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Attractions, Technologies and Jobs in San Diego

Updated on January 17, 2015

High Technology is King

Transition to Success

San Diego has been formerly a major site for US Navy shipyards and other military installations and defense facilities. Defense remains important, but other industries have come to the fore in the 21st century.

In the 21st century, industrial focus in the Greater San Diego Area has diminished in the military-industrial complex throughout the local economy, because of national closure of several military installations across the country. This has included California.

The Greater San Diego Area economy is healthy and growing after a transition from the military-industrial-defense business cluster to successful high-tech organizations. In addition, these high-tech companies operate in the larger global marketplace, facilitated by the ease of shipping in and out of the city via its locale and the increasing numbers of freight shippers starting and/or maintaining business in the region.

San Diego has transitioned from a locally large city to a giant Global Metroplex. This city is one of the Top 25 Best (large) Cities for Jobs and Business in America, according to US Department of Labor statistics and the research of entities such as Kiplinger, the US News and World Report, Forbes, and several others.

New businesses are succeeding in San Diego and surrounding areas, largely in the arena of small-to-medium-sized high-tech companies. These are producing high-quality goods for sale around the world. In fact, dramatic increases in San Diego's GRP (gross regional product) have manifested steadily since the 1990s. This increase includes in per capita income, job growth, employment percentage of the local labor pool, and overall exports of goods. The latter has aided in the growth of the shipping and freight industry, facilitating further growth in shipping and other industries.


Southern California - San Diego

High Demand Jobs and Business Opportunities

So much opportunity exists in San Diego and the surrounding metro area, that the city is expected to be in the Top 10 List for job growth all the way through 2025. This is the first US city I have found to have Job Growth Forecasts out to so future a date. Truly, the opportunity is abundant in California around San Diego, especially in high-tech businesses, as well as in technologies in all fields. However, other industries and career fields are not flagging.

The four Industry Sectors that are so spurred to growth are different from in much of the rest of the country and from other cities on this particular Top 10 List. They include Manufacturing, Defense, Tourism, and Agriculture.

Further, the biggest and fastest growing Industry Clusters encompass:

  • Financial and Business Services - financing, insurances, investments, other financial products.
  • Biotechnology and Biosciences, including bioengineering
  • Defense and Space Manufacturing
  • Electronics Manufacturing
  • Software Development
  • Telecommunications

Other fast-growing industries are Environmental/Green Industries, Transportation, Recreation & associated goods, and International Trade. well over 600 companies in the area opperate in at least one other nation in addition to the US.

Top 10 Fast-Growing Jobs in Greater San Diego

The following are the fastest growing jobs, regardless of Industry Sector or Custer, in San Diego County that are estimated through 2016:

  1. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  2. Home Health Aides & Medical Assistants
  3. Computer Software Engineers - Applications
  4. Computer Software Engineers - Systems Software
  5. Biomedical Engineers
  6. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  7. Database Administrators
  8. Physician Assistants
  9. Gaming Dealers & Other Workers
  10. Forensic Science Technicians

SNAPSHOT - Highest Demand of 51,000 jobs in January 2015, up from 44,400 Jobs in 1/2013, up from 39,500 in 6/2012

  1. Software Engineers
  2. Salespeople
  3. Dentists
  4. Occupational Therapists
  5. Store Managers
  6. Pharmacy Technicians
  7. Project Managers
  8. Systems Engineers
  9. Clinical Nurse - RNs
  10. Tax Professionals

Balboa Park
Balboa Park

Healthcare and Biotechnologies

The Top 10 Fast-Growing Health Related Occupations in San Diego:

  1. Registered Nurses - including higher-paid Travel Nurses
  2. Dental Hygienists
  3. Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
  4. Medical Assistants
  5. Home Health Aides
  6. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  7. Dental Assistants
  8. Radiologic Technologists and Technicians
  9. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
  10. Physical Therapists

