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Best Jobs in Appleton, Wisconsin - A Fox City

Updated on December 29, 2017
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The Fox River at Appleton
The Fox River at Appleton | Source

Cheese and Culture In Wisconsin

As Number 97 on the list of's Top 100 Best Places to Live in America, Appleton produces arts and culture as much as it produces delicious regional cheeses.

Appleton - or le Grand Chute in previous days - is home to the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center that is host to Broadway touring companies and other stage productions that draw large audiences.

The Fox Cities are a group of cities and towns clustered around the Fox River Valley in Wisconsin. They comprise a retail shopping Mecca as well as a group of growing communities expanding in residential and commercial interests.

The historic Jake Skall's Colonial Wonder Bar and Dining Room during the Great Depression and WWII.
The historic Jake Skall's Colonial Wonder Bar and Dining Room during the Great Depression and WWII. | Source
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Appleton, WI, USA
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B markerFox River Mall -
Fox River Mall, W Wisconsin Ave, Appleton, WI 54913, USA
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Downtown Appleton

Downtown Appleton has seen successful community involvement and revitalization, especially along College Avenue, the street that seems to included a majority of the major businesses and attractions in the city.

The programs instituted for revitalization have welcomed new businesses and residents to the downtown area and not only kept more local dollars in the city, but have received tourist and conference dollars as well to help the local economy grow.

An energized and economically growing downtown area is a feature of most of the Best 100 Cities as well as the Fastest Growing Places in America that are discussed every year by Money, Forbes, Kiplinger, US News and World Reports, The Daily Beast, and other analyst media.

Weekend Summer Trolley Program

Many cities in America has added a trolley care to more to their transportation offerings, with good success.

The trolley car in Appleton is a convenient, helpful program that increases easy mobility around Downtown Appleton. From the beginning of June through the third week in September weekly during Thursday – Saturday, the downtown trolley is fast and convenient to the Riverfront.

From Thursday and Friday it runs 5pm – 11pm and on Saturday 10am – 11pm. It is perfect for shopping and night life during the warmer months.

Arts Network Downtown

Fine arts, performance, music and dance are big draws in Downtown Appleton, adding to the night life, family entertainment, and an air of growing sophistication for the town.

Appleton Live Music

Live music is available several evenings a week in Appleton, in downtown coffee houses, taverns, and clubs.

Magic in the Tradition of Houdini

Appleton is the home of Harry Houdini and the links below provide the local attractions revolving around this major character. They include a number of museums and exhibits of his illusions and escapes.

Downtown Appleton WI - Fox River in the Southeast Corner

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B markerHoudini Historical Center, 330 East College Ave., Appleton WI -
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A Houdini ScrapbookBrothers Theodore Hardeen (top) and Harry Houdini.
A Houdini Scrapbook
A Houdini Scrapbook | Source
Brothers Theodore Hardeen (top) and Harry Houdini.
Brothers Theodore Hardeen (top) and Harry Houdini. | Source

Amazing Houdini Films

Houdini: The Movie Star (Three-Disc Collection)
Houdini: The Movie Star (Three-Disc Collection)

Having conquered the stage with magic and escapes, Houdini determined to became the top screen star. Starring in a series of thrillers built upon his supernatural powers, he made SLIPPERY JIM (1910, comedy), THE MASTER MYSTERY (1919), TERROR ISLAND (1920), THE MAN FROM BEYOND (1922), HALDANE OF THE SECRET SERVICE (1923), and THE GRIM GAME (1919). Includes other special features. Hard-to-find item.

Bridge on the Fox River at Appleton
Bridge on the Fox River at Appleton | Source
County Historical Society -- Once the Masonic Temple.
County Historical Society -- Once the Masonic Temple.
  • The Building For Kids - Play-based children’s activity museum with hands-on exhibits for kids ages 7 & under. Located at 100 W College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911.
  • Fox Valley Symphony - Located at 111 W College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911. Adult and youth programs and performances.
  • Funset Boulevard: Family Entertainment in Appleton, WI

    Funset Boulevard offers food and entertainment for the whole family including mini-golf, laser tag, mini-bowling, batting cages, bumper cars and endless arcade games.

