Surpising Technology and Engineering Jobs Near San Francisco

At the Golden Gate Bridge
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Google: Coast-to-Coast Company and California Jobs

Although many of us think of Google as a California enterprise, the company actually maintains thriving offices on both the East Coast and the West Coast as well as in Texas. It also maintains increasingly success units overseas.

On any given day in mid-2016, job seekers can find career openings that number Number between 31,000 to over 35,000 different positions. Google Internships are also available in an incredible opportunity for creativity and lucrative income, with many aerospace jobs in the works since aerospace and asteroid mining related Google Xprize competitions began in the 2010s.In fact, Mr. Astro Teller of Google X is known as the Captain of Moonshots.

Related technology and engineering work is leading to ever-increasing healthcare offerings that will increase the quality of life for millions in the future.

In San Francisco and the closet three or four communities, Google advertises over 4,000 job openings on average.

On any given day in mid-2016, job seekers can find career openings that number Number between 31,000 to over 35,000 different positions.

Consistent Passenger Train Service for Work and Play

California Train Stops Around the Bay

Travelers appreciate the train stops in San Franciso and among neighboring communities around the Bay Area, the actual bay covering about 1,600 square miles.

Silicon Valley's Atherton is in the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont Metro Area, as defined by the US Federal Government and was a well used train stop back in 1866 just after the Civil War. Today, the Caltrain operates hourly on weekends and a bus stop is close to the station. There is even a public telephone. The train runs between Atherton and San Francisco in about 60 minutes.

This town lies between San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean, on the San Francisco Peninsula, where many people like to visit on Highway 101.

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Electric Trains

The Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project will replace Caltrain’s existing diesel service with electric service over 52 miles of track from San Francisco to the San Jose.

Googleplex Campus and Google X

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High Speed Rail Expansion

Useful Area Train Stations

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Menlo Park - National Record of Historic Places. Caltrain at Mountain ViewSan Jose Station
Menlo Park - National Record of Historic Places.
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Caltrain at Mountain View
Caltrain at Mountain View | Source
San Jose Station
San Jose Station | Source

Transportation Options

High Speed Rail: Peninsula Cities Consortium maintains a Peninsula Rail Plan through 2029 to expand service for work and pleasure to a large population of active people.

Google Maps indicate that the Menlo Park Caltrain is a quick 6 minutes by car or taxi from Atherton. The train makes 13 stops and spends about 60 minutes to arrive in San Francisco, where a wide ranging bus system is available (http://www.sfmta.com/).

Peninsula Cities and High Speed Rail Development

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Atherton-Menlo Park Visitor and Job Seeker Magnets

Wealthiest Places in America

Bloomberg BusinessWeek 25 Wealthiest Towns

The Town of Atherton was named the Second Wealthiest town in the USA by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, based on 2008 statistics for the average income and net worth of its residents at the end of that year.

Looking at home values in and around Atherton, these seem high, but then the salaries in the San Francisco Bay area and the cost of living are also generally higher than the national average. Four friends of mine - teachers and business people - moved together to the SF area in 2000 and were happy with higher wages than in Ohio, but moderately concerned about cost of living. One of their employer's owned a house with a bus stop at the front door, and rented to the four of them at $500/month each; and they've been happy for a decade with a few moderate rent rises.

I looked at values of the homes listed for sale in Atherton in March 2001 and the range ran from high of $17,800,000 (6 bedrooms, 9 full baths 2 half baths) to a low of $1,088,000. What was the average income and net worth at the end of 3rd QTR 2008? -- BusinessWeek's stats from the Gadberry Group (http://www.gadberry.net/) found

  • Aaverage single net income in 2008 at $380,535
  • Average single net worth in 2008 at $1,648,161

Means and ranges are not quoted 2008, but would help us to better understand the economic picture of this town.

SimplyHired.com reports the 2010 average offered salary for Atherton jobs was $84,196, with 52% of the population earning over $200K annually. US Census2010 median household income was $200,000, and average household income was $239, 205. This seems much lower than in 2008 when the average per person was higher.

The estimate from the US Census community surveys 2005 - 2009 (factfinder.census) indicate that the median value of California owner-occupied homes was $479,200, while the estimate for the USA overall was $185,400. This makes Atherton look like an expensive place to live. US Census2010 reports the population as 7,535 and median home cast $2,621,420, at a drop of almost 15% from 2009; still an expensive place to live and perhaps more so than in 2008 and 2009.

While BusinessWeek reports this average income to be the highest in the country, Forbes.com reports Westlake, Texas residents with higher income, January 2011 (see link).

