Top Employers In The San Diego Metro

Top Employers

We all know San Diego as a sunny California city where the weather is perfect almost each and every day of the year. But what about the city’s top industries and employers?

According to the California Employment Development Department data for the San Diego/Carlsbad Metropolitan Statistical Area, a total of 1,525,600 people were employed in San Diego’s “Civilian Non-Farm Labor Force.” The largest figure belongs to Professional and Business Services (258,900), followed by government services (211,300), and Leisure & Hospitality (202,000).

In an article on on the San Diego Union Tribune, SANDAG Chief Economist Marney Cox says,

“We keep a close eye on industry clusters because companies within clusters tend to be leaders in technology, research and development funding, patent awards and other key indicators of innovation. They are crucial to helping the region attain and sustain a high standard of living.”

According to the City’s 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the San Diego’s top employers are:

    1. United States Navy – 41,607 Employees
    2. University of California, San Diego – 38,749 Employees
    3. Sharp HealthCare – 18,736 Employees
    4. County of San Diego – 18,606
    5. San Diego Unified School District – 12,996 Employees
    6. Scripps – 12,348 Employees
    7. City of San Diego – 11,598 Employees
    8. Qualcomm – 10,300 Employees
    9. San Diego Community College District – 6,246 Employees
    10. Kaiser Permanente – 5,349 Employees

We’ll highlight a few of the top employers in the San Diego metro below:

Sharp Healthcare18,736 Employees

Sharp HealthCare is a not-for-profit integrated regional health care delivery system that includes four acute-care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, two affiliated medical groups and a health plan in the San Diego metro. Sharp operates 2,100 beds, has approximately 2,600 physicians on medical staffs, more than 1,000 physicians in affiliated medical groups and more than 18,000 employees in San Diego.

Scripps Health12,348 Employees

Scripps Health is a nonprofit health care system based in San Diego that includes four hospitals and 19 outpatient facilities, and treats a half-million patients annually. Scripps treats its employees well, offering up to $7,300 per year for tuition reimbursement and scholarships, as well as career coaching. Scripps also enables employees to work dual assignments and transfer to other jobs throughout the system, while also offering onsite childcare, more than 100 fitness weekly classes, five Employee Care Clinics, and 30 days maternity leave to both mothers and fathers.

Qualcomm10,300 Employees

Qualcomm is a semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company that designs and markets wireless telecommunications products and services. Headquartered in San Diego, the company derives most of its revenue from chipmaking and the majority of its profit from patent licensing businesses. The stadium where the San Diego Chargers  currently play is also called Qualcomm Stadium.


About the Author

Max Pulcini

Max Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.

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