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Arizona Jobs Increase in Important Industries

Updated on June 12, 2017
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

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Arizona Employment Trends

Advertised job listings in Arizona numbered

  • Over 142,600 in early 2014 and previously had
  • Increased to 111,000 jobs after the Great Recession, from 2009 - 2013.

The fastest growing job titles in Arizona are expected by federal and state government labor departments to occur from 2016 - 2020, largely in

  • Education Services,
  • Healthcare, and
  • Information Technology (IT).

Some Fast Growing Jobs

Forensics, in the number 14 slot in the 2014 forecast listings, dropped out of the top 20 for the official 2016 projections. The newer listings require a higher level of education, although a few demand only on-the-job training at no expense to the worker. On the other hand, the jobs offering the most openings to 2016 - 2020 are largely of the OJT variety.

An individual living in, or planning relocation to, Arizona without a job in hand, might begin with a "starter job" such as those offered by the various OJT positions listed below. Arizona also offers a number of opportunities for business ownership.

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Snapshot: Arizona Job Listings, First Half 2017

Highest Demand Jobs

  1. Truck Drivers
  2. Retail Salespeople and Supervisors
  3. Retail Store Managers
  4. Medical and Physician Assistants
  5. Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants
  6. Registered Nurses
  7. Hospital Food Services Jobs
  8. Physicians
  9. Engineers: IT and other fields
  10. Warehouse Jobs
  11. Oil and Gas Jobs
  12. Retail Managers and Assistants
  13. Sales Representatives
  14. Occupational Therapists
  15. Administrative Assistants

Solar Energy in the West


Native American Nations in Arizona often are home to hotels and resorts that offer some openings to non-Native peoples, and these Nations need healthcare workers of various skills and education.

Two of my friends worked on the Navajo Nation reservation in Arizona for several years, in nursing and social services and were well satisfied with the opportunities and the job satisfaction this offered.

Renewable Energy is a promising 21st Century business opportunity that creates additional jobs in the classification of green collar jobs or green jobs in sustainable business fields.

Renewable energy is developed in several forms in Arixon, including solar, geothermal (hot springs, etc.), biomass (forests and landfill gases), and wind energy. See The Arizona Solar Center for some new products and services.

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Top 20 Fastest Growing Jobs in Arizona, 2014 - 2024

These job titles are forecasted by the state’s workforce and statistics departments to be the fastest growing (largest percentage of increase). They involve Education, Healthcare, and Information Technology(IT) to a large degree.

High levels of training are required for many of these occupations, indicated to the right of each job title.

  1. Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary* - Doctoral degree
  2. Graduate Teaching Assistants - Bachelor's degree
  3. Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary - Master's degree
  4. Veterinary Techs - Associate degree
  5. Entertainment Attendants and Related Workers, All Other - Moderate-term on-the-job training (OJT)
  6. Pharmacy Technicians - Moderate-term OJT
  7. Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary- Doctorate
  8. Economics Teachers, Postsecondary - Doctorate
  9. Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary - Master's degree
  10. Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers - Doctorate
  11. Audio and Video Equipment Technicians - Long-term OJT
  12. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts - Bachelor’s degree
  13. Physics Teachers, Postsecondary - Doctorate
  14. Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary - Doctorate
  15. Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary - Doctorate
  16. Dental Hygienists - Associate degree
  17. Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary - Bachelor's or higher degree, plus work experience
  18. Personal and Home Care Aides - Short-term OJT
  19. Health Educators - Bachelor's degree
  20. Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary - Master's degree

*Postsecondary refers to education beyond the high school diploma or GED certificate level.

Top 10 Jobs with Most Openings 2016 - 2020

The following are expected to generate the most job openings in Arizona. The mix of growing jobs has tipped toward more retail and food service positions at all levels.

