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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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 health care, so it may come as no surprise to learn that many of Arizona's top in-demand jobs are in the health care field.

Each one of the following careers ranks among the top 50 fastest-growing occupations from 2012-2022, according to America's Career InfoNet:

  • Diagnostic medical sonographers
  • Medical equipment repairers
  • Physician assistants
  • Dental hygienists
  • Occupational therapist assistants
  • Physical therapist aides
  • Cardiovascular technologists and technicians
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Personal care aides
  • Medical secretaries

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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 in America's Career InfoNet, over half of the top 50 fastest-growing jobs in AZ from 2012-2022 are related to the construction industry. Some of the occupations in greatest demand include:

  • Cement mason and concrete finishers
  • Drywall and ceiling tile installers
  • Stonemasons
  • Tile and marble setters
  • Electricians
  • HVAC mechanics
  • Carpenters
  • Brick and block masons

Careers in the Hotel and Restaurant Industry

Other top growing careers in Arizona are those associated with the hotel and restaurant service industry. Among the positions projected to offer the most job openings from 2012-2022 are:

  • Combined food preparers and servers (including fast food)
  • Cooks
  • Bartenders
  • Waiters and waitresses
  • Counter attendants
  • Housekeepers
  • Maids
  • Hosts and hostesses
  • Front-line food preparation supervisors
  • Cashiers
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