Jobs and Culture in San Jose and Silicon Valley
SimplyHired.com HQ Is In San Jose
San Jose is the home base of SimplyHired.com, a superior job search and employment trending engine on the Internet.The web site continually updates, collecting all advertised job postings across Internet sources. SimplyHired has its American site, along with web pages for Canada, Mexico, and dozens of other nations, all listed across the bottom of the US site at SimplyHired.
The city has been rated as the Number One place in America for telecommuting (working from home) and the Healthiest City in the US.
The City of San Jose is also a college town named to the Forbes.com list of Top 20 College Towns in America. Such towns enjoy partnerships among colleges, businesses, and city/county agencies that work to increase incentives for business to move to the city, for residents to develop new businesses, and for businesses to create new jobs. Because of this, college towns often suffer less catastrophe during economic downturns.
San Jose, Near San Francisco
Jobs More than Double in Number
All of the Top 20 Job Titles in this city showed increases in numbers advertised in 2008 and 2009, despite a recession. The growth trend continued throughout the 2010s. Numbers of jobs lost were regained and continued on an upward swing during Autumn 2009, gradually accelerating from 2009 - 2014.
During the first week of December 2009, over 41,100 job listings were available. Jobs continued to increase throughout the years through 2014. During March 2014, over 99,600 job listings were active for San Jose on SimplyHired.
Light Rail Supports Economic Growth
San Jose Has a Growing Population and Market Area
At the same time, San Jose is a huge population of approximately 950,000 people about 50 miles southeast of the San Francisco Bay Area. Transportation is progressive in that local transit is available via bus and train from San Jose to San Francisco itself.
SimplyHired.com is not the only Internet based company that operates from the San Jose area. Others include the giants Google and Yahoo!, FaceBook, eBay and others.
Silicon Valley is close by, so technologies and innovations are a matter of course on a daily basis. It is thought this this will boost California economy and create additional employment.
San Jose and Gilroy
Drawing larger and larger crowds each year since 1978, The Gilroy Garlic Festival has been one of the very largest food festivals in America!
Gilroy Garlic Festival
San Jose - Gilroy Attractions To Enjoy
- The Gilroy, California Garlic Festival and Local Farm Markets
The Gilroy Garlic Festival is one of the largest celebrations of food and fun in the USA since 1978. South of San Francisco, it has free RV parking and a free shuttle from parking lots to the festival. Try some garlic ice cream and pick up recipes.
San Jose Rose Garden
The face of the city rose garden across the whole of Dana Avenue between Emory Street and Naglee Avenue, with an entrance on each of those streets. From the front, the grounds cover four square city blocks, with a path running northwest and southeast through the center of the property. The garden itself is located in the northeast half and includes a large pond, public water fountains, an office, and at least two restrooms. Unfortunately, there is no dog park inside, but other dog parks are available in the city.
A branch of the public library operates at the corner of Dana and Naglee at 1580 Naglee Avenue; open four days a week from Monday through Thursday. The main branch is the MLK Branch located approximately three miles to the east, at the San Jose State University, and is open seven days a week. This large main branch of the public library is also a station for the local Bike-Share program.
San Jose Municipal Rose Garden - Named Best Rose Garden
Municipal Rose Garden
During July 2013, Greater San Jose saw over 127,000 different job openings listed across the Internet, decreasing somewhat to over 99,600 jobs advertised in March 2014, eight months later.
The highest demand jobs in the area with a radius of 25 miles have remained stable.
Silicon Valley Start Ups and Opportunities
High Demand Jobs
- Software and Sr. Engineers
- Product Managers
- Program and Project Managers
- Technical Leads
- Physical Therapists
- Sales Managers
- Business Analysts
- Registered Nurses (RNs)
- Java Developers
- Administrative Assistants
- Quality Assurance (Q/A) Engineers
- Salespersons and Customer Service Reps (tied)
- Research Scientists
- Sales Representatives
- Web Developers
- Network Engineers; Dental Technicians (tied)
- Business Development Managers; Financial Advisors (tied)
Top Job Listers
- Apple Inc.
- Cross Creek Systems
- Stanford University
- El Camino Hospital
- KForce Professional Staffing
- Cisco Systems
- Life Technologies
- Northrop Grumman
- US Air Force
Additional companies that list large numbers of job openings in San Jose are the following: Oracle, Girard/Richardson, SanDisk, Gilead, Volt Information Sciences, Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Becton,Dickinson and Company, and Robert Half Finance & Accounting.
