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Careers in California

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Job opportunities vary greatly by location. As the tables below clearly show, individual cities and towns offer employment opportunities which differ from those you'll find in other places. Some places feature jobs in technology, some in manufacturing, others in education, etc. Whether choosing a career path or seeking a new job, it pays to consider which careers are favored in the area in which you live or to which are willing to move.

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NOTE: A Career Popularity level of 1.0 indicates the national average; a popularity rating of 3.5, for example, indicates that the career is 3.5 times as prevalent locally than it is nationally.

Bakersfield Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Bakersfield and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Roustabouts, oil and gas $41,220 2,440 58.5
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse $17,820 25,990 54.5
Farm, ranch, and other agricultural managers $56,480 100 50.9
Graders and sorters, agricultural products $18,920 1,170 31.3
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers $30,660 640 26.8
Agricultural equipment operators $23,440 480 24.7
Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers $62,670 1,200 20.8
First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers $82,460 550 16.8
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining $46,920 540 13.5
Umpires, referees, and other sports officials $25,820 150 12.9

Chico Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Chico and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Agricultural workers, all other $36,310 190 370.9
Photographic process workers $22,030 110 17.6
Graders and sorters, agricultural products $19,590 120 13.4
Eligibility interviewers, government programs $36,450 270 7.3
Pest control workers $24,260 140 4.9
Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing $24,300 110 4.4
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop $18,460 1,020 4.1
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers $22,510 110 3.6
Medical secretaries $26,540 770 3.5
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors n/a 110 3.4

El Centro Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in El Centro and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Agricultural equipment operators $19,260 550 164.8
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse $18,280 7,470 91.2
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers $36,620 210 51.1
Power plant operators $46,850 220 40
Farm equipment mechanics $29,890 100 28.2
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation $54,940 640 7.5
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives $79,220 130 5.2
Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school $65,540 240 3.5
Teacher assistants $27,100 1,320 3.3
Kindergarten teachers, except special education $59,550 170 3.2

Fresno Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Fresno and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Agricultural workers, all other $31,630 110 40.9
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse $18,160 22,990 38.2
Agricultural equipment operators $20,210 800 32.6
Agricultural inspectors $37,970 250 26.3
Graders and sorters, agricultural products $19,850 880 18.7
Slaughterers and meat packers $19,710 1,120 18.6
Cooling and freezing equipment operators and tenders $21,600 100 14.6
Forest and conservation technicians $33,420 230 14.6
Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders $22,240 250 14.3
Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers $19,550 1,910 11.7

Hanford Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Hanford and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Agricultural equipment operators $26,890 290 162.4
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers $32,760 100 45.5
Crushing, grinding, and polishing machine setters, operators, and tenders $30,280 120 25.7
Food batchmakers $42,390 180 12.9
First-line supervisors/managers, protective service workers, all other $52,400 110 12.8
Health educators $37,020 120 11.4
Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders $43,960 110 10.9
Word processors and typists $30,770 210 9.6
Vocational education teachers, secondary school $65,140 100 8.1
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders $25,640 450 7.9

Madera Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Madera and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse $18,010 5,300 93.7
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers $27,730 140 49.4
Agricultural equipment operators $22,230 110 47.8
Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other $69,640 100 8.8
Social workers, all other $54,420 100 7.1
Protective service workers, all other $37,990 100 5.9
Drywall and ceiling tile installers $40,930 140 5
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan $32,490 250 5
Word processors and typists $31,510 130 4.6
Kindergarten teachers, except special education $49,200 160 4.4

Merced Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Merced and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Agricultural equipment operators $22,980 340 90
Graders and sorters, agricultural products $20,040 550 75.6
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse $18,310 2,770 29.8
Farm equipment mechanics $44,490 100 24.9
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers $40,170 110 23.6
Food batchmakers $41,240 460 15.6
Protective service workers, all other $36,140 160 5.7
Kindergarten teachers, except special education $60,670 320 5.3
Elementary school teachers, except special education $60,790 2,060 4
Library technicians $33,280 140 3.6

Modesto Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Modesto and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders $29,670 390 46.4
Slaughterers and meat packers $23,320 1,270 44
Agricultural equipment operators $25,210 290 24.6
Graders and sorters, agricultural products $18,460 390 17.2
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers $42,870 240 16.6
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse $18,160 3,890 13.5
Agricultural and food science technicians $36,910 120 13
Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals $20,470 210 12.6
Dietetic technicians $26,780 260 12.3
Farm equipment mechanics $37,790 150 12

Napa Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Napa and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders $51,930 1,230 130.6
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers $47,230 180 34.2
Agricultural equipment operators $28,190 110 25.7
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse $25,060 2,380 22.6
Massage therapists $43,320 240 11.9
Demonstrators and product promoters $34,000 320 10.4
Dental laboratory technicians $48,400 100 6.6
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders $33,380 870 6.3
Chemists $67,690 160 4.5
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators $53,790 140 3.6

