What Makes Seattle a Great City for Engineers?

January 29, 2013

Have you been thinking about relocating to expand your career prospects? Ready to try a new city on for size after graduation? Whether you’re an aerospace, software engineer, or in green tech… love to sail or just love espresso… Seattle has something for you.

8 reasons why Seattle is a Great City for Engineers

1.There are over 4500 engineering jobs available in Seattle.

Entry level Engineer Jobs in Seattle

Seattle currently has one of the largest engineering job markets in the country and thanks, in part, to the city’s strong focus on tech innovation – new employment opportunities are being created everyday.

If you are unhappy in your current city or between jobs, Seattle has 4,500+ reasons to consider relocating.

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2. It’s a Good Time to Buy Real Estate in Seattle

Seattle real estate market

According to The Seattle Times, the Seattle real estate market is the strongest it has been in years for buyers. If you are in the market to purchase a new home in Washington, now is the best time to do so.

In 2007 a 3-bedroom house would have cost you $459,000 on average (according to Seattle market trends). Today that same house would only cost you $395,000.

Living expenses have come down significantly in recent years and compared to many other cities in America, Seattle remains affordable relative to income.

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3. Seattle is still Tech Mecca for Software and Computer Engineers

Computer Engineering Jobs in Seattle

Seattle is the headquarters for several tech companies and dot com’s you know (Microsoft, Amazon, even Zillow) and is absolutely on the short list of cities to be in if you are involved in the computer industry.

Right now there are over 4200 software engineering jobs available in Seattle.

And 330 computer engineering jobs.

In fact, Amazon alone accounts for over 700(!) engineering jobs currently available.

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4. Commuting is Easy: Seattle has the Best Public Transit in the Country

Seattle Mass Transit

As the site “Downtown Seattle” says:

“Downtown Seattle’s public transportation is among the best in the country, offering everything from buses to streetcars to the Link light rail. The “Metro” public bus system, which operates throughout Seattle and King County, is one of the most extensive and highly praised in the nation.”

When you live in Seattle, you can almost always find a cost effective way to get to work that doesn’t involve being gridlocked in your car. Seattle’s public transit system will save you time, money, and just make your life a whole lot easier.

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5. The Economy and Job Market are Stable

Reasons to Move to Seattle

Seattle’s job market is one of the largest and most diverse in the nation. The city’s economy is doing particularly well right now, as many large corporations and companies use Seattle as their home. According to Marco Seattle, “Seattle has the second busiest port in the world, which connects to the Middle East. Trading with Japan and China has a high effect on the economy…” As the number of businesses that call Seattle home has grown, so have the number of job vacancies and employees needed – thus creating one of the most dependable and stable job markets in the country.

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6. Seattle is Growing “Green Tech” Jobs.

Environmental Engineers in Seattle

Seattle has been leading the way in green tech and sustainable energy for years. Back in 2005 Seattle took the necessary steps to meet 5% of it’s energy demands with EPA-defined green energy sources including wind and hydro. And the city’s energy provider Seattle City Light became the first U.S. utility to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions status.

Good reason for Seattle to be ranked the Number 1 large city in the country for: “environmental stewardship and sustainability, says a new “Smarter Cities” survey released by the Smarter Cities Project of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).”

According to

The Seattle area is home to a $1 billion (in gross revenues) clean technology industry with over 300 companies. These firms employ over 8,000 people at an average wage $60,000, for a total of nearly $500 million in wages. There is a 64% greater concentration of clean technology, or “green”, jobs in the Seattle area than the U.S. average.

As the city continues to advance it’s green tech, clean tech, and sustainable building industries – environmental, civil, facilities, and architectural engineers can expect ample opportunity for job growth.

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7. Boeing. Boeing. Boeing.

Boeing Aerospace Engineering Jobs

If you are even remotely interested in working for Boeing or are an aerospace, mechanical, or electrical engineer, it’s hard to come up with reasons why you shouldn’t move to Washington State. (Marysville, WA and Everett, WA, where Boeing Aerospace is located, are about 40 – 30 minutes respectively from Seattle).

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8. You Will Never Run Out of Things to do

Seattle Home to Many Wonderful Attractions

Seattle is not only a great place for engineering careers, but it’s also amazing for recreational activities and entertainment. Because the city is right on the Puget Sound there are ample opportunities to take up sailing, kayaking, and boating. Beyond the water- there are also many hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing opportunities nearby. Cultural activities include museums, as well as theaters boasting a variety of plays, ballets, and operas.

Right now is an especially exciting time to be a sports fan in Seattle. The whole country will be watching to see what the Seahawks can do in the next few years. (And it’s rumored even the Supersonics may be rebooting in Seattle).

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Bonus Reason: Did We Mention Coffee?

Seattle Home to Software Engineers and Coffee

Few things make an engineer’s heart go pitter-patter (literally and figuratively) like a cup of freshly-brewed coffee. We’d be remiss not to mention that Seattle remains the EPICENTER of coffee shops in the United States. You can hardly walk a block without finding yourself in front of one.

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What Makes Seattle the Place to Be for You?

Are you currently living / working in Seattle? What reasons brought you there, or why have you chosen to stay? We’d love to hear from you in our comments section below.