Imagine designing a fleet of automated drones or building a naval ship. Advanced manufacturing combines fields like engineering, computer drafting, biotech and more to design and build our future—everything from medical devices to the thermostat in your smart home.
Why It’s Important to San Diego
The advanced manufacturing sector employs nearly 100,000 San Diegans. Outpacing statewide and national trends, advanced manufacturing is growing in San Diego and has rebounded since the Great Recession. Companies in this sector make an astounding variety of products, from cutting-edge military tech to life-saving medical devices. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, San Diego is one of the top 10 patent-generating regions in the country.
of all San Diego County jobs
Number of Businesses
- Aircraft & ship manufacturing
- Life sciences manufacturing
- Computer, communications & electronics manufacturing
- Other advanced manufacturing
Sector Job Growth
What Are the Largest Occupations in This Sector?
How Do I Start My Career in Advanced Manufacturing?
Do Some Research
- Use Career Coach to explore which occupations align with your interests, get a behind-the-scenes peek at careers and discover local companies
Expand Your Network
- Use social media tools like LinkedIn to network with professionals and request informational interviews to ask people about their career path, education and job responsibilities. Check out this video for help getting started.
- Attend an event hosted by an industry organization like the San Diego Makers Guild.
Get Hands-on Experience
- Find a maker space like Fab Lab San Diego and take a class.
- Check out our On-demand Training Library to build essential and technical skills related to occupations in the field
- Explore opportunities at a community college near you
- Apply for an apprenticeship in a manufacturing career like Machinist, Laborer, or Electrician
Posters and Printouts
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Data source: Emsi Labor Market Analytics, 2020 – economicmodeling.com