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Jobs and Culture in San Jose and Silicon Valley

Updated on July 10, 2015
Palm Row marketplace in San Jose, California.
Palm Row marketplace in San Jose, California. | Source HQ Is In San Jose

San Jose is the home base of, 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 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

San Jose CA:
San Jose, CA, USA

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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

This is a photo of a ground level station along the Santa Clara VTA light rail lines. Light rail has aided many communities in growth through providing quick and inexpensive transportation to and from the job.
This is a photo of a ground level station along the Santa Clara VTA light rail lines. Light rail has aided many communities in growth through providing quick and inexpensive transportation to and from the job. | Source

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. 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

San Jose:
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Gilroy, CA 95020, USA

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Drawing larger and larger crowds each year since 1978, The Gilroy Garlic Festival has been one of the very largest food festivals in America!


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

Job Growth

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.

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High Demand Jobs

  1. Software and Sr. Engineers
  2. Product Managers
  3. Program and Project Managers
  4. Technical Leads
  5. Physical Therapists
  6. Sales Managers
  7. Business Analysts
  8. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  9. Java Developers
  10. Administrative Assistants
  11. Quality Assurance (Q/A) Engineers
  12. Salespersons and Customer Service Reps (tied)
  13. Research Scientists
  14. Sales Representatives
  15. Web Developers
  16. Network Engineers; Dental Technicians (tied)
  17. Business Development Managers; Financial Advisors (tied)

Top Job Listers

  1. Yahoo!
  2. Apple Inc.
  3. IBM
  4. Google
  5. Cross Creek Systems
  6. eBay
  7. Cybercoders
  8. AppleOne
  9. Stanford University
  10. El Camino Hospital
  11. NVIDIA
  12. Slpjobs
  13. Facebook
  14. KForce Professional Staffing
  15. Broadcom
  16. Cisco Systems
  17. Symantec
  18. Life Technologies
  19. Northrop Grumman
  20. 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.

  1. Network Systems and Data Communications Jobs
  2. Home Care/Personal Aides
  3. Home Health Aides (HHAs)
  4. Computer Software Apps Engineers
  5. Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  6. Industrial Engineers
  7. Database Administrators (IT)
  8. Biomedical Engineers
  9. Pharmacy Technicians
  10. Customer Service Representatives
  11. Logisticians - warehousing, stock handling, etc
  12. Manicurists and Pedicurists
  13. College Level Health Specialties Teachers
  14. Social and Human Service Assistants
  15. Computer Systems Analysts

The largest numbers of new positions will likely open in the following occupations:

  1. Computer Software Engineers, all specialties
  2. Retail Salespersons
  3. Waitstaff - dining staff (Waiters and Waitresses)
  4. Cashiers and Customer Service Representatives
  5. Home Care and Personal Aides
  6. Registered Nurses (RNs)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. | Source

Higher Education

This region of California is home to several award winning institutions of higher education. Of particular note are the Nursing Schools locally:

Top Five Nursing Schools in the San Francisco - San Jose Area

Other schools include:


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.

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 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.

College District and Apartments

Silicon Valley University:
Silicon Valley University, 2160 Lundy Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131, USA

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National Hispanic University:
National Hispanic University, 14271 Story Road, San Jose, CA 95127, USA

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Trinh College:
Trinh College, 1939 Monterey Road #2, San Jose, CA 95112, USA

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San Jose City College:
San Jose City College, 2100 Moorpark Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128, USA

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Lincoln Law School of San Jose:
Lincoln Law School of San Jose, 1 North 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113, USA

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San Jose State University:
San José State University, 1 Washington Sq, San Jose, CA 95112, USA

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