  1. Retail Salespersons: Brief OJT
  2. Customer Service Representatives: Moderate-term OJT
  3. Cashiers: Brief OJTY
  4. Waiters and Waitresses: Brief OJT
  5. Janitors and Cleaners, including Housekeepers: Brief OJT
  6. Office Clerks: Brief OJT
  7. Food Prep & Serving: Brief OJT
  8. Manual Laborers and Freight Movers: Brief OJT
  9. Mainstream Elementary School Teachers: Bachelor's degree
  10. Registered Nurses (RNs): At least the Associate's degree; some jobs require a BSN or higher.

Time Line Check: Arizona Job Listings, June 2012

The number of jobs listed June 2012 was the largest since 201: 82,100 vacancies. The highest demand job titles were:

  1. Physical and Occupational Therapists; Physical Therapy Assistants
  2. RN Nurses and Physicians
  3. Pharmacy Technicians
  4. Retail Salespeople
  5. Truck Drivers
  6. Merchandisers
  7. Managers and Assistant Managers: Food services and dining
  8. Loan Officers
  9. Software Engineers
  10. Manufacturing Engineers

Top 15 Employers in Arizona

The Arizona Republic newspaper determines the 100 employers in the state that employee the largest numbers of employees. A recent listing from this organization found the leading employers to be:

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  1. Walmart Stores Inc.
  2. Banner Health
  3. Wells Fargo & Co.
  4. Raytheon Co.: Missile manufacturing (NASA Commercial Crew)
  5. Apollo Group Inc.: Education
  6. McDonald's Corp.
  7. Kroger Co.: Grocery and more
  8. Honeywell International Inc.: Aerospace (Commercial Crew)
  9. Intel Corp.: Semiconductors
  10. Target Corp.: Retail Sales
  11. US Airways: Aviation Transportation
  12. Bashas' Supermarkets
  13. JP Morgan Chase & Co.: Financial
  14. Safeway Inc.: Grocery Stores
  15. Home Depot Inc.: Home and Garden, DIY, Appliances

Arizona Business Opportunities

A wide variety of businesses opportunities are available in Arizona at this link:

Native American Nations Business and Employment

Federal grants and other funding support projects and programs among Native American nation Arizona and throughout the Southwest, often in coordination with local colleges and universities.

Hospitality, Gaming, Healthcare, IT, and other industries provide employment for Native Americans and others among these developing economies.

Location nations and their businesses in Arizona include:

  • Ak-Chin Indian Community - Ak-Chin Farms and the Ak-Chin Tribal Government are all major employers.
  • Yavapai-Apache Nation - Cliff Castle in Camp Verde.
  • Navajo Nation -Tourism has the major role in the Navajo Tribe's economy, as is Diné College, the first tribally controlled community college in the country.
  • Cocopah Indian Reservation - Cocopah in Somerton. Agriculture is another major industry.
  • Colorado River Indian Tribes - Blue Water in Parker.
  • White Mountain Apache Tribe - Timber, lumber hardware, and a ski resort also thrive.
  • Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation - Agriculture, a sand and gravel center, and a tribally-owned gas station are significant sources of economic activity.
  • Fort Mojave Indian Tribe - Mojave Valley and Laughlin, NV
  • Gila River Indian Community - The economy includes Gila River farms, sand and gravel operations, a nationally acclaimed industrial park - Lone Butte.
  • Havasupai Indian Reservation - Tourism is the base economy, along with a cafe, grocery store, museum, cultural center, and an art-silkscreen studio.
  • Hopi Tribe - Agriculture is the base economy, but IT is advancing.
  • Hualapai Tribe - The economy centers on tourism, cattle ranching, timber sales, and arts/crafts.
  • Kaibab-Pauite Tribe - Economy is based on tourism, livestock, and agriculture - especially a 1,300 tree fruit orchard.
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe - Economy includes a landscape nursery, a manufacturer of adobe blocks, and a bingo hall.
  • Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community - Close to the Phoenix metro area, there is a 140-acre retail development called The Pavilions, with a Wal-Mart. Salt River also keeps a 19,000 acre nature preserve. Agriculture and gaming underpin the economy.
  • San Carlos Apache Reservation - Part of the Reservation is in the largest stand of ponderosa pines in the world. Lumbering, tourism, cattle ranching and recreation comprise the economy, with a retail shopping complex added for additional growth.
  • Tohono O'odham Nation - Economic activities include tourism, an industrial park and a resort.
  • Tonto Apache Tribe - Businesses in Payson
  • Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe - Economy includes tourism, gaming and retail activities. The tribe owns a 162-room resort, a business park, and a shopping center.
  • Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe - This is an agricultural community, with tourism and a sand and gravel operation. The Tribe operates five trailer and RV parks, a grocery store and a museum.
  • San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe - An economic endeavors include livestock and subsistence farming.

