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San Jose Employment

Employment and Industries in the San Jose, California Area

San Jose is the tenth largest city in the nation. Due to the San Jose area's large concentration of high-technology, engineering, microprocessor and computer firms, it's known as Silicon Valley. The region is home to more than 7,000 technology companies. The San Jose area has more high-tech firms than any other area in the country. In addition, about 35% of all venture capital funds in the nation are invested in San Jose and Silicon Valley firms. Fortune Magazine named San Jose as the epicenter of information technology.

High technology is the primary employer in the region. The supporting businesses and services industries also provide a large number of jobs. The area also has a large number of high-level jobs. San Jose also has one of the highest median incomes for cities with a population over 280,000.

The primary sectors for employment in San Jose are:

  • High Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Trade, transportation and utilities
  • Government
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Computer specialists
  • Finance
  • Information

Some of the jobs which are more prevalent in San Jose than most of the nation's other cities are semiconductor processors, computer hardware engineers, sales engineers, computer software engineers, systems software; electronics engineers, electromechanical equipment assemblers, electrical engineers and engineering managers.

The municipality is home to the headquarters of numerous prominent companies including Cisco, Adobe Systems, BEA, eBay and Sunpower. Prominent companies with major facilities in San Jose include IBM, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, Flextronics and Hewlett-Packard. San Jose has 25 businesses which include over 1,000 employees.

According to the City of San Jose's, Office of Economic Development, the education level of the workforce in the San Jose metropolitan area is one of the highest in the nation. The local colleges put thousands of computer science and engineering graduates into the economy on an annual basis. Regarding the population over the age of 25, approximately 32% have a bachelor's degree or higher.

The Local Preference Policy is designed to encourage local firms to work with other local firms and collaborate with the city to increase job growth and to keep a higher percentage of the city's spending in the regional economy. A large state Enterprise Zone provides companies operating in the zone significant tax savings and other types of financial benefits.

The Silicon Valley Workforce Investment Network provides resources for job seekers and offers services to companies. Local companies have access to a variety of bonds, loans and special funds. The SBA/Cisco Systems/San Jose Entrepreneur Center Association offers a variety of assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Notable information about San Jose: The cost of living in San Jose and the region is among the highest in the state of California and the nation. San Jose is one of the highest patent producing cities in the nation. In 2007, the estimated median household income was $76,963. According to the City of San Jose's, Office of Economic Development the San Jose metropolitan area has the highest productivity level of any region in the United States.

Shown below are the primary employers in San Jose:

  • Santa Clara County
  • Cisco Systems
  • The city of San Jose
  • IBM
  • Hitachi
  • San Jose Unified School District
  • Xilinx
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Adobe Systems
  • KLA Tencor Instruments
  • Good Samaritan Health System
  • Cadence Design Systems
  • Novellus Systems
  • Sanmina-SCI
  • San Jose State University
  • Avago Technologies
  • HP Pavilion at San Jose
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
  • Santa Teresa Community Hospital
  • Valley Medical Center

San Jose companies may obtain assistance from business organizations such as:

The San Jose Business Journal provides up-to-date information regarding the business activities in San Jose.

