Long Beach, CA Career Outlook: Fastest Growing Long Beach Careers

Jul 10, 2020


Long Beach is located on the coast, and its port is a major facet of the city: the Port of Long Beach, covering 3,200 acres of land and 4,200 acres of water, is the 2nd busiest seaport in the United States. According to the port's fact sheet, it supports over 1.4 million jobs throughout the country. In addition to the economic benefits, Long Beach's location makes it a pleasant place to live. According to Sperling's BestPlaces, Long Beach is ranked at #2 out of the top 50 most comfortable summer metropolitan areas in the U.S.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had a civilian workforce of over 4.7 million and an unemployment rate of 20.6% in May 2020. The average hourly wage for all occupations in the MSA, as of May 2019, was $28.74.

Largest Employers

A financial report issued by the city offers the most recent information on the largest employers in Long Beach. The top employer on this list, the Unified School District, had more than 12,000 employees, while the rest ranged from 1,400-5,100 employees. According to the City of Long Beach, the following were the largest employers as of the fiscal year 2019:

  • The Long Beach Unified School District
  • Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
  • City of Long Beach
  • California State University - Long Beach (CSULB)
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Long Beach City College
  • Boeing Company
  • CSULB Research Foundation
  • Molina Healthcare Incorporated
  • St. Mary Medical Center
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Verizon

Fastest-Growing Occupations

According to the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD), the following are projected to be among the fastest-growing jobs in Los Angeles County over the 2016-2026 decade, which is the county where Long Beach is located. These jobs all fall between the 29.8% growth projected for massage therapists to the nearly 41.4% growth for home health aides:

  • Home Health Aides
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Physician Assistants
  • Statisticians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Massage Therapists
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