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Oakland, CA Career Outlook: Fastest Growing Oakland Careers

Oakland, California, residents - or those looking to relocate to Oakland - can find information about fast-growing careers in this article. It includes an overview, details about the largest employers and occupation projections for the Oakland area.

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Overview of Oakland, CA

Oakland, the county seat of Alameda County, is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is the 8th largest city in California and, based on the 2016 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, has a population of about 420,000. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of March 2018 the unemployment rate in the Oakland area is 3.0%, more than a full percentage point below the national rate of 4.1% at that time. In May 2017, the BLS reported that the average hourly wage for workers in this region was $33.51, far above the national average of $24.34.

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  • Agriculture
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  • 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

Largest Employers

The largest employers in the Oakland area are found in both the private and public sectors. According to the City of Oakland Economic & Workforce Development, the following are the largest employers in Oakland based on the number of employees as of 2016:

  • Kaiser Permanente/Kaiser Foundation
  • Alameda County
  • City of Oakland
  • BART
  • State of California
  • UCSF Children's Hospital Oakland
  • Alameda Health Systems (Highland Hospital)
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Oakland Unified School District
  • Sutter Hospitals, Medical Foundation & Support Services

Fastest-Growing Jobs

Diverse occupations are expected to see fast annual growth through 2024 in Alameda County, according to the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD). These include jobs in construction, green energy, education and multimedia, among others. The EDD reports that the following were projected to be among the fastest-growing occupations in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, which include Oakland, from 2014-2024:

  • Roofers
  • Web Developers
  • Biomedical Engineers
  • Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Solar Photovoltaic Installers
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators
  • Nurse Practitioners
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