Arizona Career Guide: Top Growing Career Opportunities in Arizona (AZ)

Looking for a job in Arizona? Arizona has a lot to offer its residents - lovely weather, spectacular scenery, and, for the job-seeker, a number of rapidly expanding career fields. Here are some of the hottest career fields for the prospective AZ employment seeker.

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Arizona at a Glance

Arizona, best known as home of the Grand Canyon, is home to nearly 7 million residents. Job and population growth are projected to be among the best in the nation over the next five years, according to Forbes.com. As of March 2018, the unemployment rate in AZ was 4.9%, higher than the national average of 4.1%. The average hourly wage for workers in AZ is reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to be $23.15 as of 2017.

Careers in the Health Field

For many years, Arizona has been a very popular retirement destination, both for full-year and part-year residents ('snowbirds' who reside up north in the summer but choose to winter in sunny Arizona). Of course, an aging population means an increased need for healthcare, so it may come as no surprise to learn that many of Arizona's top in-demand jobs are in the healthcare field. Each one of the following careers ranks among the top 100 fastest-growing occupations in AZ from 2014-2024, according to CareerOneStop from the U.S. Department of Labor:

  • Orthotists and prosthetists
  • Ambulance drivers and attendants (except EMTs)
  • Hearing aid specialists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Athletic trainers
  • Physical therapist aides
  • Physical therapists
  • Audiologists
  • Personal care aides
  • Physical therapist assistants
  • Physician assistants
  • Home health aides
  • Health technologists and technicians, all other
  • Massage therapists
  • Ophthalmic laboratory technicians

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  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Careers in the Construction and Building Trades

The housing boom of the last few years has not passed Arizona by - as a result, all of the new construction and expansion has led to increased demand for skilled trades workers. As listed on CareerOneStop, most of the top 25 jobs in AZ for the 2014-2024 period are related to the construction industry. Some of the occupations in greatest demand include:

  • Brick and block masons
  • Reinforcing iron and rebar workers
  • Helpers - brick and block masons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters
  • Stonemasons
  • Solar photovoltaic installers
  • Millwrights
  • Helpers - electricians
  • Roofers
  • Cement masons and concrete finishers
  • Helpers - pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters
  • Construction laborers
  • Electricians
  • Helpers - carpenters
  • Helpers - painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons
  • Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
  • Carpenters
  • First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
  • Tile and marble setters

Careers in Computers

Companies are always on the lookout for efficient computer programmers, operators, and installers, and these types of occupations appear in the top 100 fastest growing jobs in Arizona for the 2014-2024 decade. These jobs include:

  • Operations research analysts
  • Web developers
  • Computer systems analysts
  • Information security analysts
  • Computer network architects
  • Software developers - applications
  • Computer user support specialists
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