Los Angeles Job Outlook & Career Overviews

Los Angeles, California, is famous as a mecca for vacationers and Hollywood hopefuls. However, there's more to the City of Angels than movie stars and traffic gridlock. Learn a little about the largest employers and the fastest-growing career opportunities in Los Angeles.

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The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale Metropolitan area had a civilian labor force of roughly 5.15 million as of March 2018. At that same time, it had an unemployment rate of 4.1%. The BLS also reported, as of May 2017, an average hourly wage of $26.71 for the region in all occupations. Legal professions earned a much higher average hourly wage of $62.19, while food preparation and serving related jobs earned $13.18 per hour, on average.

Largest Employers

Public sector organizations are the top five employers in Los Angeles County, totaling more than 300,000 employees. The Los Angeles Almanac notes that the following were the 10 largest employers in Los Angeles County in 2016:

  • County of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • City of Los Angeles (including DWP - Department of Water & Power)
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • Federal Government (non-Defense Department)
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • State of California (non-education)
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Target Corporation
  • Ralphs/Food 4 Less (Kroger Corporation)

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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

Fastest-Growing Jobs

According to the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) Labor Market Information Division, the following are projected to be among the fastest-growing occupations in Los Angeles County over the 2014-2024 decade. All these professions can expect greater than 31.5% growth during this period:

  • 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
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Postsecondary Law Teachers
  • Massage Therapists
  • Roofers
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