California -- the most populated state in the U.S. -- continued to hold onto the number one position as of 2013 when the Census Bureau estimated its population at 38,332,521. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov), 14,714,530 Californians were employed as of May 2013.
More than one third of those employed in California -- almost 5.5 million -- work in office support, sales, food preparation and serving occupations. If those types of jobs are not calling your name, you may want to learn more about the California tech schools offering training for dozens of in-demand occupations.
California's economy offers its residents an extremely varied menu of career paths from which to choose. It leads the nation in such sectors as agriculture, hi-tech and bio-tech, tourism, manufacturing, and entertainment. Not only do those industries require employees, so do all of the sectors that support them and the millions of state residents who depend on services and infrastructure like health care, personal care and transportation.
California job growth and wage information
The following statistics provide examples of opportunities in occupations you might pursue with an education from a California vocational, trade or tech school. They include the average wages for each occupation as of May 2013 from the BLS and the projected percent of job growth for each from 2010 to 2020 as reported by the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD):
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
Number employed: 56,000
Job growth 2010-2020: 20 percent
Mean annual wage: $43,220
Number employed: 45,510
Job growth 2010-2020: 12.1 percent
Mean annual wage: $37,730
Number employed: 26,290
Job growth 2010-2020: 16.1 percent
Mean annual wage: $57,070
Hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists
Number employed: 24,300
Job growth 2010-2020: 19.1 percent
Mean annual wage: $27,590
Licensed vocational nurses
Number employed: 61,050
Job growth 2010-2020: 22.5 percent
Mean annual wage: $51,800
Number employed: 82,450
Job growth 2010-2020: 22.5 percent
Mean annual wage: $34,050
Web developers and designers
Number employed: 16,900
Job growth 2010-2020: 22.4 percent
Mean annual wage: $74,570
According to the BLS, jobs with projected growth of more than 12 percent exceeded the national average of projected growth for all occupations as of May 2012. In particular, employment growth in health support occupations is expected to be very strong into the next decade.
Take a look at the list of California tech schools below to see more careers for which you may wish to train. Many schools offer distance learning programs, so if you don't see a school in your city, you may be able to find an online program that offers you the convenience of studying anywhere you have a computer and Internet access.
California Economy by the Numbers, Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development, http://www.business.ca.gov/WhyCA/CaliforniaEconomybytheNumbers.aspx
Labor Market Info, Data by Occupation, State of California Employment Development Department, http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/Content.asp?pageid=1004
State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, California, May 2013, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ca.htm#00-0000
Table 14. -- State Population Rank, Percentage, and Population Density: 1980 to 2010, U.S. Census Bureau, http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0014.pdf