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Surpising Technology and Engineering Jobs Near San Francisco

Updated on October 31, 2017
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Ms. Inglish is a successful Employment & Training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

At the Golden Gate Bridge
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Google: Coast-to-Coast Company and California Jobs

Although many of us think of Google as a California enterprise, the company actually maintains thriving offices on both the East Coast and the West Coast as well as in Texas. It also maintains increasingly success units overseas.

On any given day in mid-2016, job seekers can find career openings that number Number between 31,000 to over 35,000 different positions. Google Internships are also available in an incredible opportunity for creativity and lucrative income, with many aerospace jobs in the works since aerospace and asteroid mining related Google Xprize competitions began in the 2010s. In fact, Mr. Astro Teller of Google X is known as the Captain of Moonshots.

Related technology and engineering work is leading to ever-increasing healthcare offerings that will increase the quality of life for millions in the future.

In San Francisco and the closet three or four communities, Google advertises over 4,000 job openings on average.

Consistent Passenger Train Service for Work and Play

California Train Stops Around the Bay

Travelers appreciate the train stops in San Francisco and among neighboring communities around the Bay Area, the actual bay covering about 1,600 square miles.

Silicon Valley's Atherton is in the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont Metro Area, as defined by the US Federal Government and was a well used train stop back in 1866 just after the Civil War.

Today, the Caltrain operates hourly on weekends and a bus stop is close to the station. There is even a public telephone. The train runs between Atherton and San Francisco in about 60 minutes.

This town lies between San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean, on the San Francisco Peninsula, where many people like to visit on Highway 101.

Atherton CA:
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GOOGLEPLEX HQ -- Mountain View CA:
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Fremont CA:
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Oakland CA:
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Electric Trains

The Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project will replace Caltrain’s existing diesel service with electric service over 52 miles of track from San Francisco to the San Jose (

Googleplex Campus and Google X

Googleplex in Mountain View:
1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA

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Google X at the old Mayfield Mall:
Mayfield Ave, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA

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High Speed Rail Expansion

Faster Transportation Options

High Speed Rail: Peninsula Cities Consortium maintains a Peninsula Rail Plan through 2029 to expand service for work and pleasure to a large population of active people.

Google Maps indicate that the Menlo Park Caltrain is a quick 6 minutes by car or taxi from Atherton. The train makes 13 stops and spends about 60 minutes to arrive in San Francisco, where a wide ranging bus system is available (

Peninsula Cities and High Speed Rail Development

Mountain View CA:
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Palo Alto CA:
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Menlo Park CA:
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Atherton CA:
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Belmont CA:
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Burlingame CA:
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Menlo Park - National Record of Historic Places. Caltrain at Mountain ViewSan Jose Station
Menlo Park - National Record of Historic Places.
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Caltrain at Mountain View
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San Jose Station
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Atherton-Menlo Park Attractions

Bloomberg BusinessWeek 25 Wealthiest Towns

The Town of Atherton was named the Wealthiest Town in the USA by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, based on 2017 statistics for the average income and net worth of its residents at the end of that year.

Looking at home values in and around Atherton, these seem high, but then the salaries in the San Francisco Bay area and the cost of living are also generally higher than the national average.

I looked at values of the homes listed for sale in Atherton for Autumn 2017 and the range ran from high of $17,800,000 (6 bedrooms, 9 full baths 2 half baths) to a low of $1,088,000. What was the average income and net worth at the end of 3rd QTR 2017? -- BusinessWeek's stats from the Gadberry Group ( found

  • Average single net income in 2008 at $380,535, but $444,374 in 2015.

Exciting Job Listings

Atherton lies within the technology corridor between San Francisco and San Jose.

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This is an exciting development for preventive healthcare industry. It is likely to spur a range of other innovations towards miniaturizing technology and using it in wearable devices to help people monitor their bodies better.

— Manoj Menon, about Google's "smart contact lenses" that measure glucose levels

Job Listings: IT, Engineering, Health

Hundreds of high-paying IT and IT-related engineering positions are advertised for the Atherton area, along with many in healthcare and aerospace. The Top 10 most frequently listed job vacancies are all in Information Technology (IT). Sales and Service jobs are also listed in abundance.

Local Google and Google-related job listings have continued to increase in number since mid-2013 to 5,500 by the end of 2017.

Top Hiring Companies

  1. Oracle
  2. Google: Google, YouTube, many other divisions
  3. FaceBook
  4. Kaiser Permanente: Healthcare, hospitals, medical centers
  5. Tesla Motors
  6. LinkedIn
  7. Mozilla
  8. Deloitte
  9. Stanford University
  10. Sutter Health

Highest Demand Jobs

  1. Development of Operations Software Engineers
  2. Software Developers, levels 2, 3, 4, and 5
  3. Software Engineers & Interns
  4. YouTube related jobs
  5. Product/Project Managers - IT
  6. Marketing Managers
  7. YouTube Jobs
  8. Technical Analysts
  9. Internet Sales Representatives
  10. Account Executives - IT
  11. Business Analysts - IT related

High Demand Health Jobs

  1. Nurses: RN, LPN, LVN, Nurse Practitioners
  2. Medical Assistants
  3. Social Workers: Various specialties; many needed in mental health.

Highest Paid Job Offerings - $120,000 and Over

  1. Product Managers, Strategy Directors, and Senior Directors in Product Development and IT
  2. Anti-Fraud and Anti-Theft Protection
  3. Mortgage Loan Officers
  4. Corporate Attorneys
  5. HR Directors
  6. Medical Managers
  7. Technical Leads, Distributed Platform - BitTorrent, GoogleTV, other
  8. Technology Sales Representatives, level IV
  9. Consulting Solution Directors
  10. Mobile Software Developers - Titanium, JavaScript

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    • crystolite profile image


      10 years ago from Houston TX

      Nice hub,thanks for sharing.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      Again a thank you for such a detailed hub showing another piece of America. It seems beautiful.

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      Fay Paxton 

      10 years ago

      Another thoughtful and thorough hub. I love that you include stats and other information about the cities and surrounding areas. You rock!

      Voted up and very useful

    • BlissfulWriter profile image


      10 years ago

      I guess software development is the place to be.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Insightful group of comments, above. These planned communities are rather unbelievable, sort of like amusement parks in a way, and incredible. It's nice to have so many jobs around them. I a see a nation of huge megacities only, and park land in between them, evenually.

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      Genna East 

      10 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      And IT continues to change the face of the world and its needs, and us along with it. Interesting hub!

    • rorymullen profile image


      10 years ago from Maine

      Good Content again Patty. Amazing how a local area can have an average income of $300,000 , then you can travel less then 10 miles and have average income around $40,000.

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      Earth Angel 

      10 years ago

      Blessings to you this lovely morning Patty!

      So glad you are creating Hubs in our neck of the woods! Atherton is lovely; I lived there for years! It is as marvelous and as expensive as it reads! A suburb with gently rolling hills full of oak and hiking/biking trails, not far from the coast and SF and San Jose; a perfect spot for successful Silicon-Valley execs!

      Although expensive compared to most other parts of the country, the wages are higher as well! Brainiacs welcome!

      GREAT Hub Patty! GREAT location to share!

      Blessings always, EarthAngel!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      just think what job titles we might see by 2020! Thanks for posting MT.

    • Minnetonka Twin profile image

      Linda Rogers 

      10 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for the interesting and informative article on high demand jobs in Atherton. It's interesting to me that so many jobs these days weren't even around 10-20 years ago. The technological age has sure re-shaped the job market.


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