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Bakersfield, California: Construction & Finance

Updated on May 20, 2015
Bakersfield, California - a canal in winter.
Bakersfield, California - a canal in winter. | Source

Kern County

Bakersfield grew up around a field owned by a Colonel Baker in 1858 - 1859. Settlers came through, spent some time, and helped the colonel build the town in Kern County. They found oil in Kern County as well, but other industries have taken over this area. Famous for scientific agriculture and aerospace businesses, Kern County provides food crops and fibers to the wntire US and several overseas countries.

The county has experienced significant growth in its warehousing & distribution centers, its financial products purveyanhce, and its manufacturers, because it is a healthy railroading hub for easy transit and freight shipping.

Several large organizations, including the most popular IKEA and Target, as well as harward chains have located major distribution centers in Bakersfield and Kern County.

Further, State Farm Insurance placed has California Regional Offices in the metro area to high profitability. High-tech computer aviation and cutting edge manufacturering processes have helped to diversify the local economy and keep it growing.

Bakersfield, California

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Job Listings and Employment Trends

For comparison with projected high-growth jobs listed below, local job listings offer the following frequently listed positions:

  1. Truck Drivers with CDL
  2. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  3. Store Managers and Salespeople
  4. Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs)
  5. Health Insurance Sales Jobs
  6. IT Engineers, Analysts, Managers and Specialists
  7. Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists
  8. Pharmacists
  9. Patient Care Techs
  10. Dining Services - Casual Dining and Fast Food Managers and Crew

Reference Map

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Top Employers Listing Jobs

  1. Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
  2. CR England Trucking
  3. Gordon Trucking
  4. Ameriplan - Insurance Sales
  5. Swift Transportation - Trucking
  6. Mercy Hospital Bakersfield
  7. Dollar General
  8. Sears Holdings
  9. Celadon Trucking
  10. Schneider Trucking

Local Interest

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Bakersfield National Cemetery, opened in 2009 with 50 acres, now has 500 acres available in 2015.Kern County Fair
Bakersfield National Cemetery, opened in 2009 with 50 acres, now has 500 acres available in 2015.
Bakersfield National Cemetery, opened in 2009 with 50 acres, now has 500 acres available in 2015. | Source
Kern County Fair
Kern County Fair | Source

Top 10 Jobs in Kern County

Top High-Growth Industries projected for Bakersfield and Kern County by federal, state, and local government agencies.

  1. Construction
  2. Financial Activities
  3. Wholesale Trade
  4. Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities
  5. Manufacturing
  6. Leisure & Hospitality
  7. Education & Health Services
  8. Retail Trade
  9. Government
  10. Professional and Business Services

Top 10 Projected High Demand Jobs

Except for Home Heal;th Aides, this Top 10 List is made up totally of construction jobs that require apprenticeships, OJT, and/or certificate training.

  1. Helpers--Carpenters
  2. Roofers
  3. Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
  4. Home Health Aides
  5. Cost Estimators
  6. Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
  7. Carpenters
  8. Brickmasons and Blockmasons
  9. Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
  10. Construction Manager

The Next 10 highest in-demand jobs are Construction, Computer/IT and Health related:

  1. Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles
  2. Plasterers and Stucco Masons
  3. Electricians
  4. Computer Software Engineers, Applications
  5. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
  6. Construction Laborers
  7. Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers
  8. Painters, Construction and Maintenance
  9. Medical Assistants
  10. Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Bakersfield Clock Tower
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Bakersfield Sports


  • The Bakersfield Speedway: weekly World of Outlaws races.
  • Kern County, Home of NASCAR: Kern River Speedway
  • March Meet Drag Race, Famoso Drag Strip.
  • California Hot Rod Reunion.


  • Baseball: Bakersfield Blaze - Sam Lynn Ballpark
  • Basketball: Bakersfield Jaml
  • Football: Bakersfield College Renegades Football and Bakersfield High School Football
  • Hockey: Bakersfield Condors
  • Soccer: Bakersfield Brigade at Bakersfield Christian High School


  • Bakersfield Centennial Garden or Rabobank Arena Theater & Convention Center - known by both names, the arena sits on the originial site of Colonol Baker's field in which settlers spent some time in 1858 - 1859, when Baker created plans for the town.
  • The Dome - Boxing, Kickboxing, Professional Wrestling.
  • Ice Sports Center - Hockey.
  • Kern County Soccer Park.
  • McMurtrey Aquatic Center - Olympic-sized swimming pool
  • Golfing Tours: Ben Hogan Tour, Nike Tour, PGA qualifying events, and NCAA Div. II regional tourneys.

Higher Education

California State University Bakersfield:

One of America's Best Schools for 2008, named by US News & World Reports. In the top 100 Western US schools.

American Indian Health Project Bakersfield

Native American health and business is improving in kern County as attention is given to wellness and prevention programs and literacy. Dying tribal languages in Kern County are supported by such programs.

One Native American, a Mr. Jim Andreas was sicovered in the 2000s to be the last known speaker of Pakaanil, the language of the Tubatulabal nation in the Kern River Valley. Owens Valley Career Development Center funded a grant for a Native language center in Kern County, where Native Americans are learning and spreading Pakaanii.

Other Health & Business Links:

Standing Bear Pow Wow

This annual event is held at the end of May during Memorial Day Weekend each year at the Kern County Fairgrounds. The Hispanic circus, Circo Hermanos Caballero, often performs as as well.

Bakersfield College

1801 Panorama Dr.; Bakersfield, CA 93305


Kern County Fairgrounds

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hey thanks for stopping by - I got a kick out of the elctrician's commercial. I think he enjoys his small business ownership. Looks like fun, anyway.

      I like NASCAR races, but just leanred that it gets up to 125 - 140 degrees inside the driver's cockpit. They must lose a pound a mile!

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      oberbreckling 9 years ago

      Hi patty I really enjoyed reading this hub some of your great hubs are a little over my head look I use to own my own construction company I did a lot of insurance jobs and there was times when I would of loved trying an insurance adjusters job because there seems to be a certain expertise that's needed that's very interesting to me I love to use what talent I have I really like the video of the do it yourself guy looks like me trying to do electrical ZAPP! im just not very good at that electrical work but if I lived in Bakersfield I would be down at the Nascar speedway now that would be something too see.And your such a hard worker too this really took a lot of work putting this hub together for us too read thank you very much ~cool~cya