These Are The 5 Best Industries For Jobs In Washington For 2018

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 5 months ago
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When we normally think of Washington things like great hikes and trails, all time best things to do, and good food and home cooking.

But there’s also a strong economy and job market that has been improving in recent years.

Here at Zippia, we like to take a closer look at local economies to understand what jobs and industries are doing better than others. We think this helps job seekers and people thinking of moving to the area for a job know what to expect.

So we set our sights on uncovering the best industries within Washington.

Read on to see how we determined which industries rise above the competition to become the best of the best.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the Washington job scene here:

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How we determined the best industries in the Evergreen State for jobs

We believe that the data never lies or that it at least lies a lot less than any one person’s opinion. So we went on a mission to collect as much data as we could about the Washington job market.

At the end of the day, we were able to find the following, relevant criteria for determining the best industries:

  • Average Salary
  • Job Availability
  • Average Stress Level Of Jobs In The Industry

The sources of data include the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Department of Labor.

Stress level is an index created by self reported statistics from people in the industry. We ranked each industry on these from 1 to 22 where 1 was the best.

Finally, we averaged all the rankings together to create a ‘Best Industry’ index. We crowned the industry with the lowest score, Architecture And Engineering, as the best industry in Washington.

For a detail table of the data, check out the bottom of the post. But now, carry on to learn more about why the various industries are so great for jobs.

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Detailed List Of The Best Industries In Washington

Rank Industry Average Salary # Of People
1 Architecture And Engineering $92,170 77,830
2 Computer And Mathematical $104,430 148,670
3 Management $121,740 153,820
4 Business And Financial Operations $76,850 191,630
5 Life, Physical, And Social Science $71,010 33,370
6 Education, Training, And Library $53,510 182,060
7 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, And Media $56,590 47,480
8 Healthcare Practitioners And Technical $87,440 157,500
9 Legal $98,140 20,440
10 Construction And Extraction $57,090 140,250
11 Office And Administrative Support $40,610 435,510
12 Production And Manufactoring $44,580 182,540
13 Farming, Fishing, And Forestry $33,150 19,010
14 Community And Social Service $48,800 42,840
15 Transportation $41,690 210,950
16 Installation, Maintenance, And Repair $52,620 118,100
17 Food Preparation And Serving Related $28,030 283,050
18 Personal Care And Service $31,300 93,680
19 Sales $42,950 302,020
20 Protective Service $56,040 61,880
21 Healthcare Support $35,530 77,260
22 Building And Grounds Cleaning And Maintenance $31,760 87,210

Summing up the best industries in Washington

There you have it; Architecture And Engineering is the best industry to be in if you live around Washington.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Building And Grounds Cleaning And Maintenance Industry ranks as the worst in Washington mostly due to bad pay and scarcity of jobs.

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