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Interested in exploring local careers or educational programs? Use Career Coach to:

  • Take a career assessment
  • Explore industries and occupations that match your interests
  • Find San Diego-specific wage and occupation growth information
  • Access real-time job postings
  • Build a résumé
  • Learn about educational programs that can prepare you for your dream job
  • For veterans, find civilian careers related to your military occupation.

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How to Get a Job in the Priority Sectors

Our research has identified five Priority Sectors in the region. Here are some ideas on how to get started in these sectors:

This sector uses technology and advanced processes to create goods for consumers and businesses. With high-tech jobs in computers and robotics, Advanced Manufacturing includes diverse industries such as electronics, aerospace, fabrication metals, biotechnology, maritime and more.

Clean Energy is the research and application of environmentally friendly energy solutions. The majority of employers and jobs in San Diego County are in Energy Efficiency (e.g., efficient building) and Renewable Energy (e.g., solar power). A significant number of jobs in this sector have been repurposed from the building and trades industry, where new technologies are applied to traditional construction jobs. For example, roofers are now solar photovoltaic (PV) installers.

Health Care combines technology and empathy to help the public stay healthy or get well. It is one of the largest sectors in San Diego County; an estimated one in every eight jobs in the region is health services-related. This sector is also known to be “recession-proof” and stable as jobs grew during 2007–2009 when all other jobs in the region declined.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is the sector that develops products and services in telecommunications, video gaming, cybersecurity, data analytics and bioinformatics, with employers ranging from innovative startups to large global corporations. This sector includes a variety of jobs in computer programs, web interfacing, information processing and data storage.

Life Sciences, or biotechnology, spans a variety of fields, such as medical devices, therapeutics and drug development. San Diego is ranked as one of the top 5 Life Sciences regions in the U.S., with more than 80 research institutions in the county.