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Trade Associations

Gain valuable advice and networking exposure by joining an appropriate group for your career interests.

These organizations offer student memberships:



Ornamental Horticulture

American Society of Landscape Architects

California Landscape Contractors Assoc.




Career & Student Employment


Occupations are often "clustered"  together under using category headings to help you with your search. Looking at all the jobs in the U.S. is going to create different results than looking in your own city. We have provided 3 levels of clusters.

National U.S. Job Clusters

The U.S. government splits the vast number of jobs into groups and subgroups. Take a look at the many options at the
Bureau of Labor Statistics . In the Overview section click "Industry Order Index".

AT ONet Online click on the Career Cluster dropdown to see occupations groups that require similar skills. Click "Go" when you've selected an area of interest.

State of California Job Clusters- by County

The Employment Development Department of California has jobs listed by category, and searchable by county.

Some examples of clusters that the State has listed for San Diegans are:

  • Legal Occupations
  • Healthcare Support Occupations
  • Protective Services Occupations
  • Office and Administrative Support Occupations

See San Diego County Occupations for the complete list.


To find the guides in other counties, or sorted by "Fastest Growing", or "Jobs with the most openings" or various other categories:

1) Go the the Career information page at Employment Development Department

2) Under step 3 you will see the link for "Topic Search". Click it.

3) On the Topic Search page you'll see a drop-down that says "California". Click it and scroll  down until you see "San Diego County".

4) On the right panel choose "Top Paying Job" or any other option that interests you and Click "View the list".

San Diego Regional Clusters

The Community Colleges of San Diego and Imperial counties have their own group of clusters.

Some examples of their clusters are:

  • Construction and Manufacturing
  • Health and Human Services
  • Hospitality and Tourism

Learn more at


Career Technical Education

This web site is supported by Carl D. Perkins VTEA IC funds through the System. Office, California Community Colleges,
Grant #08-C01-020

Revised  September 26, 2013
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