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Bakersfield Employment

Employment and Industries in the Bakersfield, California Area

Agriculture, manufacturing, petroleum extraction and refining are the primary factors for Bakersfield's economy. Bakersfield is one of the largest agricultural producing counties in the nation. It's also one of the nation's largest oil producing counties. The technology based sector includes companies such as DIVR Systems, Lort Manufacturing and ProSoft Technology. The Dreyers Grand Ice Cream facility located in Bakersfield is one of the largest single-location ice cream facilities in the world. Victory Circle Inc. manufactures new stock car bodies, assembles race cars and includes a repair shop. Bakersfield is also home to the ACS Call Center, one of the country's largest student loan management companies.

The most popular occupations in the city in which the majority of the employees have a college degree are teachers, registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sale representatives, accountants and auditors, engineers and management analysts. Jobs more prevalent in Bakersfield than most other cities are farm workers, oil and gas workers, agricultural equipment operators, graders and sorters of agricultural products, first-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing and forestry workers, correctional officers and jailers, first-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers and farm equipment mechanics.

Noteworthy information about Bakersfield: The city has been ranked #5 for the nation's medium sized cities for business by Inc. Magazine. The Center for Digital Government stated "Bakersfield is one of the most digital-savvy, cutting-edge mid-sized cities in the nation." The city has enterprise zones and no local utility or inventory taxes. In 2007 the estimated median household income was $51,000. In 2008 the cost of living index was at 93.1. The national average is 100. For the population over 25 years of age, approximately 19% have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Shown below are the major employers in the Bakersfield area:

  • Kern County
  • Giumarra Farms
  • Grimmway Farms
  • Wm. Bolthouse Farms
  • Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
  • City of Bakersfield
  • Mercy Hospital
  • ARB Inc
  • Kern Medical Center
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Sun World
  • Chevron North American Exploration and Production
  • Texaco
  • Andrews Distribution
  • Seventh Standard Ranch Co
  • Paramount Farms
  • Sun Pacific Shipper Sales
  • Cal State Univ. Bakersfield
  • Aera Energy LLC
  • Clinical Sierra Vista Inc
  • Kaiser Permamente
  • Frito-Lay
  • Nestle Ice Cream Co. LLC
  • Bakersfield College
  • Western Oilfields Supply Company
  • Ken Small Construction
  • Cal Farm Invest Inc

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The Bakersfield.com provides information about the current business activities in Bakersfield.

