Technology Jobs In Wealthy Towns: Woodside, California
Wealthiest Northern California Towns
Woodside is one of the richest places in northern California and Number 17 on Bloomberg's list of the 25 Wealthiest Towns in America.
After the California Gold Rush and the American railroads reached the state around the 1840s-1850s, not only rows of simple worker's houses but also businessman's mansions began to appear around Woodside up to San Francisco. San Francisco has been a port city active in shipping and passenger transport over the water since its foundations and Woodside became a wealthy far-suburb on the San Francisco Peninsula. Today it is largely upscale residential in nature, but located among breathtaking scenery and numerous outdoor activities.
Woodside lies just south of interstate highway I-280 and abuts nearly two dozen state parks and state green space preserves. Between I-280 and California Highway-101 about five miles to the northeast lie a dozen additional suburbs and shopping areas. Between this area and San Francisco are found even more open green spaces, state parks, and retail shopping malls among the cities.
The Woodside metropolitan area encompasses the HubPages, Facebook, Google and Yahoo Companies.
Dynasty - The Filoli Country Estate
If you have ever watched the nighttime television soap opera Dynasty, then you have seen Fioli when it was used as the Carrington Mansion on the series in opening credits and for some interior shots. The actual mansion is even more opulent than was seen on TV.
The Fioli estate is located near Woodside and is an upcale site for national and state Historic Preservation activities. The property was developed into a magnificent country estate with several gardens, a nature preserve with native plants and wildflife, sunstantial educational programming, and a giant brick mansion. A number of garden and horticulture relatied certificates many be earned in this complex, makking it a community learning center of sorts.
Fioli as a word is a combination of words important to one if its developers (in effect paraphrased, fight for justice, love people, and then live a good life). This edict seems a bit forced when jammed into a single word, but the estate is a marvel, developed to showcase wealth and nature; and the people can enjoy it as a living nature museum now. The owners, the Bourns, created a separate world here, where they felt safe from earthquake, crime, and a sort of nuisance of the industrialization of San Francisco. It was a lavish refuge from the city and the family's work in ownership of the Spring Valley Water Company. They made it a beautiful place with the help of well known architects and landscape designers. The next owners, in the late 1930s, were the Matson family of Matson Navigation Company. This shipping company became a vehicle for opening up sea travel to Hawaii for vacation and business purposes, followed by hotel development on the islands. Matson shipping is still a large venture today.
This country estate was built with wealth provided from a local gold mine in 1916 during WWI, about a decade following the San Francisco Earthquake. Apparently,after the earthquake struck, San Francisco's wealthiest residents moved 30 miles south to this area and built their mansions, feeling protected from future quakes. Several wealthy families have owned the estate, finally donating it to the State of California in the mid-1970s.
Fioli is listed as both a California State Historic Landmark and a US National Historic Place.
Best Golf Experiences
- Crystal Springs Golf Course : Championship caliber golf overlooking Crystal Springs Reservoir
Crystal Springs Golf Course, with its spectacular views of Crystal Springs Reservoir, is one of the most unique courses in the San Francisco Bay Area. Located entirely within the San Francisco State Fish and Game refuge, Crystal Springs offers a chal
Crystal Springs Reservoir
California Landmark Number 209 and US National Landmark Number 77000338, the Our Lady of the Wayside Church was designed by a 19-year-old architect, Timothy Pflueger, as his first work. He went on to help design many notable San Francisco area theaters during the Golden Age of Hollywood as part of the partnership of Miller and Pflueger, Architects.
Our Lady of the Wayside Church
Attractions in Woodside - San Francisco
- Canada College
Canada College is a community college in the San Francisco Bay Area offering AA & AS degrees, vocational cert. and 4-year degree programs.
- College of San Mateo
- Foothill College Home
Foothill College Home
- Kings Mountain Art Fair in Woodside, CA - Labor Day Weekend
The Kings Mountain Art Fair is an annual event, held every Labor Day Weekend in Woodside, CA. The Art Fair benefits the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade and other community activities, including the Kings Mountain Elementary School, and is staff
- Menlo College
- Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel - Welcome to the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel
The historic Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel offers unique and affordable accommodations, near Half Moon Bay on California's rugged Pacific coast. Come be our guest!
- St. Denis Parish | Menlo Park & Portola Valley, CA
Our Lady of the Wayside Church, historic buildings and congregation.
- Stanford University
Stanford University is one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. It is located in Palo Alto, California.