Sample Health & Medical Jobs & Average Wages Per Year

  • Dental Hygienists - $89,000
  • Radiologic Technologists & Technicians - $60,000
  • Physician Assistants - $82,000
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologists - $75,000
  • Speech Language Pathologists - $72,000
  • Occupational Therapists - $72,000
  • Physical Therapists - $70,000
  • Clinical, Counseling, & School Psychologists - $69,000
  • Registered Nurses - $68,000 [Travel Nurses earn more]
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers - $67,000

San Diego County Borders Mexico

Notice densely populated Tijuana on the right anmd San Diego on the left.
Notice densely populated Tijuana on the right anmd San Diego on the left.
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Colleges and Universities

Dozens of colleges, universities, and vocational schools are located on San Diego County and offer excellent training programs for the fast-growing jobs in the area, as well as business classes that promote ownership of new high-tech companies and green businesses. Financing is available through a number of avenues.

  • California State Educational Funding Opportunities:
  • Local Area Groups - Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.
  • Dedicated Scholarships for specific ethnic, religious, or professional affiliations.
  • Academic Scholarships through a particular school.
  • Healthcare Employers - many San Diego Area medical employers offer Tuition Reimbursement programs to their working staff along with flexible work schedules that allow class attendance. You may be able to benefit from truition reimbursement quite far up the health care professions ladder.

Dr. Occupation in San Diego

Major Colleges and Universities

San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego State University, San Diego Miramar College

Nurse TV in San Diego

Local Sports in San Diego

College Sports Teams

  • San Diego Toreros
  • San Diego State Aztecs

League Team Sports

Professional Team Sports


  • Golden Baseball League - San Diego Surf Dawgs
  • National Indoor Football League - San Diego Shockwave
  • American Basketball Association - San Diego Wildcats


Native American Resort Industry

  • BARONA VALLEY RANCH, Barona Band of Mission Indians
  • CASINO PAUMA, Pauma Yuima Band of Mission Indians
  • GOLDEN ACORN, Campo Kumeyaay Nation
  • HARRAH'S RINCON RESORT, Rincon San Luiseno Band of Mission Indians
  • JAMUL RESORT, Jamul Indian Village, Kumeyaay Nation
  • LA POSTA RESORT, La Posta Band of Mission Indians
  • SANTA YSABEL RESORT, Santa Ysabel Band of DiegueƱo Indians
  • VALLEY VIEW, San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians
  • VIEJAS RESORT Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

San Diego Military Bases

  • Camp Pendleton
  • Coronado
  • Miramar
  • Navy Region Southwest
  • Point Loma
  • Spawar - Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

Coronado Bridge
Coronado Bridge


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      Cherie Ducey 

      7 years ago

      Any good recommendations for executive career coaches or headhunter ? I have an MBA

    • sandiegoseoexpert profile image


      7 years ago

      I just got a new job in downtown San Diego. The jobs are definitely out there

    • rickydeez profile image


      10 years ago from San Diego, CA

      I love working and living in San Diego!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Good link Tomas.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I have friends that moved to San diego about 7 years ago. Some of them use this link:

      It provides many reviews of area restaurants.

      Good eating!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Hi dutch84 ! - Thanks for reading my Hub and posting a comment! I hope you enjoy all of these metro area Hubs I'm compiling

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      11 years ago

      this is very well compiled!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Oh good, solarshingles! - I'm not good with tags yet, so I'll appreciate the help. Glad to guide you around the corners of the US as well, with maps and diagrams and charts and holograms, and literary lists of locales. haha There are a BILLION corners. :)

      So "sexy" is advert lingo, I think. I can handle that. LOL

      But my latest career assessment shows even more than previously that I should be an explorer/researcher, like a stellar cartographer or geographer-archaeologist combination. So, I think I will throw together a book of all this work-related material. Hub Pages has helped it to write itself.

      Thanks you so much for posting and being a friend.


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      11 years ago from london

      It is hardly to believe, that anybody out there have such a structured and well organized overview over this huge country as you, Patty. Admit it or not, whatever you have touched in your life it is stored in your memory bank of sub-unconscious state of mind. When I am going to visit the states, you are going to be the first person I am going to consult about it. (and as my present, I am going to suggest you some new wobbly, crispy,(God forbid, I won't say 'sexy') tags to google rank your hubs, even better.


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