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Labor Market Information for Job Seekers and Students

The EDD Labor Market Information Division provides data and links to resources that job seekers will find helpful to assist with searching for jobs. Use the Occupational Guides or Occupation Profile to locate wages, benefits, training, and other information as you explore career opportunities. Use the Occupation Profiles for similar state info geared more towards job search. Find tools and other related resources for job seekers also in Jobs and Training.

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Get started on the path to find the right career for you. First determine your career interest and aptitude, identify your transferable skills, and also determine how much money you need to make to maintain your preferred lifestyle. Below are some resources to help you get started:

This Path to Your Next Job is a short video that gives job seekers 10 easy-to-follow steps to employment. Whether you’re looking for a job, or searching for other employment opportunities, this video will guide you through each of the 10 steps with simple, straightforward instructions. Watch the video for more information about the following:

  • Fastest Growing Occupations

The fastest growing occupations page contains a comprehensive listing of "occupations with the most job openings" and "fastest growing" occupations by area. "Occupations with the Most Job Openings" is a list of jobs with the largest number of expected job openings from new jobs and to replace workers leaving an occupation. "Fastest Growing Occupations" is the list of jobs with the largest percent change.

The California Occupational Guides provide detailed information on California and local area wages and job outlook, education, and licensing requirements for approximately 300 occupations. The Guides offer students and jobseekers occupational information to assist with making informed career choices.

  • Keyword Search
    Select this option if you know the occupation you are interested in researching.

  • Topic Search
    Select this option to narrow your focus, such as by alphabet, interests, education, most openings, fastest growth, and green.

  • Occupation Profiles
    The Occupation Profiles provide similar detailed information on California and local areas, but include more occupations. They offer a longer list of tasks and more of a job search focus.

The Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a comprehensive range of employment and training services and tools in order to assist job seekers in finding and securing employment in their chosen field.

  • California Career Center
    The California Career Center (CalCC) is a career planning website especially for students, with tools to help you map your future, whether looking ahead to college, apprenticeship, the military, or other options.

    The CalJOBSSM system is an online resource to help job seekers and employers navigate California’s workforce services system. It allows users to easily search for jobs, build résumés, access career resources, and more.

  • Find Local Employers
    Find local employers by industry, occupation title, employer location, or employer name.

  • JobCentral National Labor Exchange
    Find local jobs and apply directly with the employer. JobCentral National Labor Exchange is a free service of the DirectEmployers Association.

  • Online Job Center
    The EDD provides a comprehensive range of employment and training services in partnership with state and local agencies and organizations. These services, provided statewide through the America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM, formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers, system benefit job seekers, laid off workers, youth, individuals currently working, veterans, and people with disabilities.

  • Staffing Patterns
    Staffing Patterns provide a ranked list of the occupations employed within an industry, or the industries that employ a specific occupation statewide. Job seekers may use these lists to find industries likely to employ workers in an occupation. Then use the Find Local Employers tool above to identify firms to contact for possible job openings.

  • Toolbox for Job Seekers
    The Toolbox for Job Seekers provides tools and resources for California’s job seekers to assist in their job search, career exploration, and training needs.

  • Veterans
    Use the Military Crosswalk Search to find civilian occupations that have similar requirements as your military career. The EDD assists veterans and their eligible spouses maximize their employment and training opportunities. Veterans are entitled to Veterans Priority Services designed to help in their search for employment. The EDD veterans’ representatives specialize in assisting veterans in their efforts to return to work and are located in many local EDD offices. Services provided include a veteran 24-hour priority hold on all job listings, customized job search assistance, job fairs, employer recruitments, and other events and resources.

Before you ask for a raise or negotiate with a new employer on your salary, learn about wages paid in your area. Use the Occupational Guide or Occupation Profile noted at the top of this webpage or use the table below.

  • Local Area Profile
    Local Area Profile shows an overview of labor market information in a particular area within the state. Select an area by either using the area list or by choosing from the area map.

  • My Skills My Future
    Provides employment information and resources.

  • "I Can Afford College"
    Information on financial aid to attend California Community Colleges.

  • Money for College
    Resources to programs from the California Student Aid Commission.

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