Santa Cruz County

High Demand Job Opportunities

Over the next five years, Santa Cruz County is projected to add more than 2,800 jobs. The occupations within the industry sectors identified by the Workforce Development Board of Santa Cruz County that have the best job prospects are shown below.

These occupations are in industries with projected growth from 2021-2026, that pay a wage of at least $15.50/hour, or $32,200 annually, have an education/experience level at or below the Bachelor's Degree level, and currently have at least 100 employed in Santa Cruz County.

Industries

  • Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

  • Agricultural Equipment Operators

  • Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

  • First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers

  • General and Operations Managers

  • Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other

  • Accountants and Auditors

  • Management Analysts

  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

  • Financial Managers

  • Human Resources Specialists

  • Training and Development Specialists

  • Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

  • Logisticians

  • Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

  • Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

  • Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary

  • Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

  • Tutors and Teachers and Instructors, All Other

  • Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

  • Substitute Teachers, Short-Term

  • Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other

  • Self-Enrichment Education Teachers

  • Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

  • Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service

  • Civil Engineers

  • Mechanical Engineers

  • Industrial Engineers

  • Registered Nurses

  • Medical Assistants

  • Medical Secretaries

  • Nursing Assistants

  • Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other

  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

  • Social and Human Service Assistants

  • Dental Assistants

  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder, and Metal Health Counselors

  • Child, Family, and School Social Workers

  • Medical and Health Services Managers

  • Social and Community Service Managers

  • Massage Therapists

  • Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers

  • Computer Occupations, All Other

  • Computer User Support Specialists

  • Computer and Information Systems Managers

  • Computer Systems Analysts

  • Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers

  • Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

  • Construction Laborers

  • Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

  • Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers

  • Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

  • Construction Managers

  • Passenger Vehicle Drivers, Except Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity

  • Driver/Sales Workers

  • Electricians

  • Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity

  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics

  • Coaches and Scouts

  • Waiters and Waitresses

  • Cooks, Restaurant

  • Food Preparation Workers

  • Receptionists and Information Clerks

  • First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers

  • Sales Representatives of Services, Except Advertising, Insurance, Financial Services, and Travel

  • Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers

  • Bartenders

  • Food Service Managers

  • Bakers

  • Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other

  • Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks

  • Chefs and Head Cooks

  • Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

  • Recreation Workers

  • Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

  • Photographers