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Old 03-18-2009, 06:36 PM
 
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I have spent some time in socal, in between the Huntington Beach/Long Beach area. I am curious however which occupations tend to be the most successful or rewarding in the L.A area. Meaning, basically what jobs are the most sought out after?
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Old 03-18-2009, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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which occupations tend to be the most successful or rewarding

what jobs are the most sought out after?

Left handed relief pitcher

If you look at Northrop Grumman's (for example) website, you'll find hundreds of openings for engineers in Southern California.
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Old 03-18-2009, 06:44 PM
 
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Thanks Charles, I just was wondering what jobs tended to be most popular for providing a nice livelihood.
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Old 03-18-2009, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Thanks Charles, I just was wondering what jobs tended to be most popular for providing a nice livelihood.
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Question is too vague. What does "nice" mean?

Capable of affording a mortage for a median priced house?
Just renting an apartment?
Starting a family, saving for retirement, never carrying a credit card balance, never having an auto loan, and funding four college educations yet driving 11 year old cars, buying clothes from S&A Clothiers (Salvation Army), and taking lunch to work? (Like I do.)
Having a car loan payment higher than your rent? (With no doubt snazzy rims)
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:21 PM
 
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Well I know some areas, for exampe where I come from, have sought after jobs or more popular jobs that people tend to gravitate towards. I didnt know if any were more popular then others.

Personally, I am a college graduate with a communications/history degree, single, and was just curious...just something that I could live comfortably with.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:32 PM
 
Location: RSM
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With your degree, you're not going to find the same job market as you would if you had an engineering degree. I would suggest getting your teaching certificate, then you'll find good decent wages with killer benefits.

Of course, you could get a job in sales. There are thousands of sales positions around. Degrees tend to help when going for corporate sales positions.

Anyways, here's my rundown:
Best jobs LA has to provide(for the educated) are mainly in aerospace, but require technical degrees.
There are plenty of general business and finance stuff, but as this market shows, it can be risky at times.
Big Oil is also here, but that is certified labor, same goes for airplane mechanics(though those are dwindling here as manufacturing moves elsewhere).
Longshoremen make the most for doing the least, but you really have to know people to get in there(having mob connections helps).
Police and Fire are popular, and more and more require degrees(some community colleges offer some sort of firemen's AA degree).
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Burbank
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:44 PM
 
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I'm gonna have to second Charles' comment. What constitutes a decent living varies greatly from person to person. A person's financial needs depend on one's marital status, family size, lifestyle, personal disposition, amongst other things. Terms like "successful" and "rewarding" are also highly subjective. If you're going by the popular definition of success, which is conventionally taken to mean having a great degree of wealth and affluence, then anything from heart surgeon to lawyer, to venture capitalist, to professional athlete, to multi-platinum recording artists and drug cartel leaders, could qualify as "successful" careers. Of course, most of those professions aren't occupations that anyone can just decide to go into (though don't let that stop you from trying).

And different kinds of people find different kinds of work rewarding. That's something that you have to figure out for yourself. Some people find physical labor rewarding because they like working with their hands, while others may prefer to work in an air-conditioned office or corporate boardroom. Some people enjoy work that is intellectually challenging; others might find fulfillment in helping others. Some people want money and power; others want respect or fame. And yet others simply want the freedom to express their individualism and creativity.

The answer to your question really depends on your values. If you see a job as just a job, as merely a means to an end--to accumulate wealth as fast as possible for one's eventual retirement--then you might choose to accept a less glamorous or enjoyable position for a higher salary. If, OTOH, you see an occupation as more than just a source of income (as a part of one's identity, one's life's work and legacy, and one's main preoccupation) then you might accept a more modest income to do what you enjoy doing and are passionate about--after all, it's what you're likely to spend the majority of your waking hours doing for the rest of your life.

If you really have no idea what you want to do for a living (did absolutely nothing during your entire college career ever reach out to you or even pique your interest?), then maybe you should try a couple of internships in various industries to test the waters and get a feel for what kind of work you like or dislike. Usually it's during college that most people engage in experimentation and try out new things, but it's never too late. Besides helping one to become a more well-rounded person, it broadens one's horizons and helps one discover their interests and hammer out their goals & priorities in life. Try as many new things as you can. Apply for an internship at a radio station, or volunteer at a non-profit organization. Maybe even take a class at a junior college on a subject you've never taken before. Who knows, you might even decide to go back to school and get a degree in archeology.

When you find the right career path for yourself, it should be pretty obvious as it ought to jump out at you. And first-hand experience will be far more valuable to you than a random survey of job salaries on an internet forum.
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:08 PM
 
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Well its funny. I graduated from college worked a couple of different jobs...then decided to start a home improvement business with my stepdad, he is a retired school teacher/admin. with a doctorate but we both have always done handyman work. Its funny when we are out doing manual labor with college degrees...lol...I also have published a book and am currently working on another.

None the less...i am not looking for a glamorous life...some people said i should go to the movies because of my physical stature...lol...I am actually really into strength training, but not the typical bodybuilding pretty boy stuff...i compete in strongman...so i dont think the prettyboys would want me as a trainer...LOL

None the less thanks for all the answers...
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