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Adventures and Business in Oakland CA

Updated on July 18, 2015
Oakland Bay Bridge.
Oakland Bay Bridge. | Source

Top 10 Green Cities in America

Oakland was rated Number Four Green City in America in 2008, among 50 top US Green Cities. It has remained in the Top 10 ever since.

The Top 50 Green list was compiled by the respected National Geographic Society Green Guide. These are cities of populations at 100,000+ that have been rated on the eco-friendly resources that they use to gain the use of electricity; their transportation options; proactive green living evident; recycling efforts; and especially, their buildings that are certified by the US Green Building Council.

Interestingly, most of these top 10 cities are on or near either the East Coast or the West Coast, with Chicago situated on a large lake and Austin Texas neart the middle of the South and Southwest.

many of thse cities are in the Top 25 Best Cities for Jobs and Business in America, according to economic and workforce analysts in the US.

Top 10 Greenest Cities in America in 2008

  1. Portland OR -- Half its power comes from renewable sources, 25% of workers use a bicycle, bus, or carpool. .
  2. San Francisco CA -- SF converts unused roofs into power.
  3. Boston MA - Plant Power! -- 50,000 tons of fall leaves and grass clippings make power and fertilizer.
  4. Oakland CA -- Recognized for Hydrogen-Powered transit.
  5. Eugene OR-- Hydroelectric power and wind farms. Solar panel success as well.
  6. Cambridge MA
  7. Berkeley CA
  8. Seattle WA
  9. Chicago Il -- 12,000 acres of public parks and waterfronts; numerous Green Building projects.
  10. Austin TX

Oakland, California On the Map

Oakland, CA:
Oakland, CA, USA

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Selected Oakland Attractions

  • Jack London Square - The Call of the Wild author lived in Oakland and his namesake neighborhood is a waterfront entertainment an dining district with an attached marina and water activities. You find it at the corner of Broadway and Embarcadero and the USS Potomac is anchored in this district as well. You could spend a week in this district very easily.
  • Lake Merritt - This clear blue lake hosts Farmer's Markets on its shores and offers visitors a number of outdoor activities. Paddleboats and gondola rides create a picturesque way top spend an afternoon.
  • Museum of California - 1000 Oak St. 94607. This museum has a Friday night party every week, with food, drink, and dancing.
  • Oakland Zoo is a good sized venue that children and adults enjoy visiting. It offers a large number of species to admire at 9777 Golf Links Rd. 94605.

Lake Merritt Activities

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Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA, USA

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Fastest Growing Jobs in Oakland-Fremont-Hayward Area

The health and care of animals has become a large business sector in this region. Combining several job titles together, the care of nonfarm animals that includes pets, lab animals, zoo & entertainment populations, and others ranks high on the Top 10 List of Fast Growing Jobs at #3.

Environmental Engineering is also high on the list at #4. While Home Health Aides (HHAs) command the #1 slot, they are not relatively highly paid; however supervisors and HHA agency owners are more highly paid. This leaves room for HHAs to grow and move up. In addition, HHAs often pursue postsecondary education and become LPNs and RNs, both more highly paid positions [especially RNs and travel nurses] that do not require a 4-year degree.

  1. Home Health Aides
  2. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  3. Veterinary Technologists/Technicians; Veterinarians & Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers; and Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
  4. Environmental Engineers
  5. Medical Scientists
  6. Computer Applications Software Engineers
  7. Personal & Home Care Aides
  8. Computer Software Systems Engineers
  9. Painters, Transportation Equipment
  10. Network and Computer Systems Administrators

Another 10 fast-growth positions in Healthcare, IT, Skilled Trades, Mental Health and Social Services, and Higher Education:

  1. Physician Assistants
  2. Tile and Marble Setters
  3. Database Administrators
  4. Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
  5. Social and Human Service Assistants
  6. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors; Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
  7. Pharmacists & Pharmacy Technicians
  8. Mainstream Preschool Teachers
  9. Respiratory Therapists
  10. Postsecondary English Language and Literature Teachers; education & Business Teachers

