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Old 04-02-2012, 04:17 PM
 
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Default For those who work/live in Santa Barbara

Hello everyone this is my first post on this forum. I was hoping to get some advice here from the people who live and work in Santa Barbara. A quick back story. I'm currently 25 and was born in San Diego but grew up in SB and went to UCSB as well and got a degree in global studies which is basically a political science degree. After college I decided to move to SD due to the lack of jobs in SB (I never really bothered looking for a job there though).

Anyways leaving SB was the biggest mistake ever. I didn't realize how badly I would miss it and how much I would want to move back. Though San Diego is nice as far as big cities go, imo it is too big and I much prefer the smaller, cleaner, no traffic and more local laid back feel of Santa Barbara, not to mention it feels like home up there (my family and friends are all there as well) and to me it is the greatest city in the world and I would do almost anything to live there again. I genuinely couldn't imagine living anywhere else. Unfortunately, the lack of jobs and the high prices to buy a house has made it a real struggle to figure out a way to move back up there and live a half way decent lifestyle.

I worked for about a year out of college selling insurance for State Farm but realized that was a dead end job and sales is not for me anyways. I recently decided to go back to grad school to pursue a degree in accounting for a few reasons, one is it appears to be a job that is in real demand and is continuing to grow in demand, it seems to pay decently and can turn in to a 6 figure job fairly quickly and it appears to be one of the few things a person can do up there for work.

Now for the question. I haven't fully committed to accounting as I don't exactly find it to be my calling. I have am taking a couple accounting classes as pre reqs and though I don't love it I don't hate it either but I am more in to hands on physical type jobs but none of those types of jobs pay that well. I had considered firefighting but there is so much competition for those jobs that it isn't realistic since it takes 2-3 years to get hired after another 2 years of schooling. So there is a trade off. So for those of you who live and work in SB what do you do and do you have any suggestions of jobs to look in to or pursue with either my current qualifications or qualifications that I can obtain through schooling?? I'm even willing to commute to ventura/oxnard as my dad commutes to camarillo currently. I'm just looking for a jobs that can I can realistically do yet make enough to afford to live there and purchase a house one day. BTW it's not realistic for me to try to become and engineer or doctor despite those being other in demand jobs there.

Cliffs
-want to live in SB but don't know what to do in order to afford it due to small job market there.
-need job suggestions from those who live in SB and work either in SB or surrounding area.

Thanks everyone for your input
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:02 PM
 
Location: SLC, UT, Ketchum, ID, Southern Cal.
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SB has many industries, just like every other part of the state..... I think the question you should be asking yourself is what do i want to do? Living in SB and being in an unhappy job/career will be just as crappy as living in SD.
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:08 PM
 
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SB has many industries, just like every other part of the state..... I think the question you should be asking yourself is what do i want to do? Living in SB and being in an unhappy job/career will be just as crappy as living in SD.
I completely agree. I guess that is part of why I posted was to figure out what other options there are as far as careers in SB. I just currently don't know what I exactly want to do and was hoping to here of what others do there to see if there is something that sparks my interest.
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:21 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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I imagine SB has the same problem that small coastal towns all over California have--no jobs other than low-paying retail and food service, but expensive housing costs.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:40 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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SB's problem has always been the lack of mid to upper mid income jobs. It's a Catch 22, the SB "brand" depends on a quaintness that would be ruined by big high tech business parks and high rises, however, without at least some growth, there will never be these sorts of jobs.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:48 PM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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SB's problem has always been the lack of mid to upper mid income jobs. It's a Catch 22, the SB "brand" depends on a quaintness that would be ruined by big high tech business parks and high rises, however, without at least some growth, there will never be these sorts of jobs.
Huh,,,,,,,,


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If you feel you should be listed here, please e-mail marketing@sbtechnology.com.


360 Systems

5square Systems

724 Solutions

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Academy 123

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ACT Networks

Advanced Information Management

Advanced Matrix Technology

Advanced Motion Controls

Advanced Photonix

Advantage Cellular and Paging

AEC-ABLE Engineering Co. Inc.

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AeroVironment

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Agility Communications

Allen Osborne Associates, Inc.

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Alpha Digital Applied Micro Systems, Inc.

American Communications

Amgen

AML Communications, Inc.

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Antigua Web Designs

Applied Silicone Corporation

AQUABOND TECHNOLOGIES

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Atomate

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AVITAL

Axxcelera Broadband Wireless

B2 Systems, Inc.

Bargain Network, Inc.

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Bitwise

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BrainX, Inc.

C/S Solutions, Inc.

CalAmp Corp.

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CaminoSoft Corp.

CareDecision, Inc.

CarrierComm, Inc.

CBIZ Benefits&Insurance Svcs

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DKB Resources

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dock.net

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E-Beam

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EdenTree Technologies, Inc.

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Geo InSight International, Inc.

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IdeaWork Studios

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MacLeod Computer Systems

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Marshall Arts Creative Web Services

McGhan Medical

Media 27

Medical Works, Inc.

MedSeek Inc.

Medtronic

MegaVision

MEI (Motion Egineering, Inc.)

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MindBody

Miranova Systems Inc.

Miravant Medical Technologies

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Raytheon

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Relate Software

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Reson Inc.

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Robert Ramey Software

Santa Barbara Applied Research

Santa Barbara Control Systems

Santa Barbara Electric Bus Project

Santa Barbara Infrared

Santa Barbara Instrument Group (SBIG)

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Semiconductor Equipment Corp.

Semtech Corp.

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SignalCom, Inc.

Signum Systems

Silicon Beach Communications, Inc.

Silverlake Communications

SiriGen

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Sonos, Inc.

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Telair International

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TMC Communications

Toyon Research Corporation

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TrueLink

Truston

Turbodyne

Typhoon Software, Inc.

UCSB Art Studio, College of Letters and Science

UCSB Computer Science Department

UCSB Extended Learning Services

United States Virtual Reality

Veeco

Versora

Vetronix

Video Products Group

View Engineering

Vision Communications

Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation

Warp 9 Inc.

Warren & Selbert, Inc.

Web Associates

West Coast Network Solutions

West.Net Communications, Inc.

Western Electronic Components Corp

Will Designs

Wyatt Technology Corporation

Wynd Communications

Xplain Corporation

Yardi Systems, Inc.

Zebra Technologies Corporation

Zinc Matrix Power
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:48 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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Huh,,,,,,,,
Mostly small places with little hiring, and depressed salaries vs the Bay Area and LA/OC.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:16 AM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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Mostly small places with little hiring, and depressed salaries vs the Bay Area and LA/OC.


How gracious

Based on what I know of my friends who work in hi tech in SB, they would disagree with you, and...... they get to live in Santa Barbara instead of some urban megaslobopolis.

One friend, builds telescopes, the big guys, the ones that go into observatorys like Mauna Loa, Chile, Mt Hamilton etc.

Very precise, and a very big deal, if you are an astronomer.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:24 AM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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How gracious

Based on what I know of my friends who work in hi tech in SB, they would disagree with you, and...... they get to live in Santa Barbara instead of some urban megaslobopolis.

One friend, builds telescopes, the big guys, the ones that go into observatorys like Mauna Loa, Chile, Mt Hamilton etc.

Very precise, and a very big deal, if you are an astronomer.
The telescope business, why, that must be a 1B / year revenue stream?
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:15 AM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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The telescope business, why, that must be a 1B / year revenue stream?
To some people, size is everything, to others, quality and performance is more important.
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