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Jobs In Business And Healthcare In San Francisco

Updated on November 11, 2015
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Ms. Inglish is successful at employment & training, with regional records of tens of thousands placed and retained in gainful employment.

Lombard Street in San Francisco Is America's crookedest street. What fun!
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San Francisco Bay Area

Readers at have read about and voted for photos and descriptions of the 100 Greatest Places to Stand in America. San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge received the honor of the Number Six position out of 100 on the list. This part of San Francisco is filled with travel attractions and fantastic photo opportunities, as well as its own history and that of cultures from many parts of the world.

The San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City Metroplex is a huge combination metropolitan business and census area in Northern California, located around San Francisco Bay in the counties of San Mateo, San Francisco, and Marin.

The Presidio and the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco


Job Recovery In Healthcare and Education

California was hit with some large job losses in 2008 - 2009, but even on March 28, 2009, listed 39,800+ job openings within 25 miles of San Francisco.

Increasing Numbers of jobs became available in the go-forward, through 2015 with over 60,000 full-time (not seasonal) job listings at any time during 4th Quarter.

On the other hand, many states are benefiting from the the 2009 Stimulus Package that has included provisions for new jobs and workforce training dollars and many of these states have increased jobs after the end of the Stimulus era. The Stimulus Bill was passed to highlight two specific sectors: Healthcare and Education. These fields developed new jobs in 2009 - 2010 and continued that trend into 2016.

Vintage San Francisco

Postcard of the Cliff House Restaurant.
Postcard of the Cliff House Restaurant. | Source

Gold Rush, Railroads, and Urban Renewal Grew San Francisco

Once colonized and owned by the Spanish conquistadores and explorers, Southern California was opened to other settlers during the 1849 Gold Rush and grew quickly with the advance of the railroad. Situated n a large bay at the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco also became a major sea port for commercial travel and freight, lining California with the Far East, Southeast Asia, and Oceana.

The City of San Francisco is large by itself, having undergone the turbulent tomes of the 1960s - 1970s and survived the odysseys and tragedies of the Haight-Ashbury District. The wonderland of freedom and free love for teens and young adults that fled the conservative establishment of other parts of America became a pit of perversion and drug-related deaths and lost its glamour in a matter of months.

Urban renewal followed in the 1980s - 1990s and the local government placed more energy into the city's economic planning organization to ensure continued growth into the 21st Century. By the end of 2007, 800,000 individuals were recorded by census figures in the full metro area.

The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency had actually been founded in 1948 and remained active into the 2010s to ensure job and business growth.

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Demographics and Growth

It seems that San Francisco has had many instances of quick and massive growth. The Gold Rush days of the 19th Century certainly brought a lot of people to the area in search of fortune and a new life.

In the 20th Century, the years form 1965 - 1981 saw the total office space in San Francisco double with a tremendous onslaught of business growth. This brought the total area of business space in town to 55,000,000 square feet.

The 21st Century has shown some demographic changes in San Francisco as well, specifically in surges of population migration in and out of the area.

For the first time in decades, the city lost several thousand people throughout the first administration of President George W. Bush, 2001 - 2005. However, beginning in 2004, migration into the city began to increase somewhat, largely from international peoples, particularly the Chinese.

Over 50% of the total population fo San Francisco speaks an additional language besides English and, in order of frequencey, these include Chinese dialects, Mexican Spanish, Taggalog (Philipine Language), Russian, and Vietnamese.

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Top 10 Largest Employers, San Francisco County

The following list of Top 10 Largest Employers was deterimed by San Francisco Business Times.

  1. City & County of San Francisco Governments
  2. University of California, San Francisco
  3. Wells Fargo & Co. - banking and finance.
  4. State of California Government
  5. California Pacific Medical Center
  6. San Francisco Unified School District
  7. United States Postal Service (USPS)
  8. PG&E Corporation - energy and utilities.
  9. Gap Inc. - retail clothing.
  10. Kaiser Permanente - healthcare.

