Advanced Manufacturing: Labor Market Analysis

October 02, 2014

San Diego County’s Advanced Manufacturing careers are diverse and demand high-tech skills in computers, robotics and information technologies. The Advanced Manufacturing sector accounts for 10 percent of establishments, 15 percent of all paid employment and 22 percent of annual payroll. With developments in technology highly impacting the skills and employment dynamics of the Advanced Manufacturing sector, this study serves to inform educational training institutions, Workforce Investment Boards and community organizations on how to best prepare the future workforce for this sector. It highlights four occupational clusters that are most commonly employed in Advanced Manufacturing—drafting and technician, computer/software, production, and engineering—and provides insight on San Diego employers’ workforce needs.

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Clean Energy: Labor Market Analysis

October 02, 2014

The Clean Energy sector represents a broad set of activities from electricity generation to energy accounting. This study focuses on two highly integrated subsectors within the sector that have the most employment in San Diego County: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Eleven occupations within this sector were selected for in-depth analysis due to their high level of projected growth, opportunities for employment and training potential. This study serves to inform the workforce development system—educational training institutions, Workforce Investment Boards and community organizations—on how to best prepare our future workforce for the Clean Energy sector.

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Health Care: Labor Market Analysis

October 02, 2014

The Health Care sector is vital for attracting business and workers to San Diego County. One in every 10 jobs in the region is health-related, and employment in Health Care grew 11 percent while the overall County employment fell 6 percent during the Great Recession. While there are significant employment opportunities in Health Care, changes in technology, legislation and demographics will continually impact the workforce needs of Health Care providers in San Diego.

To understand those needs, this study analyzes 12 occupations that are projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2018 and provides recommendations for the workforce development system on how to best prepare the future Health Care workforce.

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Information and Communication Technologies: Labor Market Analysis

October 02, 2014

San Diego County’s Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) jobs are found in every industry and play a valuable role in increasing the productivity and efficiency of private, public and nonprofit organizations. To understand the workforce needs of this dynamic and technologically-driven industry sector, this study focuses on 11 ICT occupations that account for approximately 40,000 jobs in San Diego County and have median earnings that are 19 percent higher than the County average for all occupations. This study serves to inform educational training institutions, Workforce Investment Boards and community organizations on how to best prepare the future workforce for ICT positions.

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Life Sciences: Labor Market Analysis

October 02, 2014

San Diego County is ranked as one of the top 10 regions in the nation for Life Sciences. The Life Sciences sector accounts for more than 1,372 establishments and 45,000 workers. Between 2005 and 2013, Life Sciences employment grew over 45 percent, which is considerably faster than California or the nation as a whole.

While the sector boasts high employment growth, it often demands workers with advanced education and skills that rapidly adapt to changing technologies. This study identifies the industries and occupations that have workforce development needs and documents the opportunities for workers and needs from employers in the Life Sciences sector, and recommends specific actions for investments in workforce development to prepare the future workforce.

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In-Demand Jobs

November 25, 2013

In-Demand Jobs profiles San Diego's top 50 occupations, identifying skills needed, educational and training requirements, wages, growth patterns, and employers' expectations.

These occupational profiles can be used to:

  1. Educate students and job-seekers of career opportunities.
  2. Inform educators and training providers on the occupations and skills valued by San Diego employers.
  3. Communicate to San Diego businesses how their occupational expectations and perspectives compare with other employers in the County.

Click here for the supplemental guide on how to read the report.

Popular Fields in Extended Studies: An Occupational Analysis

October 30, 2013

San Diego’s labor market possesses a number of key professions that are vital to sustaining its economic base. The study, Popular FIelds in Extended Studies, investigates eight of them: accounting, clinical research and trials, education, engineering, human resources, informational technology, paralegal, and safety training.

An analysis of the demand for these occupations and the expected supply of graduates from San Diego’s educational and training institutes indicates that all eight professions will experience potential supply gaps over the next decade.

Key findings include:

  • More than 143,000 San Diegans held one of the eight occupations investigated in this study as of 2012. This represented 11.5% of total nonfarm employment. The largest percentages of the selected occupations were in education and information technology (34% and 30%, respectively).
  • Over the next ten years, information technology will lead the gap in the supply of workers in terms of absolute numbers, followed by engineers and education. In percentage terms or adjusting for different occupation sizes, engineering, accounting, and clinical research and trials are expected to show the greatest shortfalls.
  • Deficiencies in several critical basic aptitudes or skills affecting most or all of the occupational groups also exist. These include capabilities or competence in technology, writing, speaking, quantitative tools, critical reasoning, creative thinking, and speaking. 

