Top 10 Hot Jobs in Searchlight, Nevada

Searchlight Rag: Scott Joplin (1868 - 1917)

Humorous Visit to Searchlight

Searchlight NV was bigger than Las Vegas during the Gold Boom of 1897 - 1907 (see story below).

Villages Are Growing

Searchlight, Nevada has grown in population by 39% from 2000 to 2010. The home of Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) enjoyed an upswing in business at the end of March 2010 as Tea Party groups traveled in busloads to the village in order to campaign against Senator Reid in the November 2010 elections. Inadvertantly, they helped to make Searchlight a sort of convention desitnation.

The large rally has the effect of bringing many business dollars into the growing village. According to BusinessWeek online magazine, many of the fastest growing cities in each state of the USA are suburbs of larger cities and are actually unincorporated places, of which Searchlight is one. Searchlight is a bit isolated in the southern part of Clark County, and nearer Bullhead City, Arizona and Laughlin NV than to Las Vegas; however, it is reported as a good retirement area.

Searchlight lies at the crossroads of Highway 164 and State Route 95 and has its own public airport. Approximately 55 miles south of Las Vegas, the village is about 40 miles north of Bullhead City at the end of the north-south arm of Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The Mojave National Preserve is just to the southwest. Highway 161 is Cotton wood Cove coming in from the East and Nipton Road leaving to the West. Many of the jobs advertised on and for the area are located in Laughlin NV, just about 2.5 miles north of Bullhead City AZ. Big Bend of the Colorado Recreation Center runs along the west side of Bullhead City. Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport is just to the east of town.

Lake Mead Recreation Area

Searchlight, Nevada is in the lower left corner of the map, at a crossroads.(.gov public domain image)
Searchlight, Nevada is in the lower left corner of the map, at a crossroads.(.gov public domain image)

Laughlin NV

Sea Plane Over Bullhead City

Mining History, Recreation, and Business

Searchlight is a mining town recognized for its historic importance and the fact that it was once larger than Las Vegas. Prospectors discovered gold in Searchlight in 1897 and by 1902, a Gold and Silver Boom was underway in the area until 1907, when gold ore was pretty well mined out. However, for a decade, it was a large, prosperous place. Searchlight supported over 1500 residents at the time.

Searchlight still supports some miners, along with ranchers, artists, and small business owners. It is also a place that draws retirees. Outdoor recreation and sports are popular all year in this area, making it ideal for workers and retirees alike. Searchlight is very neat Lake Mojave in the Lake Mead and just 14 miles from Cottonwood Cove, which has popular Largemouth Bass fisheries. Residents and visitors love the lakes and recreation areas.

Laughlin, Nevada is growing as well and is also near Lake Mead, at the meeting of the corners of Nevada, California, and Arizona. Laughlin draws tourists and gamblers to town for its legal gaming businesses and resort hotels that offer job openings. Ten resort-hotels and 10 golf courses are a among the top draws in Nevada and more are in the works. Sport fishing and native American petroglyphs interest tourists as well and a number of organized tours around the desert and Colorado River attractions are offered in the warm weather all year long. The most popular attractions include the Xtreme Bulls Ride Hard Tour, the Laughlin River Run, the Pirates of the Colorado Regatta (sounds especially fun) and Fourth of July celebrations. Laughlin jobs have increased 110% since July 2008, acccording to statistics collected by

Bullhead City, Arizona is devoted to conservationin its 365 Days to Sustainability project. A daily blog by the city leadership tracks their progress at A major infrastructure project is also underway in partnership with Laughlin involving an interstate bridge. The completion of this bridge will enhance business and commerce between the two cities and the states of Nevada and Arizona. The economic growth experienced will affect nearby locations such as Searchlight as well. The number of job listings in the Bullhead City market area have increased gradually since November 2009, according to statistics, with a 29% increase overall since July 2008 after a slump in Summer 2009.

Homestakes Mine

Mine shaft in Searchlight NV.
Mine shaft in Searchlight NV.

3rd QTR 2010: 3,100 Jobs within 39 Miles of Searchlight

Areas of job openings in highest concentrations: Laughlin NV, Henderson NV; Bullhead City, Arizona, and approximate 50 miles to Fort Mojave, Arizona. The center of Las Vegas is located approximately 59 miles from Searchlight, with the southeastern part of the city and the suburb of Henderson in between. A total of 8,072 job openings are listed for the larger area that includes all of Las Vegas.

Hot Jobs In and Near Searchlight

  1. Health related jobs - Laughlin NV, Henderson NV, Bullhead City AZ: Physical and Occupational Therapists, Medical Techs, Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses(LPNs), Cardiology Assistants, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners (NPs)
  2. Retail Salespeople
  3. General Sales Managers
  4. District Sales Managers
  5. ATT Full-Time Sales
  6. Inventory Specialists
  7. Satellite TV Technicians
  8. Wholesale and Retail Sales Representatives
  9. Hotel Staff
  10. Field Engineers

Top Employers Listing Job Vacancies In and Near Searchlight

  1. Critical Connection - Health and Medical employment
  2. AT&T 
  3. Station Casinos
  4. Various agencies - Travel Nursing
  5. Catholic Healthcare West
  6. UnitedHealth Group
  7. Western Arizona Regional Medical Center
  8. Bank of America
  9. Community Health Systems
  10. Pizza Hut and Taco Bell
  11. St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - Henderson Area
  12. Fresenius Medical Care
  13. Macy's
  14. T-Mobile
  15. HCP Nevada; AppleOne (tie) 

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JenDobson27 6 years ago

Interesting hub, thanks for sharing. You can always count on old McDonalds to have job openings!

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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Hi JenDobson27 - That's true and I'll keep my eye on Searchlight to see what other jobs become available. It would be awesome for the town to grow a bit more quickly than they'd expected.

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

It is very kind of you to write these hubs to help people. Thank you.

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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

I think some people might laugh, but also that Searchlight could become a more quickly expanding place. it's fun to watch and let people know what's up.

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