While Miami is known for its beach scene, diverse cultural identity, and amazing nightlife, there is so much more working behind the scenes. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are approximately 54 colleges, universities, and technical schools in Miami and Miami Beach. The list includes top schools like the University of Miami, all the way down to vocational schools in Miami such as the Florida Vocational Institute and Future-Tech Institute.
With world renowned nightlife, an array of top employers, and plenty of schools to choose from, it's no wonder Miami is attracting young people in droves. Keep reading to learn more about one of the top industries in Miami, and gain an insider's look at what life in Miami is really like.
Vocational education in Miami with Lucy Robello
To learn more about the economy and lifestyle in Miami, we reached out to a business owner who hires and trains technical workers in the region. Please enjoy these expert responses from Lucy Robello of Synergy HomeCare.
What's the economic outlook in Miami?
The outlook for small businesses depends on the customer base. Small businesses that rely on tourism and retail -- especially those that are tied to Latin America -- are feeling the pinch. Miami is considered the gateway to Latin America. The dollar is strong, which is good news for the overall U.S. economy, but it deters Latin Americans from coming here and spending money, unless they are very wealthy.
However, small businesses that cater to locals are experiencing strong growth. Businesses like mine that provide much needed service to the community. Service industries are more resistant to economic downturns.
What are some top employers in Miami?
The University of Miami is one of the top employers in the area, as well as the local hospitals, such as Baptist Health and Jackson Memorial. The Miami-Dade County School system is also one of the largest employers.
Are there emerging industries in the Miami area?
It may not be [as] buzzworthy as a 3D printing company or an app design firm, but believe it or not, home care is considered an emerging industry. There is a large demand for home care. A recent AARP survey revealed that 90% of baby boomers wish to stay in their homes as they age, rather than move into an assisted living facility or nursing home. Many of these people will need some sort of help with activities of daily living, whether cooking and light housekeeping, bathing, or even just companionship.
Smaller construction firms and remodeling businesses can piggyback off the desire to "age in place" by retrofitting homes of baby boomers to fit their changing physical needs. This could include widening hallways and doorways to accommodate wheelchair access, or handrails in the shower or around toilets.
Why is Miami good for students?
Aside from the obvious, the weather, Miami is a vibrant city with a diverse culture. From the variety of food to the languages spoken, there really is something for everyone. Students can choose to bury their noses in a book at the local library or while digging their toes it the sand at one of the nearby beaches. There are also lots of small businesses in need of part-time help from students looking to make some extra cash. Bigger businesses provide great opportunities for internships and potential employment as well.
Why would you recommend someone move to Miami?
Compared to other cities, Miami is very affordable. Employment opportunities are vast. There are a variety of educational choices, whether public or private. Depending on where you chose to live, the city can also be very walkable. The area is chalk full of quirky neighborhoods, cafes and restaurants. Art, music and culture abound. Miami is also home to several major league sports teams, and we're close to securing a pro soccer team, too. We have an international airport and a port where some of the largest cruise ships in the world dock.
Miami and SYNERGY HomeCare are a great fit. Due to the aging demographics of South Florida's population, home care services are in demand. My staff of caregivers include nurses, nurse assistants, and home health aides. Living in an area which is home to some of the top colleges, universities and trade schools, the pool of skilled labor is rich.
Lucy Robello is the owner of Synergy HomeCare.
- City of Miami Official Website, http://www.miamigov.com/home/
- College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
- Interview with Lucy Robello of Synergy HomeCare