Top 20 Fastest Growing Jobs

  1. Biomedical Engineers - This job title is forecasted to experience the largest percentage increase from 2006 - 2016, an increase of some 61%
  2. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  3. Medical Scientists
  4. Computer Software Applications Engineers - This job title will require the largest number of new employees to 2016.
  5. Biochemists and Biophysicists
  6. Natural Sciences Managers
  7. Industrial Engineers
  8. Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
  9. Biological Technicians
  10. Chemical Technicians
  11. Chemists
  12. Skin Care Specialists
  13. Technical Writers
  14. Computer Systems Software Engineers
  15. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  16. Database Administrators
  17. Tile & Marble Setters
  18. Computer and Information Scientists, Research
  19. Multimedia Artists/Animators
  20. Financial Analysts

The major categories of high growth jobs include three:

  • Healthcare,
  • Biotechnology (health, alternative energy, business), and
  • Computer Science and Computer Information.

High Demand Jobs 2015 - 2016

  1. CDL Truck Drivers- Huge demand began in 2014 (20,000% increase) and continues to 2016.
  2. Registered Nurses (RNs, including Travel Nurses)
  3. Salespeople
  4. Product Managers
  5. Project Managers
  6. Baristas and Supervisors
  7. Account Executives
  8. Business Analysts
  9. Account Managers - Sales and Financial Products
  10. IT Engineers - Software, Systems, etc.
  11. Administrative Assistants
  12. Physical and Occupational Therapists
  13. Store Managers
  14. Pharmacy Interns
  15. Photo Lab Supervisors at CVS

Boom In Nursing Positions

LPN Nursing positions have fluctuated in San Francisco, with a dramatic high in 2013 - 2015. Other levels of education have created steady increases in jobs.

LPNs, Nurse Practitioners (NP), State Tested Nursing Aides (STNA), and Home Health Aides (HHA) provide job listings that are increasing.

Demand for Nurses in San Francisco Metro Area

LPN Nurses were in highest demand from 2013 - 2015.
LPN Nurses were in highest demand from 2013 - 2015. | Source

Nurse Employment Trends

Top Nursing Jobs IN the Metro Area

  1. Traveling Nurse - RNs for ICU/CCU
  2. Traveling Nurse - RNs for Med/Surgical
  3. Traveling Nurse - RNs for Telemetry
  4. Staff Nurse II - Inpatient Nursing
  5. Traveling Nurse - RNs for Hemo/Oncology
  6. Registered Nurses- RNs
  7. Staff Nurse II [OM]
  8. Staff Nurses in Labor & Delivery
  9. Nurse Practitioners (NPs)
  10. Traveling Nurse - RNs for Emergency Departments
  11. Traveling Nurse - RNs for Maternal/Children
  12. Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs)

TRAVEL NURSING takes up the bulk of slots in the Top Hot Jobs.

Demand For Teachers

Jobs in both Healthcare and Education are available in San Francisco for job seekers in these following cities, but demand is increasing highly to those who are willing to relocate to California.

Education High Demand

  1. New York City
  2. Chicago IL
  3. Atlanta GA
  4. Houston TX
  5. Washington DC
  6. San Francisco; Los Angeles CA
  7. Boston MA
  8. Dallas TX
  9. Philadelphia PA
  10. Phoenix AZ

Job Titles: Teacher, "Teacher I" (government designation), Instructional Designer, Nanny, Teachers, Librarian, Assistant Professor, Admissions Coordinator, Education, Director Of Admissions.

Labor Market Comparisons

During 2009 - 2016, the leading cities for job postings and job searches in Healthcare & Education have included the following metro areas and job titles:

Healthcare In High Demand

  1. Atlanta GA
  2. New York City
  3. Houston TX
  4. Chicago IL
  5. Boston MA
  6. Dallas TX
  7. Phoenix AZ
  8. San Francisco; Los Angeles CA
  9. San Diego CA
  10. Philadelphia PA

Job Titles: Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, Social Worker, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomist, Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Medical Receptionist, Pharmacist, Dental Hygienist, Medical Administrative.

Metro Area

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