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Great Places to Visit and Work - Top 10 Jobs Near Hoover Dam, Arizona

Updated on December 9, 2012
Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam | Source

Great Places for Photos and Business

Hoover Dam, built in the early Great Depression years in order to bring Amricans jobs and provide a US National Park around the new Lake Mead it created, remains a visitor's Wonder of America. Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a top tourist choice and the home of a reservoir of energy-filled water. Hoover Dam makes enough electricity through hydro-power to run several cities.

In the 2010s, named the Arizona side of Hoover Dam as the 3rd Greatest Place in the USA to Stand for a photo (3rd out of 100 Greatest). A few visitors have posted their photos on the site and you are welcomed to post yours.

Greater Hoover Dam - Boulder City Area

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The nearest city to Hoover Dam (formerly Boulder Dam) is Boulder City, Nevada, and beyond that to the west, Las Vegas and nearly a dozen developing suburbs. Bonelli Landing, Arizona is a few miles to the east of Boulder Dam, with job openings in Healthcare, Energy, Grocery, Retail, and other industries. The job market has increased overall since July 2010, with a marked increase in jobs from July 2010 - April 2011.

Adding to the the jobs, business, and residential increases in Mohave County is the completion of the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge in 2010 (see time lapse video beow). The Colorado River Bridge cuts 30 minutes or more travel time from Las Vegas into Arizona.

In 2008 - 2009, at least seven new communities experienced beginnings with ground breakings in Mohave County, in order to add residential housing as well as business properties.

Time Lapse Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge Infrastructure Upgrades

Boulder Canyon Reclamation Project. Arizona and Nevada, 03/24/1939. Fishermen at the Arizona intake towers of Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam).
Boulder Canyon Reclamation Project. Arizona and Nevada, 03/24/1939. Fishermen at the Arizona intake towers of Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam). | Source

More About Hoover Dam

News archives and Library of Congress documents and images trace the history of the Boulder/Hoover Dam Project. See the links below for more information.

Political controversy surrounded the naming of the dam early on, but Hoover Dam was chosen and US funding authorized in 1928 for the project that would create Lake Mead in the Mohave Desert (The Milwaukee Journal.September 19, 1930). The huge Depression Era construction process would not be always smooth, but would last only five years.

A 20+ mile railroad branch was needed and constructed, at least partly in order to ship building materials north to the dam site. The course of the Colorado River was changed in order to accommodate the dam and to produce the new lake - Lake Mead. By September 30, 1935, the dam was readied for dedication and visited by many new auto tourists as teh car industry icnreased, and in 1936 was completed and "grand-opened' in a way for larger numbers of visits from the American public.

Hoover Dam was completed in five years of work, interrupted once by a strike and work stoppage. Despite persistent rumors, journalists and historians have never found any witnesses to any men being buried in the concrete of the dam after work accidents. However, the legend continues.

After the dam's completion, it was the site of protests of various sorts. One protest included a small shack or cabin of some style constructed and hauled out over cables above the dam to house a protestor that had demands on the White House.

Besides visual splendor and hydroelectric power, the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead sites have been the places to be for all sorts of excitement. Lake Mead is the source of agricultural irrigation waters and hydroelectric power via Hoover Dam and is a popular visitors' attraction in its own national park/rec area and wildlife area. Wildlife incudes fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals - including several bat colonies.

Increase of 274% in Jobs


Top Companies

June 2011 provided over 18,450 jobs to the Boulder City Area, many of these openingslocated in Henderson and Las Vegas Nevada. Leading advertisers of jobs are:

  1. CVS/Pharmacy
  2. Apple One- Staffing company
  3. Universal Health Services
  4. HCA- Health Services
  5. Valley Health System
  6. 24 Hour Fitness
  7. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
  8. All About Staffing
  9. Venetian - Resort hotel, Entertainment
  10. Bank of America

Additional companies hiring larger numbers of employees: MGM Resorts, Catholic Healthcare West, Mountainview Hospital, Cybercoders- IT and related, Cox Communications, University of Phoenix, Pizza Hut, HealthSouth.

