Working in Seattle

Expats moving to Seattle will find that the city’s economy is very diverse. As the original home of the Boeing Company’s headquarters, Seattle has historically been very dependent on the aerospace industry, but over time the economy has diversified and thriving industries in the city range from the manufacture of transportation equipment and forestry products to technology and environmental engineering.

Job market in Seattle

Most expats hired to work in Seattle are employed in the technological, healthcare and engineering sectors. Seattle has a reputation for being able to attract well-educated workers from both within the USA and abroad.

Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and Google are some of the principal employers in Seattle so there is plenty of scope for software engineers, computer analysts and web developers. Seattle is also the home of retail giants such as Starbucks, Nordstrom and Costco.

Finding a job in Seattle

Ultimately, while there are opportunities for skilled expats, the job market is very competitive and many of Seattle’s top employers are looking for candidates who stand out from their peers. To be successful in the workplace in Seattle, it is important that expats are pragmatic and it's a good idea to frequently take part in education and training courses to stay ahead of the competition. Recruitment agencies and online job portals can assist with the process of finding a job. 

Work culture in Seattle

Year after year, Seattle boasts relatively low unemployment rates. Most of the major employers provide their employees with substantial benefits which have contributed to creating a good working environment and one of the most productive workforces in the country.  

The people of Seattle are known for being hardworking and industrious and, as a result, employers try to provide a company structure where talented individuals are able to progress through the ranks. Expats working in Seattle will find that companies put a real emphasis on investing in the education and training of their staff to limit staff turnover and ensure workers become more valuable to the organisation.  

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