Santa Cruz County

High Demand Job Opportunities

Over the next five years, Santa Cruz County is projected to add more than 2,000 jobs. The occupations 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

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

  • General and Operations Managers

  • Business Operations Specialists, All Other

  • Management Analysts

  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

  • Financial Managers

  • Human Resources Specialists

  • Billing and Posting Clerks

  • Financial and Investment Analysts

  • Insurance Sales Agents

  • Marketing Managers

  • Compliance Officers

  • Training and Development Specialists

  • Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

  • Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

  • Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

  • Teaching Assistants, Except Postsecondary

  • Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

  • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

  • Tutors and Teachers and Instructors, All Other

  • Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

  • Self-Enrichment Education Teachers

  • Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

  • Firefighters

  • First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers

  • Facilities Managers

  • First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers

  • Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service

  • Tree Trimmers and Pruners

  • Human Resources Managers

  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants

  • Industrial Engineers

  • Registered Nurses

  • Medical Assistants

  • Medical Secretaries

  • Nursing Assistants

  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

  • Social and Human Service Assistants

  • Dental Assistants

  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder, and Metal Health Counselors

  • Medical Dosimetrists, Medical Records Specialists, and Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other

  • Medical and Health Services Managers

  • Child, Family, and School Social Workers

  • Massage Therapists

  • Social and Community Service Managers

  • Dental Hygienists

  • Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

  • Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

  • Radiologic Technologists

  • Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers

  • Computer User Support Specialists

  • Computer Occupations, All Other

  • Computer Systems Analysts

  • Computer and Information Systems Managers

  • Construction Laborers

  • Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

  • Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers

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

  • Construction Managers

  • Electricians

  • Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity

  • First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers

  • Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics

  • Coaches and Scouts

  • Cooks, Restaurant

  • Receptionists and Information Clerks

  • First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers

  • Sales Representatives, Services

  • Bartenders

  • Public Relations Specialists

  • Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

  • Chefs and Head Cooks

  • Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

  • First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service and Entertainment and Recreation Workers, Except Gambling Services

  • Photographers