Snohomish County Workforce

Workforce Growth Snohomish CountySnohomish County, a blend of urban and suburban, white and blue collar jobs, has a well-educated labor force of over 400,000.

Northern Snohomish County is the manufacturing center of Washington State. 20% of our workforce is associated with manufacturing; over twice the State average. The assembly of commercial aircraft is significant in our local economy with 37,000 jobs at both The Boeing Company and the associated supply chain. This supply chain, representing both products and services, is not limited to Boeing: many are doing business with Airbus while pursuing opportunities with the growing list of single-aisle airframe manufacturers. Additionally, these suppliers have diversified to serve multiple markets including shipbuilding, defense, energy generation, and more. The northern part of the county also has workers engaged at Naval Station Everett.

Southern Snohomish County, with its proximity to Seattle, has a concentration of knowledgeable workers. Bothell, in particular, has a concentration of life science companies including a cluster of medical device companies with a focus in ultrasound diagnostics. Philips Healthcare and Fujifilm Sonosite have a combined workforce of 2,600. On the pharmaceutical side and smaller in scale, CMC Biologics has 300 scientists researching and producing bio-pharmaceuticals on a contract basis. Seattle Genetics has a workforce of 700 pursuing cancer therapies. Juno Therapeutics is working on oncology through the application of cell therapy. Engineering sites for T-Mobile and Google also reside in the Bothell / South Snohomish County area.


Employed Workforce Breakdown (Based on SOC codes)

SOC Standard Occupational Code (SOC) Description Employment
43-0000 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 37,064
41-0000 Sales and Related Occupations 31,060
51-0000 Production Occupations 30,217
35-0000 Food Preparation and Serving-Related Occupations 27,422
47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations 26,172
13-0000 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 20,361
17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 17,771
25-0000 Education, Training and Library Occupations 16,614
53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 16,219
11-0000 Management Occupations 16,009
39-0000 Personal Care and Serve Occupations 14,782
29-0000 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 14,192
49-0000 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 12,365
37-0000 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 11,777
15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 9,495
31-0000  Healthcare Support Occupations 7,672
33-0000 Protective Service Occupations 5,776
21-0000 Community and Social Services Occupations 5,459
27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media Occupations 4,316
23-0000 Legal Occupations 2,140
19-0000 Life, Physical and Social Science Occupations 1,939
45-0000 Farming, Fishing and Forestry Occupations 1,603
00-0000 Total All Occupations 330,425


2017 Estimated Employment | source – WA ESD Employment Projections