Part of the Oakland skyline.
Part of the Oakland skyline. | Source

Largest Local Employers and High Powered Companies

  1. Alameda County - Sheriff's Deptartments Of Oakland and Pleasanton
  2. Alta Bates Medical & Alta Bates Summit Medical Centers
  3. Bay Area Rapid Transit - Green transortation.
  4. Bayer Corp - Drug Manufacturing (Bayer Aspirin, etc.)
  5. Brita Water Company
  6. California State University in Hayward
  7. Clorox Technical Center - Pleasanton -- Commercial Physical Research
  8. East Bay Water - Water & Sewage
  9. Kaiser Foundation Hospital - Oakland
  10. Kaiser Permanente Hospital - Hayward
  11. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Physicians & Surgeons
  12. Lawrence Livermore National Lab -Testing
  13. New United Motor Manufacturing Automobile Parts & Supplies
  14. Novartis & Novartis Vaccines & Dgnstcs - Emeryville -- Pharmaceuticals & Biological Products
  15. Permanente Medical Group - Hayward -- Physicians & Surgeons

Hot Jobs in Oakland Information Technology

The average approximate yearly earnings in the following occupations in the Greater Oakland Area range from $80,000 to $160,000 or more.

These are relatively high-demand occupational titles that become available in many business sectors, not only IT, but also health and medical, education, and many others. This is especially true of the Largest Employers listed above.

  1. Senior Business Tech Consultant. $135,000.
  2. Manager of Business Systems Analysis. $119,000.
  3. Data Warehouse Manager. $113,000.
  4. Network Engineering Manager. $113,000.
  5. Web Systems Manager. $108,000.
  6. IT Security Manager. $108,000.
  7. Information Architect. $93,000.
  8. Senior Java Developer. $93,000.
  9. E-Commerce Project Manager. $93,000.
  10. Help Desk Manager. $80,000.

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San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge eastern span (public domain).
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge eastern span (public domain).
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The Crucible - Business and The Arts In Community

The Crucible: 1260 7th Street in Oakland, CA 94607

  • Email:; Phone 510.444.0919

Popular activities include:

  • Bike Fix-A-Thon Weekends
  • Educational Response Vehicle -- A full metal shop with a crane and flamethrower on an International firetruck
  • Youth Arts Program
  • Environmental Responsibility - transportation.
  • The Crucible School and Community Field Trip Program
  • Classes such as Blacksmithing, Welding, Rocketcar, Glass Scuplture, Textiles

Oakland Area Sports Opportunities

Local Higher Education

  • Academy Of Chinese Culture And Health Sciences
  • Anthony Schools-redding Northern California
  • Armstrong University
  • California College Of The Arts
  • California School Of Real Estate
  • Career Resources Development Center
  • Career Training Institute
  • Center For Employment Training
  • English Center For International Women
  • Ex'pression College for Digital Arts
  • Holy Names University
  • Laney College
  • Lincoln University
  • Mckinnon Institute of Professional Massage and Bodywork
  • Merritt College
  • Mills College for Women - Offers coed graduate programs as well.
  • Moler Barber College
  • Patten University
  • Peralta Community College System
  • Precision Truck School Inc.
  • Samuel Merritt College
  • School Of Applied Theology
  • School Of Communications Electronics
  • Second Chance School
  • Shiloh Bible College
  • Sierra Academy Of Aeronautics Technical Institute
  • Summit College
  • University Of California System Administration


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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

      Nikki B and IN The Doghouse! - The pictures of Chinatown could convince me to move all by themselves... and the Crucible is a great place and program combo. The Green aspect is fantastic! - Thanks for your comments and visits!

    • In The Doghouse profile image

      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California


      Great information for anyone who is interested in the Oakland area and relocating.

    • Nicki B profile image

      Nicki B 

      10 years ago from Orange County, Ca

      now we're getting a little closer to my home - i may be willing to move if i get a great job

      thanks, always, for sharing this information - especially in this economy


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