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Technology Jobs In Wealthy Towns: Woodside, California

Updated on April 20, 2016
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

Bay Area LEGO Users' Group has held meetings in Woodside CA for several years. New sections are added to this display every year. Notice the railroad tracks.
Bay Area LEGO Users' Group has held meetings in Woodside CA for several years. New sections are added to this display every year. Notice the railroad tracks. | Source

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.

This Area Encompasses HubPages, Facebook, Google and Yahoo Companies

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Just 30 miles from San Francisco.

The "Carrington Mansion" at Fioli
The "Carrington Mansion" at Fioli | Source

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.

Crystal Springs Reservoir


California Landmarks

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

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Built in 1912. | Source

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.

Recreation Map

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B markerBurleigh Murray State Park -
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C markerPurisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve -
Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
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D markerEl Corte Madera Creek -
El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve, Redwood City, CA 94062, USA
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  • 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, 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

  1. Software Engineer
  2. Senior Software Engineers
  3. Project Managers
  4. Product Managers
  5. Q & A Engineers
  6. Software Developers
  7. Program Managers
  8. Retail Sales Consultants
  9. Java Developers
  10. Business Analysts
  11. Account Executives - Big ticket sales; financial products and others.
  12. Administrative Assistants
  13. Registered Nurses (RN License and above)
  14. Salespeople
  15. Occupational and Physical Therapists
  16. Healthcare Technicians
  17. Physicians

Job Boom 2012 - 2016


Lockheed Martin VentureStar Shuttlecraft

Conceptualized in 1996, this model is one of several proposed by Lockheed Martin over the years.
Conceptualized in 1996, this model is one of several proposed by Lockheed Martin over the years. | Source

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:

  1. Hewlett Packard
  2. Space Systems Loral
  3. Lockheed Martin/Lockheed Martin Space System Co.
  4. PDS Technical Services
  5. BAE Systems
  6. Yoh
  7. United States Army
  8. The Connectivity
  9. GE (General Electric)
  10. Intel

Employers Advertising the Most Jobs

  1. Vmware
  2. AT&T
  3. Roche
  4. Genentech
  5. Hewlett Packard
  6. Intel
  9. Yahoo!
  10. Deloitte
  11. Facebook
  12. 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
  • Shutterfly
  • Tyco Electronics


Facebook Jobs

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:

  1. Software Engineers and Developers
  2. Systems Engineers
  3. Data Engineers and Analysts
  4. Product Marketing jobs
  5. Product Sales
  6. Business Development Managers
  7. Analytics jobs from Intern to Management
  8. Account Managers
  9. Communications jobs
  10. Data Center jobs
  11. Product Design
  12. Hardware Design
  13. Financial Specialists
  14. Human Resources
  15. IT Technicians
  16. Network Engineers
  17. Program Management jobs

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    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Patty, for taking me to another beautiful place. There are so many becautiful places, almost too many and yet people can't live in peace.

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      Dennis Thorgesen 6 years ago from Central United States

      I really enjoyed living in Northern California. I was east of Woodside in the Sacramento valley. I was able to visit the Woodside area and it is really beautiful. At the time it did not suit my personality so my vacation home in Foothill farms was a much better choice. I lived next to a stream and there was wilderness close by. River swimming was a long walk away (two hours)and I could run to real mountains within six hours.

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      Sylvia Van Peebles 6 years ago from Southern California

      Sounds interesting. May check it out next time I go up north!

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      susannah42 6 years ago from Florida

      great job ideas. But they are all in California. I am in Floorida.