- Stillheart Institute - Home
Stillheart Institute is a sanctuary provided for humanity. It is a place for self-inquiry and transformation through educational and experiential programs. Stillheart Institute works closely with nature and spirit in creating harmony and awareness of
Purisima Creek Open Space Preserve
San Francisco State Fish and Game Refuge
An expanse of state parks, open green spaces, forests, and outdoor recreation venues extends from Highway 1 at Pacifica on the coast of California southeastward to Highway 17 outside of San Jose. This makes a beautiful region that contains Woodside in its center.
Selected Parks and Open Spaces
- Bay Area Hiker: Burleigh Murray State Park
- City of Half Moon Bay
The City of Half Moon Bay rests on the Pacific Coast between forested hills and some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer.
- Horse Park at Woodside: Home
- Preserves - El Corte Madera Creek
- Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve
Purisima Creek Redwoods is the finest of the Midpeninsula preserves, with lush second-growth redwood forests and sweeping views over tree-capped coastal hills.
- Rrecreation: Huddart and Wunderlich Parks in Woodside, California. -- The Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the local environment and historic legacies of these two exceptional parks in Woodside, California
Pusima Creek Redwoods Preserve
Employment Trends in Northern California
In the spring of 2011, California State officials announced the likelihood that 70 of California's 278 parks, beaches and state and national historic areas (about 25% of the total) would be closed to the public by July 1, 2012 in order to cut the state budget deficit.
However, a bill passed the California Assembly that would allow nonprofits to more easily take over these venues: Assembly Bill Number 42. From 2011 - 2014, California succeeded in keeping most of its state oparks open with the help of nonprofit corporations and volunteers.
High Demand Jobs in Woodside Area
According to SImplyHired.com, job search and trending site, Woodside has experienced a 35% increase in advertised jobs from November 2012 through November 2013 alone. Something of a Job Boom appeared from 2012 - 2016.
- Examples: Spring 2011 showed 150,300 jobs, while November 2013 listed 237,500 job vacancies. In July 2014, after major summer hiring concluded, the area listed over 190,000 job openings, with numbers of listings increasing weekly.
Special groups advocated for jobs in listings include in November 2013:
- Veteran friendly jobs: 42,300+; Fortune 500: 34,000; Mom friendly: 17,700+; and many are listed as "Dog friendly", allowing dogs at work.
Highest Demand Jobs Most Recently
- Software Engineer
- Senior Software Engineers
- Project Managers
- Product Managers
- Q & A Engineers
- Software Developers
- Program Managers
- Retail Sales Consultants
- Java Developers
- Business Analysts
- Account Executives - Big ticket sales; financial products and others.
- Administrative Assistants
- Registered Nurses (RN License and above)
- Occupational and Physical Therapists
- Healthcare Technicians
Job Boom 2012 - 2016
Lockheed Martin VentureStar Shuttlecraft
Aerospace Jobs Advertised
During Summer 2014, over 6,000 jobs were advertised for companies involved in the aerospace and defense industries. These positions include many listings with the following companies:
- Hewlett Packard
- Space Systems Loral
- Lockheed Martin/Lockheed Martin Space System Co.
- PDS Technical Services
- BAE Systems
- United States Army
- The Connectivity
- GE (General Electric)
- A Review of Aerospace Careers to 2040 AD
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- Moon Tourism and Jobs via Google LunarX
Since the 2010s, emerging businesses have promoted a future of space tourism - excitement, discovery, package tours and outer space hotels. Workers will be needed as well. The first step happens in 2015, when 26 Lunar X competition business and scien
Employers Advertising the Most Jobs
- Hewlett Packard
- Healthcare Traveler - Travel Nurses
Additional Emloyers Hiring Substantial Numbers
Within just five miles of city center, these employers offer the bulk of 5,000 jobs.
- SRI International
- Silver Spring Networks
- Pacfic Biosciences
- Rosewood Hotels
- Sequoia Hospital
- Tyco Electronics
Facebook advertises nearly 5,000 jobs in the Woodside Area with Facebook directly and through temporary companies as of Mid-Summer 2014. Highest demand jobs include:
- Software Engineers and Developers
- Systems Engineers
- Data Engineers and Analysts
- Product Marketing jobs
- Product Sales
- Business Development Managers
- Analytics jobs from Intern to Management
- Account Managers
- Communications jobs
- Data Center jobs
- Product Design
- Hardware Design
- Financial Specialists
- Human Resources
- IT Technicians
- Network Engineers
- Program Management jobs
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