4 Worthwhile Career Areas to Consider in the Reno-Sparks Region
Reno is famous around the world for its casinos and entertainment. But this fun region is now getting recognized for so much more. In fact, because this area sits at the foot of the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountain range, its residents and visitors benefit from an incredibly rich variety of recreational opportunities. And the region's economy is also becoming more diverse with each passing year, which is driving growth and renewed vibrancy.
For example, between 2007 and 2012, the population of the Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe area grew by seven percent to 437,330 people—a lot higher than the national rate of growth.** And in Reno alone, about one-quarter of its labor force now works in a broad range of non-entertainment and non-retail sectors.***
As a result, good opportunities are being created for almost every kind of professional—whether with flourishing small businesses or well-established major employers. Some of the career sectors that stand out include:
1. Skilled Trades
As the cities of Reno and Sparks continue to grow, a number of manufacturing and high-tech companies are being drawn to the region. And many of them are hiring skilled tradespeople to help maintain their advanced industrial technology, make their products, or build or renovate their production facilities. In fact, nearly 10,300 people were employed in the region's manufacturing sector in 2012.**
Plus, an ongoing push to revitalize certain areas of the region—and increase the energy efficiency of many buildings—is also generating demand for qualified tradesmen and women. For instance, between 2012 and 2022, the number of job openings for HVAC mechanics is projected to rise by almost 32 percent. And the employment of welders is expected to increase by 15.6 percent.****
2. Health Care
This region's health and social assistance sector is already very vibrant, and it's set to keep expanding. In 2012, it employed more than 20,230 people.** But with growth occurring in Washoe County, projections indicate that overall employment in health care support occupations could expand by 17.7 percent from 2012 to 2022. More specifically, take a look at the expected growth rate of these particular examples:****
- Medical assistants—23.8 percent
- Pharmacy technicians—19.8 percent
- Nursing assistants—16.2 percent
- Dental assistants—10.9 percent
3. Financial and Computer Services
Reno and Sparks have been recognized nationally for being terrific locations for entrepreneurs to start new businesses. And since western Nevada has plenty of enticing lifestyle amenities and no personal or corporate income tax, many companies—both emerging and established—are attracted to the region. And they often need qualified accounting and information technology professionals to help them grow and stay competitive.
In fact, job growth projections for this region show that the employment of accountants and computer systems managers could increase by over 15 percent and 13.8 percent, respectively, between 2012 and 2022.****
4. Beauty and Spa-Related Services
Tourists travel to the Reno, Sparks, and Lake Tahoe areas every year in large numbers. In 2011 alone, the region welcomed about 4.3 million visitors.* They come looking for fun, adventure, and often a little pampering. It's why the area is a great place to attend massage therapy or beauty school. Reno and Sparks simply play host to a lot of people seeking spa or cosmetology services. And the projected job growth looks good. From 2012 to 2022, the employment of cosmetologists is expected to rise by nearly 13 percent, and massage therapists could experience an 11 percent increase in opportunities.****
* Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, website last visited on May 7, 2015.
** Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, website last visited on May 7, 2015.
*** City of Reno, website last visited on May 7, 2015.
**** Nevada Workforce Informer, website last visited on May 7, 2015.