Pierce County Career Day

Fast growth and a large volume of expected retirements spells high demand for skilled workers in:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Utilities
  • Aerospace
  • STEM fields
  • And more

Is the next generation ready? How will they learn about and train for career paths in these industries?


Pierce County Career Day's logo in black text with red toned details.

The Pierce County Construction Partnership—a WorkForce Central panel—founded Career Day in 2008 to introduce high school students to work in the trades through hands-on, real-world experiences. Students spend the day testing their skills at welding, trying electrical work, driving backhoes and competing in computer simulations. Many leave with a new plan for their future, and some even leave with job offers.

Three high school girls at Pierce County Career Day who participated in Tomboy Tool's girls-only event.

The event has grown to become the largest career day in Washington state. In 2016:

  • More than 2,200 students from 40 different schools participated
  • Nearly 140 different employers set up interactive booths
  • Tomboy Tools hosted a large girls-only section dedicated to encourage women to seek careers in the trades

Are you interested in bringing your students to the next Career Day? Or do you want to showcase your business to high school students as they make lifelong career decisions? Career Day is held each November at the Washington State Fair Grounds in Puyallup. Check back in the fall for more details.

A teen boy at Career Day being instructed in using a construction tool.