Reno's major industry is tourism. The hotel and casino industry typically attracts over five million visitors on a yearly basis. Other notable industries include electronics, computers, communications and financial services. Jobs are also provided by companies that produce items including labeling devices, cement, dairy and food products, livestock, agricultural produce and pet food. The region's recreational activities also contribute to the economy.
Nevada is often ranked as the nation's #1 business-friendly state. The ranking is based on taxes, worker's compensation costs, electricity costs, total crime rate, number of bureaucrats, state minimum wage and right to work.
The Job Opportunities in Nevada organization provides training and educational opportunities for those looking for jobs. The state's "Train Employees Now" program provides customized training programs to help new and expanding businesses train new workers. Nevadaworks program assists businesses in developing the skills of their employees.
The largest job providers in the Reno Region:
- Washoe County School District - Education
- University of Nevada-Reno - Education
- Reno Hilton - Hotels and motels
- Washoe County Comptroller - Executive and legislative combined
- Washoe Medical Center, Inc - Hospitals
- Silver Legacy Resort Casino - Hotels and motels
- Eldorado Hotel & Casino - Hotels and motels
- Sparks Nugget Hotel and motels
- International Game Technology - Manufacturing
- Peppermill Hotel Casino - Hotels and motels
- Circus Circus Casinos, Inc - Hotels and motels
- Harrah's Reno - Hotels and motels
- Atlantis Casino Resort - Hotels and motels
- City of Reno - Government
- St. Mary's - Hospitals
- State of Nevada - Government
- Cal-Neva, Club - Amusement and recreation
- United Parcel Service - Air courier services
- Flamingo Hilton - Hotels and motels
- Boomtown Hotel & Casino - Hotels and motels
Some of the most common occupations that are filled by those with college degrees are registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, financial managers, computer systems software engineers, sales managers, management analysts and computer systems analysts.
The leading non-agricultural fields of employment in Reno Nevada:
- Trade, transportation and utilities
- Leisure and hospitality
- Educational and health services
- Financial activities
Reno businesses have opportunities to work with useful associations such as:
- Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce
- Economic Development Authority Western Nevada
- Nevada Commission on Economic Development
- Nevada Department of Business and Industry
People interested in staying informed about local business activities may want to read the Reno Gazette-Journal.