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EconoMeter: Will workers get raises next year?

Some industries look better than others, especially computer programmers

Roger Showley, U-T SAN DIEGO

Friday, August 31, 2012

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: YES

Certain professions ensure raises. San Diego wages, adjusted for cost of living increases, have fallen on average the past two years despite relatively low inflation. According to state occupational data, “protective services” (police, fire, security guards) had the highest percentage wage gains locally, followed by life sciences, computer and mathematics, healthcare, management and business/finance occupations. On the other hand, education, personal care services, installation/maintenance, and arts and entertainment professions indicate the largest decreases in average wage. The data clearly shows skilled professions requiring specialized training and education are higher paying, in greater demand, and should anticipate further wage gains.