Report names San Diego's fastest growing jobs

Posted at 5:09 PM, Nov 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-02 20:49:30-04

Thousands of jobs are up for grabs in San Diego, but the competition is stiff.

Now, a new report profiles the jobs expected to grow fastest over the next five years.

Alexxa Morgan could be in for one of them. But right now, she's paying her way through college.

"Multiple jobs come in handy for that," she said. 

She knows how to get them. When she's not studying at Pepperdine's Irvine campus, she's behind the Genius Bar at the Apple Store in Carlsbad. 

"I'm the person you come and see when your phone's not working right or your iPad's not working," Morgan said. 

She also plans events for a nonprofit.

"Something that I always learned was work harder on yourself than you do on your job, and it's to gain those skills and learn about different," said Morgan.

She has her eyes on bigger things, ultimately a full time job. She's not sure what form that will ultimately take, but a new report from the San Diego Workforce Partnership identified more than 50 of those jobs. They run the gamut from registered nurses and computer programmers - to a new surprise - customer service reps, earning an average of about $20 an hour. 

And the Partnership can give job seekers the boost they need. 

"If we can train you up to the basic needs to what the employer has, and then put you in front of them, and the employer sees that you're a great quality worker with great work ethic, that wants to be there and is motivated, they'll hire you," said Tina Ngo Bartel, the partnership's research director.

As for Morgan, she already has a few ideas for life after she earns her business degree.

"I don't want the normal 9 to 5 job though," she said. "I'm actually working on three businesses as we speak."

And maybe she'll one day reach out to the Workforce Partnership to help fill those jobs of the future.