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

Located in Southern California in Los Angeles County, Long Beach boasts over 5 miles of beachfront on the Pacific Ocean, and many jobs are related to its port. Continue reading to learn more about Long Beach, its largest employers and its fastest-growing jobs.

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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 5.1 million and an unemployment rate of 4.1% in March 2018. The average hourly wage for all occupations in the MSA, as of May 2017, was $26.84.

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 2016:

  • 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 2014-2024 decade, which is the county where Long Beach is located. These jobs all fall between the 36% growth projected for web developers to the nearly 52% growth for personal care aides:

  • Personal Care Aides
  • Statisticians
  • Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
  • Brickmasons and Blockmasons
  • Helpers - Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons and Tile and Marble Setters
  • Restaurant Cooks
  • Nuse Practitioners
  • Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles
  • Home Health Aides
  • Web Developers
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