Native plants and flowers at Lake Mead
Native plants and flowers at Lake Mead | Source

Local Energy Companies Advertising Jobs


  • Association of Construction Professionals
  • Eldorado Energy
  • KEMA
  • Nevada Energy
  • NRG Energy, Inc.
  • Unilever/Unilever HK



Top 10 Best Hot Jobs

  1. Faculty Positions - College level educational instructors, researchers, and administrators
  2. Physical Therapists
  3. Occupational Therapists
  4. Registered Nurse - Licensed RNs and BSNs
  5. Shift Supervisors - First line supervisors in retail, dining, manufacturing
  6. Baristas
  7. Store Managers
  8. Salespeople
  9. Assistant Managers
  10. Sales Representatives

Additional High Demand Jobs

  1. Pharmacy Technicians
  2. Account Executives
  3. Physical Therapy Assistants and Aides
  4. Service Representatives
  5. Nursing - Professional, all levels, plus Travel Nursing
  6. Facility Technicians
  7. Beauty Advisors
  8. Restaurant Managers
  9. Personal Trainers
  10. Software Engineers

Higher Education and Training

  • Certificate and Associate Degree Programs at Carrington College-- Carrington College includes a brick and mortar campus as well as online education for the many Associate Degree programs and certificate courses offered.
  • Chadron State College
  • College of Southern Nevada
  • Front Range Community College -- The Front Range of the Rocky Mountains has been targeted for business and residential growth and development through 2020 and beyond. FRCC is a Colorado Community College. Its several campuses are found in Westminster, Ft. Collins, Boulder, Longmont and Brighton. Online programs available.
  • Medical Training/Online Healthcare Training -- Pima Medical Institute-- This top healthcare school provides training programs in nursing, dental assisting, medical assistant, and pharmacy technician. Its many campuses are located in Arizona, Colorado, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Washington State.
  • Sierra Nevada College at Lake Tahoe - In Nevada.
  • Touro College and University System -- Colelges and Universities in the Southwest that offer a variety of academic and professional-level degrees and certificates. Henderson Nevada is the site of several healthcare offerings, including professional and allied health.
  • Unviersity of Phoenix - Campuses all over the American Southwest, nationally, and Online.
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas- This university includes a 332-acre campus in a scenic desert valley near the mountains. It offers training in at least 220 separate undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree programs.


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    • ccdursina profile image

      Carolina Dursina 6 years ago from Spring Green WI

      Excellent information; well documented article - thank you!

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      citychick 6 years ago from Ulster County, New York

      Great hub; I love the pics, and it's very informative. Hoover Dam is, after all, quite a spectacle...perhaps I'll see it up close some day. Thanks for sharing.

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      ohjiunleng 6 years ago from New York

      What a beautiful and peaceful place ! thanks for the detailed description.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Arizona still has some beautiful cities, landscapes, and natural habitats despite the vast amount of space burned by a single campfire gone wrong. The weather was so hot and windy in the Midwest last week that I had to believe it was coming from Arizona. It felt a lot like Hurricane Ike winds. But then I heard that the astronauts as the ISS saw a solar flare that covered 50% of the sun's surface!

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      Great history here. Teaching jobs are plenty in that area. The pic is beautiful, but not sure if I would want to be close to it.v/r

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      wheelinallover - At night in bad weather - Sounds like a Roald Dahl story! I'm loking for some photos of Lake Mead at ground level so we can see it up close.

      Hello hello - This one really is beautiful with desert life and water like lakes and such.

      albertacowpoke - You have equally wonderful places in Alberta and I love Canada!

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      Dennis Thorgesen 6 years ago from Central United States

      I have been over the dam a few times but never had the chance to look the area over. All of the trips were in bad weather or at night. To my way of thinking the view from 300,000 feet up doesn't do it justice, there were too many flyovers to even count. Because of this I really enjoyed the pictures. Thanks Patty and the people who volunteered pictures for this hub.

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      albertacowpoke 6 years ago from Redwater, Alberta

      Great Hub and it certainly opened the appetite for some place to travel to.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Patty, you showed me here another beautiful area. Fascinating history and information. Thank you.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      In and around Boulder City, within about 15 miles or so from the center of the city. With the bypass bridge, drive times are greatly reduced to help commuters.

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      sagebrush_mama 6 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

      Is that 18,450 new jobs in Boulder City? Wow!

      Construction is still really hurting in the area, but it's nice to see that some of the Casinos are hiring.