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Best High Demand Jobs in Seattle - Software, Aerospace and Services

Updated on February 28, 2017
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

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Industry Growth Trends

Seattle lies in Puget Sound in the lush Pacific Northwest of North America, below British Columbia. Its outdoor industries and tourism include First Nations reserves and wedding destinations in Washington and on nearby Vancouver Island.

Seattle is also a primary component of the large Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metropolitan Area.

The state labor agency reported that the Seattle metro area increased jobs by 9% from 2006 - 2007and in the summer of 2009. Job listings doubling by June 2009 and tripled that number by June 2013. Jobs continued to grow through the end of 2016.

Seattle supports a larger number of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)- Certified professionals than any other US city.

Top 10 Seattle Growth Industries

  1. Software Publishers
  2. Aerospace Industry: Proven by increases in job listings 2006 - 2017.
  3. Chemical Manufacturing
  4. Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
  5. Health Promotion Education & General Education Services
  6. Private Education Services
  7. Healthcare and Social Assistance
  8. Tourism: Accommodations & Food Services; Leisure & Hospitality
  9. Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
  10. Federal, State and Local Governments, including Military jobs

One emphasis in Seattle reveals sustainability businesses increasing, which impacts all industries. The city has become recognized globally for bustainable building.materials, techniques, and accomplishments. New construction, especially, is dedicated to energy and water efficiency, waste reduction, maximization of recycled material, healthy environments for employees, and environmentally aware planning.

Seattle supports a larger number of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)- Certified professionals than any other US city.

The Sustainable Building Industry is another forecast to grow and contribute more heavily to the economy of the Greater Seattle Area and King County. In addition, Seattle and King County have the largest number of green jobs (30% of the state total) in Washington.

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Dramatic Job Increases 2011 - 2014

During late Ianuary 2011 to February 2012, the number of jobs actually paosted for Seattle anywhere online doubled over the number found in June of 2009. Jobs listings continued to increase through June 2013.

In fact, between June 2009 and June 2013 (3 years), the job listings tripled, reaching a total of 104,000 openings. Aerospace related jobs made up over 3,000 of those openings.

By June 2015, about 70,000 jobs were advertised via all Internet sources for this area. Major hiring companies include Gordon Trucking, truck driving being the Number One or Two job in high demand across most of the nation; Safeway grocery jobs; University of Washington Med Center, AFLAC insurance,, (increased warehouses and distribution centers in 2015), Nordstrom, Advantage Sales & Marketing, and Pizza Hut for management, crew, and driver positions,

Jobs Slump, 2011 -2014, reversed in 2015.


Job Listings Increasing the Most

Highest Demand Jobs include:

  1. CDL Truck Drivers
  2. Registered Nurses and Nursing Program Managers
  3. Aerospace-related jobs
  4. Software Development Engineers
  5. Medical Assistants
  6. IT Managers
  7. QA Engineers
  8. Research Scientists and Coordinators
  9. Patient Care Techs and CNAs
  10. Nordstroms Retail Sales/Commission
  11. Systems Engineers
  12. Automobile Technicians

Best Employers in Greater Seattle

  1. Amazon HQ/warehouses and distribution centers
  2. Microsoft
  3. University of Washington
  4. Providence Health
  5. Virginia Mason Medical Center
  6. Nordstroms Department Stores
  7. US Air Force - Many Healthcare Industry jobs available.
  8. Swedish Health Services
  9. AT&T
  10. Boeing - Government contractor and private aerospace company that is building for the Space Industry and Defense via NASA's Commercial Crew.
  11. Precision Castparts - Aerospace Mfg.
  12. Expedia - Travel and Tourism Industry
  13. Safeway - Retail groceries and other.
  14. Pizza Hut - Management, Crew, and Drivers.