Oakland Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Oakland and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Pile-driver operators $71,610 610 28.8
Graduate teaching assistants $30,570 3,990 14
Home economics teachers, postsecondary $92,890 100 13.8
Mathematical scientists, all other $83,210 110 12.8
Floor sanders and finishers $38,830 280 11
Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers $72,050 2,060 8.9
Geological and petroleum technicians $95,440 610 8.6
Choreographers $59,300 330 7.5
Hazardous materials removal workers $41,660 1,990 7.3
Biochemists and biophysicists $96,270 1,030 6.5

Oxnard Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Oxnard and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Terrazzo workers and finishers $43,680 100 28.7
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse $20,070 6,300 11.7
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers $35,600 220 8.2
Rotary drill operators, oil and gas $55,490 210 7.1
Marriage and family therapists n/a 180 5.1
Chemical technicians $51,990 620 4.6
Physical scientists, all other $87,860 140 4.4
Electronics engineers, except computer $100,000 1,380 4.4
Statisticians $94,650 190 4.4
Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals $24,660 130 4.2

Redding Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Redding and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Logging equipment operators $35,570 360 117.3
Forest and conservation technicians $37,220 260 90.7
Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood $39,850 130 12.9
Surveyors $63,980 100 4.3
Healthcare support workers, all other $30,290 290 3.5
Cooks, fast food $18,920 810 3.5
Cement masons and concrete finishers $43,930 290 3.2
Machine feeders and offbearers $25,780 130 3
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators $53,400 410 2.6
Child care workers $22,980 660 2.5

Riverside Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Riverside and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Tank car, truck, and ship loaders $36,970 720 18.1
Terrazzo workers and finishers $40,400 260 17
Slot key persons $30,250 850 12.5
Floor sanders and finishers $45,620 370 11.8
Mathematical scientists, all other $59,860 110 10.3
Gaming service workers, all other $24,990 620 8.9
Agricultural and food science technicians $44,370 540 7.2
Plasterers and stucco masons $44,270 2,280 7.1
Recreational vehicle service technicians $34,570 310 6.9
Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers $21,920 240 6.5

Sacramento Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Sacramento and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Agricultural workers, all other $27,640 260 35.6
Building cleaning workers, all other $34,840 300 22.8
Forest and conservation technicians $37,660 400 9.3
Conservation scientists $67,730 370 9.1
Hydrologists $85,670 220 6.9
Soil and plant scientists $78,060 170 6.8
Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents $54,640 2,330 6.3
Agricultural equipment operators $25,450 400 6
Agricultural inspectors $39,580 150 5.8
First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers $87,500 590 5.3

Salinas Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Salinas and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Farm, ranch, and other agricultural managers $76,760 140 125.7
Forest and conservation workers $25,300 110 114
Agricultural equipment operators $26,530 1,180 107.1
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse $18,990 21,230 78.5
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers $40,280 750 55.3
Graders and sorters, agricultural products $19,880 950 44.8
Cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders $19,210 410 41
Agricultural inspectors $36,430 100 23.4
Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders $22,470 900 14.5
Farm equipment mechanics $38,250 140 12

San Diego Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in San Diego and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Forest and conservation workers $22,620 260 29.5
Home economics teachers, postsecondary $91,450 170 18
Gaming service workers, all other $23,770 930 12.8
Slot key persons $25,540 670 9.4
Sociologists n/a 250 9.4
Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary $84,030 310 8.7
Life scientists, all other $83,480 590 7.6
Floor layers, except carpet, wood, and hard tiles $37,920 390 6.6
Biological science teachers, postsecondary $66,100 2,170 6.3
Biochemists and biophysicists $88,820 1,290 6.2

San Francisco Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in San Francisco and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Mathematical scientists, all other $77,200 140 16.8
Multi-media artists and animators $78,650 1,500 8.1
Aircraft cargo handling supervisors $39,290 180 7.7
Biomedical engineers $100,680 580 7.6
Medical scientists, except epidemiologists $95,400 4,710 7.3
Floor sanders and finishers $61,350 180 7.3
Actors n/a 660 6.3
Physicists $113,140 520 6.2
Film and video editors $66,730 550 6.2
Psychologists, all other $95,260 300 6

San Jose Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in San Jose and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons $195,840 200 29
Semiconductor processors $37,630 3,940 26.7
Computer hardware engineers $122,150 10,350 24.4
Mathematical scientists, all other $92,750 140 18.2
Sales engineers $112,250 6,960 13
Computer software engineers, systems software $115,730 26,400 9.1
Electro-mechanical technicians $57,430 790 8.9
Floor layers, except carpet, wood, and hard tiles $52,990 310 7.6
Electronics engineers, except computer $107,670 7,290 7.4
Electromechanical equipment assemblers $33,800 2,360 7.2

