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Tours and Jobs in Napa Valley California

Updated on February 16, 2015
Napa Valley
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Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa is a Metropolitan area containing two smaller workforce related statistical areas: Napa and Vallejo-Fairfield California. These cities include Napa and Solano counties, which combine with seven additional counties to form the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. The five most populous cities in Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa are Vallejo, Fairfield, Vacaville, Napa, and Davis.

Napa Valley in Falcon Crest - 1981

Napa/Napa Valley is famous part of the sunny San Franciso Bay Area. Napa County is largely agriculture and a substantial producer of grapes and popular wines and was futher popularized as the setting for the TV drama Falcon Crest, but renamed Tuscany Valley rather than Napa Valley.

Notoriously unappreciative of soap operas overall, I enjoyed Falcon Crest on Friday nights, because of the setting and the offbeat characters, especially as portrayed by Chao-Li Chi, Jane Wyman, and David Selby. The actual winery pictured in shots of the series is Spring Mountain, just north of SF in the Napa Valley.

Napa Valley Region

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Historic Background.

The City of Vallejo was California's capital twice - once in 1852 and again briefly on 1853. Named after a Mexican military hero, Vallejo is located on the Napa River.

Together with Napa and Fairfield, Vallejo has been named to the 25 Best Cities List for medium-sized US cities by Inc. magazine several times. This ranking assures us that the metro area is a good place to live, work, raise families, and probably to retire.

The City of Fairfield is the County Seat of Solano County (named after a Native American Chief) and is home to Travis Air Force Base and Annheuser Busch Brewery. Native American artifacts found in this area have been dated back 6,000 years to approximately 4,000 BC or earlier.

Today, Fairfield is embracing sustainability though revitalizing with pocket parks and neighborhood parts throughout the city. Several community spaces and two open spaces for hiking and wildlife viewing are also popular.

Napa grew during the California Gold Rush and by 1900, 140 wineries were operating in the county where Napa is the County Seat. Hot air ballooning is very popular as a tourist and recreational attraction in Napa Valley and a number of professional sports teams are headquartered in nearby Sacramento, San Francisco, and Oakland.

Napa, California vineyard.
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Native American Peoples

Native Americans were discovered in Napa and Solano Counties by Spanish explorers in early 1800s and later by other settlers in the USA as the country spread westward during the 1849 Gold Rush and thereafter.

Today, Native Americans in this area are largely gathered in the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County, another agricultural and wine center. Interestingly, Sonoma County has also been the site of Russian immigration.

Napa Valley Castle Tour

Limo Tour through Napa Valley

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Napa Valley Wine Country

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High Demand Jobs Advertised in Napa

The following job titles have been projected to increase in openings in and around Napa from 40-60% by the year 2014. These include quite a range of occupations, from Transportation to Entertainment, Healthcare support, IT, Construction, Employment, and others. Most frequently advertised jobs are the list below, continuing into 2015:

  1. Bus Drivers - Local transit and among cities
  2. Medical Records and Health Information Techs
  3. Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents - Large tourism business.
  4. Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists
  5. Producers and Directors
  6. Air Transportation Workers
  7. Office Workers, - besides secretaries and administrative asssistants.
  8. Brickmasons & Blockmasons - Construction
  9. Baggage Porters/Bellhops
  10. Network & Computer Systems Administrators - IT

Top 10 Occupations offering the Highest Numbers of Jobs:

  1. Sales, Sales Support and Related Jobs - Includes wines.
  2. Food & Beverage Prep and Service
  3. Agricultural and Farm Workers, Laborers, and Nursery Staff - Includes vineyards and wineries.
  4. Office & Administrative Support
  5. Building, Grounds, and Maintenance
  6. Management Occupations - all fields and industries.
  7. Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
  8. Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Positions
  9. Production Jobs
  10. Education, Training, and Library jobs

Lists wineries that give tours and offer job listings are found on a map in categories of private, open to the public, available for weddings, dog friendly, child friendly, historical, and other categories. Information is provided at

Top 10 Jobs in Vallejo-Fairfield & Solano County

Most of the fastest growing jobs (40 - 50% growth experienced from 2004 to 2014) are Health related occupations:

  1. Respiratory Therapists
  2. Home Health Aides [HHAs]
  3. Registered Nurses [RNs]
  4. Interviewers - Including health related, but excluding Eligibility & Loan
  5. Dispatchers - other than for Police, Fire & Ambulance
  6. Biological Technicians - Including Green Industries, bioengineering, other.
  7. Graphic Designers
  8. Veterinary Techs
  9. Network and Computer Systems Administrators - IT
  10. Radiology Technologists and Technicians

