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
|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%|
|37-0000||Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations||2,301||3.23%|
|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%|
|45-0000||Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations||54||0.08%|