San Luis Obispo Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in San Luis Obispo and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers $39,160 110 13
Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders $54,030 180 11.9
Tour guides and escorts n/a 190 11.8
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse $19,380 1,670 9.9
First-line supervisors/managers of fire fighting and prevention workers $65,230 100 3.4
Protective service workers, all other $38,350 170 3.3
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers $22,460 140 3.1
Physician assistants $65,840 150 3.1
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks $21,720 450 3.1
Maids and housekeeping cleaners $19,700 1,800 3

Santa Ana Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Santa Ana and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Camera and photographic equipment repairers $61,100 110 10.6
Medical appliance technicians $32,480 540 8.9
Nuclear engineers $95,390 580 8.8
Fabric and apparel patternmakers $39,410 350 8.4
Floor layers, except carpet, wood, and hard tiles $35,280 560 8.3
Choreographers $47,350 510 7.9
Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders $20,530 580 6.6
Bicycle repairers $23,300 160 5.7
Cutters and trimmers, hand $23,170 900 5.2
Embalmers $48,660 110 4.5

Santa Barbara Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Santa Barbara and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse $19,100 6,180 20.9
Forest and conservation technicians $38,810 140 18.1
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers $35,420 250 16.9
Agricultural equipment operators $21,180 130 10.8
Marriage and family therapists $48,880 180 9.3
Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders $60,630 200 7.6
Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals $22,520 120 7.1
Aerospace engineers $94,720 290 5.3
Office and administrative support workers, all other $29,140 1,510 5
Tile and marble setters $43,730 240 4.5

Santa Cruz Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Santa Cruz and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers $67,640 130 7.4
Pharmacy aides $23,580 140 5.8
Health educators $44,580 200 5.7
Urban and regional planners $73,720 100 4.9
Protective service workers, all other $35,920 220 4.9
Mental health and substance abuse social workers $51,390 340 4.7
Electromechanical equipment assemblers n/a 120 4.2
Teachers and instructors, all other $52,690 1,130 3.8
Computer hardware engineers $103,120 140 3.8
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse $19,520 550 3.7

Santa Rosa Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Santa Rosa and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders $46,410 880 30.2
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers $35,820 210 12.9
Insulation workers, floor, ceiling, and wall $38,480 210 11.9
Marriage and family therapists $48,350 250 11.8
Stonemasons $44,890 140 11.4
Food cooking machine operators and tenders $23,360 300 9.1
Food batchmakers $23,970 940 9.1
Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals $22,410 130 6.9
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse $22,320 1,730 5.3
Tile and marble setters $48,860 310 5.3

Stockton Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Stockton and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Graders and sorters, agricultural products $17,890 520 17.5
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse $18,770 5,790 15.2
Stonemasons $43,660 200 14
Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians $28,740 190 10.7
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers $35,760 190 10
Plasterers and stucco masons $37,580 510 9.9
Farm equipment mechanics $33,910 160 9.7
Agricultural equipment operators $22,850 140 9
Food batchmakers $31,110 870 7.2
Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders $48,910 230 6.8

Vallejo Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Vallejo and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping $24,860 240 4.4
Health educators $58,310 190 3.8
Pharmacy aides $25,450 120 3.5
Motor vehicle operators, all other $37,010 200 3.3
Hazardous materials removal workers $44,570 100 3.3
Carpenters $57,520 2,460 3.2
Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education $62,500 2,640 3.2
Natural sciences managers $96,620 110 3.1
Cooks, fast food $19,000 1,350 3
Medical equipment preparers $32,150 100 2.9

Visalia Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Visalia and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Food cooking machine operators and tenders $29,190 2,000 84.8
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse $18,820 19,040 81.5
Agricultural equipment operators $27,500 710 74.6
Graders and sorters, agricultural products $18,640 1,270 69.4
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers $28,710 690 58.9
Agricultural inspectors $41,280 120 32.6
Farm equipment mechanics $36,170 160 15.8
Agricultural and food science technicians $35,320 110 14.7
Food batchmakers $35,810 710 9.5
Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals $29,020 100 7.4

Yuba City Employment and Careers

Ten careers significantly more common in Yuba City and surrounding towns than in most metro areas nationwide.

Job Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Popularity*
vs. Avg.
Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders $27,780 120 68
Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse $18,600 1,020 16.8
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators $55,040 140 6.3
Civil engineers $80,040 260 3.8
Education administrators, elementary and secondary school $106,130 190 3.8
Amusement and recreation attendants $19,600 220 3.7
Healthcare support workers, all other $29,330 170 3.7
Kindergarten teachers, except special education $78,820 140 3.6
Educational, vocational, and school counselors $56,790 210 3.6
Medical assistants $27,410 340 2.8

* A Career Popularity level of 1.0 indicates the national average; a popularity rating of 3.5, for example, indicates that the career is 3.5 times as prevalent locally than it is nationally.

Analysis (above) provided by CityTownInfo.com, based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the US Census.