What Are the Fastest Growing Careers in California?

In 2013, California boasted a labor force of nearly 18.6 million. This means that it ranked first in the entire United States. With this in mind, the chances are good that you'll find a wide variety of job opportunities in the state that stretches from Mexico in the south to Oregon in the north

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California Career Overview

Thinking about moving to sunny California? Thinking about going out to Hollywood to become a star? Well, while you're waiting for that big break, here are some other California careers you might want to check out.

Jobs in the Health Care Industry

According to America's Career InfoNet (, many of the 50 fastest-growing jobs in California are in the health care industry. Some rapidly growing professions in the health care industry in the state are listed below:

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Home Healthcare Aide
  • Postsecondary Health Specialties Teacher
  • Orthotists and Prosthesists
  • Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Physician Assistant
  • Audiologist

Jobs in the Construction Industry

California's ever-growing population of sun-seekers means the construction industry is going strong, and many other in-demand careers are in construction and related trades. Among the top 50 fastest growing job opportunities in California are the following occupations within in the construction industry:

  • Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers
  • Tile and Marble Setters
  • Painters - Construction and Maintenance
  • Glaziers
  • Fence Erectors
  • Brick and Block Masons
  • Floor Layers
  • Helpers - Variety of Trades
  • Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
  • Insulation Workers
  • Structural Iron and Steel Workers.

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  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Jobs in the Information Technology (IT) Field

The information technology (IT) field is still hot in California, home of the original Silicon Valley. Jobs expecting a notable increase in demand by 2022 include the following:

  • Information Security Analyst (+40%)
  • Operations Research Analyst (+37%)
  • Computer Systems Analyst (+27%)
  • Computer User Support Specialist (+25%)
  • Software Developer, Systems Software (+24%)
  • Database Administrator (+21%)

Jobs in the Personal Services Field

Also among the fastest-growing California career fields are those involving personal services. One such job is skincare specialist, the demand for which is expected to increase 41% in the period 2012-2022. Another such job is concierge. The concierge at a hotel is the patron's lifeline to all available services that might be provided by the establishment to make that guest's stay as comfortable as possible. Concierge positions are expected to increase 26% by 2022.

Jobs in the Entertainment Industry

Even if you don't get offered that starring role, you can still work in the entertainment industry. Although projected job growth in this field is not as rapid as a number of others, there are still some in-demand entertainment careers such as camera operator (+11%), animator (+11%) and, of course, actor (+12%).

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