Jobs

The Targets of Opportunity are:

  • The top six fastest-growing industries in our region
  • Industries with a job growth of 14% (versus the region at -6.1%)
  • Industries with wage growth of 36% (versus the region at 3%)
  • An Opportunity for you.

Targets of Opportunity Details

  • The Targets of Opportunity industries are Diversified Healthcare; Building & Systems Construction; Specialty Food, Flowers & Beverages; Investment Support Services; Management & Innovation Services and Niche Manufacturing.
  • The Targets of Opportunity are thriving industries on the Redwood Coast. Within these industries, new companies are starting up and established companies are expanding.
  • Even at the start of the Great Recession, the Target industries continued to grow. At the same time, industry around our region, state and nation as a whole slowed down dramatically, losing both jobs and businesses.
  • Two more industries are important in our region and offer good jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities: Forest Products and Tourism.
  • Six of the eight Target of Opportunity industries pay higher than the regional average annual wages, some as much as 47% higher.
  • The highest demand and wages is in knowledge-based industries, but all target industries have a strong need for skilled, talented people who want to learn and earn.
  • Humboldt County is highly entrepreneurial. We created 2,283 new businesses in 8 years (2002-2010). Be an entrepreneur or work in a highly entrepreneurial business. That’s our future!

Find jobs across the Target industries

Financial Managers, Cost Estimators, Accountants & Auditors
Annual Wages: $50-90,000

Customer Service, Sales, Public Relations & Marketing 
Annual Wages: $26-105,000

General Managers & Chief Executives
Annual Wages: $55-105,000

Civil, Environmental & Electrical Engineers
Annual Wages: $46-88,000

Computer Network Analysts & Software Engineers
Annual Wages: $54-75,000

Health Care (Social, Mental & Physical)
Annual Wages: $19-145,000

Equipment Operators & Mechanics
Annual Wages: $31-47,000

Targets in Practice

Target IndustryBusinessIn-Demand CareersAverage Wages
Diversified Health Care

Pay: 29% higher than regional average

  • Redwood Memorial Hospital
  • Asti Chiropractic
  • Theracon Physical Therapy
  • Jade Dragon Medicinal Spa
  • Timber Ridge Assisted Living
  • Barnes Family Drug Store
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Dental Care
  • Lab Technician
  • Medical Billing & Office Manag.
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • RN: $72,083
  • PT Asst: $50,116
  • Pharmacist: $126,695
  • Dental Hygienist: $91,881
  • Social Worker: $40,188
  • Dental Lab Tech: $37,791
Building & Systems Construction

Pay: 29% higher than regional average

  • Danco Builders
  • Foxfarm Soil & Fertilizer Company
  • Mapleservice Plumbing Heating Air
  • Alchemy Construction
  • Recology
  • Carpenters
  • Construction Managers
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Electricians
  • Carpenters: $46,496
  • Waste Treatment: $46,792
  • Const. Manager: $89,509
  • Financial Analyst: $71,334
  • Surveyor: $52,432
  • Electrician: $55,912
  • Industrial Mechanic: $50,101
Specialty Food,
Flowers & Beverages

Pay: approximately the same as regional average

  • Eel River Organic Beef
  • Sun Valley Floral Farm
  • Miranda Dairy Farm
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Moonstone Crossing Winery
  • Pacific Seafoods
  • AquaRodeo Farms
  • Farmers & Ranchers
  • Soil & Plant Scientists
  • Customer Service, Sales & Marketing
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanics
  • Chefs, Bakers & Butchers
  • Floral Designers
  • Farmer/Rancher: $64,119
  • General Manager: $76,125
  • Heavy Equip. Mechanic: $46,774
  • Customer Service Rep: $29,619
  • Chefs, Bakers, Butchers: $32,197
  • Floral Designers: $27,248
  • Waiter: $18,895
Management & Innovation Services

Pay: 47% higher than regional average

  • StreamGuys
  • SHN Consulting Engineers & Geologists
  • GHD
  • Whitchurch Engineering
  • Eureka Payments
  • Nylex
  • Engineers
  • Financial Analysts
  • Zoologists & Wildlife Biologists
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Engineering Tech: $50,145
  • Civil Engineer: $91,616
  • Engineer Manager: $92,494
  • Zoologist & Biologists: $70,596
  • Computer Programmer: $39,384
  • Graphic Designers: $36,042
Niche Manufacturing

Pay: 42% higher than regional average

  • WING Inflatables
  • Holly Yashi
  • Fire & Light
  • Kokatat
  • Marimba One
  • Industrial Production Machinists
  • Production Clerks
  • Managers
  • Jewelers
  • Packers
  • Billing & Account Collectors
  • Truck Drivers
  • Machinist: $40,444
  • Production Clerk: $42,505
  • Production Mgr: $89,332
  • Cost Estimator: $55,722
  • Sales Rep: $47,546
  • Jeweler: $19,273
  • Retail Sales: $20,840
Forest Products

Pay: 30% higher than regional average

  • Green Diamond Resource Company
  • Joe Costa Trucking
  • Humboldt Redwood Company
  • Almquist Lumber
  • Plant Operators
  • Foresters
  • Sales Reps
  • Truck Drivers
  • Machinery Maintenance
  • Production Managers: $89,332
  • Transportation Managers: $76,623
  • Foresters: $59,458
  • Office Clerk: $26,281
  • Truck Driver: $38,070
  • Maintenance: $40,477
  • Stock Clerk: $21,935
Tourism

Pay: Below Regional Average

  • Trees of Mystery
  • Humboldt Bay Tourism Center
  • Carter House Inns
  • Samoa Cookhouse
  • Kayak Zacks
  • Blue Lake Casino
  • Fish & Game Wardens
  • Instructors
  • Public Relations Managers
  • Fish & Game Warden: $68,180
  • Instructional Coordinator: $62,863
  • PR Manager: $57,955
  • HR Manager: $49,496
  • Vending Machine Servicer: $34,122
  • Bartender: $19,297
  • Cook: $22,665
  • Gaming Cage Worker: $24,921