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Industry Projections

According to the State of California Employment Development Department, industry employment in Kern County is projected to reach 371,900 by 2022, an increase of 14.7% over the next ten years. Total nonfarm employment is projected to grow by more than 41,000 jobs by 2022.

Growth in Employment Numbers by Industry from 2012-2022

Growth by Indstry

Source: State of California, Employment Development Department, 2015

Fifty percent of all projected nonfarm job growth is concentrated in three industry sectors.

  • Educational services, health care, and social assistance leads the anticipated growth adding the most jobs at 8,900 jobs. Ambulatory health care services is predicted to bring in 4,400 of these jobs.
  • Professional and business services is expected to have job gains of 6,800 with an estimated growth of 4,500 jobs in administrative and support and waste management and remediation services.
  • Leisure and hospitality is projected to add 4,900 jobs, the third largest increase, with food services and drinking places increasing by 4,200 jobs.

Occupational Employment

The fastest growing occupations anticipate an annual growth rate of 2.1% or higher. Twenty-four percent of the fastest growing occupations are in the healthcare field. Occupations range from home health aides that require a high school diploma or less and earn $10 per hour, to medical and health services managers that require a bachelor’s degree and pay median wages of $53 per hour.

Top 20 Fastest Growing Occupation in Kern County

Occupational Title

Estimated Employment 2012*

Projected Employment 2022

Percent Growth

Median Annual Wages

Entry Level Education

Telecommunications Equipment online casino Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers

430

750

74.4%

$42,931

5

Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers

320

510

59.4%

$41,246

8

Medical Assistants

1,680

2,480

47.6%

$25,040

5

Personal Care Aides

4,120

5,960

44.7%

$18,964

8

Home Health Aides

880

1,240

40.9%

$21,241

8

Dental Hygienists

350

490

40.0%

$73,714

4

Phlebotomists

230

320

39.1%

$34,583

5

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

500

690

38.0%

$62,438

3

Rehabilitation Counselors

360

490

36.1%

$30,746

2

Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers

480

650

35.4%

$38,747

8

Painters, Construction and Maintenance

460

620

34.8%

$35,792

8

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

320

430

34.4%

$36,624

4

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

350

470

34.3%

$29,633

5

Medical Secretaries

1,090

1,460

33.9%

$33,628

7

Industrial Machinery Mechanics

1,270

1,690

33.1%

$54,869

7

Dental Assistants

770

1,020

32.5%

$27,267

5

Cooks, Restaurant

1,480

1,950

31.8%

$21,614

8

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

6,140

8,070

31.4%

$23,506

8

Nursing Assistants

1,210

1,590

31.4%

$24,053

5

First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand

550

720

30.9%

$51,340

7

Source: State of California, Employment Development Department, 2015

* Data sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics” Current Employment Statistics (CES) March 2013 benchmark, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) industry employment, and Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) data.     

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