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San Diego's Sports and Active Lifestyle Industry: An Economic Impact and Workforce Needs Assessment

October 03, 2013

Not only are San Diego's diverse natural assets ideal for participating in sports or an active lifestyle, they provide a valuable testing ground for developing sports-related products and services. Many companies started in San Diego or moved to the region to capitalize on the location, but just how important is this industry cluster to San Diego's economy and workforce?

San Diego's Sports and Active Lifestyle industry cluster includes:

  • More than 1,200 business and approximately 23,000 employees
  • $1.35 billion direct economic impact
  • $2.24 billion total economic impact with indirect and induced effects
  • 32,407 jobs dependent upon sports and recreation-related activities
  • 700 new jobs added between 2012 to 2013

San Diego Sports and Active Lifestyle Industry Cluster: driven by startup activity and business relocation.

...has the second largest number of jobs in the nation for sporting and athletic goods manufacturing.

...hires locally: Employers reported that they rarely or never hire from outside of San Diego 75 percent of the time.

...accounted for 1.3 percent of San Diego's 2011 economy, which is equivalent to hosting four Super Bowls that year.

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Self-Sufficiency Employment Report

August 14, 2013

The Self-Sufficiency Employment Report analyzes specific occupations, particularly entry-level positions, that have opportunities for pathways into self-sustaining careers.

The occupations studied in this report were identified by the following guidelines:

  • Pay between $30,000 per year and $70,000 per year with benefits, or have distinct pathways to higher wage jobs
  • Increase in number of new jobs over the next five years
  • Have at least 50 annual replacement jobs per year over the next five years
  • Require short- to medium-term training and/or experience
  • Do not require bachelor degrees or higher levels of education

While further study is required for these entry-level pathway jobs, the Self-Sufficiency Employment Report provides detailed occupational profiles for job-seekers and career counselors to use as a planning tool.

The Economic Impact of Qualcomm: Driving San Diego’s Technology Growth

January 11, 2013

The telecommunications and information technology (T&IT) sectors are constantly growing in San Diego. The main player leading this growth is Qualcomm, San Diego’s largest for-profit, private sector employer. Qualcomm’s presence is well-known not just in San Diego, but throughout the world. So just how much of an economic and workforce impact does Qualcomm actually have in San Diego?

Just a few highlights from the report:
  • Every job created at Qualcomm generates about 2.3 jobs in the region.
  • Qualcomm’s presence in the region adds $4.53 billion in direct and indirect economic activity annually.
  • T&IT sectors directly account for almost 2,000 business establishments and more than 65,000 jobs in the county.
  • Average income among SD telecom jobs is $108,050.
  • T&IT sectors generate approximately 179,020 jobs and $38.11 billion annually in direct and indirect economic output.

San Diego Maritime Industry Report

September 18, 2012

The maritime industry, or “Blue Economy,” is extremely diverse, spanning across nearly 200 separate North American Industry Classifications. The industry presence in San Diego is comprised of traditional maritime-related sectors (i.e. fishing and ship building), as well as more recent emerging high-tech industries (i.e. aquaculture, desalination, ocean
energy and maritime robotics), also called “Blue Tech.” 

This is a detailed report, conducted by the ERISS Corporation, of the growing impact of the Maritime Industry on the San Diego region. “The Maritime Industry Report,” which is sponsored by San Diego Workforce Partnership, The Maritime Alliance, and San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, found that nearly 46,000 people work in the Maritime Industry, with a fiscal impact on the region of more than $14 billion in direct spending.

San Diego Maritime Industry Report

Occupational Outlook Report 2012 Update / Focus on Reentry

September 12, 2012

Given recent economic and policy trends, it has become evident that population-specific research is important to discern the best ways to work with target groups, such as youth, the long-term unemployed, the underemployed, and other sets of individuals with some common backgrounds. One such group, the previously incarcerated, has been identified as being of core importance nationally and in the San Diego region.

The San Diego Workforce Partnership commissioned BW Research Partnership to conduct focused research on reentry workforce issues to supplement its 2011 Occupational Outlook Report. This research was developed with a particular focus on industries and occupations that may be relevant for job seekers with a prior criminal conviction. The report is intended to inform the development and refinement of prisoner reentry programs.

