Mesa Job Outlook: Top Growing Career Opportunities in Mesa, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona, has a population of around 500,000, making it the 3rd largest city in Arizona and the 36th largest city in the U.S. How does Mesa rate for jobs? Read this article to find out about the top employers and the fastest-growing careers in this Arizona city.

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Mesa Overview

Located in Maricopa County, Mesa has earned a number of honors. In 2015, Money magazine rated Mesa as the best big city in the Southwest in which to live. Criteria used in this determination included education, the housing market, affordability and residential real estate. In addition, in 2016, Arizona State University and the mayor of Mesa announced plans to add a downtown Mesa satellite campus.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that Mesa and its surrounding area had an unemployment rate of 4.1% in March 2018, which exactly matches the national average. The Mesa area's average hourly wage of $23.80 is also close to the national average of $24.34.

Largest Employers

The largest employers in Mesa consist of organizations in both the private and public sectors, and the top 10 all have between 650 and 9,500 employees. As reported by the city's official website and based on information from the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Employer Database, the following were the largest employers in Mesa as of 2016:

  • Banner Health Systems
  • Mesa Public Schools
  • City of Mesa
  • The Boeing Company
  • Walmart
  • Maricopa County Community College District
  • County of Maricopa
  • Empire Southwest
  • Drivetime Automotive Group
  • CBI Medical and Behavioral Health

Fastest-Growing Occupations

Many of the Mesa-area jobs expected to see the largest growth through 2024 are in the fields of construction and manufacturing. According to the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity, the following occupations were projected to be among the fastest growing in the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale area between 2014 and 2024:

  • Brickmasons and Blockmasons
  • Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
  • Helpers-Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Millwrights
  • Helpers-Electricians
  • Elevator Installers and Repairers
  • Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
  • Helpers-Carpenters
  • Roofers
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