Jobs in San Jose

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 1045430 $78990 $37.98 100
2 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 130550 $123600 $59.42 2.8
3 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 130540 $49060 $23.58 14.8
4 Sales and Related Occupations 96390 $56440 $27.13 10.15
5 Management Occupations 85040 $166590 $80.09 6.05
6 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 77990 $29030 $13.96 8.3
7 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 75890 $101450 $48.78 5.05
8 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 58110 $66470 $31.96 6.15
9 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 56740 $115010 $55.29 1.65
10 Production Occupations 52300 $42380 $20.37 5.85
11 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 42390 $113510 $54.57 5.75
12 Software Developers, Applications 41490 $133010 $63.95 0.5
13 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 38680 $38240 $18.38 6.45
14 Construction and Extraction Occupations 36450 $64060 $30.8 4.4
15 Software Developers, Systems Software 28670 $146630 $70.5 0.3
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 27920 $33210 $15.96 3.7
17 Personal Care and Service Occupations 26990 $30740 $14.78 4.1
18 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 26700 $57290 $27.54 3.8
19 Retail Salespersons 22280 $30850 $14.83 3.1
20 Cashiers 20230 $26420 $12.7 2.25
21 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 18850 $24730 $11.89 2.15
22 Healthcare Support Occupations 17440 $42290 $20.33 3.05
23 General and Operations Managers 17380 $161090 $77.45 1.4
24 Protective Service Occupations 17260 $61130 $29.39 2.25
25 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 16420 $80920 $38.9 0.6
26 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 15570 $30090 $14.47 1.6
27 Registered Nurses 15390 $120680 $58.02 1.9
28 Computer Systems Analysts 15090 $116530 $56.02 0.4
29 Office Clerks, General 14930 $43360 $20.85 2
30 Waiters and Waitresses 14770 $32290 $15.52 1.6
31 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 14640 $71330 $34.29 1.7
32 Computer and Information Systems Managers 13690 $195260 $93.87 0.25
33 Accountants and Auditors 13620 $101070 $48.59 0.9
34 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 12400 $34690 $16.68 1.6
35 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 12280 $46140 $22.18 1.6
36 Computer Hardware Engineers 12260 $143140 $68.82 0.05
37 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 12010 $31540 $15.16 1.2
38 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 11800 $91050 $43.78 0.9
39 Customer Service Representatives 11410 $50000 $24.04 1.75
40 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 10900 $100530 $48.33 0.7
41 Community and Social Service Occupations 10570 $56820 $27.32 1.65
42 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 10460 $49090 $23.6 1.1
43 Computer User Support Specialists 10090 $74990 $36.05 0.4
44 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 9700 $73980 $35.57 0.5
45 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 8810 $72260 $34.74 1
46 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers 8740 $37330 $17.95 0.1
47 Security Guards 8380 $34240 $16.46 0.7
48 Legal Occupations 7790 $157100 $75.53 0.8
49 Management Analysts 7570 $122890 $59.08 0.5
50 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 6900 $50160 $24.11 0.9
51 Financial Managers 6890 $177020 $85.11 0.4
52 Cooks, Restaurant 6800 $29600 $14.23 0.75
53 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians 6750 $66820 $32.12 0.1
54 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 6560 $105250 $50.6 0.3
55 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 6560 $116090 $55.81 0.2
56 Personal Care Aides 6490 $26270 $12.63 1.3
57 Architectural and Engineering Managers 6450 $193870 $93.21 0.1
58 Marketing Managers 6440 $201380 $96.82 0.1
59 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 6380 $77300 $37.16 1
60 Sales Managers 6330 $158440 $76.17 0.2
61 Electrical Engineers 6140 $129600 $62.31 0.1
62 Computer Programmers 6130 $96680 $46.48 0.2
63 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 6110 $133910 $64.38 0.1
64 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 5710 $48800 $23.46 1
65 Food Preparation Workers 5640 $26500 $12.74 0.6
66 Carpenters 5430 $62390 $29.99 0.6
67 Receptionists and Information Clerks 5330 $37670 $18.11 0.7
68 Lawyers 5170 $197320 $94.87 0.5
69 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 5000 $34470 $16.57 0.8
70 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 4900 $37670 $18.11 0.4
71 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 4860 $40130 $19.29 0.6
72 Human Resources Specialists 4690 $88230 $42.42 0.3
73 Computer Occupations, All Other 4690 $127260 $61.18 0.2
74 Medical Secretaries 4670 $50920 $24.48 0.4
75 Electricians 4650 $79990 $38.46 0.4
76 Cooks, Fast Food 4600 $23540 $11.32 0.3
77 Medical Assistants 4580 $45020 $21.65 0.45
78 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 4570 $31330 $15.06 1
79 Nursing Assistants 4570 $36930 $17.75 1.05
80 Construction Laborers 4550 $50200 $24.13 0.8
81 Team Assemblers 4540 $33620 $16.17 0.75
82 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 4530 $50590 $24.32 0.3
83 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 4530 $39630 $19.05 0.3
84 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 4470 $45840 $22.04 1.2
85 Counter and Rental Clerks 4460 $35700 $17.16 0.3
86 Substitute Teachers 4420 $43140 $20.74 0
87 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 4400 $82130 $39.48 0.2
88 Financial Analysts 4330 $119640 $57.52 0.2
89 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 4290 $27000 $12.98 0.3
90 Industrial Engineers 4230 $121390 $58.36 0.2
91 Dishwashers 4150 $24370 $11.71 0.3
92 Computer Network Architects 4030 $138540 $66.6 0.1
93 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 3950 $117840 $56.65 0.45
94 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 3840 $39550 $19.02 0.6
95 Mechanical Engineers 3800 $121470 $58.4 0.2
96 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 3800 $70990 $34.13 0.2
97 Managers, All Other 3780 $166360 $79.98 0.65
98 Operations Research Analysts 3450 $107210 $51.54 0.1
99 Packers and Packagers, Hand 3370 $26180 $12.59 0.45
100 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 3240 $24750 $11.9 0.6
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Jobs More Common Near San Jose Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 78,990 1,045,430
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 123,600 130,550
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 49,060 130,540
Sales and Related Occupations 56,440 96,390
Management Occupations 166,590 85,040
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 29,030 77,990
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 101,450 75,890
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 66,470 58,110
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 115,010 56,740
Production Occupations 42,380 52,300
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 113,510 42,390
Software Developers, Applications 133,010 41,490
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 38,240 38,680
Construction and Extraction Occupations 64,060 36,450
Software Developers, Systems Software 146,630 28,670
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 33,210 27,920
Personal Care and Service Occupations 30,740 26,990
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 57,290 26,700
Retail Salespersons 30,850 22,280
Cashiers 26,420 20,230
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 24,730 18,850
Healthcare Support Occupations 42,290 17,440
General and Operations Managers 161,090 17,380
Protective Service Occupations 61,130 17,260
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 80,920 16,420
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 30,090 15,570
Registered Nurses 120,680 15,390
Computer Systems Analysts 116,530 15,090
Office Clerks, General 43,360 14,930
Waiters and Waitresses 32,290 14,770
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 71,330 14,640
Computer and Information Systems Managers 195,260 13,690
Accountants and Auditors 101,070 13,620
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 34,690 12,400
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 46,140 12,280
Computer Hardware Engineers 143,140 12,260
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 31,540 12,010
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 91,050 11,800
Customer Service Representatives 50,000 11,410
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 100,530 10,900
Community and Social Service Occupations 56,820 10,570
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 49,090 10,460
Computer User Support Specialists 74,990 10,090
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 73,980 9,700
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 72,260 8,810
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers 37,330 8,740
Security Guards 34,240 8,380
Legal Occupations 157,100 7,790
Management Analysts 122,890 7,570
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 50,160 6,900

