Energy, Construction & Utilities

How often do you take for granted things like a working sink, turning on a light to read at night, or the roof that’s likely over your head at this moment? Energy, construction and utilities create the physical places people live, work and enjoy—from the four walls of a building to the wiring and power that make it possible to offer free wifi. People in this industry work as civil engineers, electrical technicians, solar photovoltaic installers and construction craftspeople.

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Why It’s Important to San Diego

San Diego is one of the fastest-growing counties in the country. Given our ever-growing need for affordable housing and transportation infrastructure, the energy, construction & utilities sector is vital to our future. San Diego is also a leader in combatting climate change through initiatives to get more of our energy from renewable resources, build greener buildings, and conserve water, electricity and gas.


People Employed


of all San Diego County jobs


Number of Businesses


  • Power generation & distribution
  • Construction of buildings
  • Heavy & civil engineering construction (e.g.  bridges, roads, pipelines)
  • Waste management & remediation
  • Environmental consulting

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Sector Job Growth

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What Are the Largest Occupations in This Sector? 

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  • Construction Laborers: 13,642
  • Carpenters: 11,169
  • Electricians: 7,084
  • First-line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers: 6,233
  • Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters: 5,506
  • Painters, Construction and Maintenance: 5,369
  • Construction Managers: 4,805
  • Civil Engineers: 3,802
  • Office Clerks, General: 3,533
  • Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers: 3,474

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Data source: Emsi Labor Market Analytics, 2020 –