These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Jobs In California In 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Fastest Growing Jobs In California

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California is, and has been since its founding, a state in change. We’re growing, we’re progressing, we’re constantly on the move, it seems, financially, industrially, technologically, and of course, in the work force.

Some jobs that were popular fifty or sixty years ago are unheard of these days. Jobs that will be popular in fifty or sixty years — we may not even be able to guess.

But today, what we can guess are which jobs are going to be the most beneficial in one year, or even a few. Because we’ve crunched the data, and we’ve come up with a list of the fastest growing jobs in California.

Here are the top 10 fastest growing jobs in California, and below, we’ll show you the top 100:

  1. Wind Turbine Technician
  2. Rod Buster
  3. Miner
  4. Roofer
  5. Web Developer
  6. Pipe Insulator
  7. Statistician
  8. Field Technician
  9. Cartographer
  10. Software Developer

Okay, so really–this is pretty cool. Who would have thought, even twenty years ago, that wind turbine service technicianss and reinforcing iron and rebar workerss would be so in demand?

Not only does this mean we’re progressing in some important areas, but it also means you might just be able to snag yourself a more secure job.

We’ll get to the details of said jobs in a moment. First, here’s how we came up with this list.

How we determined the fastest growing jobs in California in 2017

Every couple of years each state’s Department of Labor works in conjunction with the Bureau of Labor Statistics to compile projections for job growth by occupation. The government last completed this research in 2014 with projections going out until 2024.

Because this is America and the government never makes it easy, we had to gather the data from all the states individually to develop a master database.

We then identified the occupations in California that are projected to have at least 1,000 workers in 2024 so that the jobs will still be relevant. This left us with data for 528 occupations in California.

Next, we ranked every occupation based on job growth in 2017, from 1 to 528.

At the end of the day, the data showed that wind turbine service technicianss will be the fastest growing job in California.

Why the fastest growing jobs in California matter

Sure, it’s certainly interesting to see what sort of trends jobs will take over the next decade, because jobs are a great way to see what direction California is heading.

But aside from being merely ‘interesting,’ it’s also good to note which jobs will be more secure, and more readily available now and in the coming years. If you’re looking for something that will last–take a look at this list.

From wind turbine service technicianss to reinforcing iron and rebar workerss, these jobs aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

And now, here’s a look at the 100 fastest growing jobs in the Golden State for 2017.

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Detailed List Of The Fastest Growing Jobs In California