Sports for Recreation and Employment

College and High School

  • Arizona State Sun Devils
  • Arizona Wildcats
  • Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

League Teams

  • Tucson Scorch women's hockey (WPHL)
  • Tucson Sidewinders (PCBL)
  • Yuma Frogs women's basketball (WBL)

Professional Athletic Teams

  • Arizona Cardinals (NFL) - Tempe
  • Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB) - Phoenix
  • Arizona Rattlers (AFL) - Phoenix
  • Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) - Phoenix
  • Phoenix Mercury women's basketball (WNBA) - Phoenix
  • Phoenix Suns (NBA) - Phoenix

Arenas and Stadiums

Higher Education for Well Paying Jobs

Arizona Community College Board

  • Arizona Western College: Yuma
  • Central Arizona College: Coolidge
  • Cochise College: Douglas, Sierra Vista, Willcox, Benson, Fort Huachuca
  • Eastern Arizona College: Thatcher

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      John R Wilsdon 6 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      It is great you have emphasized job opportunities for and at tribal reservations in Arizona. I have noticed, as a resident of Arizona, that the Indian nations appear to be trying to hire non-Indians for many jobs. Hats off to them. I give your hub a thumbs up.

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      ellon 6 years ago

      Job Scarcity is a major problem of these youths for keeping themselves engaged.So its better opportunity for them to try to become self employed and also make themselves not much dependent on others.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      this helped e

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      Solar air heating 8 years ago

      Great list. Thanks!

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      Nan 8 years ago

      I know that you did hours or research to come up with the listing. We need more jobs in all of the states. Pres. Obama has only been office for 9 months, and that is not enough time to fix the job market, Pres. Bush was in for 8 years. We went down during his last 4 years. The stimulus money need time to make jobs. If you came from manufacturing, than you would know that for capital improvements it takes years and months to put a plan on the drawing boards. Pres. Obama is very intelligent, but not God. It took 8 years to bring the US down and it will take a few years to bring it back up again. We need to focus on the US only and stop trying to solve other nations problems!

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      jknight 9 years ago

      Nice site. Lots of great resources here.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I think that may happen when we try to post at the same time. My comment was cut off somehow and I had to add the rest of it. Glad it's OK now.

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      Shirley Anderson 9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thx, Patty. Not sure what happened. When I came and read your first response, it stopped at "holds". It makes much more sense, now.

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      And in Phoenix and the surrounding area:

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I expect that after the inauguration of the new President in January 2009, that these fields will expand even more, but the opportunities are there now as well.

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      Shirley Anderson 9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Holds? Do you mean the stats haven't changed?

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hi Shirley -- The Southwest US holds

      opportunity for health care and Alternative Energy or Green Jobs, certainly, along with tourism related careers and others. It looks like a great place to relocate.

      A patient of mine moved from the Midwest where she was disabled by arthritis to Arizona and was back to work within 3 months, as the dryer climate aided her condition.

      It's all beautiful as well in Arizona and New Mexico as well as other SW states.

      Thanks for commenting!

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      Shirley Anderson 9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Patty. You are probably aware of my interest in this subject. I've been to a couple of these places, so I found the facts very interesting. While reading your lists, it occurred to me that perhaps I could train in a new field to find employment there. This hub has given me something to think about, thank-you.

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Job Nigeria asked:

      UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA 12,0003 RAYTHEON MISSLE SYSTEMS 11,0004 PHOENIX SKY HARBOR INTL-PHX 9,6185 INTEL CORP 8,000 Intel has less employe than UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA ???? is that true ??

      >>>Yes, true.