More than 2,000 students from more than 40 Western Washington schools will participate in this year’s Pierce County Career Day on Nov. 14 at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup.

Unlike a typical, booth-filled job fair, Career Day will feature hands-on activities that give students a feel for careers in fields like manufacturing, construction, utilities, aerospace, and STEM.

The event is planned by the Pierce County Construction Partnership, a service of WorkForce Central. According to WorkForce Central, Career Day is the largest of its kind in the state.

Many skilled trade jobs do not require a four-year degree but do offer family-wage salaries. And with demand increasing for workers in those industries, many more openings in the county are likely to become available.

Career Day is still in need of sponsors. Anyone interested in sponsoring the event can contact Abigail Taft at