Quality Workforce

The large military presence draws a great diversity of technology-based firms, defense contractors, education and supporting industries. With over 1,400 military men and women separating from the military and staying in the area each year our labor market offers an educated, highly-skilled and disciplined workforce. Most of those exiting the military intend to stay or could be compelled to stay.

In order to improve the area’s ability to connect and create jobs for veterans and transitioning service members, economic development and workforce officials executed an MOU with leadership from Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field. Through these efforts, almost 1,300 responses from those preparing to transition out of the military have been collected thus far. As evidenced from the charts below, over 63% plan to remain in the local area. Further, as shown in the chart capturing length of service of exiting military members, the majority of those separating have at least 10 years of service.


Top Okaloosa County Public and Private Sector Employers

Top 10 Manufacturers

Lockheed Martin 926
L3 Crestview Aerospace 612
Boeing Company 450
BAE Systems 380
DRS Training and Control Systems 300
Crane Electronics 200
Fort Walton Machining 236
American Elite Molding 150
MicroSystems Inc. 120
Certified Manufacturing 49

Top 10 Private Sector

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center 1,065
Lockheed Martin 926
Reliance Test & Technology 800
North Okaloosa Medical Center 643
L3 Crestview Aerospace 612
CenturyLink 600
Walmart 600
Asurion/iQor 535
White Wilson Medical Center 480
Boeing 450

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