Introduction to Seattle: Education & Employment

Introduction to Seattle: Education & Employment

Seattle's industrial diversity and innovative spirit make the city a wellspring of fresh ideas, creating a prime environment to study and move forward in your chosen career.

When you think about Seattle and its residents, you may see them as casual, outdoor-loving, coffee-sipping sports enthusiasts. You wouldn't be far off.

The Seattle area is known for its diverse musical, artistic, architectural, and culinary scenes, based in part on its large and varied mix of ethnicities. Urban entertainment includes scenic parks, zoos, and gardens - and water sports are plentiful due to its location on Puget Sound. Within a short drive from the city, you can ski, snowboard, raft, and hike in locations such as Mt. Rainier National Park, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, North Cascades National Park, Olympic National Park and Rainforest, and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. (No wonder Seattle is home to outdoor gear giant REI).

But Seattlities work hard to earn their play time.

Employment in Seattle

While it's common knowledge that Seattle is home to some major corporations, such as Amazon.com, REI, Eddie Bauer, Nintendo, Starbucks, and Microsoft, not everyone is aware that some of the nation's newest and most innovative companies are from Seattle, in addition to a number of world-class medical centers.

Seattle is also known as a leader in Asian trade, and due to a growing number of wealthy individuals, philanthropic endeavors are flourishing in the area. Residents of the Seattle area are known for having a highly entrepreneurial spirit and education that, when combined, make the area one of the nation's leaders in business start-ups.

The employment outlook for skilled new workers in Seattle is strong. A large percentage of the population is retiring, and as the birth rate has declined in recent years there are more openings for many jobs. According to Washington state's Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board, employment growth will be strongest in the coming decades in the professional and business service industries (accounting, engineering, computer systems and programming), education, and healthcare.

Education in Seattle

These entrepreneurs, engineers, artists and managers all share a strong educational background. Students today can choose among Seattle's two public research universities, a number of private schools, and one of the strongest community and technical college systems in the nation.

Seattlites are highly educated. The Puget Sound Regional Council calculates that more than 35 percent of the area's population has at least a bachelor's degree, and one-third of those also have graduate or professional degree.

At Seattle-area schools, you'll find a wide range of subjects to study. Some examples are Education, Psychology, Environment & Community, and Management at Antioch University; Naturopathic medicine, Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, and Health Psychology at Bastyr University; Business Management, Human Services, and Applied Behavioral Science at City University; and Atmospheric Sciences, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, Construction Management, Epidemiology, and Marine Affairs at the University of Washington.

With its diverse range of ethnicities, natural resources, culture, and attitude towards innovation, Seattle is a wonderful place to further your education and give your career a first -- or even a fresh -- start.

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