See our other posts on the top jobs in various states.
In this post we explore some of the top jobs in California for 2012. We’ll begin our analysis in 2008 so that we can cover the recession, and filter through California’s 13 million jobs using Analyst, EMSI’s web-based labor market analysis tool. Our study is based solely on labor market data from EMSI’s 2012.1 Covered Employment release, which is drawn from 80+ state and federal data sources.
Since 2008, jobs have declined by 4.2%, which is the loss of about 700,000 jobs in four years. Current calculations put unemployment at just over 2 million. Average annual earnings are $54.5K.
Our first table shows the jobs that pay over $70 per hour (2011 median wage). What jumps out?
- A lot of healthcare jobs (SOC code 29).
- Judges, magistrate judges, & magistrates ($94.89) make quite a bit more in California than they do in, say, Texas ($36.91), Virginia ($48.69), New York ($60.98), and even Washington D.C. ($75.41).
- All the healthcare jobs are growing. The only non-healthcare occupations are in decline: judges (-24%) and chief executives (-12%).
To better understand which jobs are experiencing the best growth, we will look at both the number of new jobs added as well as the fastest growth (measured by percent) since 2008. NOTE: We are limiting ourselves to occupations that employ at least 1000 people and pay at least $25/hour, and we are excluding educational jobs.
- Registered nurses (surprise, surprise) added the most—over 18,000 jobs. In addition, there are quite a few other healthcare occupations adding substantial numbers of jobs.
- Computer and mathematical occupations (SOC code 15) also show good growth.
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Switching to the occupations that have grown the quickest:
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- Construction & building inspectors grew by 50%. What’s most surprising is that in a crowd of higher-ed-level jobs, this job requires only work experience in a related occupation.
- Emergency management specialists (25%) is the only other job here that takes merely work experience in a related occupation.
- Obstetricians & gynecologists (37%), dietitians & nutritionists (32%), family & general practitioners (21%), and anesthesiologists (21%) are among the several healthcare jobs with the best proportionate growth.
COMPELLING FOR CALIFORNIA
When we talk concentration, we’re basically talking specialization. Measured by location quotient (LQ), concentration tells us how unique and compelling a job is for that particular region.
- Quite predictably, the most concentrated job is entertainers & performers, sports & related workers (4.21 LQ).
- Four of the jobs are related to arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media (SOC code 27). Costume attendants and agents & business managers of artists, performers, and athletes could also join the group hug, though they are from different occupational categories.
- Most of the highly concentrated jobs in California are in decline. Take a look at plasterers & stucco masons, down almost 4,000 jobs (-31%).
- The best-performing job on this list is agents & business managers of artists, performers, and athletes with $37.51/hour wages, 27% growth (877 new jobs), and 2.65 LQ.
As far as wages and growth are concerned, most of California’s top jobs are in healthcare — particularly physicians & surgeons, family & general practitioners, and obstetricians & gynecologists. Non-healthcare jobs with growth and decent money on their side are construction & building inspectors and network systems & data communications analysts. As for concentration, it probably isn’t a good time to be an entertainer or performer, but it might be fun to find one and become their agent or business manager.