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 78,990 1,045,430
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 123,600 130,550
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 49,060 130,540
Sales and Related Occupations 56,440 96,390
Management Occupations 166,590 85,040
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 29,030 77,990
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 101,450 75,890
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 66,470 58,110
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 115,010 56,740
Production Occupations 42,380 52,300
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 113,510 42,390
Software Developers, Applications 133,010 41,490
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 38,240 38,680
Construction and Extraction Occupations 64,060 36,450
Software Developers, Systems Software 146,630 28,670
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 33,210 27,920
Personal Care and Service Occupations 30,740 26,990
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 57,290 26,700
Retail Salespersons 30,850 22,280
Cashiers 26,420 20,230
Healthcare Support Occupations 42,290 17,440
General and Operations Managers 161,090 17,380
Protective Service Occupations 61,130 17,260
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 80,920 16,420
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 30,090 15,570
Registered Nurses 120,680 15,390
Computer Systems Analysts 116,530 15,090
Office Clerks, General 43,360 14,930
Waiters and Waitresses 32,290 14,770
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 71,330 14,640
Computer and Information Systems Managers 195,260 13,690
Accountants and Auditors 101,070 13,620
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 34,690 12,400
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 46,140 12,280
Computer Hardware Engineers 143,140 12,260
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 31,540 12,010
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 91,050 11,800
Customer Service Representatives 50,000 11,410
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 100,530 10,900
Community and Social Service Occupations 56,820 10,570
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 49,090 10,460
Computer User Support Specialists 74,990 10,090
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 73,980 9,700
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 72,260 8,810
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers 37,330 8,740
Security Guards 34,240 8,380
Legal Occupations 157,100 7,790
Management Analysts 122,890 7,570
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 50,160 6,900
Financial Managers 177,020 6,890

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