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Put your skills to work

Carlsbad is home to a robust manufacturing community that spans across our tech, life sciences and sports design & innovation industry clusters. Carlsbad companies rely on workers with valuable trade and industry-specific skill sets to meet their expansion goals. Having these skills is especially advantageous in Carlsbad, as companies increasingly need talented employees who are ready to start on the job from day one. Carlsbad manufacturing and skilled trade jobs are usually transferable across industries and often provide high-paying salaries compared to other manufacturing hubs.


  • Training
  • Sports Manufacturing
  • Food & Beverage
  • Life Sciences
  • High Tech

Develop skills to get the job

Carlsbad and North County provide many educational resources for those looking to begin a manufacturing or skilled trades career, or those who are currently in the workforce and looking to improve and gain a new skill set. MiraCosta Technology Career Institute (TCI) offers community members the opportunity to enhance their lives and their careers with low-cost classes, workshops and programs. From enrichment classes to job training programs, TCI’s fast track training programs offer students a place to start and learn new skills to advance their careers and to help find meaningful employment in our local businesses. The institute provides job training in the fields of advanced manufacturing, engineering, healthcare, security, veterinary science and professional skills training. The San Diego & Imperial County Community Colleges also offer courses in advanced manufacturing, training in traditional manufacturing processes, customization, scalability and specific industry technologies. MiraCosta College and Palomar College are two fantastic North County institutions where you can explore and build careers skills in these areas.

Bring the biggest brands to life

Carlsbad is well known as a haven for sports design & innovation companies, due to its prime location for outdoor activities and the quality of manufacturing talent available to companies here. Carlsbad is a leader in sports design & innovation manufacturing including training gear, outdoor and recreational equipment and active apparel. With around 77 sports innovation & design companies in Carlsbad which are home to over 2,300 jobs, employment in this sector is over six times the national average. And with 221 patents issued to Carlsbad businesses in 2019 alone (a 28% increase from 2017), there will always be new innovations and products to build required skilled talent to build the coolest new gadgets.

Craft the goodness

Folks in Carlsbad are passionate about food. And we’re lucky enough to be home to a fantastic food scene. Carlsbad home to a number of gourmet food and beverage producers. Places like Buddha TeasChuao Chocolatier, and Bitchin’ Sauce all produce specialty foods found at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Costco Wholesale and other retailers, or at local restaurants. What’s even cooler is that many of these food manufacturers allow you to buy their products on site, taking “shop local” to a whole new level. As this niche industry grows in Carlsbad, so does the need for those skilled in food and beverage production to help these brands grow both their local, national and even international client base. Or just take a walk around the Carlsbad Gateway Center, where you’ll find a de facto food innovator hub and “makers park” with food and beverage companies creating the freshest and tastiest treats.

A life changing career choice

Carlsbad is a major part of the San Diego life sciences industry, including the biotech, medical devices, diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies that support research and development. With 128 businesses and an employment base that is over 5.4 times the national average, there’s high demand for skilled workers to build life saving devices and equipment. From major international corporations like Thermo Fisher, to mid-size companies like Argonaut Manufacturing Services and SeaSpine, as well as smaller up-and-comers like Etaluma, Carlsbad companies need manufacturing and skilled talent to help build their products. Gain a competitive edge for a biotech career with a bachelor’s degree in Biomanufacturing at MiraCosta College.

A transformative trade

Information & Communications Technology (ICT) is the largest and fastest growing industry cluster in Carlsbad. Over 300 of these companies call Carlsbad home, and just like our other major sectors, ICT needs skilled manufacturing talent to help their company grow. Jobs at these companies are highly diverse ranging from working on building components for telecommunications and satellites at Viasat to building semiconductors at Nordson Asymtek and electronic devices at HME.


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