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South Central Coast Region

The South Central Coast region is comprised of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

Top Job Openings 2018-2028*

High-Skill Occupations

  • General and Operations Managers:
    • 5,260 projected job openings, $101,668 average annual wage, 153 job advertisements.
  • Registered Nurses:
    • 3,630 projected job openings, $105,359 average annual wage, 602 job advertisements.
  • Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education:
    • 3,290 projected job openings, $82,895 average annual wage, 16 job advertisements.
  • Accountants and Auditors:
    • 2,710 projected job openings, $81,293 average annual wage, 73 job advertisements.
  • Substitute Teachers:
    • 2,470 projected job openings, $39,063 average annual wage, 0 job advertisements.
 

Middle-Skill Occupations

  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:
    • 4,760 projected job openings, $49,336 average annual wage, 141 job advertisements.
  • Teacher Assistants:
    • 4,120 projected job openings, $38,993 average annual wage, 66 job advertisements.
  • Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers:
    • 2,860 projected job openings, $51,234 average annual wage, 170 job advertisements.
  • Medical Assistants:
    • 2,730 projected job openings, $40,800 average annual wage, 126 job advertisements.
  • Nursing Assistants:
    • 2,320 projected job openings, $39,521 average annual wage, 115 job advertisements.
 

Entry-Level Occupations

  • Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse:
    • 30,700 projected job openings, $31,782 average annual wage, 9 job advertisements.
  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food***:
    • 17,310 projected job openings, $33,010 average annual wage, 204 job advertisements.
  • Waiters and Waitresses:
    • 16,810 projected job openings, $31,949 average annual wage, 206 job advertisements.
  • Cashiers:
    • 15,040 projected job openings, $31,450 average annual wage, 134 job advertisements.
  • Personal Care Aides**:
    • 14,360 projected job openings, $31,699 average annual wage, 186 job advertisements.

An image of the California South 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.