Where the Jobs Are Four of the Hottest Jobs in Seattle, and Washington State, Right Now
  • January 2, 2018
Where the Jobs Are Four of the Hottest Jobs in Seattle, and Washington State, Right Now
  • January 2, 2018

Along with the usual post-holiday resolutions to eat better and get moving more, does this new year have you thinking about what’s next for your career? If so, keep reading.

After digging into data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, O*Net and Burning Glass, we’ve put together a list of some of the hottest jobs in the Seattle area, and across Washington state — plus programs that’ll boost your expertise and give you an edge in these in-demand careers. 

With job numbers for each of these expected to rise at a faster rate (much faster, in fact) than the average 5 to 9 percent growth, it might be worth taking a look to see if one’s right for you. 

Human Resources Specialist

Demand for human resources professionals spans industries, making HR skills highly portable. Whether you’re looking to work at a big tech firm, a small publisher, a school district — you name it — odds are high you’ll find an HR department there. And with our diverse and growing job market in the Puget Sound region, your options are certainly varied and many. 

The outlook for HR specialists across the state as a whole looks promising, in fact, with job growth projected to top 22 percent between 2014 and 2024. There’s a similar expected uptick in openings for HR managers, too. Meaning there are opportunities here for HR novices and seasoned pros alike.

If you’re new to human resources, the Certificate in Business Administration can be a great place to get started. This program covers key elements common among businesses today — including HR. And if you’re already in the field, or a related field, looking to grow your career, there’s the Certificate in Human Resources Management

Marketing Manager

With today’s technology, organizations can measure the ROI of their marketing efforts better than ever — helping people up and down the ladder see the value marketing brings to the table. Not surprisingly, marketing managers, the linchpin of the marketing team, are garnering some attention in the job market. And Washington state is a hotspot for this demand. 

Estimates point to a 30-plus percent increase in jobs for marketing managers across the state from 2014 to 2024. That’s huge. The average rate of job growth projected for marketing managers nationally clocks in at just 9 percent.

So if you live in this neck of the woods, and you’re interested in starting or growing your career as a marketing manager, check out the Certificate in Strategic Marketing. Or explore some of our related programs, including the Certificate in Digital Marketing and the Certificate in Marketing Analytics.


Calling all numbers people! Here’s a fun fact for you: According to LinkedIn’s recent workforce report for Seattle, accounting skills are not only in demand in our city — they’re scarce. Meaning, as you probably know, demand exceeds supply. And that’s a very good thing for you. 

In Washington on the whole, jobs for accountants and auditors are expected to increase by more than 21 percent between 2014 and 2024, compared to 11 percent nationally. So, no matter where you live and work in our great state, prospects are bright. 

Thinking of diving into this field? Check out the Certificate in Accounting. Or, if you’re just looking to get your feet wet, you might try the Certificate in Business Administration — where you’ll build a strong foundation in core business fundamentals, including accounting and finance. 

Web Developer

To round out our list of hot jobs, here’s another from the tech scene: web developer. A must have for so many organizations, web developers bring ideas to life — building websites from the ground up.  

As far as demand goes, the prognosis across Washington is promising, to say the least. You’re looking at a 52 percent hike in job numbers between 2014 and 2024. That amounts to 380 new jobs per year (more than one per day!). However, while demand for web developers continues to rise, people with the skills to do the job are in pretty ample supply around here. So if you’re interested in this role, it’s important to find ways to differentiate yourself.

One way to stay ahead of the pack, of course, is to keep learning. So if you’re looking to sharpen your competitive edge, you might consider the Certificate in Python Programming, Certificate in JavaScript or Certificate in Front-End Development With HTML, CSS & JavaScript. Or explore our full range of computing and IT programs.

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