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Top 10 Jobs and Attractions in Searchlight, Nevada

Updated on January 2, 2019
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Searchlight Market Area

Within 40 miles, over 8,000 job listings are found for Searchlight; increasing over the 6,500 jobs advertised consistently in 2014. Work is available for a variety of professions and occupations in nearby Laughlin and Henderson, Nevada; and Bullhead City, Arizona.

The center of Las Vegas is located approximately 59 miles from Searchlight, with the southeastern part of the city and the suburb of Henderson located in between. This places Searchlight in a good place for Vegas visitors to travel a short distance to see additional attractions.

Searchlight, Nevada:
Searchlight, NV 89046, USA

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Top 10 Hiring Companies

  1. HMS/Host: Travel and tourism: Roadside and airport food service facilities.
  2. Station Casinos in Vegas and Summerlin: Hotels and resorts.
  3. FRSCO Corporation McDonald's franchises
  4. Food Places: Other Carl Jr.'s, Las Vegas Pizza, Domino's Pizza, El Pollo Loco, Dell Taco, Las Vegas Pizza, Domino's Pizza, El Pollo Loco, Dell Taco
  5. Smith's Food and Drug Centers
  6. Wynn Las Vegas
  7. Southerland Global Se4rvices: IT company, new in 2016.
  8. Las Vegas Sands Hotel
  9. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Hotel
  10. Housekeepers, childcare, companions, etc.

Best High Demand Jobs Advertised

  1. Truck Drivers and maintenance technicians
  2. Sales Representatives, inside and outside
  3. Grocery store clerks and managers
  4. Casino wait staff, cashiers, and managers
  5. Registered Nurses
  6. Engineers in IT and design/construction
  7. Home Health Aides (HHAs)
  8. Fast food and casual dining servers
  9. Medical Assistants
  10. Nurse Practitioners

According to the US Census Bureau in 2015, Searchlight has grown in population by 39% from 2000 to 2010.

The home of Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) enjoyed an upswing in business at the end of March 2010 as Tea Party groups traveled in busloads to the village in order to campaign against Senator Reid in the November 2010 elections.The large rally has the effect of bringing many business dollars into the growing village.

tea Party political party rally in Searchlight.
tea Party political party rally in Searchlight. | Source

According to BusinessWeek magazine, many of the fastest growing cities in each state of the USA are suburbs of larger cities and are actually unincorporated places, like Searchlight, which is also a .good retirement area near Las Vegas.

Searchlight lies at the crossroads of Highway 164 and State Route 95 and has its own public airport. Approximately 55 miles south of Las Vegas, the village is about 40 miles north of Bullhead City at the end of the north-south arm of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The Mojave National Preserve is just to the southwest. Many of the jobs advertised on and for the area are located in Laughlin NV, just about 2.5 miles north of Bullhead City AZ.

Lake Mead Recreation Area
Lake Mead Recreation Area | Source

Mining History, Recreation, and Business

Searchlight is a mining town recognized for its historic importance and the fact that it was once larger than Las Vegas. Prospectors discovered gold in Searchlight in 1897 and by 1902, a Gold and Silver Boom was underway in the area until 1907, when gold ore was pretty well mined out. However, for a decade, it was a large, prosperous place. Searchlight supported over 1500 residents at the time.

Searchlight still supports some miners, along with ranchers, artists, and small business owners. It is also a place that draws retirees. Outdoor recreation and sports are popular all year in this area, making it ideal for workers and retirees alike.

Searchlight is near Lake Mojave in the Lake Mead and just 14 miles from Cottonwood Cove, which has popular Largemouth Bass fisheries. Residents and visitors love the lakes and recreation areas.

Homestakes Mine: Mine shaft in Searchlight NV.
Homestakes Mine: Mine shaft in Searchlight NV.

Laughlin, Nevada is growing as well and is also near Lake Mead, at the meeting of the corners of Nevada, California, and Arizona. Laughlin draws tourists and gamblers to town for its legal gaming businesses and resort hotels that offer job openings.

Ten resort-hotels and 10 golf courses are a among the top draws in Nevada and more are in the works. Sport fishing and native American petroglyphs interest tourists as well and a number of organized tours around the desert and Colorado River attractions are offered in the warm weather all year long.

The most popular attractions include the Xtreme Bulls Ride Hard Tour, the Laughlin River Run, the Pirates of the Colorado Regatta and Fourth of July celebrations. Laughlin jobs have increased 110% July 2008 through 2012, according to statistics collected by

Sea Plane Over Bullhead City

Bullhead City, Arizona is devoted to conservationin its 365 Days to Sustainability project. A daily blog by the city leadership tracks their progress at

A major infrastructure project is also underway in partnership with Laughlin involving an interstate bridge. The completion of this bridge will enhance business and commerce between the two cities and the states of Nevada and Arizona. The economic growth experienced will affect nearby locations such as Searchlight as well.

The number of job listings in the Bullhead City market area have increased gradually since November 2009, according to statistics, with a 49% increase overall from July 2008 through July 2015.

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