University of Southern California (USC)

L.A. County Education
At A Glance

  • Total employment in its private sector cluster: 89,900 (2010).

L.A. County Education Employer Breakdown:

  • Almost half of the cluster's employment is in colleges and universities, and another 20% works in scientific research and development.

Few places on the planet offer as rich an academic climate as Los Angeles County. It is home to three world-class research universities, Caltech, UCLA, and USC, as well as dozens of other outstanding institutions. Each year, these schools graduate tens of thousands of students.

The County lays claim to 39 Nobel laureates, as either faculty members or graduates of L.A. County universities.In 2007, L.A. County research institutes received more than $1.1 billion in federal research funding, more than any other county in the state.

Five campuses of the California State University system are found here. Other well respected schools include The Art Center College of Design with programs for automotive and furniture design, California Institute of the Arts, famed for its animation, costume design and dance programs, the Colburn School for performing arts and the Otis College of Art and Design.

Over 89,900 individuals are employed by four-year colleges and universities in the County including those named above and Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Woodbury, and the University of Phoenix. Another 26,000 teachers and staff work within the area’s extensive community college system. Many of these two-year programs are well respected and provide unique training to prepare students to enter specialized fields such as medical assisting and logistics. The region also boasts well-respected trade schools providing educational training from high technology computer design to the culinary arts. Such specialized programs offer businesses unique training grounds for employees.

L.A. County schools are also popular among foreign students. The University of Southern California has one of the largest international student populations of any school in the country.

By providing the right combination of educational curriculum, experienced faculty, and a broad selection of universities, L.A. County is the number one choice for higher learning.