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Top Jobs in Modesto CA

Updated on July 17, 2016
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A Wheat Field In California

Modesto, in Stanislaus County California, began in a wheat field in the 1870s, built by the American railroad industry. The county is one of several that make up the Central Valley area of California. The city is home to over 208,000 people and the county is comprised of over half a million. The population is largely white and Hispanic (50% - 40%).

In the 21st Century, Modesto is part of the larger Stanislaus County Enterprise Zone (EZ) through the year 2020 in order to encourage new jobs and businesses to develop.

As of mid-2008 the EZ has been quite successful. Within Modesto itself, a Local Incentive Program offers tax and utility discounts and waivers to new businesses and expansions of employee bases via new job openings.

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In 2009, rated Modesto among its 100 "Best Bang-for-the-Buck Cities."

Largest Employers in Modesto

  • Stanislaus County(Government)
  • Modesto City Schools
  • E&J Gallo Winery
  • Memorial Medical Center
  • Signature Fruit Company
  • Memorial Medical Center
  • Del Monte Foods(Fruits & Processing)
  • Stanislaus Food Products (Vegetables)
  • Doctors Medical Center
  • Foster Farms (Poultry)
  • City of Modesto
  • Modesto Junior College
  • SBC(Telecommunications)

Top 10 High Demand Jobs

The 10 occupations with the most new openings include Healthcare, sales, Tourism and Hospitality, Skilled Labor and management.

  1. Registered Nurses [RNs] and Home Health Aides [HHA]
  2. Telecommunications Line Installers & Repairers
  3. Paralegals and Legal Assistants
  4. Amusement & Recreation Staff
  5. Medical Assistants
  6. Physical Therapists
  7. Retail Sales People
  8. Sales Managers
  9. Management Analysts
  10. Maids and Housekeepers

Higher Education in Modesto

  • Maric College - The leading college in Modesto.
  • Chapman University College
  • Community Business College
  • Institute of Technology
  • Modesto Junior College
  • San Joaquin Valley College
  • Yosemite Community College
  • Technical Schools
  • Galen College of Medical and Dental Assistants
  • California Beauty School
  • North Adrians Beauty College

Other High Demand Jobs

  • Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Cost Estimators
  • Legal Secretaries
  • Roofers
  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Bus Drivers, School
  • Dental Assistants
  • Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing
  • Customer Service Representatives

Scenic trail in Modesto.
Scenic trail in Modesto. | Source

Stanislaus County Free Library

The county library system includes 13 branch libraries, a large branch located in Modesto at 1500 I Street and open six days per week.

Special programs are offered at all branches for children teens, and older adults aged 55 and up. In addition, a large online database of research and special interest is avaiable through the library home pages at Computer literacy classes are also offered free, throughout the year at specific locations.

The library system is a supporter of the Central Valley Digital Network, which works to close the sociological Digital Divide and provide Internet access to all people in the Central Valley Region.

George Lucas Plaza

Home of American Graffiti

George Lucas set his milestone film American Graffiti, in Modesto California and it is honored there with a special installation.

Somewhere in hiding lie an unrealized 100 minutes of the film that landed on the cutting room floor. We may always wonder what footage we missed of the famous stars such as Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfus, Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Mark Hamil, Suzanne Somers and others, including Wolfman Jack (sorry we lost you in 1995, Jack - you're missed!).

Speaking of Rock and Roll and Hollywood, Lloyd Thaxton of the 1960s Lloyd Thaxton Showout of LA is still living at this writing and has his own Blog, including some great cartoon strips he likes. Sonny & Cher and a lot of other talent visited his how. Go visit him -- LloydThaxton.



During The Great Depression, no financial institutions in Modesto (Spanish for modest) failed or closed. The town remained secure economically, with less than 1% of other businesses closing down during those years.

The city today is lively in music and the arts, with a fine arts museum an 80+ member Symphony Orchestra that is well supported by the attendance, and a championship winning band.

Modesto is recommended as a good place to raise a family, relocate for a mid-career change, and to retire or even work during retirement in what is becoming popularly known as "encore employment."


Hospitals and Clinics

Jobs and careers opportunities are available through the websites of Modesto hospitals and other healthcare facilities. As the Baby Boomers age and pass on, the Millennial Generation of roughly the same size will repeat the pattern up through 2100 AD, likely living even longer and requiring care.

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for the information!

    • Man from Modesto profile image

      Man from Modesto 5 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      The city of Modesto gets its name from the origin of the city. It was originally land owned by a grower. He hired workers to plant and harvest. With those workers, he was known to be a very modest man.

      The library at Modesto Junior College has photos of the city through various stages of development.

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      Chef Jeff 9 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      I remember that they made American Grafitti out there. I was stationed in California but never got to see the actual production.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks Don - Nursing certainly is needed many places.

      "Local" is a good way to go in many ways - I buy locally whenever possible and I like to look at local economies and job listings all over North America.

      Thanks for the visit!

    • Don Simkovich profile image

      Don Simkovich 9 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Hey, I'm sure Modesto will be pleased with this coverage! This also is a good reminder that economies are "local" in my thinking . . . certainly, we're impacted nationally . . . but also locally . . . and hot jobs in one town may not be as hot as in another town. Nursing, however, is probably hot everywhere.