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. Read the article to learn a little about the largest employers and its 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 5.02 million as of February 2016. At that same time, it had an unemployment rate of 5.5%.

Largest Employers

The Los Angeles Almanac notes that the following were the largest employers in Los Angeles County in 2014:

  • 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
  • Providence Health and Services

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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 2012-2022 decade.

  • Personal Care Aides
  • Brickmasons and Blockmasons
  • Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers
  • Helpers - Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons and Tile and Marble Setters
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Economists
  • Home Health Aides
  • Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers
  • Skincare Specialists
  • Tapers
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