OCCUPATIONS OF OPPORTUNITY
The Redwood Coast’s occupations of opportunity build upon the region’s initial targets of opportunity report to identify key occupations and potential career pathways within and among the Redwood Coast’s targets of opportunity. This report highlights high-demand occupations, cross-industry patterns, replacement jobs, gateway skills required, gateway abilities required, and occupations across wage levels with similar educational requirements (transferability potential).
REDWOOD COAST GROWTH OCCUPATIONS
The Redwood Coast has occupations across all industries that have shown strong growth between 2003 and 2006. The table below shows the top 50 occupations that have grown the most during this time period. The occupations are organized by lower, mid, and higher wage levels. Wage levels were determined by categorizing the region’s average annual wages into thirds.
The highest concentration of top growing occupations is in the mid-wage level--paying annual wages between $25,000 and $45,000. Roughly half of the top growing occupations are in the mid-wage level, while the remaining half are almost equally distributed across the higher and lower wage levels. In terms of the job growth from the top 50 growing occupations, 45% of the job growth is in the mid-wage level, 37% in the lower wage level, and 18% in the higher wage level.
Many of the top growing occupations are foundational jobs, such as construction workers and health care professionals, and are in the six targets of opportunity. Of the region’s top 50 growing jobs, 28 occupations are also in the Redwood Coast’s industry targets of opportunity. These 28 jobs are occupations of opportunity—key occupations in the targets of opportunity that have also been the strongest growing occupations in the regional economy. Occupations of opportunity make up 64% of the job growth in the region’s top 50 growing occupations.
56% of the top growing jobs are occupations that are also part of the Redwood Coast’s industry targets of opportunity. These jobs are occupations of opportunity, and are highlighted in green on the table below. In addition, some of these occupations can be found in multiple targets as well as some of the region’s other industries.