Navigating the California Job Search

California has a diverse economy that reflects the richness of the state’s people and resources. Including everything from tourism to high tech, and agriculture to entertainment, California is home to one of the world’s largest collection of skilled workers. Here are some of the basics you should know about the state workforce as a whole, and where to look for online resources about working in California.


Overview of California’s Economy & Workforce


California has one of the largest economies in the world and the nations largest working age population, as well as one of its most diverse and highly skilled according to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The report identifies several of the main industries that make up the California economy, including the following:


  • Professional and business services
  • Education and health
  • Technical and scientific services
  • Trade and transportation
  • Tourism and entertainment
  • High tech manufacturing
  • Information services


California Job Hunting Resources


These are some of the most generally helpful online resources for current or prospective job hunters in California.


CalJobs Job Search – An up to date database of available jobs, information and search tools for job seekers in California.


Working in California – State-sponsored page with information on working in California, what forms are required and helpful job hunting resources.


Employee Development Department – Job information for California by job type and location.


Glass Door – A great job search tool and information source for young professionals or established experts to find work in specific niches and information about companies.


Cost of Living & Working In California


One thing that has to be mentioned about living in California, regardless of what you do for work, is that the cost of living is relatively high compared to other states. This is, however, accounted for in the job market: you’ll find that the higher cost of living means that similar jobs typically pay more in California than in other parts of the country. The average household income is also higher than many states according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.