Occupational Outlook Report 2012 Update / Focus on Reentry

Life Sciences Summer Institute Research Report

August 24, 2012

The Life Sciences Summer Institute is one of the San Diego
Workforce Partnership’s (SDWP) most exciting youth programs. Students from all
over the county spend part of the summer in life sciences “boot camp” learning
about how to work in a lab. Then, they are placed in labs for real-life work
experience. Perhaps even more impressive, the same program runs for teachers!
Groups of science teachers come every summer, learn about how the life sciences
industry operates, and then they take it back to their classrooms.

This study looked specifically at why companies were interested
in participating in this program. Did they see the program as a training ground
for new workers? Did they think it helped their bottom lines? What parts of the
program do they like best? What parts are problematic? This report answers
these questions by letting the life sciences industry speak for itself. You
might be surprised at some of their answers!

Life Sciences Summer Institute Evaluation Report

Plan and Pursue, Your Pathway to Prosperity

August 10, 2012

As part of your high school experience, you are probably already considering the kinds of careers that interest you. Reading about jobs that interest you and talking to people in those occupations is a good way to begin. You may have already done some career research; or you may have been on a "job shadow" or an internship. You may already have some work experience. These are great avenues to explore possible career paths and all of these experiences will help you make plans for your future. To have a successful and prosperous future, take a look at the critical next steps, such as continuing your education and/or receiving additional training.

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Healthcare IT Research Report

December 01, 2011

This report was commissioned by The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) to determine whether and how San Diego’s HIT cluster can be strengthened and how to develop career pathways in this emerging field. Healthcare information technology or HIT is the intersection of information science, computer science and healthcare. It deals with the resources, devices, and methods used to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and biomedicine. In turn, HIT is a combination of the information and communication technologies that are critical in healthcare delivery; from telephones to intelligent sensors and data mining, these technologies are pervasive through the entire healthcare workflow process from disease prevention to diagnostics, treatment, monitoring, and aftercare. 

Healthcare IT Report

Community Clinics in San Diego: A review of workforce issues facing San Diego’s community healthcare clinics

November 01, 2011

San Diego’s community healthcare clinics provide a valuable service to their patients and the community. Providing a wide range of services, clinics are often the best and sometimes the only option for thousands of residents throughout the county. Without a public hospital or clinic within the city or county government, the network of regional, non-profit health clinics is critical to serving San Diego’s residents.

This report, commissioned by the San Diego Workforce Partnership Funders Collaborative, provides analysis and recommendations regarding: current allied health workforce issues; specific skill requirements and deficiencies among medical assistants (and their equivalents); and opportunities and obstacles for career advancement at community clinics.

This report was funded by the Regional Innovation Clusters of Opportunity Grant on behalf of the Funders Collaborative as part of a broad effort to understand the workforce needs of employers needing new skills and new workers in healthcare information technology, or HIT. Because medical assistants are the most intensive users of HIT systems generally, the San Diego Workforce Partnership went beyond the initial research of HIT penetration at community clinics to explore these important workers skill profiles and deficiencies at the region’s community health clinics.


Community Clinics Report

2011 Occupational Outlook Report

August 01, 2011

The 2011 Occupational Outlook Report (OOR) for San Diego County, a popular and useful occupational labor market study, is released by the Labor Market Information Team of the San Diego Workforce Partnership after a hiatus of several years. The OOR profiles 46 local occupations with information on education and experience requirements, wages and benefits, employers’ growth expectations, important skills, recruitment methods, and short and long-term growth outlooks. The information in the report was developed using data gathered from nearly 800 local employers in the late spring of 2011. The occupational profiles can use used by job seekers, students, career changes, company managers and human resource personnel as well as education and training program developers.
Gary Moss, Labor Market Information Specialist presented key findings of the 2011 Occupational Outlook Report to the Youth Council on October 31, 2011. Click here to view the OOR PowerPoint Presentation.
2011 Occupational Outlook Report, San Diego Workforce Partnership

Entertainment and Hospitality Industry Cluster Survey

June 01, 2011

Are you interested in the types of occupations in the entertainment and hospitality cluster? San Diego is perhaps best known for its climate and its vacation destination opportunities. This report looks at the current state of the industry and provides a detailed look at the occupational profiles within it. Thirty-seven occupations are thoroughly profiled along with career ladders.

