The history of working in Somerset has its roots in agriculture, manufacturing, quarrying and trade. It's well-known for traditional food and drink produce such as cheese and cider and the food and drink sector employs thousands of people in the area.
Health and social care is the largest sector and with an ageing population there will be lots of jobs in the future. Other growing sectors include creative and renewable energy; Somerset also has a strong aerospace sector around Yeovil.
With a dramatic coastline, attractive beaches and beautiful Exmoor as well as many other attractions, it's not surprising that Somerset is a popular place with tourists and the tourism industry is an important sector especially in the West. Away from the peace and quiet, the M5 corridor is growing for warehousing and distribution meaning more jobs in transport and logistics.