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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Life Sciences Summer Institute Research Report looks specifically at why companies were interested in participating in the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Life Sciences Summer Institute to measure its success, identify the factors that make it a successful program, and to determine the potential for its expansion. LSSI invites students to spend time in a life sciences summer “boot camp” and then places them in labs for real-life work experience. Groups of science teachers also participate every summer, learning about how the life sciences industry operates and then taking it back to their classrooms.
Occupational Outlook Report 2012 Update: Focus on Reentry reviews research on reentry workforce issues 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.
Plan and Pursue, Your Pathway to Prosperity offers a look at the critical next steps to have a successful and prosperous future, such as continuing education and/or receiving additional training. The guide serves as a powerful planning tool for job seekers.
The San Diego Maritime Industry Report explores the growing impact of the Maritime Industry on the San Diego region. The report 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.
The 2011 Occupational Outlook Report (OOR) for San Diego County 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 occupational profiles may be used by job seekers, students, company managers and human resource personnel as well as education and training program developers.
Community Clinics in San Diego: A review of workforce issues facing San Diego’s community healthcare clinics
Community Clinics in San Diego 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 commissioned as part of a broad effort to understand the workforce needs of employers needing new skills and new workers in healthcare information technology.
Entertainment and Hospitality Industry Cluster Survey looks at the current state of the industry and provides a detailed look at thirty-seven occupational profiles within it. The report presents current industry practices, needs and future plans related to workforce development.
Healthcare IT Research Report explores if 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.
Healthcare Workforce Development in San Diego County: Recommendations for the Changing Times identifies the needs of area employers and several key strategies to diversify and effectively train healthcare workers. This diverse sector is changing rapidly and represents one of the fastest growing areas for careers in San Diego County.
Military Contractor Cluster of Industries seeks to understand more fully the size and breadth of government military contractors in San Diego and whether the public workforce system can provide assistance to 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 San Diego County.
Green Construction: An Occupational Outlook for San Diego County examines the growing demand for green construction workers and identifies the training these workers will need to be successful in the field. San Diego County has lost nearly 40,000 construction jobs in the last five years, only one-third of which are expected to return by 2015, while “green construction” jobs are expected to grow at an above average rate.
Small Business Survey assesses awareness of one-stop career centers in San Diego County; identifies methods of recruiting new employees and use of outside agencies for assistance with finding and developing qualified workers; seeks to understand small businesses’ current workforce challenges; develops a profile of private-sector small businesses in San Diego County; and evaluates awareness and perception of the San Diego Workforce Partnership.