Oakland, CA Career Outlook: Fastest Growing Oakland Careers

Oakland, California, residents - or those looking to relocate to Oakland - can find information about fast-growing careers in this article. It includes an overview, details about the largest employers and occupation projections for the Oakland area.


Oakland, the county seat of Alameda County, is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is the 8th largest city in California and the 5th largest port in the country. According to the California Employment Development Department (EDD), the Oakland area boasted an unemployment rate of just 4.4% in January of 2016. Among the national companies that call Oakland home are the following:

  • Ask.com
  • Blue Bottle Coffee
  • Clorox
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • Dreyer's Ice Cream
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Pandora

Largest Employers

According to information published on the Web in 2016 by the City of Oakland, the following are the largest employers in Oakland:

  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Oakland Unified School District
  • State of California
  • Alameda County
  • City of Oakland
  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
  • Children's Hospital and Research Center
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Alameda Health System
  • Southwest Airlines

Fastest-Growing Jobs

The EDD reports that the following were projected to be among the fastest-growing occupations in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, which includes Oakland, from 2012-2022. The listing is based on new jobs from industry growth:

  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Nursing Assistants
  • Computer User Support Specialists
  • Carpenters
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Painters, Construction and Maintenance
  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Biochemists and Biophysicists
  • Pipelayers

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