Los Angeles Job Outlook & Career Overviews

Jul 10, 2020


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 4.71 million as of May 2020. At that same time, it had an unemployment rate of 20.6%. The BLS also reported, as of May 2019, an average hourly wage of $28.74 for the region in all occupations. Legal professions earned a much higher average hourly wage of $63.86, while food preparation and serving related jobs earned $14.36 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 2018:

  • County of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles (including DWP)
  • Federal Government (non-Defense Department)
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • State of California (non-education)
  • University of Southern California
  • Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Providence Health & Services

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 2016-2026 decade. All these professions can expect greater than 29.8% growth during this period:

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