San Diego, CA Career Guide: Fastest Growing San Diego Careers

In proximity to San Diego Bay, Los Angeles, and Mexico, San Diego is an urban paradise with 70 miles of beaches and a bright economic future. A career in San Diego may be waiting for you. Find out more about San Diego, its largest employers and its fastest-growing jobs in this article.

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San Diego is the 2nd largest city in California and the 8th largest in the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes The San Diego-Carlsbad Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had a civilian labor force of over 1.5 million with an unemployment rate of just 4.7% in January 2016. The BLS also notes that the unemployment rate for the State of California was 5.7% at the same time.

Largest Employers

According to the San Diego Sourcebook of San Diego Source, the following are the top 10 largest employers in San Diego County in 2016.

  • State of California
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Federal Government
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • County of San Diego
  • City of San Diego
  • Sharp Healthcare
  • Scripps Health
  • San Diego Unified School District
  • Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center

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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

The State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) reports that the following are expected to be the top 10 fastest growing jobs in the San Diego-Carlsbad Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) over the 2012-2022 decade.

  • Brickmasons and Blockmasons
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Marketing Research Analysts and Market Specialists
  • Tile and Marble Setters
  • Painters, Construction and Maintenance
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Cost Estimators
  • Postsecondary Vocational Education Teachers
  • Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
  • Construction Laborers
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