published on September 1, 2017 - 10:26 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Live in the Central Valley and want to be a medical assistant, truck driver or teacher assistant? You are on the right track in terms of what employers are demanding.

To celebrate Labor Day, the state Employment Development Department has put out a list of the top 5 in-demand, middle-skill occupations in the San Joaquin Valley.

In terms of median annual wage, licensed practical and vocational nurses command the highest pay on the list with $51,604. The EDD projects through 2024 there will be a total of 2,700 of those jobs available in the San Joaquin Valley.

Next up is heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, who command a median annual wage of $40,788 with 8,280 projected openings.

Medical assistants are next, with a median annual wage of $31,287 and 4,100 projected openings.

Then come teacher assistants, who command a median annual wage of $29,337 with 6,130 projected openings.

Rounding out the top 5 are nursing assistants, who earn $28,785. There are 5,250 projected openings in that field.

Along with the top in-demand jobs listed for 14 regions in the state, the EDD website is also offering a 2017 Labor Day briefing with current labor market conditions, success stories from people who found jobs, a toolbox for job seekers and locations where people can access free employment services and training resources.

“EDD is here to help Californians tap into their potential — and the time to take the next step up the career ladder is now,” said EDD Director Patrick W. Henning in a statement. “EDD can help job seekers, or anyone ready to take on a new career, sharpen their skills, and find out what jobs are going to be most in demand. In turn, employers can use EDD as a great resource to find trained and qualified workers.”

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