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Kitsap is a recognized leader in several key regional economic sectors: maritime; military; manufacturing; health care; business services; technology; and, tourism. And, Kitsap is home to the most-dense concentration of engineering talent in the Seattle region.

Skilled Labor: A vast, skilled labor pool generated by the Navy, government contractors and commuters. Naval base Kitsap employs over 26,000 military and civilian personnel, in addition to defense contractor operations.  About 55 percent of all economic activity of Kitsap County is directly or indirectly linked to department of Defense personnel and procurements. Total impacts of the major bases in Kitsap include employment of 37,880 and an additional 15,000 retirees on the payroll, and labor  earnings of $1.8 billion.

Available Workforce: Our large commute-out work force — estimated at 30% of the employed labor force — can readily be tapped by growing businesses.  Many commuters to the East side welcome opportunities closer to home. About 10% of employed labor commutes into Kitsap, primarily from Pierce, Mason and Jefferson Counties. In addition, retiring military offer a wide range of skill sets to employers in our area. Olympic College offers numerous high demand programs including a 4-year nursing degree and robust engineering degree programs. Everest College Bremerton branch specializes in health care careers, and the BGI at Pinchot University offers MBA and Certificate programs in sustainability.

SOC Category (Standard Occupational Code) 2014
of Total
43-0000 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 11,243 15.80%
41-0000 Sales and Related Occupations 7,552 10.62%
35-0000 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 7,426 10.44%
47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations 4,783 6.72%
49-0000 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 4,167 5.86%
29-0000 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 4,108 5.77%
25-0000 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 4,062 5.71%
13-0000 Bank and Financial Operations Occupations 3,596 5.05%
53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 3,437 4.83%
17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 3,392 4.77%
31-0000 Healthcare Support Occupations 2,989 4.20%
11-0000 Management Occupations 2,589 3.64%
37-0000 Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations 2,301 3.23%
51-0000 Production Occupations 2,135 3.00%
39-0000 Personal Care and Service Occupations 1,961 2.76%
33-0000 Protective Service Occupations 1,541 2.17%
15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 1,453 2.04%
21-0000 Community and Social Service Occupations 896 1.26%
19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 540 0.76%
27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 530 0.75%
23-0000 Legal Occupations 383 0.54%
45-0000 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 54 0.08%
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