Event Image

Major Employers

From global high-tech companies to mom-and-pop small businesses, Brevard County’s public and private employers are greatly diversified, offering residents career opportunities in a wide-range of industry sectors. Certain organizations, however, are responsible for the employment of a large number of local residents.

With 8,500 employees, the Brevard County School Board, consisting of the school system’s employees and the school board, represents the largest employer in Brevard County. Higher educational institutions, including Eastern Florida State College and Florida Institute of Technology, also heavily contribute significantly to the area’s employment.

The county’s three major hospital/health service companies including Health First, Health Management Associates (doing business locally as Wuesthoff Health System) and Parrish Medical Center, represent the biggest employers in the area’s dynamic health care field.

The aerospace industry is among the key components of the local economy, both within the space program and elsewhere. Although NASA has retired the Space Shuttle program, there is a busy schedule of unmanned Atlas and Delta rocket launches scheduled for Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, coordinated by the 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base.

NASA and its contractors are dominant players in the northern part of the county. Some of the key contractors in the local space industry are URS Corporation, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, and United Launch Alliance.

Other major local employers in the aerospace industry include Rockwell Collins Inc. and Northrop Grumman Corp. Northrop Grumman announced in 2014 their plan to bring 1,800 jobs to the Space Coast. The jobs will stem from additional expansion at the company’s campus in Melbourne.

Beyond the space program, other high-tech businesses are crucial to the local economy. One of Brevard County’s largest corporate employers is Harris Corp., which is involved in a range of government, military and commercial endeavors. DRS Technologies and its various local divisions also have a major presence in Brevard County, along with Intersil, Symetrics Industries and Craig Technologies.

Among Brevard County’s other home-grown tech companies are Relm Wireless Corp., which makes two-way radios for public-safety professionals, government agencies and commercial and industrial applications; Globe Wireless, which provides a global vertically integrated network to the maritime industry.

Knight’s Armament, MC Assembly, Lighting Science Group and Vectorworks Marine are some of the Brevard companies doing manufacturing work.

Embraer began operations in 2011 at its assembly facility at the Melbourne International Airport and established its executive jet headquarters adjacent to the assembly plant. In October 2014 Embraer hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on the site of their new assembly building for the Legacy 450 and the Legacy 500. This new facility will bring approximately 500 new jobs to Brevard County. The first Legacy 500 should roll out of the new assembly building in 2016.

Also in 2011, AAR Corp. began operations at its airlift services and specialized aircraft modifications businesses at Melbourne International Airport and in Palm Bay.

Governmental employment also represents a large workforce sector, with many residents employed by county and city governmental agencies.

For more information on businesses in Brevard County, visit SpaceCoastBusiness.com