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1950s Fast Food City - Best Attractions and Jobs in Fresno

Updated on June 8, 2014

Then First McDonald's Franchise

Fresno, California. at South Blackstone Avenue. Recorded as the first McDonald's franchised in America.
Fresno, California. at South Blackstone Avenue. Recorded as the first McDonald's franchised in America. | Source

A Growing Economy

The City of Fresno, California is among the Top 25 Best Medium-Sized Cities in America for Jobs and Business, according to economic and business magazines like CNNMoney and Forbes.

A hallmark of a healthy, growing local economy is the fact that Employment Services rates Number Three in the Top 10 List of high-growth industries in the Fresno area. The services of employment professionals grow in demand when employers need employees for new positions created and replacement workers as well, and when new businesses open their doors. Construction on new commercial buildings is healthy in Fresno, indicating new offices and new places of business that will need employees in the near future.

High growth in Waste Management and Remediation Services (#4) illustrates the Fresno area's dedication to eco-friendly/sustainable services and waste reduction, as well as alternative energy sources.

The growth of Full-Service Restaurants (#7) in Fresno indicates an increase in discretionary spending among local residents and commuters, and helps to build the Tourism and Hospitality sector. New employees often use the services of restaurants and as numbers of employees increase in Fresno, restaurants should become busier and new restaurants should open.

Industry Growth through 2016 is projected at 44% at the #1 spot to 28% at the #10 slot.The top 10 industries for this metro area market are:

  1. Social Assistance
  2. State Government, Non-Education Sectors
  3. Employment Services - This is a sign of increasing economy, business, and jobs.
  4. Waste Management and Remediation Services
  5. State Government, all Departments
  6. Building, Development & General Contractors and Heavy Construction - This is a sign of growing populations, residential dwellings, and businesses.
  7. Full-Service Restaurants
  8. Specialty Trade Contractors
  9. Administrative and Support Services
  10. Private Education Services

City of Fresno - Population over Half a Million

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Population Growth and Hot Weather

From 2012 to 2013, the population of the City of Fresno increased by over 3,200 people or 6.3% and while this is a healthy increase, the city is not crowded. The city is the fifth largest in the State of California, located in the central region of the state.

The weather includes hot summer days with some above 105° F, handled by the city government by opening cooling centers around town in several community centers where residents and visitors can take a break and enjoy some air conditioning. In addition, residents can ride the air conditioned, green/sustainable energy, city buses free, to and from these centers.

The Fresno FAX bus system connects with the City of Clovis Stageline buses. Clovis calls their ADA bus services "The Roundup", the western names recalling the California Gold Rush and early transportation services. Nearby the City of Fresno, Clovis was recognized in the state as the Number One Place to Raise Families.

Transportation is good overall in Fresno County, and the city supports Amtrak, Greyhound, and two airports. Approximately two dozen taxi services also operate in Fresno.

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Historic Districts

The city supports three official historic districts, with several additional districts under rview and refurbishing. The three official districts historically important are:

  • Chandler Field/Fresno Municipal Airport - One the main airport of the city/county, Chandler serves as an executive airport.
  • The Porter Tract - Construction began during WWI for a college and a high school among residential units. Most of the residences were built under the supervision of John Porter, who lived to be 94 and died in 1970. All his homes were two-storied and of a similar design.
  • The Wilson Island - Largely built between 1910 and 1984, thee 80 homes are of the Period Revival and Prairie architecture styles, the latter being made popular by Frank Lloyd Wright. Not really an island, the neighborhood is named for the fammily that began its development and a pattern of dead end streets.

Additional refurbished area will include a Cathedral District, A Craftsman Era set of residences, a Warehouse District, a Park District, and an area recalling the original entrance to Fresno along Van Ness Avenue, as well as others.

Yosemite, Sequoia and Death Valley National Parks

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Local Places to Visit

At least three national parks and two national forests are located north and east of the Fresno metro area. The parks off year round activities and relaxation in nature.

