3 of Modesto's Most Promising Industries
California's San Joaquin Valley has been a major agricultural region for a long time. But it's starting to become known for the success of many additional industries. And Modesto, which is the largest city in the valley's Stanislaus County, is especially primed for new growth and prosperity across a variety of sectors.
Modesto has already grown to nearly 205,000 residents.** And when you consider the entire county, the population exceeds 517,680 people and is expected to grow by almost 24 percent to more than 640,870 residents by 2020.*** It's a level of growth that will likely create a big demand for qualified business professionals, criminal justice specialists, and culinary pros. After all, Modesto's vibrant downtown continues to be revitalized, and new restaurants are being added to an existing base of about 200 dining establishments.****
But a few of the most extraordinary career sectors in this region include:
1. Health and Medical Care
Stanislaus County's health care sector has been the region's leading generator of jobs for many years. In fact, over 19,000 Californians are directly employed by the sector.*** And Modesto's four major medical centers alone collectively employ more than 7,600 people.*
Great opportunities exist throughout this industry, particularly for those with skills in areas like dental or medical assisting, nursing, respiratory therapy, and pharmacy technology. Plus, a lot of medical and biotech companies need qualified IT specialists, network administrators, and software developers as part of their innovation and data security efforts.
2. Renewable Energy
With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, Modesto and the surrounding region is well-suited for the generation of solar power.*** As a result, Stanislaus County is home to several solar energy companies. In addition, efforts are also being put into the development of biofuels, biomass energy, and more energy-efficient building construction. It's all helping to spur demand for qualified professionals like industrial and electrical engineering technicians, green-energy HVAC specialists, and environmental construction project managers.
3. Manufacturing and Food Processing
In 2010, manufacturing was the largest economic sector in Stanislaus County.*** And it continues to be a very strong industry. When you add in the region's well-established food processing industry, this whole sector represents an amazing number of related career possibilities. Two of the most intriguing examples include the vocational areas of industrial maintenance technology and drafting and design technology, which are both important for the planning and operation of factories and other industrial facilities.
* City of Modesto, website last visited on March 4, 2015.
** United States Census Bureau, website last visited on March 4, 2015.
*** Stanislaus Economic Development & Workforce Alliance, website last visited on March 4, 2015.
**** Modesto Chamber of Commerce, website last visited on March 4, 2015.