Even though employment in California and the nation has dropped dramatically, employer demand for Spanish speakers continues to grow, according to the Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine™ (HWOL) data series*.
Despite the State's overall drop of 18 percent in job listings during the past four years, the number of advertised job listings that request "Spanish" or "bilingual/Spanish" rose nearly 10 percent during the same period, according to HWOL. In the last year alone, California's advertised job listings rose 19 percent, while the job picture looked even better for bilingual/Spanish speakers, with the year-over change of job listings up 24 percent.
The growing demand for bilingual/Spanish speakers is not surprising given the 2010 Census puts California's Hispanic population at 38 percent, up nearly 5 percent since 2000.
The top 10 occupations with online job postings that included keywords "Spanish" or "bilingual/Spanish" are listed below in rank order, along with job listing numbers. They represent statewide online job ad totals during the four month period ending July 7, 2011.
Occupation / Online Job Ads
Customer Service Representatives - 2,318
Retail Salespersons - 2,059
Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants - 1,414
Registered Nurses - 1,191
Insurance Sales Agents - 1,037
Sales Agents, Financial Services - 1,025
Social and Community Service Managers - 849
*The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine™ (HWOL) data series captures and analyzes advertised job listings from over 1,200 job boards.