SDWP Reports

January 19, 2016
Essential skills poster in English

The Essential Skills for Success poster highlights professional skills emphasized by employers as important for career attainment and growth. Also known as soft skills, these include the ability to problem-solve and communicate, and form just one part of a job seeker’s career puzzle. The poster also features suggestions for how to hone these essential skills.

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Download a print-ready file (PDF) of the poster in Spanish (4 MB)

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November 05, 2015

Workforce Needs of Small Businesses in San Diego analyzes the survey results from 347 small businesses across San Diego County’s Priority Sectors–Advanced Manufacturing, Health Care, Advanced Transportation, Life Sciences/Biotechnology, and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The study focuses on growth over the next 12 months, the challenges that small businesses expect to face in the future, skills necessary to start a small business, and workshops that are useful for workers in businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

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Download the Advanced Manufacturing sector brief (400 KB)

Download the Advanced Transportation sector brief (400 KB)

Download the Global Trade sector brief (500 KB)

Download the Health Care sector brief (400 KB)

Download the Information & Communication Technologies sector brief (400 KB)

Download the Life Sciences/Biotechnology sector brief (400 KB)

November 05, 2015

San Diego’s Middle Skill Jobs: Gaps and Opportunities analyzes the challenges and opportunities presented in more than 600,000 occupations that are considered “middle-skill,” or those that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree. The study focuses on three sectors that make up a majority of the middle-skill jobs in the region: Advanced Manufacturing, Health Care, and Information and Communication Technologies.

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November 05, 2015

Priority Sectors: Workforce Initiatives in San Diego County is a follow-up study to SDWP’s 2014 Priority Sector reports and analyzes 492 active initiatives in the region currently addressing workforce challenges presented in the previous research. This includes an inventory of initiatives (defined as a program, event, or opportunity in which job seekers may get training, education, apprenticeship, mentorship or exposure to careers) related to the five Priority Sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Clean Energy, Health Care, Information and Communication Technologies, and Life Sciences. This study highlights initiatives that align with the 2014 report recommendations and determines what still needs to be addressed in education and workforce development.

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View the live initiatives database on the Data Dashboard

April 22, 2015

Aerospace: Labor Market Analysis is a study of a subsector of Advanced Manufacturing. This report analyzes four areas vital to the aerospace industry: R&D and testing laboratories, aerospace products and parts, instruments and components, and support activities. Five occupational clusters were selected for closer examination in order to assess employment needs of aerospace businesses: business operations, computer/software, drafter and technician, engineering, and production. The study focuses on emerging opportunities in the aerospace industry, the types of knowledge and skills that are in demand, and how employers and educators can promote industry growth.

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March 19, 2015

The Priority Sector Career Posters highlight career pathways within San Diego's five Priority Sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Clean Energy, Health Care, Information and Communication Technologies, and Life Sciences. Each poster includes information about the top jobs, education and skill requirements, and median wages presented in a digestible one-sheet, designed for students in grades K-12.

Download print-ready files (PDF) of all the posters in English (32 MB)

Download print-ready files (PDF) of all the posters in Spanish (32 MB)

October 02, 2014

Information and Communication Technologies: Labor Market Analysis serves to inform educational training institutions, Workforce Investment Boards and community organizations on how to best prepare the future workforce for ICT positions. 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.

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October 02, 2014

Health Care: Labor Market Analysis 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. 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.

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October 02, 2014

Life Sciences: Labor Market Analysis identifies the industries and occupations that have workforce development needs, documents the opportunities for workers and needs from employers in the sector, and recommends specific actions for investments in workforce development to prepare the future workforce. The Life Sciences sector accounts for more than 1,372 establishments and 45,000 workers.

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October 02, 2014

Clean Energy: Labor Market Analysis focuses on two highly integrated subsectors that have the most employment in San Diego’s Clean Energy sector: 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.

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October 02, 2014

Advanced Manufacturing: Labor Market Analysis 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. The Advanced Manufacturing sector accounts for 10 percent of establishments, 15 percent of all paid employment and 22 percent of annual payroll in the region.

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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 profiles were created for use by job seekers, educators and San Diego employers.

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    October 30, 2013

    Popular Fields in Extended Studies investigates eight key professions that are vital to sustaining San Diego’s economic base: accounting, clinical research and trials, education, engineering, human resources, informational technology, paralegal, and safety training. Findings indicate that all eight professions will experience potential supply gaps over the next decade.

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      October 03, 2013

      San Diego's Sports and Active Lifestyle Industry investigates how San Diego's diverse natural assets, ideal for participating in sports or an active lifestyle, affect the region’s economy and workforce. This industry cluster 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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      August 14, 2013

      The Self-Sufficiency Employment Report analyzes specific occupations, particularly entry-level positions, which have opportunities for pathways into self-sustaining careers. It provides detailed occupational profiles for job seekers and career counselors to use as a planning tool.

      January 11, 2013

      The Economic Impact of Qualcomm investigates how San Diego’s largest telecommunications and information technology (T&IT) company affects the region’s economy and workforce. Qualcomm’s presence in the region adds $4.53 billion in direct and indirect economic activity annually.