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Washington Aerospace, Technology and Native American Businesses

Updated on November 22, 2019
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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 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
  • 82,000 jobs in November 2019

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

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).

Top Hiring Companies 2019 - 2020

  2. Albertsons Grocery Stores
  3. McDonald's Restaurants and other fast/casual dining places
  4. Microsoft Corporation
  5. Providence Health & Services
  6. Starbucks
  7. The Home Depot
  8. Safeway Grocery Stores
  9. University of Washington
  10. O'Reilly Auto Parts

Highest Demand Jobs Estimated to 2024

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

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

At least two Native American nations in Washington State operated medical and recreational marijuana shops by December 2015, ahead of much of America.

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.

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

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

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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

  • Eastern Washington Eagles
  • Gonzaga Bulldogs
  • Washington Huskies
  • Washington State Cougars

Professional Teams

  • Seattle Mariners (MLB)
  • Seattle Seahawks (NFL)
  • Seattle Sonics (NBA)
  • Seattle Storm (WNBA)

League Teams

  • Everett AquaSox (A)
  • Seattle Sounders (USL)
  • Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
  • Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
  • Spokane Indians (A)
  • Spokane Shadow (MLS)
  • Tacoma Sabercats (WCHL)
  • Tri-City Americans (WHL)
  • Yakima Sunkings (CBA)

Top Colleges and Universities in Washington

  • Antioch University, linked to Antioch in Ohio
  • Art Institute of Seattle
  • Bakke Graduate University of Ministry
  • Bastyr University
  • Bates Technical College
  • Bellevue Community College
  • Bellingham Technical College
  • Big Bend Community College
  • Cascadia Community College
  • Central Washington University
  • Centralia College
  • City University
  • Clark College
  • Clover Park Technical College
  • Columbia Basin College
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • DigiPen Institute of Technology
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Evergreen State College
  • Gonzaga University: Home of ta op basketball team
  • Grays Harbor College Multiple Locations
  • Green River Community College: Auburn, Eastside, Tacoma
  • Heritage College
  • Highline Community College
  • Lake Washington Technical College
  • Lower Columbia College
  • Northwest College of Art
  • Northwest Indian College
  • Northwest University
  • Olympic College
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Pacific Oaks College: Pasadena, Oakland; Seattle WA
  • Peninsula College: Port Angeles, Forks, Port Townsend
  • Pierce College: Lakewood, Puyallup
  • Puget Sound Christian College: Mountlake Terrace
  • Renton Technical College
  • Saint Martin's College
  • Seattle Community College District
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • Seattle Vocational Institute
  • Shoreline Community College
  • Skagit Valley College: Mount Vernon, Oak Harbor, Clinton, Friday Harbor
  • South Puget Sound Community College
  • Tacoma Community College
  • Trinity Lutheran College
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Washington
  • Walla Walla College
  • Walla Walla Community College: Walla Walla, Clarkston
  • Washington State University
  • Wenatchee Valley College: Wenatchee, Okak, Chelan
  • Western Washington University
  • Whatcom County Community College
  • Whitman College
  • Whitworth College
  • Yakima Valley Community College


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

© 2007 Patty Inglish MS


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