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Where The Jobs Are: A Closer Look In The Southland

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SILICON BEACH:

According to UCLA's Anderson School of Business technology is the fastest growing job sector in LA County. Seems obvious right? And, the epicenter of that is along our coast in the Santa Monica – Venice area. It's an area that has become known as "Silicon Beach" and by all accounts it's growing.

Silicon Beach is an area that stretches about 3 miles from Venice where Google has it's very cool LA headquarters to Santa Monica where you can find offices for companies like Microsoft. ROC, which stands for Real Office Centers, is a three story home for lots of new tech startups and entrepreneurs that fund them.

Howard Marks funds using his website www.startengine.com. Hamet Watt, in the same building, is looking for software designers and others while Marks says he knows of companies that can't fill the jobs they have open. Sometimes because it's hard to find those qualified.

Walter Grieves, with ROC, says he's looking to hire a couple of social network workers to help build out the companies social network presence.

Meanwhile, Rob Lambert's www.siliconbeachla.com, is all about jobs. He calls it a Google-like search engine for opportunities in the tech area locally.

You can find lots of jobs on his website and job fairs. He says there are 1500 relevant tech companies in the area and he's trying to keep his eye on the openings that are popping up.

 

INLAND EMPIRE JOBS:

If you listen to the analysts our jobs are changing every day and, largely because of technology. Where are the jobs? Who is hiring? Getting an answer was the assignment given me so, along with photographers Armando Hernandez and Steve Thorpe, we went out to look for work. And, we found some – a lot really.

We discovered a number of things. For starters, the situation is very different between coastal cities and the Inland Empire.

For instance, in Riverside the greatest growth is in the areas of education & health, trade & transportation and leisure and hospitality. Actually, leisure & hospitality is number one because of all of the new restaurants in the Downtown area.

One of those is "Heroes" where co-owner Nick Montalno has hired 75 people since the restaurant's opening last month and plans on hiring another 10 to 20 for the holidays.

When you tell Riverside Economic Development Director Larry Vuepel people aren't interested in what sectors are doing, but where the jobs are he says but, to find the jobs you have to go to where the growth is because that's where companies are hiring.

One big boost in the area of health will be in 2017 when Riverside Community Hospital opens it's new tower. They're planning to hire some 300 health and support workers for the new building.

And, in the upward-trending sector of transportation Amtrak's big reservation center in Riverside is hiring lots of people.

They just hired "80 people and (we're) looking at another 50 for January" says Amtrak Center Director Kevin McClafferty. On top of that he's looking to hire another 40 to 50 this summer. Some 200 hires overall.

Riverside County has a website called rivcojobs.com. It matches the unemployed with companies looking to hire. That's a good place to visit if you need a job in the Inland Empire.

THE CURRENT TOP FIVE JOBS IN LA COUNTY:

  1. Retail Sales Persons
  2. Office Clerks
  3. Cashiers
  4. Food Preparation Workers
  5. Laborer (People who work with freight, stock and materials)

THE CURRENT TOP FIVE JOBS IN THE INLAND EMPIRE:

  1.  Retail Sales Persons
  2. Cashiers
  3. Laborers
  4. Food Preparation Workers
  5. Office Clerks

THE CURRENT TOP FIVE JOBS IN ORANGE COUNTY:

  1.  Retail Sales
  2. Office Clerks
  3. Cashiers
  4. Waiters and Waitresses
  5. Customer Service Representatives

(SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

 

JOB SKILLS:

Christopher Thornburg is an economist, but he likes to call himself a "data collector," because that's what he does and what' he'll tell you is that getting a job now is tough because improvement in the job market is trailing growth in the economy.

A couple of pieces of advice from Thornburg. If you want a great paying job aim your sites toward things like management, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, software, electrical engineering and biotechnology to name a few. But, whether you go after a high-skilled job or one of lesser skills you need to be adaptable. You need to be prepared when you go to work one day and you're faced with a new piece of equipment or software. He says college is really important when you have an uncertain future. It gives students a chance to really learn how to learn and be adaptable because the job you have today is likely to change dramatically and be very different in the future thanks to all of the advances in technology.

 

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