Top 15 Fastest-Growing Jobs in California
Economy and Jobs From 2020 Through 2030
California experienced a decline in its economy because of the novel coronavirus pandemic during the second quarter of 2020, but healthcare jobs began to increase and shuttered businesses began to reopen in May and June.
Among healthcare jobs that increased in numbers during the first half of the year were registered and licensed practical nurses, doctors in a variety of specialties, technicians across the medical field, respiratory therapists, and infectious control experts.
Medical testing professionals were in demand for viral testing and antibody determination and lab techs were needed to work on treatments and cures for COVID-19. Related support positions increased as well and will continue to increase throughout the decade. This especially includes professionals in disinfecting hospitals and clinics, and others who trace patient contacts to warn those who have been recently exposed to disease.
Higher standards of sanitizing and disinfecting health and medical settings as well as businesses will result in increased related jobs available for several decades.
California Business and Job Growth
California added at least 32,300 jobs in education, health, professional services, and business services during January 2017, according to the DOL, at the same time that the state minimum wage increased from $10.00 to $10.50/hour. The 2020 California Minimum Wage became $12 for small employers and $13 for large employers.
By March 2017, the state showed at least 380,000 job listings on leading search engines SimplyHired and Indeed.
During 2019, California experienced job growth of 1.8%, compared to the U.S. average of 1.4%. Unemployment stood at the rate of 3.9% from November 2019 through February 2020, climbed to 5.5% in March, and hit 15.5% in April as a result of COVID-19 business closures. However, businesses began to reopen in late May.
During the first week of June 2020, the state experienced advertised job listings of over 240,000 positions, with over 4,000 of these jobs listed as remote, online work-from-home employment. The total jobs listed in June 2020 is 36% lower than in March 2017, but is expected by state leaders to grow beyond the March 2017 figure over the summer of 2020.
Healthcare openings will increase from 2020 through 2030, aloing with aerospace, IT, shipping and delivery, and manufacturing jobs.
Top 15 Fastest Growing Jobs 2016 - 2026 and Median Salaries
- Personal Care Aides $24,419
- Food Prep and Serving $25,232
- Transportation and Material Moving $32,260
- Healthcare Practitioners $86,619
- Construction and Extraction $54,394
- General and Operations Managers $117,727
- Business and Financial Specialists $75,454
- Computer and Math Jobs $102,034
- Education and Training $55,302
- Healthcare Support Jobs $34,983
- Administrative Support Staff $39,132
- Retail and Wholesale Sales $31,001
- Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance $30,108
- Software App Developers $123,085
- Registered Nurses $102,288
The 2020 California Minimum Wage became $12 for small employers and $13 for large employers.
Top 20 Largest Employers in California
Many of these employers are involved in aerospace, defense, energy, healthcare, and IT.
- 32nd St Naval Station San Diego, Federal Government and National Security
- Alphabet Inc,, Mountain View, Internet Search Engines
- Amgen Inc., Newbury Park, Biological Specimens-Manufacturers
- Applied Materials Inc., Santa Clara, Semiconductor Manufacturing
- Boeing Co., Huntington Beach, Aircraft-Manufacturers
- Broadcom Corp., Irvine, Semiconductors & Related Devices
- Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, West Hollywood, Hospitals
- Chevron Corp., San Ramon, Oil Refiners
- Cisco Systems Inc., San Jose, Computer Peripherals,
- Community Regional Medical Center, Fresno, Hospitals
- D & G Mortgage Group Inc., Davis, Internet Service
- Department of Transportation, Sacramento, State Government
- Ebay Inc., San Jose, E-Commerce
- Edwards Air Force Base
- Flextronics International, Milpitas, Semiconductor Devices
- Intel Corp., Santa Clara, Semiconductor Devices
- JET Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Research Service
- Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, Hospitals
- LAC & Usc Medical Center, Los Angeles Hospitals
- Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore
Top California Job Advertisers
- CVS Health and Retail. Retail, pharmacy technicians, managers, other.
- Vons Grocers, Safeway Grocery Stores, and Superior Grocers
- McDonald's Restaurants
- CARE.com: Personal and home health aides, nannies, and companions.
- System Transport
- Postmates: Delivery services.
- Amazon Web Services, Inc.
- PetSmart: Retail pet supplies.
- Sam Ramone Franchises
- Kaiser Permanente: Hospitals.
- Del Taco
- Albertsons: Grocery Stores
- Northrop Grumman: Aerospace, defense.
- Domino's Pizza, Pizza Hut, So Cal Pizza
- The Aerospace Corporation
- Lockheed Martin: Aerospace, defense.
- Raytheon Technology: Aerospace, defense.
Highest Demand Jobs Listed in California
- Truck Drivers, all types of trucks.
- Sales Jobs, including supervisors.
- Registered Nurses.
- Manufacturing Jobs: SpaceX, Tesla, Amazon, other.
- Food Service Jobs: Crew, managers, and delivery.
- Grocery Jobs, including delivery
- Engineers and Technicians, including aerospace and IT
- Housekeeping and Cleaning
- Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses
- Physicians, several specialties, especially Emergency Medicine
Cities With the Most Job Openings:
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- San Diego
- San Jose
Worker-Recommended Cities for Jobs From Glassdoor.com
- Bakersfield, California: Construction, Insurance, Financial Products & Services Construction, insurance, and financial products jobs are being listed in central California, especially Kern County. Construction positions, including supervisors, fill most of the top 20 slots for high-demand jobs in Bakersfield.
- Hidden Hills Jobs and Internships. This is a suburb of west of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, Hidden Hills is among the BusinessWeek Wealthiest 25 Cities in America.
- Inland Empire Sustainable Industry. The Inland Empire contains two counties in southern California, east of Los Angeles. The fastest growing industries include tourism, wholesale trade, logistics, healthcare, bioengineering medicine, food products, and technologies.
- Lincoln, CA–Electric Cars and Alternative Energy, Lincoln is a hot spot for alternative energies and fuels, especially electric cars called LEVs.
- Sacramento. Business development and new jobs are growing in Sacramento, one of the Top 25 Best US Cities for jobs, according to Forbes.com and others. Long-term, high-paying careers are available in several areas.
- Stockton California features active ports on thousands of miles of clear waterways in what is well known as the California Delta and is where one if the state's major colleges is located.
Jobs and Economic Recovery
- California Economic Development Department.
- California Labor Market.
- Roosevelt, Margot. Job growth in California accelerates, even as it slows nationally. Los Angeles Times. January 24, 2020.
- WalletHub.com California Best and Worst Job Cities.
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