Community Colleges identify pandemic-resilient jobs

Posted at 4:50 PM, Dec 16, 2020

SAN DIEGO — More than 100 thousand San Diegans have lost their jobs amid the coronavirus outbreak, and some of those positions have disappeared forever.

But a new report from the San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College Association has identified 66 jobs as pandemic resilient.

“It's an expensive place to live, this county, and so we need people to be able to have jobs that will be able to help sustain their families,” said Dr. Sunny Cooke, superintendent of the MiraCosta Community College District.

Cooke said the community colleges offer an affordable way to train for positions wanted now. Each unit costs $46, so a typical certificate training program would cost about $2,760.

Additionally, the report identifies 27 jobs as middle skill, meaning they require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. It report includes an interactive list of fields, and which local community colleges offer programs related to them.

“We want people to get in now, get a short term training, get into a field, stabilize their family and their lives, and then have a ladder to more, longer-term training and education that they seek and they desire,” cooke said.

The identified jobs run the gamut from web developers and cyber security analysts to medical assistants, registered nurses, machinists, social service workers and biotech technicians, to name a few.

In all, the report says the average entry level salary for the jobs is $48,000, with room for growth.