Government Projections of Fastest Growing Jobs to 2018
Entries below in bold type indicate currently-listed job titles in highest demand on daily job lists via all sources on the Internet.
- Network Systems and Data Communications Jobs
- Home Care/Personal Aides
- Home Health Aides (HHAs)
- Computer Software Apps Engineers
- Industrial Machinery Mechanics
- Industrial Engineers
- Database Administrators (IT)
- Biomedical Engineers
- Pharmacy Technicians
- Customer Service Representatives
- Logisticians - warehousing, stock handling, etc
- Manicurists and Pedicurists
- College Level Health Specialties Teachers
- Social and Human Service Assistants
- Computer Systems Analysts
The largest numbers of new positions will likely open in the following occupations:
- Computer Software Engineers, all specialties
- Retail Salespersons
- Waitstaff - dining staff (Waiters and Waitresses)
- Cashiers and Customer Service Representatives
- Home Care and Personal Aides
- Registered Nurses (RNs)
This region of California is home to several award winning institutions of higher education. Of particular note are the Nursing Schools locally:
Other schools include:
- American Business College International
- DeVry Everest Institute - Career College
- Evergreen Valley College
- Five Branches University Medical Center - Acupuncture
- Corinthian College, formerly Heald College - Career Education
- Lincoln Law School of San Jose
- Mission College, Santa Clara
- National Hispanic University
- Palmer College of Chiropractic
- San Jose City College - Certifications and Associates Degrees (AA/AS)
- San Jose State University
- Silicon Valley University - San Jose
- Trinh College - Career and certificate college.
- Western Career College, San Jose
California is dedicated in many of its regions to sustainability and conservation. Thoughout the state, National State and Historical Places are preserved and presented to the public as part of both culture and tourism. Literally hundreds of Native American Nations and communities combine with Spanish and Mexican cultures to create rich history of adventire and civilization all over the state.
Several universities support college departments dedicated to the study and preservation of these cultures, languages, and dialects. Several are also committed to environmental sustainablility. For example, one Califonia city was the first in the nation to change over its water treatment facilities to an all-natural alternative that employs running waste water and plant roots that filter it to 100% clean water without chemicals.
San Jose State University operates an on-campus project with presentations such as a 2009 talk entitled The Path of Our Trash: Exploring Alternatives in Consumer Purchasing, Procurement and Waste Management. It is a part of the Sustainability Matters project. Degree programs at this university include related degrees of Environmental Studies and Urban and Regional Planning.
San Jose Sustainability
Focus on Minority Populations
National Hispanic University was founded in 1981 in order to bring an affordable college level education to disadvantaged or under-served population segments in the San Jose region of the state. it was begun to specifically serve Hispanics, women, International students, and all other minorities.
NHU is now a 4-year, accredited private school. It operates a partnership since 1998 with San Jose State University to allow cross enrollment in both schools at once.
NHU appreciates its additional partnerships with Evergreen Valley College, Foothill, and DeAnza College. Business and government partnerships include NASA/Ames, Santa Clara County Office of Education, and local non-profit and for-profit corporations.
Houses and Apartments In Greater San Jose
According to Sperling's Best Places in the spring of 2014, the population of the city was 945,000+ and the median home price was $489,000 and the average household income was over $79,999 annually.
The most expensive dwellings seem to cluster in the north, around Silicon Valley. There, a one-bedroom apartment can run to the four figures. On Zillow.com real estate site, the median price for a dwelling with at least one bedroom and one bathroom is $998,000. The median apartment price for 1-4 bedrooms is $2,200/month.
Some options in the south of the city are also expensive, but Downtown San Jose condominiums run to six figures, with the median price being $422,000. Smaller homes and apartments outside the city limits are often less expensive, often have good amenities, and are often located on public transportation routes that save residents time and money in gasoline and meter or garage parking fees.
Less expensive rentals are often available near the colleges and universities around San Jose. Take a look at the map below for the largest colleges.
- Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
City buses, trains, new rapid transit, light rail, ADA/paratransit transportation, bike program ad pedestrian program with expanding paths and walkways.