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Top 25 Fastest-Growing Jobs in California

Updated on March 16, 2017

California Enjoyed Job Growth and Increases 2013 - 2017

Statewide, jobs grew from approximately 936,000 openings listed across the Internet in January 2013 to over 972,500 open job postings in August of the same year. This is an increase of 36,500 job vacancies or about 39% more available jobs in less than one year.

By September 2013, California had over 1,009,000 open job listings across the state and these jobs were not in the seasonal industries. Many jobs offered high pay, such as those in physical therapy and software engineering. Additional seasonal jobs would/will be added for the winter holiday season for an additional increase. The state Unemployment Rate was 8.5% during September 2013, reducing during the following year to 7.2% in September 2014.

By April 2015, the state showed advertisements of 325,526 openings, with a state Unemployment Rate reduced further in February 2015 to 6.9%, compared with 5.5% as a national average.

California again outpaces U.S. in job growth as state unemployment rate drops to 5.1%

— Natalie Kitroeff of the LA Times, March 2017

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. Construction jobs are beginning to increase as well.

By March 2017, the state showed at least 380,000 job listings on leading search engines SimplyHired and Indeed; with DOL figures showing 18.2 million people working out of about 19.2 million individuals eligible to work.

Job Listings Increase During 2013 by 39%

Numbers of jobs advertised hit a low in January 2013 and began to rise again.
Numbers of jobs advertised hit a low in January 2013 and began to rise again. | Source

Employment Trends In California

Los Angeles is the largest incorporated city in the State of California. From June, 2008 to December, 2009 (spanning the change in presidential administration in Washington DC), the city experienced an increase of 22% in Internet-logged job listings, according to leading job search, trending, and aggregating engines.

From 2010-2012, California's statewide increase in numbers of jobs was consistent until March of 2012, thanks in part to the growing aerospace Industry.

Job listings declined from March-December, 2012, but began to increase rapidly again in January, 2013. Listings reached a 39% increase (or 39,500 more jobs) by August, 2013 and a total of over 1,000,000 jobs by September, 2013.

Despite the Great Recession and severe financial problems in several of California's cities, many metropolitan areas of California experienced actual job growth (see chart below).

Santa Ana Experienced the Largest Increase in Jobs

Dino Quest at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, California.
Dino Quest at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, California. | Source

Job Listing Increases in California Cities During 2013

  • Santa Ana–115% increase
  • Irvine–58% increase
  • San Francisco–89% increase
  • Anaheim–75% increase
  • Bakersfield–63% increase
  • Fresno–49% increase
  • Pasadena–34% increase
  • San Jose–33% increase
  • Los Angeles–22% increase in job listings
  • Riverside–22% increase
  • Long Beach–19% increase
  • Sacramento–9% increase
  • Stockton–9% increase
  • Oakland–2% increase

Job Listing Decreases in California Cities During 2013

  • San Diego–62% decrease
  • Chula Vista–47% decrease
  • Modesto–36% decrease
  • San Bernardino–31% decrease
  • Fremont–8% decrease

Where the Most Jobs are In California During 2015

These cities offer the largest number of jobs in California:

  1. San Francisco,
  2. Los Angeles,
  3. San Diego (a good recovery from the decrease shown in 2013),
  4. San Jose,
  5. Sacramento (State Capital),
  6. Irvine,
  7. Palo Alto,
  8. Oakland,
  9. Mountain View, and
  10. Fresno.

Top 10 Largest Employers in California

Many of these employers are involved in aerospace, IT, energy, and defense, including the universities. Healthcare is another top industry.

  1. 32nd Street Naval Station in San Diego–US Navy
  2. UCLA Health System in Los Angeles
  3. UCLA in Los Angeles (University of California at Los Angeles)
  4. Los Angeles County Sheriff in Monterey Park
  5. Nestle USA in Glendale–Food manufacturing
  6. Edwards Air Force Base in Lancaster–USAF
  7. University Of California at San Diego
  8. University Of California at San Francisco
  9. University Of California at Berkeley
  10. Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego

Additional Top Employers:

  1. Score in Santa Barbara–SBA consultants
  2. University of California at Irvine
  3. Chevron Corporation–Oil & Gas
  4. Cedars Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood
  5. Cisco Systems in San Jose

California Business Directions

The major employers around California are largely involved in government, education, and aerospace, except for Nestle.

