San Francisco enjoys mild weather, exciting nightlife, and proximity to outstanding educational institutions. In 2015, in its Reader's Choice Awards, Condé Nast Traveler named San Francisco #2 in the category 'Best Big Cities in the United States'. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) enjoyed a civilian workforce of over 2.5 million and an unemployment rate of just 3.7% in February 2016.
According to the San Francisco Business Times Book of Lists 2015, the following were the top 10 largest employers in the San Francisco Bay area at that time.
- Kaiser Permanente
- City and County of San Francisco
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of California, San Francisco
- Safeway, Inc.
- State of California
- Wells Fargo Bank
- U.S. Postal Service
- Stanford University
- United Airlines, Inc.
As reported by the Labor Market Information Division of the California Employment Development Department, the following are projected to be the top 10 fastest-growing occupations in the San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City Metropolitan Division (Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties) over the 2012-2022 decade.
- Biomedical Engineers
- Personal Care Aides
- Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
- Interpreters and Translators
- Operations Research Analysts
- Information Security Analysts