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Attractions and Jobs in Tucson AZ

Updated on July 29, 2014
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Strong Local Economy

Even though America has undergone housing problem increases, job cuts, and layoffs in the early 2000s, workers in Tucson, Arizona know that their local economy is still strong.

Arizona's military installations raise the state economy, to the tune of a $9.1 billion dollar annual contribution. This provides 96,000 jobs and $401 million dollars in tax payments overall.

An Economic Impact Study 2008 demonstrated that over 10,000 military and civilian employees work at Davis-Monthan Air Force Military Base alone, with job openings available as well.

In addition to military based employment, an abundance of jobs are available in computer based technologies (Information Technology) and many corridors of the Healthcare and Medical Industry. In fact, 80%, or 8 out of 10, of the Top 10 Jobs in and around Tucson are in health and medical positions.

Tucson is located northeast of the American Interstate highway I-10 in Arizona and northwest of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

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Tucson Tales

The name of Tucson means village of the dark spring at the foot of the mountains and comes from the Native American word Chuk-son. As people began to repeat the word, the CH changed into a T.

The soldiers of Spain wnadered the area in 1775 and built a town called the Presidio of San Augustin de Tucson. This presidio was a swettlement something like a fort, a potected city within a walled area.

Tucson was named one 13 official US "Solar Cities" in 2007, receiving a grant for $500,000 to develop iots solar power initiative. Solar panels and water heaters have been placed in at large city facilities; and will be repeated at otehrs. A solar education program was also launched in the community. Private business has followed government industries in replacing oil and gas with solar power.

Going Green has brought about the effect of making Tucson the 6th cleanest city in America, as recognized by the American Lung Association. The open air marketplace known as Mercado San Agustin brings that home with completely solar powered lights and enouigh water stored to use for community plants and trees in an undergound rain harvesting process that captures 5,000 gasllons..

Tourism, Information Technology, Healthcare, Skilled Labor and Education all are growing in Tucson, Arizona.

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Top 10 High Demand Jobs in Tucson

  1. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts - needed in all industries, especially Health, Finance, Insurance, Government, and others.
  2. Physician Assistants
  3. Medical Assistants
  4. Occupational Therapist Assistants
  5. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  6. Home Health Aides
  7. Tile and Marble Setters - skilled laborers and technicians.
  8. Respiratory Therapists
  9. Cardiovascular Techs
  10. Registered Nurses [RNs] - includes Travel Nursing.

Additional High-Demand Jobs

  • Special Education Teachers for Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary Grades
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Forensic Science Technicians
  • Surgical Technologists
  • Dental Hygienists & Assistants
  • Extraction Workers - skilled laborers
  • Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistants & Aides
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Medical Scientists (not including Epidemiologists)
  • Gaming Dealers - tourism


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10 Largest Employers in Greater Tucson Area

  1. Raytheon Missile Systems
  2. The State of Arizona (govt careers)
  3. University of Arizona
  4. Tucson Unified School District
  5. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
  6. Pima County Government
  7. U.S. Army Intelligence Center and
  8. Fort Huachuca
  9. City of Tucson
  10. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

NASA's Commercial Crew of over 60 private companies working in aerospace projects is also growing in the Southwest.

Palm Trees Become Cell Towers in Arizona

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Higher Education in Tucson

How to Establish Residency:

San Xavier Mission

A City for Young Professionals

Tucson Young Professionals - TYP

This progressive group promotes the advantages of Tucson to young professionals with the goal of recruiting them into careers and new business ownership opportunities waiting in the Greater Tucson Area.

They are active in the media and in supporting positive workplace changes for the 21st century.

Sports and Recreation


  • Colorado Rockies
  • Chicago White Sox
  • Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Tucson Sidewinders - Triple A hometown baseball.


University of Arizona Wildcats - PAC 10 Conference


Amazingly dozens of golf courses are located in Tucson and are rfound online at


Tour de Tucson & other events.


Fiesta de los Vaqueros


NASCAR, horse races, greyhounds



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