Information for these lists was gathered by and, employment and trending organizations. Information may also be found at Career One Stop at

Top California Job Listers

  1. Safeway Grocery Stores and Superior Grocers
  2. PetSmart: Retail pet supplies
  3. Domino's Pizza, Pizza Hut, So Cal Pizza
  4. CVS Health & Pharmacy: Retail, pharmacy technicians, managers, other
  5. Soliant Health Staffing: A sponsor of the US Olympic Team. Nice website with information about different work settings, advances in medical fields, travel medicine, telemedicine, and much more than usually found on a job site.
  6. Maxim Healthcare
  7. McDonald's Franchisee Owners: Also managers and crew
  8. Toys R Us
  9. 24 Hour Fitness
  10. Michaels: Crafts and home decor
  11. O'Reilly Auto Parts
  12. Centerline Drivers, LLC: CDL truck drivers
  13. Supplemental Health Care
  14. Kaiser Permanente
  15. Apple
  16. Jobspring Partners
  17. Workbridge Associates
  18. Elevate Recruiting Group
  19. A2Z Development Center, Inc.
  20. Lockheed Martin
  21. Amazon Web Services, Inc.
  22. Northrop Grumman

Top 25 Jobs Listed in California

  1. Physical Therapists
  2. Occupational Therapists
  3. Software Engineers–Systems and Apps–Important in Healthcare, Finance, and Space Programs, as well as Manufacturing.
  4. Sales Representatives
  5. Occupational Therapy Assistants
  6. Physical Therapy Assistants
  7. Store Managers
  8. IT Project Managers
  9. Administrative Assistants
  10. Salespeople
  11. Senior Software Engineers
  12. Account Executives
  13. Assistant Store Managers
  14. Financial Advisors
  15. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  16. Healthcare Volunteers–unpaid positions
  17. Customer Service Representatives
  18. Pharmacists
  19. Application Architects
  20. Procurement Managers
  21. Business Analysts
  22. Online Teachers–High School core courses
  23. Document Translators
  24. Financial Analysts
  25. Mechanical Engineers and Systems Engineers–Important in the Space Programs

Best California Cities for Jobs and Business (See map below)

  • Bakersfield, California Jobs: 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.
  • Jobs and Internships in Hidden Hills, CA The city of Hidden Hills, California, a suburb to the west of Los Angeles, is another wealthy city in Southern California. In the San Fernando Valley, Hidden Hills is Number 7 on the BusinessWeek Wealthiest 25 Cities in America.
  • Sustainable Industry Jobs in the Inland Empire 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, California is a hot spot for alternative energies and fuels, especially electric cars called LEVs.
  • Sacramento, California Business development and new jobs are growing in Sacramento, one of the Top 25 Best US Cities for jobs, according to major business analysts Forbes and others. Long-term, high-paying careers are available in several areas.
  • Hot Jobs in Stockton California Stockton, California was home to 300,000 in 2012. It 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.

California Jobs on the Map (See descriptions above)

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Employment Projections to 2024

The state of California expects the following 25 job titles to increase in numbers by higher percentages than other occupations to 2016, although healthcare-related jobs will likely increase after 2016 as well (reference: State Occupational Projections).

  1. Personal Care Aides/Home Health Aides
  2. Food Prep and Service; Wait Staff; Cooks; Supervisors of all
  3. Software Developers
  4. Laborers and Material Movers
  5. Registered Nurses, from 2-year degree to PhD
  6. Managers
  7. Retail Salespeople, CSRs, and Supervisors
  8. Carpenters, Electricians and their helpers
  9. Office Clerks
  10. Construction Laborers
  11. Accountants and Auditors
  12. IT Management Analysts
  13. Computer Systems and Network Analysts
  14. Market Research Analysts and Specialists
  15. Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
  16. First-Line Supervisors in Offices
  17. Janitors and Cleaners
  18. Sales Representatives
  19. Security Guards
  20. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
  21. Medical Assistants (often Nurse Practitioners)
  22. Truck Drivers; CDL
  23. Farmers: Crop and animal
  24. Teachers and Instructors other than K-12
  25. Computer Support Staff

Jobs and Economic Recovery

Aerospace Industries Will Provide New Jobs 2015 - 2025

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Many of the top employers are involved in programs and projects that support Aerospace Businesses and Healthcare advancement.The Commercial Crew formed before the last US Space Shuttle launched in July 2011.
Many of the top employers are involved in programs and projects that support Aerospace Businesses and Healthcare advancement.
Many of the top employers are involved in programs and projects that support Aerospace Businesses and Healthcare advancement. | Source
The Commercial Crew formed before the last US Space Shuttle launched in July 2011.
The Commercial Crew formed before the last US Space Shuttle launched in July 2011. | Source

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      Adrienne F Manson 9 years ago from Atlanta

      I know here I am again, but this is a serious matter for me, I am so glad u have listed the top 25 jobs in CA, boy my friend is going in wrong direction already she is studying medical billing here to prepare for jobs there.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      But perhaps Medical Billing might help if she needed to sign on with a temporary staffing agency when she first arrived in California.

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      Michael 5 years ago

      Hi. I am looking for a few good reputal on line jobs. can you direct me to some recommended sites.

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      Michael 5 years ago

      yeah, poker stars :))

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      Patton 3 years ago

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      Madmannart 3 years ago from Long Beach WA

      Great information here, I may put it to good use!

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