Careers in California

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Today’s tough economic climate can discourage those considering making a career move or going back to school. The good news is that it doesn’t have to! California has many fast growing industry sectors and potentially well-paying professions available for job seekers.


What Are Some Potentially High-Paying Careers in California?


Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Obstetricians and Gynecologists are physicians who provide medical care related to pregnancy, childbirth and the overall health of female reproductive systems.

Annual Mean Wage $220,940xiii

Diploma in Practical Nursing



Anesthesiologists are physicians who administer anesthetics prior to, during or after surgery, or other medical procedures.

Annual Mean Wage: $216, 850xi

Associate of Applied Science

Anesthesia Technology


Chief Executives

Chief Executives are the highest-ranking officers in a public or private entity (who determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction.)

Annual Mean Wage: $197,060xii

Master of Public Administration


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons perform surgery and treat diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial (jaws and face) region.

Annual Mean Wage: $179,920xiv

Master of Public Health (MPH) in Dental



Athletes are people who compete in athletic events and competitions.

Annual Mean Wage: $125,020xii

Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Sports Management


What Are Some Fast-Growing Careers in California?


Biomedical Engineers

Biomedical engineers combine expertise in biological sciences, engineering and medicine to improve health care systems and advances in technology.

Annual Mean Wage: $101,570vi

Graduate Certificate

Biomedical Engineering


Biochemists and Biophysicists

Biochemists and biophysicists focus on the chemical and physical principles of living organisms and their relationship to the environment.

Annual Mean Wage: $94,790vii

M.A. Science Education (5-12 Physics)


Medical Scientist

Medical Scientists primarily conduct research with the goal of improving human health and curing diseases (examples include physicians, dentists, public health specialists and pharmacologists)

Annual Mean Wage: $93,770viii

Bachelor of Science in

Clinical Laboratory Science


Personal Care Aides

Personal Care Aides assist persons with disabilities, the elderly or convalescents with daily living activities at the person's home or in a care facility.

Annual Mean Wage: $22,140ix

RN-BSN-MSN - Patient Care Administration


Home Health Aides

Home Health Aides provide routine healthcare to persons with disabilities, the elderly and convalescents at the patient's home or in a care facility. Duties include changing bandages, dressing wounds and applying topical medications.

Annual Mean Wage: $23,950x

Home Health Aide