Survey of 376 businesses with the following objectives:

  • Projected Occupational Growth and General Staffing Plans
  • Occupational Demand, Turnover, Hiring Plans and Wages
  • Recruitment Methods
  • Training Methods used to Meet Company's Needs
  • Career Advancement Opportunities
  • Interest in Providing Work Experience
  • Awareness of Hiring and Training Incentives offered by the San Diego Workforce Partnership
Entertainment and Hospitality Industry Cluster Survey

Military Contractor Cluster of Industries

June 01, 2011

San Diego County has the largest concentration of military personnel in the nation, home to over 135,000 enlisted and civilian employees.  This concentration is at the core of San Diego’s economy, representing tens of billions of dollars in direct spending that has grown steadily over time.  One recent analysis suggests that up to 26 percent of all jobs in San Diego result from this significant military presence.

In addition to the direct employment and benefits to other supporting industries (such as food service, laundry, etc.), the concentration of military and Department of Homeland Security supports a vibrant ecosystem of government contractors.  This report was commissioned by the San Diego Workforce Partnership to understand more fully the size and breadth of this ecosystem and whether the public workforce system could provide assistance to defense contractors in the preparation of a skilled workforce.  The findings in this report are based on a review of existing literature, select executive interviews with several key thought leaders, and a representative sample of 125 contractors in the county.


San Diego Military Contractors Outlook Report

Healthcare Workforce Development in San Diego County: Recomendations for the Changing Times

March 15, 2011

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing areas for careers in San Diego County. This report identifies the needs of area employers and several key strategies to diversify and effectively train healthcare workers.

Recomendations for the Changing Times

Green Construction: An Occupational Outlook for San Diego County

December 30, 2010

San Diego County has lost nearly 40,000 construction jobs in the last five years. Only one-third of those jobs are expected to return by 2015, though “green construction” jobs are expected to grow at an above average rate.  The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) and Cuyamaca College commissioned this study to examine the growing demand for green construction workers and identify the training these workers will need to be successful in the field.   

The study surveyed 159 San Diego-area construction firms working in the construction subfields most likely to perform green construction, namely residential remodelers and roofing, electrical, and plumbing and HVAC contractors. Firms operating in these areas are largely optimistic about hiring, with nearly 30% expecting to add new permanent employees in the next year and fewer than 4% anticipating layoffs. Overall, these employers expect to grow their ranks by 5.5% in the coming year.


Green Construction: An Occupational Outlook for San Diego County

Small Business Survey

July 01, 2010

The San Diego Workforce Partnership commissioned BW Research Partnership, Inc. (BW Research) to conduct a survey of small businesses within the County. Viewed broadly, the main research objectives of the study were to evaluate awareness (aided, unaided, informed, and uninformed) and perception of San Diego Workforce Partnership; assess awareness of one-stop career centers in San Diego County; identify methods of recruiting new employees and use of outside agencies for assistance with finding and developing qualified workers; understand small businesses’ current workforce challenges; and develop a profile of private-sector small businesses in San Diego County.

Small Business Survey

Plan "B" For Boomers & Beyond

October 01, 2009

Plan "B" For Boomers & Beyond, Learning A Competitive Work Strategy is a planning guide for achieving mid and late career sustainability. Authored by Carleen MacKay, renown expert on mature workforce issues, Plan "B" provides readers with a process to develop a solid plan in their search for employment. This community guide highlights a learning strategy to help mature adults compete in a changed world of work. This publication was made possible through grants from the U.S. Department of Labor and the State of California, Employment Development Department.

Plan B for Boomers

Youth Connections Locator

January 01, 2005

Youth Connections Locator
The Youth Connections Locator is a comprehensive Web-based directory of organizations that serve San Diego County youth. A joint effort of the Workforce Partnership and the San Diego Futures Foundation, the Locator is an excellent source of information about employment, training, and other services.

Click here to access the Youth Connections Locator.

Youth Mapping Project

July 01, 2004

The Youth Mapping Project is an effort to improve the education and employment services available for youth across San Diego County. The purpose of the project, initiated by the San Diego County School-to-Career Youth Council, is to:

  • Improve the responsiveness of workforce preparation programs in order to better serve youth,
  • Build towards a comprehensive system that is responsive to needs identified by the community,
  • Educate the community about the value of youth workforce preparation services,
  • Increase the availability and access of youth workforce preparation services, and
  • Increase community and youth participation in the design of youth workforce preparation programs.