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San Diego: Tech City, U.S.A., babies

Average local tech wage, $114,300; non-tech? less than $50K (don't cry)


Thursday, August 27, 2015

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The tech jobs include computers and electronics, telecom, biotech/pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, computer systems design, environmental services, biological research, recreational goods production (mainly golf equipment), and transportation equipment. Computers and electronics production peaked in 2000 and has declined by half, says Cunningham. Golf equipment peaked in 1998 and has been in a slow decline. Environmental tech has been about flat.
The big winner is scientific research and development services — primarily, biotech and pharmaceutical industries; second is wireless communications.
San Diego has a significant presence in seven of eight major tech areas, notes Cunningham; none of the other 24 major metro areas can make that statement.