Jobs in Arizona

This section provides information on jobs in Arizona including industries for growth, stable employment positions and general trends.

What jobs or careers are in Arizona?

Approximately 24 percent of employment in Arizona is within the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector. This is the largest single sector.  Seventeen percent of overall employment is in the professional and business services sector. In 2005, the construction sector added almost one quarter of the non-farm jobs created, nearly 25,000 new jobs.  In 2006, construction will add a projected 11,000 jobs. Professional and business services (27,200), trade, transportation and utilities (19,100), government (13,100) and financial activities (12,200) lead the growth activity.  Educational and health services will add 10,400 jobs, leisure and hospitality 9,200, and manufacturing 3,800. All other major industry sectors, natural resources and mining, and information will also see increases. 

Where are the jobs?

  Urban areas highlight the growth in employment. The area around Phoenix will be responsible for about 2/3 of the new residents and about 70% of the new jobs.

  Industries with significant growth include: employment services, building foundation and exterior contractors, general merchandise stores and limited-service eating places. Additional categories in the construction industry also show anticipated growth. 

  Industries with declining employment include: department stores, semiconductor and electronic component manufacturing and wired telecommunications carriers.  

What careers offer stable employment?

The services sector will continue to grow to keep pace with the population growth. Professional and business services, education and healthcare are all strong. Clearly the construction industry and its supporting occupations will continue to show growth and remain stable through this period of population growth.  Several door and window manufacturers are becoming established in Arizona's building market. Transportation, utilities and eating establishments are also expected to increase.

What is the employment growth potential in this state?

Arizona's job growth exceeds most other states and ranks high in terms of employment gains and growth in construction, tourism and health care.  Initiatives in biosciences demonstrate a strong scientific employment sector in areas like genomics, biomedical research, new pharmaceutical products and biological research that focuses on preventing and treating disease and how to maintain a livable environment while feeding the hungry world.    Several major aerospace manufacturers have operations in Arizona and have announced new hiring in recent months: Universal Avionics, General Dynamics, Orbital Science Corp, Cessna, Hamilton Sundstrand, and Honeywell International, and Raytheon.  

How many people live in Arizona?

    Census records indicate the population of Arizona in 2004 was about 5.7 million people, the majority of whom live in urban areas. The rate of population growth is about 3%. Arizona is expected to exceed 7 million people by 2020. By the middle of 2006, the Phoenix area will top 4 million people.  

Retirees favor Arizona's low taxes and affordable housing. The largest segment of Arizona’s population (1.7 million) is in the age range of 20 to 44.   The average commute to work time is about 25 minutes.  About 81% of people over 25 have a high school education or more. About 68% or the people own their own homes.  About 14% of the people have poverty level incomes or less.                                                                                                                                                        

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