The Top 10 Jobs offering the most openings in Solana County include:

  1. Physical Therapists
  2. Occupational Therapists
  3. Project Managers
  4. Business Analysts
  5. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  6. Speech Language Pathologists
  7. Software Engineers
  8. Insurance Sales - Account Executives
  9. Assistant Store Managers
  10. Truck Drivers

Wine Country Aerial View

Largest Employers

  • Anneuser Busch Inc.
  • Napa State Hospital
  • Beringer Blass wines
  • California Medical Facility .
  • Domain Chandon Windery
  • Kaiser Foundation Hospital
  • Napa Valley College
  • Queen of the Valley Hospitall
  • Solano Government Jobs
  • Sutter Solano Medical Center
  • Solano Community College

Napa Education & Training

  • American Gunsmithing Institute
  • Boston Reed College
  • Culinary Institute of America (CIA) - Greystone Campus
  • Le Melange Academy
  • Napa County Regional Occupational Program
  • Napa Valley Adult School
  • Napa Valley College
  • Napa Valley School of Massage
  • Pacific Union College
  • Vintage Academy of Hair Design


Solano County Education & Training Programs

  • CAL INC. - Vocational programs.
  • California Maritime Academy
  • Chapman University College
  • Computer Services and Instruction, Inc.
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University & Flight Training
  • Falcon Truck School
  • Michael's Transportation School
  • OSC Computer Training
  • Prime Health Career Center
  • Solano Community College
  • Solano County Regional Occupational Program
  • Solano School of Nursing Assistants
  • Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  • Specialty HVAC Institute
  • Touro University @ California
  • Trinity Biblical University; Trinity College
  • Vallejo Nursing School

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Now that you mention it, I will surely do a Hub on the region of San Luis Obispo. Meanwhile, let us agree together to stay out of coal mines...and Splenda. :)

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      Earth Angel 

      10 years ago

      Dearest Patty!!

      I am delighted to hear migraines have not been a major inconvenience in your life for a long time!! Yes, the tragedy of 9/11 yanked the weakest link in all our immune systems that awful morning! I cried so hard my eyes welled shut and in total disbelief I just kept repeating, "the world will never be the same . . ."

      We share sensitivities to many of the same things: smoke, narcotics, Splenda!! I am also reactive to aspertame, bleach and anything having to do with dry cleaning fluids!! We are like the canaries in the coal mines!!

      Have a wonderful day!! Thanks again for the GREAT Hub!! I hope the Central Coast of California, around San Luis Obispo, will be on your list one day!!

      Blessings always, Earth Angel!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I have not had any migraines in a long while, but the first was triggered when I was trapped working at a college McDonalds as a mgr. trainee on a long shift and I had never been around marijuana before -- clouds of its smoke were around everywhere and made me ill. After that, wine and most any alcohol, as well as very extreme overwork-type stress triggered them; and I am allergic to narcotics and Splenda - so I think the alcohol itself is a trigger. The only time I have had a migraine since 1996 was the one that kept me at home in bed on 9/11. I awoke to that tragedy. No headaches since that time, though.

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      Earth Angel 

      10 years ago

      Hi Sweet Patty!!

      Sorry to hear about the migraines!! I've never had one but it debilitated my best friend for years!! She finally got relief from oxygen therapy and wouldn't be caught dead without her portable oxygen bottle!!

      Is the migraine triggered by the wine or the preservatives?? Or maybe the tanic acid?? I love a good wine and quite by accident discovered the better the wine, the less the impurities and preservatives, and the less the unpleasant side effects!!

      Blessings to you sweet soul!! Earth Angel!!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      JYOTI _Practice writing every day and read 250 pages daily of different genres of literature and news!

      E.A. - That IS quite a connection, isn't it? I don't drink wine because it triggers a migraine (any type of wine does it)!

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      Earth Angel 

      10 years ago

      WONDERFUL Hub Patty!!

      You are getting closer to my neck of the woods!! I have lived here all my life and even I learned something new!! Thank you!!

      Did you find it ironic that in one county it was wine sales at the top of the list and in the next door county it was respiratory related work?? As much as I LOVE fine wines, the grapes are grown with tons of air-dropped pesticides!!

      It is lovely here however!! "Life in the postcard!!"

      Thanks for sharing!! Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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      Jyoti Kothari 

      10 years ago from Jaipur


      How can you write so well? Can you please give me some tips/

      jyoti Kothari


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