A Profile of Wine Jobs By the Numbers
The Wine Industry is hiring. If you don't believe me, look at Wines & Vines Magazine's Winery Job Index. (It should be called the "Wine Industry Job Index" as far more than just wineries are covered by the job listing metrics they use to measure if hiring is up or down or steady.
Looking at the latest edition of their index we see that for the months January to April, job listings for wine country jobs are up over the same month in 2011:
January 2012: +53%
February 2012 +43%
March 2012 +18%
April 2012 +14%
May 2012 +49%
This all gets categorized under "Good News". The "good news about the May 2012 numbers can be found here.
Wine Business Communications' WineJobs.com is the primary source of wine industry job listings and the source of Wines & Vines' data for their Job Index (they are owned by the same company). If you look back over the past month of job postings at WineJobs.com, exclude weekends when few job listings are posted, you find on average 23 new job postings per day. That's pretty darned healthy.
Currently, there are 624 wine jobs listed at WineJobs.com. Here are some interesting facts about those listings:
-Job Located in CA: 400 (64%)
-Job Located in NY: 43 (7%)
-Job Located in OR: 19 (3%)
-Job Located in WA: 23 (4%)
-Job Categorized as "Winemaking or Production": 150 (24%)
-Job Categorized as "Vineyards": 16 (3%)
-Job Categorized as "Sales & Marketing": 234 (37%)
-Job Categorized as "Finance": 28 (4%)
-Job Categorized as "Direct to Consumer/Retail": 146 (23%)
-Job Categorized as General Administration/Other: 59 (9%)
-"Social Media" included in job description: 20 (3%)
-"Internet" included in job description: 45 (7%)
-"Public Relations" included in job description: 19 (3%)
-"Harvest" included in job description: 124 (21%)
-"Wine Club" included in job description: 72 (16%)
-"Sales" included in job description: 385 (62%)
-Job listings that include a "$" sign: 29 (5%)
Clearly, if you are looking for some sort of a sales position and want to work in CA, then this is the jobs listings board to look at.
A continually increasing number of job listings is very good sign for the wine industry. It's a good sign for any industry. My belief is that the next 9 months will give us a very clear picture of where the American economy is going. Everyone watches "job numbers" and politicians rise or fall based on this number. What I don't think we can do is gauge the health of the American economy or the future of the American economy based on an index of job listings at wineries and vineyards. Wine is not milk. It's a luxury product and might work as an indicator for a certain part of the economy. That said, now is not the worst time to be looking for a job in the wine industry….if you have sales skills.