Explore Careers, Find a Job, & learn about job growth in Whatcom County
The Big Future College Access website has a wealth of tools & information to help you explore colleges, careers and how to pay for it. We highly recommend their videos, planning and believve with them that planning for college and your career doesn’t have to be stressful.
You may find it helpful to sign up for a college board account so that you can save and track all of your college, training and career interests in one place. However you don’t need an account to access all the great information they have, only if you want to save what you discover. Check out the links below to better understand the links between college majors and career opportunities.
College majors and careers
“What do actuaries or archaeologists really do? What sorts of opportunities will there be in the future for architects or art directors? Imagine yourself in different roles as you explore Major and Career Search. You can find information on more than 300 careers here, which range from air traffic controller to wildlife technician (https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-started/know-yourself/5-ways-to-find-career-ideas).”
Would you like help finding work?
Whether you need a job while you attend school or are ready to join the workforce full time, these local resources that are here to help!
Express Employment Professionals “To help as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many clients as possible find good people.” 4152 Meridian Street
Bellingham, Washington 98226
(360) 734-2457 https://www.expresspros.com/bellingham/job-openings.aspx
Bellingham Job Training & Educational Center 1115 E Sunset Dr, Bellingham, WA 98226 High School Completions, Testing Support, & Sector Navigation Danny Bennett 360-738-0483 https://seattlegoodwill.org/job-training-and-education/training-center-locations/bellingham-job-training-and-education-center Job seeker resources: https://seattlegoodwill.org/blog/category/33-job-seeker-resources
Lummi Employment and Training (SYETP) WIOA Youth The youth program serves eligible low-income youth, ages 14-24, who face barriers toward employment. Service strategies, developed by workforce providers, prepare youth for employment and/or post-secondary education through strong linkages between academic and occupational learning. Employment and Training Center 2665 Kwina Rd, Bellingham WA. 98226 (360) 312-2072
YES Whatcom Youth Employment Services “Bridging the gap between employers and the workforce of the future.” www.yeswhatcom.com (Web launch April 2019)
Worksource Employment and training services for job seekers and employers in Washington 101 Prospect Street Bellingham, WA 98225 360-676-1521 www.worksourcewa.com
Job Growth in Whatcom County
According to the 2016-2020 Northwest Workforce Council’s regional workforce plan “Key industry sectors in the region remain: Advanced Manufacturing, Health and Allied Services and Construction. (The cluster analysis below includes multiple factors: (1) regional employment data, (2) regional measure of wages for core industries, and (3) location quotient.) Other factors taken into consideration in determining the key industry sectors include growth potential, career ladder and career path opportunities, qualitative validation, and local training capacity to meet the skill needs of regional employers (http://www.nwboard.org/goals/plan.html).” Below you will find charts from this report that help illustrate these trends along with data on required education for entering those sectors. To read the report in it’s entirety click here: http://www.nwboard.org/goals/plan.html