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Where the Southern California lifestyle blends seamlessly with a corporate community that is changing the world.

Welcome to Carlsbad, CA and a Life in Action. ÂŽ

What makes for a beautiful life? Is it personal fulfillment? A career that could change the world? A healthy and active lifestyle in a stunning environment? We believe all of those elements matter. In fact, they are at the very core of what makes Life in Action a reality in Carlsbad, California.

Image courtesy of SKLZ


Located on the majestic Pacific Ocean in northern San Diego County, Carlsbad is a quintessential Southern California coastal community that blends natural beauty with some of the country’s most cutting-edge corporations. Our more than 112,000 residents include some of the brightest minds in life sciences, action sports, information and communications technology (ICT), and clean technology. Employment by industry includes: •

Life Sciences: 7,400

Action Sports: 2,600

Clean Technology: 5,000

ICT: 10,000

6 colleges or universities within 30 miles 13 of 15 elementary schools score a 9 -10 out of 10 rating 3 airports within 50 miles including McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad 3 major ports within 1/2 day truck drive Average seasonal temperatures between 65 and 75 year round Average household income of $111,470+


Imagine your Life in Action playing out 365 days a year in Carlsbad’s perfect-weather environment built for outdoor experiences, scenic beauty and a strong sense of community. A place where important scientific innovations are made during the day, and the latest craft beer is discovered at night. Where the next new product design comes on the heels of a morning trail run or peaceful paddleboard session. That’s Life in Action in Carlsbad. A perfect blend of beauty and brains. Where corporate partners are nestled together in unmatched scenic beauty.


Carlsbad’s Life in ActionŽ is constantly moving, growing and fulfilling its promise to inspire and re-energize at every levels, bringing out the very best in each endeavor. There are plenty of enchanting open spaces for our hard working scientists, engineers, designers and managers to re-charge their batteries everyday. Carlsbad boasts more than 25 parks and 46 miles of trails in the rolling hills and along its coastline, not to mention arts, theater, music, attractions, restaurants and surfing.


Carlsbad on the World Stage Carlsbad is home to a variety of world-class companies, many of which are leaders in their fields. Every year, these companies and their employees break through industry ceilings and create new life-changing products, make incredible discoveries, redefine the standards for a better future and positively affect their world. Continued innovation in Carlsbad’s thriving companies depends on both seasoned and new professionals alike who seek world-changing, difference-making careers.

Success in Life Sciences Carlsbad is home to several of the top life sciences, biomedical and genetics research and development companies in the country, and with key employers like Thermo Fisher Scientific, Genoptix, OptumRX, Zimmer Dental, Coviden and Isis Pharmaceuticals. the career opportunities are outstanding. Surround yourself with exceptional people who share your passion and commitment to making important discoveries, innovations and improving lives. Almost a quarter of San Diego region’s life sciences jobs are located in Carlsbad


Approximately 197 life sciences companies and more than 7,393 jobs in Carlsbad


You can be a part of tomorrow’s innovations and discoveries today and do the important work that builds your reputation with nationally and internationally recognized companies — all in Carlsbad.


1,254 patents issued to Carlsbad life sciences companies between 2008-2015


Average annual salary for a life sciences job in Carlsbad is over $113,530


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Carlsbad is also home to the best Action Sports companies — those that manufacture and/or distribute outdoor apparel, gear, equipment and footwear for surf, skateboard, snowboard, yoga, marathon, swim and youth culture sports. This is in addition to its biggest single sports headquarters category — golf. Names like GoPro, Taylor Made, Callaway, Cobra, SKLZ, PrAna, Reef and SpyOptic cultivate exciting, nurturing and empowering environments from which to learn, grow and excel. Over half of all actions sports manufacturing jobs in San Diego county are located in Carlsbad.


The innovative industry has secured 1,112 patents issued to Carlsbad action sports companies between 2008-2015.


Average annual salary in this cluster is over $66,333


ICT Careers Keep You Connected One of the fastest growing clusters in Carlsbad is Information and Communications Technology. Top employers in this industry include ViaSat, Verve Mobile, Walmart Labs, MaxLinear, Legend3D and NTN Buzztime. Comprised of software and video game design, electronic device development and manufacturing, and innovative robotics, this industry is at the forefront of technology. Carlsbad companies are also strongly linked to the San Diego defense industry. Your ICT career puts you at the cutting edge of the way we experience today’s most sought-after technology. Carlsbad’s ICT industry is comprised of 242 firms and more than 10,000 jobs


Over 744 patents issued to Carlsbad ICT companies between 2008-2015


Average annual salary is over $114,000



California Leads the Nation California is ranked #1 in: Private sector job creation


Venture capital


Direct foreign investment




California has: More Fortune 500 companies than any other state

The 8th largest economy in the world


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...and San Diego County Leads in Sun, Surf and Smarts Average of 3,055 hours of sunshine per year Less than 12 inches of precipitation annually

Largest concentration of military in the world (represents one in four jobs)

70 miles of coastline

$18.6 billion export industry

Ranked in top four U.S. life sciences markets

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 anked #2 in percentage of college graduates R with science or engineering majors (47.9%) Ranked #2 in patents per 1,000 workers (2.3)

One of the top ďŹ ve destinations for domestic travel and 11th most visited city for overseas travelers

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LEGOLAND California

Property tax base rate: 1%

SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND California

Sales tax rate: 8%

Museum of Making Music The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch Gemological Institute of America La Costa Film Fesitival Exquisite award winning resorts

ENTERTAINMENT, RECREATION AND TOURISM: Annual visitors: 3 million Hotel rooms: 4,400

4 PGA Championship Golf Courses Marathon/Triathlon


Join us — We Can Never Have too Much Brain Power. If your ambition is balanced with a desire for a well-lived life, then Carlsbad is the perfect place for you. Just 30 minutes from San Diego, 90 minutes from Los Angeles and 20 minutes from the mountains, this seaside village has a world-class corporate portfolio and a lifestyle environment beyond your wildest imagination This is Carlsbad. This is Life in Action.


Top 10 Reasons to Work in Carlsbad 9.


Get schooled at one of the top universities located within minutes of Carlsbad.

Easily add some color to your life.



Work on the cutting edge of new technology.

Plenty of room to roam (if you want to).



Ambition is balanced with a desire for a well-lived life.

Trade your rain umbrella for a beach umbrella.



Commute on two wheels instead of four.

Live where others vacation.

2. Innovation is applied to everything from biotech to brewery breakthroughs.

1. Early morning board meetings.

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