Rank Job Title Growth % Average Wage Jobs in 2024
1 Wind Turbine Technician 250.0% $49,080 2,500
2 Rod Buster 157.9% $53,220 6,000
3 Miner 156.4% $60,530 8,600
4 Roofer 148.8% $51,050 24,400
5 Web Developer 148.3% $82,930 35,900
6 Pipe Insulator 146.2% $51,360 1,900
7 Statistician 145.0% $88,350 5,800
8 Field Technician 144.8% $45,380 4,200
9 Cartographer 144.4% $80,750 2,600
10 Software Developer 142.5% $120,710 172,700
11 Operations Analyst 142.4% $91,800 17,800
12 Biomedical Engineer 141.1% $97,990 7,900
13 Insulation Installer 140.0% $54,640 2,100
14 Home Health Aid 138.9% $29,210 45,700
15 Nurse Practitioner 138.9% $124,330 15,000
16 Cement Mason 137.5% $50,790 26,400
17 Interpreter And Translator 136.6% $55,000 12,700
18 Forester 136.4% $70,040 1,500
19 Personal Care Assistant 135.8% $25,150 713,300
20 Business Analyst 135.4% $101,440 102,200
21 Fabrication Department Supervisor 135.0% $32,550 2,700
22 Helper 134.6% $34,360 3,500
23 Physician Assistant 134.3% $110,860 13,300
24 Mechanical Installer 133.3% $43,950 2,000
25 Drywall Sander 132.9% $60,480 33,100
26 Glazier 132.8% $58,150 7,700
27 Electrician 132.5% $68,130 77,400
28 Tile Installer 132.5% $48,090 15,900
29 Marketing Internship 132.3% $80,560 107,300
30 Physical Therapy Aide 132.3% $29,930 8,200
31 Painter 132.1% $47,590 70,300
32 Computer Numerical Controller Supervisor 132.0% $62,500 3,300
33 Hvac Technician 131.8% $54,750 29,400
34 Forensic Scientist 131.8% $80,150 2,900
35 Millwright 131.8% $61,210 2,900
36 Occupational Therapy Assistant 131.6% $64,870 2,500
37 Crew Member 131.3% $23,680 432,800
38 Physical Therapist Assistant 131.2% $63,680 6,300
39 Economic Development Specialist 130.4% $119,650 3,000
40 Veterinary Technician 129.8% $39,410 12,200
41 Security Technician 129.7% $48,890 9,600
42 Diagnostic Medical Sonographer 129.4% $93,350 6,600
43 Assistant Manager 128.9% $35,960 118,100
44 Plumber 128.8% $58,720 51,900
45 Medical Assistant 127.7% $36,620 103,300
46 Carpenter 127.7% $55,780 153,100
47 Iron Worker 127.6% $62,560 7,400
48 Taxi Driver 127.6% $29,750 22,200
49 Soil Scientist 127.3% $82,350 2,800
50 Physical Therapist 126.9% $95,350 24,500
51 Actuarial Internship 126.7% $113,880 1,900
52 Executive Chef 126.6% $49,810 25,200
53 Instructor 126.6% $48,280 44,700
54 Archaeologist 126.3% $70,690 2,400
55 Construction Worker 126.3% $44,220 145,000
56 Bartender 126.3% $32,280 71,600
57 Information Security Analyst 126.2% $108,780 10,100
58 Network Engineer 126.1% $125,340 17,900
59 Computer Numerical Controller Machinist 126.0% $39,260 13,100
60 Scientist 125.9% $107,760 6,800
61 Software Engineer 125.6% $128,800 103,600
62 X-Ray Technician 125.6% $48,970 16,700
63 Industrial Mechanic 125.4% $56,700 30,600
64 Environmental Scientist 125.3% $84,580 19,800
65 Environmental Field Technician 125.0% $53,600 5,500
66 Ophthalmic Technician 125.0% $40,730 5,000
67 Cardiovascular Technician 125.0% $72,910 5,000
68 Materials Scientist 125.0% $105,430 1,500
69 Sales Assistant 124.7% $44,890 18,700
70 Food Preparer 124.6% $25,350 149,300
71 Computer Technician 124.6% $61,820 77,500
72 Food Service Director 124.4% $52,450 65,700
73 Phlebotomist 124.4% $41,360 15,800
74 Hostess 124.3% $24,970 81,300
75 Foreman 124.1% $79,340 61,700
76 Emergency Medical Technician 124.1% $37,770 20,600
77 Computer Scientist 124.1% $125,620 6,700
78 Massage Therapist 124.1% $42,550 33,000
79 Internship 124.0% $68,280 3,100
80 Database Administrator 124.0% $93,960 15,000
81 Cost Estimator 123.8% $74,080 31,700
82 Music Therapist 123.8% $62,870 2,600
83 Management Consultant 123.4% $94,550 146,900
84 Medical Laboratory Technician 123.3% $47,610 21,700
85 Credit Counselor 123.3% $54,300 5,300
86 Sheet Metal Mechanic 123.1% $59,000 16,000
87 Installer 123.1% $42,490 3,200
88 Technical Writer 122.4% $86,530 9,300
89 Occupational Therapist 122.3% $89,160 12,600
90 Survey Researcher 122.2% $60,290 2,200
91 Medical Assembler 122.2% $47,150 2,200
92 Real Estate Agent 122.2% $65,790 31,400
93 Loan Processor 122.1% $44,480 26,500
94 Hardware Engineer 122.1% $136,630 32,600
95 Server 122.1% $30,940 321,000
96 Geoscientist 122.0% $92,720 6,100
97 Marriage And Family Therapist 122.0% $55,950 11,100
98 Clinical Psychology Internship 121.4% $90,210 32,900
99 Barista 121.3% $25,760 67,800
100 Mechanic 121.3% $52,780 26,800

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