The San Diego regional economy continues to undergo a dynamic transformation from one based on military and defense spending to an economy that is propelled by high-technology companies competing in the international marketplace. These mostly small and mid-size high-tech firms produce the products and services most in demand in the new global economy. Since a recession of the early 1990s, San Diego has seen dramatic increases in its gross regional product, exports, per capita income, and employment.


Employment opportunities abound in San Diego. Independent studies indicate San Diego is one of the top 10 cities in the country for job growth through 2025, and many of the high-tech jobs are being created by emerging high-tech companies in the region.

San Diego's Economic Base

  • U.S. Navy
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • Defense & Security Systems
  • Biotech & Medical Devices
  • Electronics & Telecommunications
  • Software & Web Development
  • Food & Beverage Production
  • Cleantech
    • Solar panels
    • Biofuels
    • Clean Gas Technology