EDAWN, the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, was able to assist in the expansion or addition of 34 companies into our state last year. They brought almost 4200 new jobs into the area with them. This helped reduce our unemployment rate from 14% back in 2010 to 6.9% at the end of 2014. Technical workers are needed for Reno jobs that are projected in the near future.
Tired of the hustle and bustle that living in a big Northern California city brings you? Having trouble finding an affordable way of life in the Silicon Valley? Want the beauty of all four seasons in a home of your own? The Reno community offers you all this and more!
Reno is set to become the next Silicon Valley. Tesla was just one of the 34 companies that decided to call the Reno-Sparks area home. Ghost Systems will need 150+ highly skilled workers to fill positions within their cyber-security firm. Fiber optics big-wigs Switch are scheduled to build a three million square foot data center right here in Reno as part of a $1 billion investment in the area. Apple has expanded its data center located at the Reno Technology Park. And that is just a few of the 34 companies EDAWN assisted last year.
Job growth in Reno does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon, either. Ten company prospects are scheduled to visit with EDAWN about possible moves to and expansions in our Reno community this month alone. In fact, EDAWN is conservatively predicting a total of 34,000 new job openings brought into our community within the next five years. Some estimates have been as high as 50,000.
The biggest portion of upcoming jobs in Reno will be within the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). That means that demand for highly skilled workers is on the rise. If we do not focus on STEM for our student population, companies will be looking at employee prospects outside of our area to fill these jobs. When you partner the more affordable housing that Reno has to offer with the high paying jobs, we are bound to see an influx of skilled workers into our community soon. After all, the companies offering up these jobs have already committed to setting up shop right here in the Reno-Sparks area. Demand could far outweigh supply, which could also drive up wages.
That is a lot to think about. Technical workers are needed for Reno jobs right now and within the next five years. This demand does not appear to be waning anytime soon, either. If you are a highly skilled worker within one of the STEM fields, you may want to consider a move to Reno. Contact us when you are ready to start looking for a home here.