Workforce Insights, 2022)


9th fastest-growing millennial population segment in the country – 11.1% annually (Brookings Institute, 2017)

Key Statistics

1,215 Companies

6,368 Jobs

$101,232 Avg. Wage

Key Technology Sectors






Software Publishers

Key Jobs

Based on MSA (North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton)

Software Developers

1,846 Jobs

$118,600 Average Salary

1,040 5-Year New Job Demand

Computer User Support Specialists

1,111 Jobs

$60,800 Average Salary

546 5-Year New Job Demand

Database and Network Administrators and Architects

884 Jobs

$104,800 Average Salary

379 5-Year New Job Demand

IT/Coding Academy

In 2019, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota won a 3.6 million dollar grant to support a regional initiative including a premiere training facility to develop software developers, cybersecurity technicians, and cloud architects. The Coding Academy has partnered with influential industry leaders to determine the key technical skills needed in today’s everchanging and ever-growing workforce. As business thrive in Sarasota County, the resources at the Coding Academy are crucial. In addition to having flexible and fast training, the Coding Academy offers cutting edge tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, mixed reality labs, and humanoid robots used to develop machine learning and artificial intelligence applications.

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