Metropolitan-area population: 1.8 million
Who's hiring now: Citrix Systems, DHL Express, Republic Services, Spirit Airlines, Zimmerman Partners
Hottest jobs Senior software developer ($84,600), financial controller ($78,600), IT project manager ($75,700), HR director ($73,500), construction project manager ($72,700)
If West Palm Beach is one of south Florida's last frontiers, then Fort Lauderdale is fast turning into its settled interior. Tourism continues to be the big draw for new jobs, since home prices are sinking and the recent boom in back-office operations here has peaked as well. The office property sector continues to be strong, indicating that growth in the area's professional job market is not done yet.Nearby Port Everglades is also part of the equation, as it continues to grow in importance, attracting even more lucrative cruise ship traffic to the area.
Sources: Conference Board, Global Insight, Moody's Economy.com, PayScale, and Radford Surveys & Consulting.