San Francisco Job Outlook & Top Growing Career Opportunities

Jul 16, 2020


San Francisco enjoys mild weather, exciting nightlife, and proximity to outstanding educational institutions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) enjoyed a civilian workforce of just over 2.4 million and an unemployment rate of just 12.7% in May 2020. An average hourly wage of $36.49 for all occupations was reported for May 2019 for the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward region. Healthcare practitioners earned a significantly higher $55.95 hourly on average, while professionals in the education and library fields made an average of $33.73 hourly.

Largest Employers

According to the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD), the following were among the top 10 largest employers in San Francisco County as of 2020. The county has a diverse workforce, with large employers including police departments, electric companies, universities, hospitals and government offices.

  • Advent Software Inc
  • California Pacific Medical Center CA
  • California Pacific Medical Center
  • Charles Schwab Corporation
  • Ernst & Young
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • Golden Gate University
  • Gourmet Gate
  • Kaiser Permanente San Francisco
  • Laguna Honda Hospital & Rehab Center

Fastest-Growing Jobs

As reported by the Labor Market Information Division of the California Employment Development Department, the following are projected to be the top 10 fastest-growing occupations in San Francisco County over the 2016-2026 decade. These jobs will experience at least 33% growth during the period; taxi drivers and chauffeurs may even have over 70% job growth.

  • Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
  • Couriers and Messengers
  • Water Transportation Workers
  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Mathematicians
  • Home Health Aides
  • Statisticians
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants
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