What Are the Fastest Growing Careers in California?

May 14, 2018

In 2016, California boasted a labor force of 19.1 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? Daydreaming 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.

It should, however, be noted that the unemployment rate in California as of March 2018 is 4.3%, just slightly higher than the national rate of 4.1%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS also reports that the mean hourly wage for California employees is $27.50.

Jobs in the Health Care Industry

Jobs in health care and services tend to be almost recession-proof and are in demand no matter the economic environment. According to America's Career InfoNet (www.careerinfonet.org), several of the 50 fastest-growing jobs from 2014-2024 in California are in the health care industry. Some rapidly growing professions in the health care industry in the state are listed below:

  • Home Health Aide
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Personal Care Aide
  • Physician Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Physical Therapist Assistant

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 from 2014-2024 are the following occupations within the construction industry:

  • Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
  • Brickmasons and Blockmasons
  • Stonemasons
  • Roofers
  • Helpers of Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters
  • Insulation Workers - Floor, Ceiling and Wall
  • Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
  • Electrician Helpers
  • Floor Layers (except carpet, wood and hard tiles)
  • Helpers of Carpenters
  • Helpers of Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons
  • Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers
  • Electricians
  • Glaziers
  • Tile and Marble Setters
  • Painters - Construction and Maintenance
  • Helpers of Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

Jobs in the Information Technology (IT) Field

The information technology (IT) field is still hot in California, home of the original Silicon Valley. Related jobs that appear in the top 50 fastest growing careers in California by 2024 include the following:

  • Web Developers
  • Software Developers - Applications
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers

Green Energy Jobs

Alternative sources of energy, such as wind energy and solar power, are also on the rise in California. In fact, the job that's expected to see the most growth in the state from 2014-2024 is the position of wind turbine service technician, which is projected to see a whopping 150% growth over the decade. Another high-growth job in the green energy field is solar photovoltaic installer, with 45% growth expected in California. These installers assemble solar modules on various sites, such as roofs.

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 animator (+15%), set designer (+11%), film and video editor (14%), and agent (32%).

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