These Are The 5 Best Industries For Jobs In California For 2018

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 2 years ago

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When we normally think of California things like great hikes and trails, all time best things to do, and good food and home cooking.

But there’s also a strong economy and job market that has been improving in recent years.

Here at Zippia, we like to take a closer look at local economies to understand what jobs and industries are doing better than others. We think this helps job seekers and people thinking of moving to the area for a job know what to expect.

So we set our sights on uncovering the best industries within California.

Read on to see how we determined which industries rise above the competition to become the best of the best.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the California job scene here:

How we determined the best industries in the Golden State for jobs

We believe that the data never lies or that it at least lies a lot less than any one person’s opinion. So we went on a mission to collect as much data as we could about the California job market.

At the end of the day, we were able to find the following, relevant criteria for determining the best industries:

  • Average Salary
  • Job Availability
  • Average Stress Level Of Jobs In The Industry

The sources of data include the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Department of Labor.

Stress level is an index created by self reported statistics from people in the industry. We ranked each industry on these from 1 to 20 where 1 was the best.

Finally, we averaged all the rankings together to create a ‘Best Industry’ index. We crowned the industry with the lowest score, Architecture And Engineering, as the best industry in California.

For a detail table of the data, check out the bottom of the post. But now, carry on to learn more about why the various industries are so great for jobs.

Detailed List Of The Best Industries In California

Rank Industry Average Salary # Of People
1 Architecture And Engineering $98,370 326,770
2 Computer And Mathematical $102,970 580,040
3 Business And Financial Operations $82,910 938,330
4 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, And Media $74,610 316,760
5 Education, Training, And Library $61,890 990,420
6 Life, Physical, And Social Science $80,960 177,540
7 Office And Administrative Support $41,100 2,498,730
8 Healthcare Practitioners And Technical $94,480 799,030
9 Community And Social Service $54,920 234,350
10 Farming, Fishing, And Forestry $24,870 215,440
11 Production And Manufactoring $37,110 871,160
12 Personal Care And Service $29,570 496,500
13 Sales $43,370 1,604,360
14 Food Preparation And Serving Related $27,380 1,506,480
15 Protective Service $56,810 374,460
16 Transportation $36,920 1,051,380
17 Construction And Extraction $56,770 601,680
18 Installation, Maintenance, And Repair $51,460 509,340
19 Building And Grounds Cleaning And Maintenance $31,600 478,570
20 Healthcare Support $36,410 351,250

Summing up the best industries in California

There you have it; Architecture And Engineering is the best industry to be in if you live around California.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Healthcare Support Industry ranks as the worst in California mostly due to bad pay and scarcity of jobs.

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