Jobs in Bakersfield

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 294060 $47410 $22.79 100
2 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 40950 $22920 $11.02 0.6
3 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 37980 $22230 $10.69 0.3
4 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34340 $37150 $17.86 14.8
5 Sales and Related Occupations 25850 $35850 $17.24 10.15
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 22960 $55590 $26.73 6.15
7 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 22890 $25230 $12.13 8.3
8 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 20640 $38050 $18.29 6.45
9 Construction and Extraction Occupations 15660 $51710 $24.86 4.4
10 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 13390 $83720 $40.25 5.75
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 12810 $51330 $24.68 3.8
12 Production Occupations 12170 $40430 $19.44 5.85
13 Management Occupations 11270 $112490 $54.08 6.05
14 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 10240 $74850 $35.98 5.05
15 Protective Service Occupations 9820 $65620 $31.55 2.25
16 Cashiers 8470 $23960 $11.52 2.25
17 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 8090 $22850 $10.99 2.15
18 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 7750 $100770 $48.45 1.65
19 Retail Salespersons 7700 $29210 $14.04 3.1
20 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 7500 $29900 $14.38 3.7
21 Healthcare Support Occupations 6210 $31320 $15.06 3.05
22 Personal Care and Service Occupations 5180 $27570 $13.26 4.1
23 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 5120 $32110 $15.44 1.6
24 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 4820 $43100 $20.72 1.2
25 Community and Social Service Occupations 4800 $55600 $26.73 1.65
26 Registered Nurses 4800 $88400 $42.5 1.9
27 Office Clerks, General 4770 $32600 $15.68 2
28 Substitute Teachers 4730 $37330 $17.95 0
29 Correctional Officers and Jailers 4200 $73540 $35.36 0.3
30 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 4060 $28560 $13.73 1.6
31 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 4030 $87720 $42.17 2.8
32 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 3800 $26950 $12.96 1.2
33 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 3700 $37850 $18.2 1.6
34 General and Operations Managers 3440 $116440 $55.98 1.4
35 Waiters and Waitresses 3170 $27220 $13.08 1.6
36 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 3100 $40080 $19.27 1.1
37 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 2770 $81320 $39.09 0.9
38 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 2570 $42760 $20.56 0.9
39 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 2530 $53040 $25.5 1
40 Cooks, Fast Food 2340 $22910 $11.01 0.3
41 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 2200 $42840 $20.6 1
42 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 2170 $80380 $38.65 0.7
43 Personal Care Aides 2060 $25190 $12.11 1.3
44 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 1970 $51870 $24.94 1.7
45 Customer Service Representatives 1940 $32990 $15.86 1.75
46 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 1800 $70310 $33.8 0.4
47 Construction Laborers 1710 $35620 $17.12 0.8
48 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 1680 $35040 $16.85 0.6
49 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1650 $45250 $21.75 0.5
50 Medical Assistants 1650 $30630 $14.73 0.45
51 Receptionists and Information Clerks 1630 $28510 $13.71 0.7
52 Nursing Assistants 1600 $26990 $12.98 1.05
53 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1590 $65100 $31.3 1
54 Food Preparation Workers 1520 $23740 $11.42 0.6
55 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 1500 $53390 $25.67 0.6
56 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1490 $76090 $36.58 0.45
57 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1440 $25840 $12.42 0.45
58 Accountants and Auditors 1420 $66380 $31.91 0.9
59 Cooks, Restaurant 1410 $26490 $12.74 0.75
60 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 1400 $33710 $16.21 0.8
61 Helpers--Production Workers 1390 $30400 $14.62 0.3
62 Agricultural Equipment Operators 1380 $29680 $14.27 0
63 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1340 $36800 $17.69 0.6
64 Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining 1310 $58980 $28.35 0
65 Counter and Rental Clerks 1250 $31500 $15.14 0.3
66 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 1230 $32520 $15.64 0.35
67 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1210 $52410 $25.2 0.5
68 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 1180 $23300 $11.2 1
69 Security Guards 1150 $30800 $14.81 0.7
70 Childcare Workers 1150 $24610 $11.83 0.8
71 Electricians 1140 $71330 $34.29 0.4
72 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 1120 $48610 $23.37 0.2
73 Medical Secretaries 1070 $37110 $17.84 0.4
74 Roustabouts, Oil and Gas 1070 $39440 $18.96 0.1
75 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 1070 $53370 $25.66 0.3
76 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 1020 $36230 $17.42 0.3
77 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 1010 $80110 $38.52 0.3
78 Dishwashers 1000 $22220 $10.68 0.3
79 Management Analysts 990 $96370 $46.33 0.5
80 Firefighters 970 $69310 $33.32 0.2
81 Petroleum Engineers 950 $137120 $65.92 0
82 Dental Assistants 950 $34840 $16.75 0.2
83 Billing and Posting Clerks 920 $36060 $17.34 0.35
84 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 910 $62200 $29.9 0.2
85 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 910 $34480 $16.58 0.4
86 Social and Human Service Assistants 910 $37200 $17.89 0.3
87 Legal Occupations 870 $120880 $58.11 0.8
88 Carpenters 850 $45710 $21.98 0.6
89 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 850 $40510 $19.48 0.3
90 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders 830 $29470 $14.17 0.25
91 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers 830 $69070 $33.21 0.4
92 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 810 $25840 $12.42 0.2
93 Sales Managers 780 $107380 $51.63 0.2
94 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 780 $50050 $24.06 0.2
95 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 770 $24410 $11.74 0.3
96 Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products 770 $23200 $11.15 0
97 Pharmacy Technicians 760 $39470 $18.97 0.25
98 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 750 $58520 $28.14 0.5
99 Tellers 740 $26720 $12.85 0.3
100 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 740 $60640 $29.16 0.2
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Jobs More Common Near Bakersfield Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 47,410 294,060
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 22,920 40,950
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse 22,230 37,980
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,150 34,340
Sales and Related Occupations 35,850 25,850
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,590 22,960
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,230 22,890
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 38,050 20,640
Construction and Extraction Occupations 51,710 15,660
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 83,720 13,390
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 51,330 12,810
Production Occupations 40,430 12,170
Management Occupations 112,490 11,270
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 74,850 10,240
Protective Service Occupations 65,620 9,820
Cashiers 23,960 8,470
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 22,850 8,090
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 100,770 7,750
Retail Salespersons 29,210 7,700
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,900 7,500
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,320 6,210
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,570 5,180
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 32,110 5,120
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,100 4,820
Community and Social Service Occupations 55,600 4,800
Registered Nurses 88,400 4,800
Office Clerks, General 32,600 4,770
Substitute Teachers 37,330 4,730
Correctional Officers and Jailers 73,540 4,200
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,560 4,060
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 87,720 4,030
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,950 3,800
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 37,850 3,700
General and Operations Managers 116,440 3,440
Waiters and Waitresses 27,220 3,170
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,080 3,100
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 81,320 2,770
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 42,760 2,570
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,040 2,530
Cooks, Fast Food 22,910 2,340
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,840 2,200
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 80,380 2,170
Personal Care Aides 25,190 2,060
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 51,870 1,970
Customer Service Representatives 32,990 1,940
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 70,310 1,800
Construction Laborers 35,620 1,710
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 35,040 1,680
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 45,250 1,650
Medical Assistants 30,630 1,650

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Bakersfield, California Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 47,410 294,060
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,150 34,340
Sales and Related Occupations 35,850 25,850
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 55,590 22,960
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 25,230 22,890
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 38,050 20,640
Construction and Extraction Occupations 51,710 15,660
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 83,720 13,390
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 51,330 12,810
Production Occupations 40,430 12,170
Management Occupations 112,490 11,270
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 74,850 10,240
Protective Service Occupations 65,620 9,820
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 100,770 7,750
Retail Salespersons 29,210 7,700
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 29,900 7,500
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,320 6,210
Personal Care and Service Occupations 27,570 5,180
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 32,110 5,120
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 43,100 4,820
Community and Social Service Occupations 55,600 4,800
Registered Nurses 88,400 4,800
Office Clerks, General 32,600 4,770
Substitute Teachers 37,330 4,730
Correctional Officers and Jailers 73,540 4,200
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 28,560 4,060
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 87,720 4,030
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 26,950 3,800
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 37,850 3,700
General and Operations Managers 116,440 3,440
Waiters and Waitresses 27,220 3,170
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 40,080 3,100
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 81,320 2,770
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 42,760 2,570
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 53,040 2,530
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,840 2,200
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 80,380 2,170
Personal Care Aides 25,190 2,060
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 51,870 1,970
Customer Service Representatives 32,990 1,940
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 70,310 1,800
Construction Laborers 35,620 1,710
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 35,040 1,680
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 45,250 1,650
Medical Assistants 30,630 1,650
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,510 1,630
Nursing Assistants 26,990 1,600
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 65,100 1,590
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 53,390 1,500
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 76,090 1,490

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