Approximately 41,000 residents live in Fort Pierce, Florida. The city is home to the Indian River State School that offers more than 150 degrees ranging from bachelor's degrees to certificates. It consistently ranks in the top 15 public regional colleges in the South and also consistently ranks as one of the most affordable colleges in the United States. The city is also home to the Aviator College of Aeronautical Science and Technology, often referred to as Ari Ben Aviator, where students can earn an associate's degree in aviation. Cosmetologists can earn their exciting degrees at the Fort Pierce Beauty Academy.
Located within Saint Lucie County, the largest employer in the county is the school, followed by the county. The next largest employer is Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute, followed by Florida Power and Light. These employers each have more than 1,000 employees apiece. The great news for residents of Fort Pierce is that the economy is extremely diverse, with lots of small businesses doing extremely well here.