Top 10 Hot Jobs Expected By 2018

The federal and state labor departments predict that the jobs in highest demand in the Greater Seattle Area through 2016 include Information Technology and Healthcare industries in the following job titles:

  1. Computer and Information Research Scientists - IT Research and development.
  2. Chiropractors - Healthcare.
  3. Computer Systems Software Engineers - IT
  4. Multi-Media Artists & Animators - IT, graphic arts.
  5. Computer Programmers - IT
  6. Optometrists - Healthcare
  7. Technical Writers - IT, other tech.
  8. Massage Therapists - Healthcare
  9. Physical Therapist Aides - Healthcare
  10. Occupational Therapist Assistants - Healthcare

Adduitional high demand jobs predicted include:

  1. Computer Software Applications Engineers - IT
  2. Computer Specialists - IT
  3. Mathematics & Science Specialists - In a variety of technologies, research, and education.
  4. Computer Systems Analysts - IT
  5. Market Research Analysts - IT
  6. Other Computer Managers and Specialists - IT
  7. Office and Administrative Support - Clerical

Largest Employers in Seattle

Largest employers and largest employee groups include the following:

  1. University of Washington: Education/Research
  2. SeaTac International Airport: Transportation
  3. Swedish Medical Canter: Healthcare
  4. University of Washington Ob/Gyn Division: Healthcare
  5. Virginia Mason Nutrition Specialty: Healthcare
  6. Virginia Mason Medical Center: Healthcare
  7. Varilite - maker of Surgical and Medical Instruments: Healthcare Mfg.
  8. Costco - Buying club: retail sales, grocery, other.
  9. VA Puget Sound Healthcare System: Healthcare
  10. Children's Hospital and Medical Center: Healthcare

Largest employers in nearby Redmond:

  1. Microsoft Corporation: IT, Software, related items.
  2. Genie Financial Services: Finance
  3. Genei Industries: Packaging and large containers.
  4. Eastside Hospital and Specialties: Healthcare

Largest Employers in nearby Tacoma:

Most of these top employers in involved in Healthcare.

  1. Tacoma General Hospital: A Multicare non-proiit company hospital.
  2. Multicare Hospice and Palliative Care
  3. Multicare Hospital
  4. St. Joseph Medical Center
  5. Madigan Army Medical Center
  6. Mary Bridge Children's Hospital
  7. Tacoma City Government: Government

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HIgher Education in Seattle

  • Antioch University - Seattle
  • Argosy University - Seattle Campus
  • Art Institute of Seattle
  • ASUW Experimental College - Ongoing community education in a variety of courses.
  • Business Career Training Institute
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • Everest College
  • Hillsdale College
  • International Academy of Design and Technology
  • ITT Technical Institute
  • Seattle Central College - Central, North, and South Campuses
  • Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine: 3-year programs.
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • Shoreline Community College
  • University of Phoenix at Seattle
  • University of Washington, Seattle Campus

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      roger 6 years ago

      This helps because I'd like to move to Seattle in a few years and this helps where to start looking for a job

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      Seattle Chiropractor 7 years ago

      Chiropractors as the 2nd hottest job by 2016?

      I would have to agree with you... More and more patients are choosing chiropractic for their preventative health care solution...

      And what can I say about Microsoft but they bring so much Value and employment to our Seattle area... The Pacific Northwest is a great place to live...

      You don't live in Seattle Patty? This was a fabulous post for just visiting our city... Thank you for the great Hub Page!

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      GreenJOB 7 years ago

      Green jobs are the key to the future. Interesting material. Thanks

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      chiropractor north seattle 7 years ago

      outgoing posts there :-) through’s for the interesting information..Thanks!! this is the best review ..

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      leedAP 8 years ago

      good hub thanks for the info. Good to see my job on the list check out for free test material LEED AP exam material

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      Hammerj 8 years ago from Cebu City

      Yeah that's is nice to be landed on that kind of job specially on the I.T world..nice article..

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      No1beautytips - Thanks for commenting! Having been to Seattle three times in the recent past, I have grown to love the sights and sounds of the city. The potential for healthcare advancement is at an all time high in the area and I hope many people can work in this industry.

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      No1beautytips 8 years ago

      wow great hub very insighful aswell ;=)