Nearby places to enjoy:

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Largest Employers in the City of Fresno

  • Aetna - Insurance
  • Beef Packers Inc - Meat packing
  • California State University
  • Cargill Meat Solutions - Retail meats
  • Community Medical Centers
  • Foster Farms - Poultry
  • Fresno City College
  • Fresno County Economic Office, Education Dept, Health Dept
  • Fresno County Sheriff
  • Fresno Metropolitan Regional - County
  • Fresno Police Dept & Management
  • Kaiser Permanente - Health and Medical
  • Play It Safe Int'l - Safety consultants
  • Shehadey Pavilion at St Agnes Hospital
  • St Agnes Medical Center
  • US Veterans Hospital

Additional Local Large Employers, City, and Industry

  • Corrections Dept - Coalinga; State Correctional Institutions
  • Daniel C Salas Harvesting - Coalinga; Fruits & Vegetable Growers & Shippers
  • Harris Ranch Beef Company - Selma; Meat Packers
  • Ito Packing Company Inc - Reedley; Wholesale Exporters
  • Pelco International Operations - Clovis; Wholesale Security Equip & Systems
  • S Stamoules Inc - Mendota; Wholesale Fruits & Vegetables

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El Capitan and the Merced River, Yosemite National Park.Half Dome PeakYosemite ValleyYosemite May Lake
El Capitan and the Merced River, Yosemite National Park.
El Capitan and the Merced River, Yosemite National Park. | Source
Half Dome Peak
Half Dome Peak | Source
Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley | Source
Yosemite May Lake
Yosemite May Lake | Source

Jobs Continue to Increase in the Fresno Market

Over 17,000 jobs in early summer 2014.
Over 17,000 jobs in early summer 2014. | Source

Skilled Trades & Construction

An additional ten occupational titles that are also fast-growing in Fresno include:

  • Engineering Managers
  • Roofers
  • Cost Estimators
  • Carpenters
  • Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
  • Medical Assistants
  • Trades Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile & Marble Setters
  • Slaughterers and Meat Packers
  • Mainstream Preschool Teachers
  • Hosts and Hostesses for the Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop


These jobs center on Skilled Trades and the Service Industry, and indicate the growth of construction in this part of California and the expansion of Education and Healthcare.

Top 10 Fastest Growing Jobs in Fresno

The fastest growing jobs in this area of California include many Skilled Trades, as well as Computer/IT careers and Medical/Healthcare Occupations.

A sign of increasing employment opportunities includes the #6 slot in this Top 10 List: Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists. The fastest growing jobs in the Fresno area include:

  1. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts (IT)
  2. Home Health Aides (HHA)
  3. Tile and Marble Setters
  4. Computer Software Engineers, Applications (IT)
  5. Network and Computer Systems Administrators (IT)
  6. Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists
  7. Merchandisers/Window Trimmers
  8. Cement Masons/Concrete Finishers
  9. Pipelayers
  10. Personal and Home Care Aides

Summer Jobs

The largest number of summer hires occur in the following job titles:

  1. Barista
  2. Retail Salesperson
  3. Starbucks Shift Supervisor
  4. Beauty Salon Chain Hair Stylist

Medical Mentors in the Central Valley of California

Largest Numbers of Jobs Occur in These Fields

The following occupations offer the largest number of total job openings every year in the City of Fresno and Fresno County.

  1. Farm Workers - Crops, Nursery, and Greenhouse
  2. Retail Sales
  3. Cashiers
  4. All Food Preparation and Serving Workers
  5. Waiters and Waitresses
  6. Teacher Assistants
  7. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  8. Carpenters
  9. Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers
  10. Genral Office Clerks

Snapshot: High Demand Jobs, June 2014

  1. Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists
  2. Shift Supervisors and Baristas - Casual dining and fast food.
  3. Computer Engineers and IT Specialists/Technicians
  4. Registered Nurses - RN, NP, LVN
  5. Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, other food places - Managers and crew
  6. Hair Stylists
  7. Pharmacy Interns and Technicians
  8. Merchandisers and Salespeople
  9. Disney Online jobs
  10. Management Trainees - Various fields.

Fresno Metropolitan Museum

Colleges and Unversities

Grizzlies Mascot, Parker

Sports in Fresno

  • Fresno Grizzlies - Baseball -- Player Gino Espineli was accepted onto the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics USA team.
  • Fresno Falcons - ECHL
  • Central Valley Coyotes - Arena Football
  • Fresno Fuego - Soccer


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I'll take that as a request and study up on it a bit. I know a couple of people there that need a job... Thanks for mentioning it! :)

    • compu-smart profile image


      10 years ago from London UK

      Patty, Its a shame you have not got you writing about the hot jobs in London, as im sure you would be a good help in getting the unemployment figures down!


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