10 hottest jobs in San Diego County
Meet the people in these fast-growing occupations By Jonathan Horn | San Diego Union-Tribune
Scott Williams, 52, environmental lawyer, Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek
What he does: I help clients deal with contaminated property, and I help clients who need to deal with environmental problems during the course of getting development permits.
A typical day: The dirty secret about being a litigator is you don’t go to court very often. You spend 95 percent of your time preparing.
Favorite part of the job: Two different things. In the litigation part, I enjoy going to court and having an oral argument or hearing with the judge. The second thing is when you are trying to get a development project approved, you’re coordinating with a team of engineers and consultants, and so the team effort will, hopefully, ultimately lead to the City Council approving your projects.
Education: Law degree from Columbia University, bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University.
Lawyer by the numbers
Projected growth 2012 to 2022: 1,590 positions for 22 percent growth
By 2022: 8,830 jobs countywide
Media wage: $136,855