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 believe 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 resources 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).”
Reality Check Calculator
Want to match your pathway to a particular lifestyle? This quick and easy tool helps you do the math to make sure your career sector supports your dreams outside of work.
Want to search living wage job opportunities in Whatcom County?
Search the demand/decline list to help research local careers and training opportunities that will lead to family wage jobs:
Interested in a career in the trades but want to learn more?
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Washington Centers of Excellence
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
Goodwill: The Whatcom Job Training Center & Education Center
1115 E Sunset Dr, Bellingham, WA 98226
High School Completions, Testing Support, & Sector Navigation
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
Youth Employment Services
“Bridging the gap between employers and the workforce of the future.”
#Y Workshop at WorkSource Whatcom
Connect, gain experience and get ahead: providing tools for young adults to get jobs. 16-24 year olds, every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 4:00pm.
101 Prospect Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Employment and training services for job seekers and employers in Washington.
101 Prospect Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
A calendar of support services showcasing events can be found by clicking the green link.
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