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Workforce
Snohomish County is a blend of urban and suburban, white and blue collar.

Northern Snohomish County is the manufacturing center of Washington State. Twenty-five percent of our workforce is associated with manufacturing; twice the State average. The assembly of commercial aircraft is significant in our local economy, including both The Boeing Company and the associated supply chain. This supply chain, representing both products and services, is not limited to The Boeing Company. Many are doing business with Airbus while looking for opportunities with the growing list of single-aisle airframe manufacturers. Additionally, these suppliers have diversified to serve multiple markets including shipbuilding, defense, energy generation, etc.

Southern Snohomish County, with its proximity to Seattle, has a concentration of knowledgeable workers and life science companies. T-Mobile has an engineering technology center with a staff of 600 and Google is planning to open a facility in Bothell that is designed to house 800 workers. On the life science side, we have a cluster of medical device companies with a specific focus in ultrasound diagnostics. Philips Healthcare and Sonosite have a combined workforce of 3000. On the pharmaceutical side and smaller in scale, CMC Biologics has 200 scientists researching and producing pharmaceuticals on a contract basis.

There is a noteworthy migration of workers between King County (Seattle) and Snohomish County on a daily basis.

A breakdown of our employed workforce, based on SOC codes, is provided below.

SOC

Standard Occupational Code (SOC) Description

2013 Jobs

11-0000

Management Occupations

9,442

13-0000

Business and Financial Operations Occupations

14,917

15-0000

Computer and Mathematical Occupations

7,068

17-0000

Architecture and Engineering Occupations

17,860

19-0000

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

2,038

21-0000

Community and Social Service Occupations

2,683

23-0000

Legal Occupations

1,126

25-0000

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

13,125

27-0000

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations

2,205

29-0000

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations

10,314

31-0000

Healthcare Support Occupations

5,701

33-0000

Protective Service Occupations

5,016

35-0000

Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations

19,106

37-0000

Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations

7,825

39-0000

Personal Care and Service Occupations

8,717

41-0000

Sales and Related Occupations

27,837

43-0000

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

32,540

45-0000

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations

232

47-0000

Construction and Extraction Occupations

11,427

49-0000

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations

10,853

51-0000

Production Occupations

28,435

53-0000

Transportation and Material Moving Occupations

12,986


Total

251,453


Additionally, the Washington State Employment Security Department produces monthly Labor Area Summaries for Snohomish County and the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metro-District (King & Snohomish Counties). To view their summary, click here and select your desired area.
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