Los Angeles (LA) and Executive Search
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The Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants has 6 member search firms in the greater Los Angeles area that employ approximately 82 Executive Recruiters, or headhunters.
Los Angeles Executive Positions
Los Angeles is the largest major manufacturing center in the United States, with 500,000 workers specializing in manufacturing activities in 2003. With regard to employment, the most significant manufacturing industries are as follows: Fabricated Metals (49,900 jobs), Furniture (27,400 jobs), Transportation Products (54,600 jobs), Apparel (68,300 jobs), Food (44,800 jobs) and Computer/Electronics (60,000 jobs).
Over the past few years, Los Angeles' three-tiered, traditional economy consisting of aerospace, entertainment and tourism, has evolved into a well-balanced economic engine driven by unparalleled access to world markets, resulting in major economoic expansion and a rapid increase in executive job opportunities in LA.
Executive Position Opportunities in LA: Manufacturing
In the United States, only Detroit produces more automobiles than the Los Angeles area, an appropriate statistic for a city with more cars per capita than any other in the world. The "Big Three" U.S. auto manufacturers (Ford, General Motors and Chrysler) all have located design centers in Los Angeles, along with Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo. Executive search consultants, or headhunters, who specialize in the auto industry often do business in LA, and therefore those seeking an executive position in automotives should consider the Los Angeles job market.
Executive Position Opportunities in LA: Finance and Banking
Los Angeles also hosts one of the largest finance industries in the United States with more than 100 foreign banks and countless domestic banks operating branches in LA. Many financial law firms and investment banks operate in the city as well. With this large presence, there are many executive positions and the corresponding search activity is high.
Executive Job Opportunities in Los Angeles: Shipping Industry Professionals
Los Angeles hosts the nation's largest port in terms of value and volume of goods handled. Proximity to the major Pacific manufacturing nations - Japan, Korea and Taiwan; easy access to transcontinental rail and truck shipping; and the availability of large commercial facilities at Los Angeles' International Airport make the LA Customs District the largest in the nation. It is clear that the city is promiment in international trade as nearly 50 foreign companies have U.S. headquarters located in the area. Los Angeles' prominence in this industry leads to a number of executive positions and a large market for executive search.
Los Angeles Executive Recruitment: Other Industries
Of course, entertainment in the form of film, television and music production is the best known industry in Los Angeles, focusing worldwide attention on the city and making LA a major tourist destination. However, the entertainment industry does not account for the bulk of executive jobs in LA. Other prominent industries in the Los Angeles area with higher potential for executive recruitment include education, architecture, residential and commerical construction, health services, high-technology research and development, and engineering. The city's large population allows executive jobs of all kinds to be available in LA, freqeuntly filled by LA executive recruiters.
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