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Best Software and Aerospace Jobs in Seattle

Updated on May 15, 2022
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Ms. Inglish is a successful employment & training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

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Industry Growth Trends

Seattle is known for software titans like Microsoft and online sales giant Amazon. Located in Puget Sound below British Columbia, its outdoor industries and tourism have steadily expanded for decades. This includes First Nations reserves and wedding destinations in Washington and on nearby Vancouver Island.

The state labor agency reported that the Seattle metro area increased jobs by 9% from 2006 - 2007 and again in the summer of 2009. Job listings doubled by June 2009 and tripled that increased number by June 2013. Job vacancies continued to grow in 2018, with approximately 75,000 openings within a 40-mile radius.

Largest industries are successful in software and information technology, aerospace manufacturing and services, sales, healthcare, and tourism.

Seattle is famously known for information technology companies and aerospace corporations, and is a former World's Fair site, held in 1962.

Top 10 Seattle Growth Industries

  1. Software Publishers, especially at Microsoft
  2. Aerospace Industry: Job listings has steadily increased 2006 - 2018.
  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 sustainable 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 American 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.

Top Sustainable Builders

Dwell Development
4501 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Hammer and Hand
1501 E Madison St, #250 Seattle, WA 98122
Better Builders
4800 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Green Canopy Homes
1131 Poplar Place S. Seattle, WA 98144
6701 Greenwood Ave. N Seattle, WA 98103

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

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The Tacoma ferry. | Source

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Qwest Field is a popular sports and tourist attraction in the area.
Qwest Field is a popular sports and tourist attraction in the area.
Qwest Field is a popular sports and tourist attraction in the area. | Source
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Dramatic Job Increases

During late 2007 through 2009, the number of jobs actually posted for the Greater Seattle Area was doubled over the number found in June of 2009. Jobs advertised also tripled from 2009 through 2013, while job listings continued to increase through early 2018.

Major hiring companies since 2015 include Gordon Trucking, truck driving positions multiplying and increasing in demand through 2018 across America.

Safeway grocery jobs also increased, as did those at the University of Washington Medicl Center, AFLAC insurance,, (with a new spike in 2018 becuase of expansion) Nordstrom, Advantage Sales & Marketing, and Pizza Hut.

A jobs slump hit the area 2011 -2014, but reversed in 2015 and continued to increase to 2018.
A jobs slump hit the area 2011 -2014, but reversed in 2015 and continued to increase to 2018. | Source

Job Listings Increasing Most in Quantity to AD 2025

  1. Registered Nurses and Nursing Program Managers
  2. All Aerospace-related jobs, including engineers, designers, managers, technicians, IT specialists and others.
  3. CDL Truck Drivers
  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 Salespeople, especially those working on commission.
  11. Systems Engineers
  12. Automobile Technicians

Largest Employers in Seattle

  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 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 Tacoma

  1. Tacoma General Hospital: A Multicare non-profit 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

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Microsoft's "Elevate America Technology Program: Work2Future"

This generous company sponsored program offers provide free online vouchers for Microsoft E-Learning courses, from basic computer skills through website development.

While available to all, US military veterans are specially targeted for this program. Began as a Obama Era stimulus project, the program was decentralized to the local Workforce Development Boards in major cities and counties around America after 2012.

Best Employers in Greater Seattle for Pay and Benefits

  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 and Engineering Industry jobs.
  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.

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Part of the Amazon complex.
Part of the Amazon complex. | Source
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Microsoft Headquarters | Source
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774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron load pallets on a C-130H; serving Afghanistan. | Source

Fastest Growing Jobs Expected by Local Government 2018 - 2020

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

Additional high demand jobs predicted include:

  1. Mathematics & Science Specialists in a variety of technologies, research, and education.
  2. Market Research Analysts
  3. Office and Administrative Support Persons

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 held at 226 S Orcas St Ste A, Seattle WA 98108; Phone: (206) 517-4541.
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • Shoreline Community College
  • University of Phoenix at Seattle
  • University of Washington, Seattle Campus

Focus on Seattle University

  • Seattle University is rated by the respected U.S. News and World Reports as one of the best US colleges from 2009 through 2018. The magazine ranks Seattle University consistently among the top 10 universities in the American West


  • Garfield, L. Amazon HQ2: Potential downsides for cities - Business Insider. January 11, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2018.

  • Job search data from 2007 - 2018.
  • Private Industry Council of Columbus and Franklin County. Collected data from national headquarters 1994 - 2005 and 2014 - 2018.
  • US Department of Labor Statistics archives 2009 - 2017. Retrieved March 2, 2018.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Patty Inglish MS


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