Labor Market Information for Job Seekers and Students

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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.

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:

Job seekers and students can use the resources below to pursue occupations that are in demand in their area.

  • The EDD Open Data Portal and Employment Projections webpage contains occupational data that can be filtered, sorted, and exported by area or job openings.

  • The In Demand Occupations by Region are ranked by total projected job openings for entry-level and middle-skill occupations. Total projected job openings are the sum of new and replacement job openings.
    • Entry-Level Infographics
      The entry-level occupations are listed both by metropolitan areas, which are standard geographic areas established by the United States Office of Management and Budget, and by Regional Planning Units, which are regions that align workforce development activities, economic development areas, and available resources to provide services to job seekers and employers. Select a geographic region to see the top five in-demand entry-level occupations, along with the number of projected openings and the median hourly wage. Entry-level occupations require a high school diploma or equivalent or less.

    • Middle-Skill Infographics
      The middle-skill occupations are listed by Regional Planning Units. Select a region to see the top five in-demand middle-skill occupations, along with the number of projected openings and the median annual wages. Middle-skill occupations require either some college, postsecondary non-degree award, associate’s degree, or on-the-job training.

  • The California Earn and Learn Occupations Tool is a web-based, interactive tool designed to assist job seekers, workforce partners, and businesses identify potential occupations in which you could earn a wage and learn new skills at the same time.

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.

  • 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.

**These links are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement by EDD.


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