San Francisco Job Outlook & Top Growing Career Opportunities


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 nearly 2.6 million and an unemployment rate of just 2.7% in March 2018. An average hourly wage of $33.51 for all occupations was reported for May 2017 for the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward region. Healthcare practitioners earned a significantly higher $52.26 hourly on average, while professionals in the education and library fields made an average of $31.60 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 2018. The county has a diverse workforce, with large employers including police departments, electric companies, universities, hospitals and government offices.

  • Kaiser Permanente San Francisco
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • U.S. Veterans Medical Center
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • San Francisco Municipal Railway
  • San Francisco Police Department
  • Williams-Sonoma
  • Yellow Cab Co-Op Administration
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Company
  • Golden Gate University

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 2014-2024 decade. These jobs will experience at least 34% growth during the period; biomedical engineers may even have over 60% job growth.

  • Biomedical Engineers
  • Statisticians
  • Biochemists and Biophysicists
  • Home Health Aides
  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Biological Technicians
  • Microbiologists
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
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