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Prevailing San Diego careers are found in the top four industries of the city which are agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and defense. The city was rated as the fifth wealthiest city in the United States with around 1.3 million people from diverse cultures and races. San Diego is a city that has managed to keep the balance between economy and culture through preservation of its history and great emphasis on recreation and arts.

The economy is scattered among the various sectors like agriculture, computer sciences, defense-related manufacturing, biotechnology/biosciences, financial and business services, ship construction and repair, telecommunications, wireless research and tourism. Numerous research facilities and biotechnology companies such as Neurocrine Biosciences and Nventa Biopharmaceuticals have headquartered in San Diego together with some biotech and pharmaceutical companies such as Merck, Pfizer, BD Biosciences, and Biogen Idec among others. The University of California, San Diego assisted in the growth of these biotechnology companies and organizations. The more popular companies with San Diego careers include Goodrich, IBM, SAIC, Qualcomm and Starbucks while computer makers, computer equipment and storage device manufacturers, telecommunication equipment and wireless and broadcast equipment manufacturers are among the industries that hire the most number of workers.

San Diego careers in the manufacturing industry include manufacturing managers and associates, manufacturing engineers, supervisors, technicians, materials and package handlers, and research associates. These jobs are some of the latest posted openings in San Diego and most of these jobs do not essentially need completion of a Bachelor’s degree but rather high school diploma or its equivalent and an AA degree for certain positions will suffice. Some jobs are full time while there are temporary/seasonal jobs only. A minimum one year experience in the same job or relevant field is preferred plus special skills depending on the products manufactured. For biotechnology companies, skills in biotechnology or minimum 3-6 years exposure to specific biologic manufacturing aspects are highly considered. Preferred qualification in some companies for these jobs include ability to work effectively in cross-functional teams, competency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook as well as experience in classified clean room manufacturing operations (for biotechnology companies).

For the tourism industry, many San Diego careers are offered in this industry because of the numerous scenic spots and destinations found in the area. Event coordinators, event security staff, sous chef, restaurant managers, safety ambassadors, hospitality attendants and directors are some of the latest job openings. The city’s perfect climate, long stretch of beaches and several tourist attractions like Sea World, Balboa Park and Belmont amusement park among other points of interest has fascinated over 30 million visitors in 2009. Conventions and annual events are also being held in the city such as Buick Invitational golf tournament among others. With the influx of tourist many tourism-related jobs are created annually thus making San Diego careers more diverse and varied. Jobs in this industry require excellent people skills since most of the jobs require daily interaction with other people. An outgoing, personable and professional attitude is greatly needed to succeed in this industry. Compensation package and benefit include hourly salary and a 90 day probationary period prior to eligibility for salary increase. Medical, dental and life insurances are part of the incentive programs once hired. Interested applicants applying for non managerial positions need not acquire a College degree but technical skills and previous work experience are given weight. Successful applicants will be subjected to pre-employment procedures like drug testing and background check.

If you want to work as hospitality attendant there is no preparation needed and no previous work related skills or experience is necessary but your employer might request for a high school diploma or GED. You can move up in this career to become an executive housekeeper or locker room supervisor if you have further training and experience and earn $20,000 yearly.

San Diego careers for this year are looking good and promising with the gradual reversal in the economy of most cities in the nation. Companies and corporations have developed coping mechanisms that would limit if not totally eliminate the negative effect of economic crisis experienced in the previous years.

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