Exciting Job Listings

This is an exciting development for preventive healthcare industry. It is likely to spur a range of other innovations towards miniaturizing technology and using it in wearable devices to help people monitor their bodies better.

— Manoj Menon, about Google's "smart contact lenses" that measure glucose levels

Job Listings: IT, Engineering, Health

Over 110,000 job listings for the Atherton area appear during the summer of 2016. Hundreds of these are high paying IT and IT related engineering position, many in healthcare and aerospace fields.. The Top 10 most frequently listed job vacancies are all in Information Technology (IT).

Some Healthcare Industry jobs began to appear among the second 10 most-listed positions, but Sales and Service dominate these numbers thus far.

Approximately 20,000 jobs offered pay over $80,000 annually, plus benefits.

Over 7,000 job openings advertise salaries of $100,000+ annually, plus benefits.

Google job listings have continued to increase in number since mid-2013.

Google Job Listings Increase

An unusual spike in jobs occurred in mid-2008. Jobs are increasing in 2016.
An unusual spike in jobs occurred in mid-2008. Jobs are increasing in 2016. | Source

Top Hiring Firms

  1. Oracle - listing 60,000+ Jobs
  2. Google - Google, YouTube, many other divisions
  3. Kaiser Permanente - Healthcare, hospitals, medical centers
  4. Symantec
  5. LinkedIn
  6. Accenture
  7. Mozilla
  8. Hewlett-Packard
  9. Deloitte
  10. Stanford University
  11. Intel
  12. Sutter Health
  13. Apple
  14. Cisco Systems
  15. Yahoo! Inc.

Top 10 Best Hot Jobs

  1. Development of Operations Software Engineers
  2. Software Developers, levels 2, 3, 4, and 5
  3. Software Engineers & Interns
  4. YouTube related jobs
  5. Product/Project Managers - IT
  6. Marketing Managers
  7. YouTube Jobs
  8. Technical Analysts
  9. Internet Sales Representatives
  10. Account Executives - IT
  11. Business Analysts - IT related

Additional High Demand Jobs

  1. Retail and Dining Managers
  2. Digital Marketing Managers and Assistants
  3. Android Developers

Other companies listing substantial numbers of open jobs include VMWare, Facebook, Informatica, Tesla Motors, Electronic Arts, Genomic Health, Cross Creek Systems, Tyco Electronics, Electronic Arts, and Ernst & Young.

Highest Paid Job Offerings - $120,000 and Over

  1. Software Development Directors
  2. Product Mgmt/Strategy Directors and Senior Directors in Product Development and IT
  3. Anti-Fraud and Anti-Theft Protection
  4. Mortgage Loan Officers
  5. Corporate Associates - Attorneys
  6. WebKit Browser Framework Developers
  7. Technical Leads, Distributed Platform - BitTorrent, GoogleTV, other
  8. Technology Sales Representatives, level IV
  9. Consulting Solution Directors
  10. Mobile Software Developers - Titanium, JavaScript
  11. Corporate Counsel - Attorneys

© 2011 Patty Inglish

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Thanks for the interesting and informative article on high demand jobs in Atherton. It's interesting to me that so many jobs these days weren't even around 10-20 years ago. The technological age has sure re-shaped the job market.


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

just think what job titles we might see by 2020! Thanks for posting MT.


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Earth Angel 5 years ago

Blessings to you this lovely morning Patty!

So glad you are creating Hubs in our neck of the woods! Atherton is lovely; I lived there for years! It is as marvelous and as expensive as it reads! A suburb with gently rolling hills full of oak and hiking/biking trails, not far from the coast and SF and San Jose; a perfect spot for successful Silicon-Valley execs!

Although expensive compared to most other parts of the country, the wages are higher as well! Brainiacs welcome!

GREAT Hub Patty! GREAT location to share!

Blessings always, EarthAngel!


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rorymullen 5 years ago from Maine

Good Content again Patty. Amazing how a local area can have an average income of $300,000 , then you can travel less then 10 miles and have average income around $40,000.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

And IT continues to change the face of the world and its needs, and us along with it. Interesting hub!


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Insightful group of comments, above. These planned communities are rather unbelievable, sort of like amusement parks in a way, and incredible. It's nice to have so many jobs around them. I a see a nation of huge megacities only, and park land in between them, evenually.


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BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

I guess software development is the place to be.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Another thoughtful and thorough hub. I love that you include stats and other information about the cities and surrounding areas. You rock!

Voted up and very useful


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Again a thank you for such a detailed hub showing another piece of America. It seems beautiful.


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Nice hub,thanks for sharing.

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