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Washington Aerospace, Technology and Native Americans Build Business and Jobs

Updated on August 22, 2018
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Ms. Inglish is a successful Employment &Training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

Mt. Ranier in Washington.
Mt. Ranier in Washington.

Math, Science, and Sci-Fi in Washington

Washington State's most advertised job vacancy is "Mathematics Technician." This is related to several engineering job titles among a wide array of IT technologies, veterinary sciences, and research & development occupations among Washington's fast-growing high tech industries, government employers, and scientific research facilities.

All of these jobs provide vacancy listings that gradually increased, as shown by advertisements of jobs across internet posting sources like Glassdoor,, and from 2011 through 2018.

Washington also is home to:

  • Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame founded by Paul Allen, who invested in
  • Space Ship One to win the X Prize for private space vehicles.
  • Privatized space exploration and space tourism has become an expanding field of employment in the Greater Seattle Area.

Mathematics Jobs in Washington State

Expanding Industries in Washington

  1. Aerospace: At this writing, North America hosts 13 Spaceports, with a 14th under construction in the Eastern US. A private spaceport is under construction as well in Brownsville, Texas for SpaceX company.
  2. Forest Products
  3. Life Science
  4. Bioengineering and Biotechnology
  5. Marine Services
  6. Electronics and Computers
  7. Software
  8. Telecommunications
  9. Tourism
  10. Agriculture/Food Processing

Washington Job Listings Snapshots

During the Barack Obama presidential administration:

  • 117,000 jobs in January 2013
  • 132,000+ jobs in January 2014
  • 150,000+ jobs in January 2015
  • 155,000+ jobs in January 2016

During the Donald Trump Administration (Decline):

  • 80,000 jobs in January 2018
  • 80,800 jobs in August 2018

Highest Demand Jobs During Both Administrations

  1. Dentists, Dental Technicians, Hygienists
  2. Truck Drivers - Salaried and Owner-Operators
  3. Engineers - IT, Mechanical, Electrical, and others. Many of these jobs are associated with aerospace industries.
  4. Physicians
  5. Registered Nurses
  6. Medical Assistants
  7. Warehouse and Inventory Jobs
  8. Insurance Agents
  9. Retail Managers and Assistants
  10. Sales Representatives
  11. Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants
  12. Occupational Therapists

Highest Demand Jobs Estimated to 2024

  1. Nurses (RNs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs)
  2. Health Educators and Health Advocates: Health promotion education services.
  3. General Dentists and Dental Assistants
  4. Jobs with IT Engineers, Administrators, Managers, and Technicians.
  5. Salespeople, Sales Supervisors and related sales careers
  6. IT: Software Development Engineers
  7. Physical Therapists
  8. Occupational Therapists
  9. Physicians and all Specialists
  10. Healthcare Support Staff and Allied Health Services

Major Employers in Washington State

  1. Boeing Aircraft and Aerospace: NASA Commercial Crew (NCC) Member company.
  2. Honeywell Aerospace: Also member of NCC.
  3. Microsoft Corporation
  4. Joint Military Base Lewis-McChord
  5. U.S. Navy Region Northwest
  6. Crane Aerospace and Electronics.
  7. University of Washington
  8. Amazon – about 25,000 employees.
  9. Providence Health & Services
  10. Zillow Real Estate
  11. Native American Employers (Please see map below).

The state is home to 29 federally recognized native nations and several reservations. Many tribal governments operate successful businesses.
The state is home to 29 federally recognized native nations and several reservations. Many tribal governments operate successful businesses. | Source

Pacific Native North American Opportunities

Washington State is home to Native North American colleges and visitors centers that include educational activities. Many tribal nations may have partially moved into the area from Alaska and British Columbia, with their own style of fine arts following them. The book Out of Silence is a moving testament and display of all of these.

The improvement of Native American educational facilities and attractions has drawn larger numbers of visitors into the state of Washington, boosting the tourist trade and associated jobs.

At least two Native American nations in Washington State operated medical and recreational marijuana shops by December 2015.

Largest Native Business Groups

Native groups provide a consistent 30,000 jobs in this state.

  1. Luxottica Group
  2. Snoqualmie Casino
  3. Suquamish Tribe and Squaxin Island Tribe (especially new marijuana shops)
  4. Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
  5. Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
  6. Lummi Indian Business Council
  7. Puyallup Tribal Health Authority: Cannabis testing lab and others.
  8. Northern Quest Resort Hotel
  9. Tulalip Tribes
  10. Nisqually Red Wind Casino
  11. Cowlitz Indian Tribe

An increasing number of Native American tribes (in Washington) are looking to the marijuana business to break the poverty on reservations.

— VOA News, August 21, 2017
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Salishan woman with basket and native art collection in Washington.Pacific Northwest carved cedar pole. Each one tells a story.
Salishan woman with basket and native art collection in Washington.
Salishan woman with basket and native art collection in Washington. | Source
Pacific Northwest carved cedar pole. Each one tells a story.
Pacific Northwest carved cedar pole. Each one tells a story. | Source

Washington Sports Teams

College and High School

Professional Teams

League Teams

Top Colleges and Universities in Washington


  • Crowe, M. Puget Sound Business Journal; 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  • Native American Business Resource Guide. Retrieved August 20, 2018.

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      8 years ago from Central United States of America

      Am bookmarking your page. A grandson has recently moved to WA state, married and needs another job. Thanks for your facts/listings here, as they may be really helpful.


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