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Southern Border Region

The Southern Border region is comprised of Imperial and San Diego counties.

Top Job Openings 2018-2028*

High-Skill Occupations

  • General and Operations Managers:
    • 22,450 projected job openings, $104,651 average annual wage, 892 job advertisements.
  • Registered Nurses:
    • 17,520 projected job openings, $109,270 average annual wage, 3,057 job advertisements.
  • Management Analysts:
    • 12,940 projected job openings, $83,813 average annual wage, 572 job advertisements.
  • Accountants and Auditors:
    • 12,530 projected job openings, $81,385 average annual wage, 816 job advertisements.
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists:
    • 11,710 projected job openings, $66,014 average annual wage, 581 job advertisements.
 

Middle-Skill Occupations

  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks:
    • 19,650 projected job openings, $49,667 average annual wage, 580 job advertisements.
  • Teacher Assistants:
    • 16,590 projected job openings, $38,049 average annual wage, 174 job advertisements.
  • Medical Assistants:
    • 13,230 projected job openings, $40,392 average annual wage, 417 job advertisements.
  • Nursing Assistants:
    • 13,000 projected job openings, $39,490 average annual wage, 531 job advertisements.
  • Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers:
    • 11,700 projected job openings, $51,241 average annual wage, 1,056 job advertisements.
 

Entry-Level Occupations

  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food: 79,220
  • Cashiers: 73,820
  • Personal Care Aides: 71,900
  • Waiters and Waitresses: 66,620
  • Retail Salespersons: 60,770

An image of the California Southern Border 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.