It’s Raining Opportunity: Trends and Jobs in Seattle

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As spring approaches, you may be yearning to get outdoors. What better place to do so than the gorgeous Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue region, which is as much renowned for its incredible nature as the wellspring of employment opportunities it offers? Just a few hours from the breathtaking Olympic National Park, the region offers a high quality of life and a consistently growing selection of jobs in Seattle.

And while Seattle is renowned for its beautiful scenery and drizzly weather, it is slightly less well-known for its remarkable professional environment. Surely you have enjoyed your fair share of Pike Place coffee, but Starbucks is far from the only major corporation to call the Seattle metropolitan area home: Amazon, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Expedia, and Costco, among many others, are also headquartered in the region.

The strong corporate environment and growing workforce are not the only great things about the area: Seattle ranks as U.S. News’s 9th Best Place to Live, with particularly strong scores in desirability and its job market. And despite its reputation as an England-esque area of constant grey, the region actually sees almost no rain throughout the summer months, allowing locals to fully enjoy the incomparable surrounding nature.

But nature and amenities aside, employment in Seattle is paramount: the region has demonstrated near constant job growth across the last ten years, and despite a small dip in overall wages the region has shown a recent increase in total compensation, and remains in the top 10 major metropolitan areas for both wages and total compensation nationwide. Additionally, despite a rough 2018, the area saw major improvement in unemployment in 2019: unemployment decreased from  3.9% to 2.9% between December 2018-2019, making the region much stronger than the national average 3.5% at the close of the year.

Want to build your future in the Emerald City? Here are some important employment trends to help you start your search.

Most Demanding Industries in Seattle

The Seattle metro area is known for its strong tech scene, but there are plenty of other opportunities for employment is Seattle. Information is the region’s fastest growing industry, with a 6.2% growth rate between November 2018-2019, while Financial Services comes in second at 4.8%. Construction, Professional & Business Services, Education and Health Services all tie for third, with 4.1% growth. We have collected the most demanding industries on Lensa in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue region to help you find your path:

Top Hirers and Jobs in Seattle

Rainy Seattle is an impressive metropolitan region, home to Starbucks, Microsoft, Amazon and Costco, but there are ample opportunities with other companies there as well. Below are the most hiring companies in Seattle on Lensa.

Ready to suit up and forge your future in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area? Sign up for Lensa to receive daily personalized job listings daily so you are the first to know about the next big opportunity.

Paige Richmond
Paige Richmond
Paige is a Silicon Valley native who has spent the last five years based in Budapest, Hungary. After finishing her M.A. in Medieval Studies, she spent three years producing leading global HR tech conferences and building their startup product, working closely with talent industry influencers and leading practitioners. She is now a full-time content and copywriting professional.

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