Indeed, Foose's upbeat assessment is shared by many employers, who say they're still hiring top executives, technicians and rank-and-file workers in a half-dozen job categories.
Healthcare and related fields account for 20 of the 50 occupations projected to have the fastest growth in the next two years, the state says on its website.
Nursing topped the August list of 25 Most Wanted U.S. Job Candidates compiled by Jobfox, an Internet "matchmaker" that connects candidates and employers.
"Anything having to do with catering to aging baby boomers is going to be solid for many decades to come because you've got 77 million baby boomers," says Barry Lawrence, a career expert and marketer at Jobfox's headquarters in McLean, Va.'s so-called Silicon Alley.
The 952-bed Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Los Angeles has boosted its staff "across the spectrum" by 11% to about 10,000 in the last four years, says Jeanne Flores, senior vice president for human resources and organization.
The hospital each year hires about 450 registered nurses, 120 medical and laboratory technologists, 20 pharmacists and scores of clerical, billing and collection personnel, Flores says.
Degree not required?
California companies also are looking for more computer hardware, software and networking experts. San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc., which provides wireless technology and services, says it's actively recruiting 800 people, mostly engineers, in the United States and internationally.
But not all the current hot jobs require advanced degrees or high-tech training.
Restaurant and banquet services ranks 11th on the Jobfox list, while the California Employment Development Department predicts an uptick in the need for meat, poultry and fish cutters.
People might not want to spend money on haute cuisine but they may still want "to get out with the kids and family" for a burger or pizza at a fast-food restaurant, says Jobfox's Lawrence.
And no matter what shape the economy might be in, there will always be a need for top-notch salespeople, experts agree.
"If you are a good salesperson, you will always be employed," says Jerry Nickelsburg, an economist who follows California and Los Angeles for the UCLA Anderson Forecast.
"Sales is the kind of skill that doesn't get outsourced easily. The manufacturing might be in China and the back office in India, but you still need someone to interface with customers," Nickelsburg said.