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North Central Coast Region

The North Central Coast region is comrpised of Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties

Top Job Openings 2018-2028*

High-Skill Occupations

  • General and Operations Managers:
    • 3,870 projected job openings, $102,296 average annual wage, 167 job advertisements.
  • Substitute Teachers:
    • 3,670 projected job openings, $39,246 average annual wage, 0 job advertisements.
  • Registered Nurses:
    • 3,350 projected job openings, $138,949 average annual wage, 574 job advertisements.
  • Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education:
    • 3,190 projected job openings, $83,675 average annual wage, 17 job advertisements.
  • Accountants and Auditors:
    • 1,700 projected job openings, $83,326 average annual wage, 88 job advertisements.
 

Middle-Skill Occupations

  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:
    • 4,850 projected job openings, $50,786 average annual wage, 103 job advertisements.
  • Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers:
    • 4,160 projected job openings, $51,597 average annual wage, 198 job advertisements.
  • Teacher Assistants:
    • 3,730 projected job openings, $39,694 average annual wage, 32 job advertisements.
  • Medical Assistants:
    • 2,620 projected job openings, $41,190 average annual wage, 107 job advertisements.
  • Nursing Assistants:
    • 2,180 projected job openings, $40,458 average annual wage, 100 job advertisements.
 

Entry-Level Occupations

  • Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse:
    • 82,710 projected job openings, $32,323 average annual wage, 10 job advertisements.
  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food***:
    • 17,020 projected job openings, $36,109 average annual wage, 175 job advertisements.
  • Personal Care Aides**:
    • 16,010 projected job openings, $31,741 average annual wage, 121 job advertisements.
  • Cashiers:
    • 15,820 projected job openings, $32,094 average annual wage, 93 job advertisements.
  • Waiters and Waitresses:
    • 13,010 projected job openings, $32,656 average annual wage, 182 job advertisements.

An image of the California North Central Coast region on a map of California

 

*The 2018-2028 employment projections do not include impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and response efforts. Employment projections are developed using models based on historical data, which in this set of projections cover the period through 2018; all input data therefore precede the pandemic. Employment projections are long-term projections intended to capture structural change in the economy, not cyclical fluctuations. As such, they are not intended to capture the impacts of the recession that began in February 2020. However, besides the immediate recessionary impacts, the pandemic may cause new structural changes to the economy. Subsequent employment projections will incorporate new information on economic structural changes as it becomes available.

**Wages for Personal Care Aides are taken from the Home Health and Personal Care Aides occupation.

***Wages for Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food are taken from the Food Preparation Workers occupation.