Software developer
A software developer at work. Photo by Matthew Roth via Wikimedia Commons

If you’re good at mathematics and computer programming, there are growing career opportunities for you in San Diego, according to a new study.

The University of California San Diego Extension‘s annual “Emerging Careers” report listed the following 10 jobs  as having the highest career potential in San Diego:

  • Operations research analysts
  • Interpreters and translators
  • Personal financial advisors
  • Computer systems analysts
  • Information security analysts
  • Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors
  • Market research analysts and marketing specialists
  • Meeting, convention and event planners
  • Software developers, applications
  • Management analysts

To compile the list, researchers identified the top 10 occupations that combined the highest projected growth rates and the most online job postings using information from labor-market data firm Emsi. Researchers focused on careers that required a bachelor’s degree with less than five years of work experience.

Mary Walshok, associate vice chancellor of public programs and dean of UC San Diego Extension, said these emerging careers show both the value of a college degree and also the need for specialized training as globalization, innovation and demographic shifts reshape the job market and the economy.

“Employers want to hire people who are not only well educated, but also know how to put their knowledge to work,” said Walshok. “Work readiness means the ability to communicate effectively both in person and in writing–and demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It also requires a willingness to adapt to challenges whether they be new technologies or changing economic conditions.”

The full report is available online.

UC San Diego Extension, the continuing education and public programs arm of the university, serves 25,000 students annually with nearly 4,300 different courses.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.