California releases “top jobs” report for the Inland Empire

     When it comes to the future of the Inland Empire’s job growth, it’s all about nurses and truck drivers.

     Last week, California’s Employment Development Department released a “top jobs” report for specific regions throughout the state, including the Ontario-San Bernardino-Riverside metropolitan area.

     The positions are based on listings on the department’s CalJOBS web site and estimated future openings.

     Between 2004 and 2014, about 8,600 registered nursing jobs and 11,300 heavy-truck-driver positions are estimated to pop up. Locally, the median annual salary is about $73,000 for nurses and $42,000 for truck drivers.

     Accountants and auditors, which require at least a bachelor’s degree, and bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks — which require two years of post high school education — are next on the list.

     More than 8,500 of these jobs will be created between the 10-year period.  The local accountant or auditor median annual wage is about $57,000, and the clerks supporting them rake in almost $35,000 a year.

     The two highest-paying jobs are engineering manager — making a median yearly salary of $103,000 — and probation officer/correctional treatment specialist, which makes about $82,000 a year.

     Next on the list, from top to bottom: child-family-school social workers, police-sheriff patrol officers, licenses vocational nurses, plumber-pipefitter-steamfitter specialists, police-fire-ambulance dispatchers, and eligibility interviewers for government programs.

     –matthew.wrye@inlandnewspapers.com

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