  • Paper Discovery Center - Home Page - The PDC recognizes people who have made preeminent contributions to the paper industry, worldwide, and fosters a greater understanding of the paper industry, its heritage, impact, challenges and opportunities through educational programs and interpretative exhibits.
  • The Trout Museum of Art -- 111 W College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911, at the Symphony Orchestra home.

Gardens, Parks, and Green Spaces

The 39 acres of landscapes at the Gardens of the Fox Cities are part of a non-profit organization that received no tax-based support. On the grounds is the interesting Taliesin-produced Scheig Learning Center, crafted by the famed Taliesin company that includes architects trained by Wisconsin native, Frank Lloyd Wright. Only private donations and corporate funding, special events, rentals, fee-for programming, and memberships keep the gardens alive.

In addition to the Gardens of Fox Cities site, Appleton itself features 22 city gardens, parks, and arboretums. Many of them have basketball and tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, picnic areas with grills, and other amenities.

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Green Bay, WI, USA
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Top 20 Jobs Predicted by State and Federal Governments for Appleton to 2024

This job market area includes the cities of Appleton, Oshkosh, Neenah, and Green Bay.

Appleton's Outagamie County office report that the industries that contribute most to the local economy include Healthcare, Education, and Retail Sales, with new revenues and new jobs emerging through 2024.

Employment Projections Favor the Following Occupations:

  1. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  2. Combined Food Prep-and-Service - Includes fast food restaurants.
  3. Customer Service Representatives (CSRs)
  4. Retail Salespersons
  5. Janitors and Cleaners (except Housekeepers)
  6. "Waitstaff" - Waiters and Waitresses
  7. General Office Clerks
  8. Bookkeeping, Acct, and Auditing Clerks
  9. Home Health Aides (HHAs)
  10. Personal/Home Care Aides
  11. Business Operations Specialists
  12. Nursing Aides, Orderlies, similar
  13. Receptionists and Information Clerks
  14. Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
  15. Accountants and Auditors
  16. Child Care Workers
  17. Carpenters
  18. Bartenders
  19. Medical Assistants
  20. Maids and Housekeepers
  21. Landscapers and Groundskeepers and crews
  22. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, except Technical and Scientific Products
  23. Tellers - Banks, credit unions.
  24. Computer Software Engineers (Applications)
  25. Computer Systems Analysts
  26. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  27. Restaurant Cooks
  28. Sales Representatives of Services
  29. Bill and Account Collectors
  30. Mainstream Elementary School Teachers (Grades 1 - 5)

  • Schneider Jobs- CDL Truck driving, Diesel Technicians, Warehouse, Office

    Schneider’s hiring CDL drivers for company truck driving positions. Other job paths include diesel mechanics, warehouse and office careers. Trucking is the fastest growing job in the country since 2014!

  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation | Personal & Health Care Products | Consumer & Commercial Tissue

    Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 150 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people - nearly a quarter of the world's population - trust Kimberly-Clark brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No. 1 or No. 2 share positions in more than 80 countries.

Companies Always Hiring and Maintaining Large Employee Pools

  1. Ministry Health Care
  2. Associated Bank
  3. Schneider National: Major American trucking company.
  4. Kimberly-Clark Paper
  5. Kwik-Trip Convenience Stores
  6. US Tech Force
  7. Aurora Health Care
  8. Humana Health
  9. OshKosh Corporation
  10. Affinity Health System

Best High Demand Jobs

  1. Registered Nurses (RN licenses) - Includes RN, BSN, MSN, and Nurse Practitioners (NPs), who often serve as Physician Assistants
  2. Engineers
  3. Truck Drivers - Salary and Owner-Operators
  4. Business Analysts
  5. Inside and Outside Sales Representatives
  6. Administrative Assistants
  7. Account Executives
  8. Physical Therapists
  9. Occupational Therapists
  10. Automotive Technicians

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    • Support Med. profile image

      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      Great to see med. assist. on the job list even though it's #19. HHA always seem to top it. Houdini seems to follow you all around when you visit, LOL!!! I think it's totally awesome how United Way Fox Cities help the eldely with their transportation needs!!!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Did you know that I wrote a hub about Houdini or was it purely coincidence? Interesting read and added to my knowledge of Houdini. Thank you.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Patty Inglish, MS,

      I travel there very often. Awesome Wisconsin location! Very vibrant and growing communities!

      I am traveling there soon!

      Great city - great Hub! A must see!