The diversity of the Southern California economy shows up in diversity of occupation as well. The state Employment Development Department tracks 357 industries and some 2,000 different occupations ranging from Able Seamen to Yeast Pushers. What follows are brief looks at the employment outlook for other job areas that are key to the Southland's economy. ENERGY
The energy industry has been knocked for a loop by the steepest and quickest drop in oil prices in modern times.
An estimated 130,000 professional and blue-collar jobs have been lost since January in the oil industry, most of them in the oil patch of Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana but upwards of 10,000 in California, as well. The plummeting price of crude oil has taken its toll on the natural gas and alternative-fuels industries as well.
The job and salary outlook for both veteran energy workers and those just entering the job market can only be described as bleak.