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Tucson Employment

Employment and Industries in the Tucson, Arizona Area

The University of Arizona and the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base are major employers in Tucson. The University of Arizona is regarded as one of the top research universities in the nation and plays a significant role in attracting new companies to the area. The US Army Intelligence Center is located nearby and is the largest employer in the region. The prominent high-tech and aerospace industries provide a large number of jobs. Tucson is over 8 times more concentrated in the aerospace products and parts manufacturing industry than the average for all the metropolitan areas in the nation according to economy.com.

Tucson has over 100 biosciences companies. The city also has more than 150 transportation and logistics providers. Tucson is sometimes called "Optics Valley" due to the vast number of companies involved in the design and manufacturing of optics and optoelectronic systems.

Tourism brings in over 3.5 million visitors each year and employs about one-tenth of the labor force. In addition, those making Tucson their winter home as well as middle and upper-class Mexicans crossing the border to purchase goods stimulate the economy. The region's copper mining industry adds to the economy although it has upturns and downturns. The arts also produce a significant amount of revenue.

Shown below, in descending order, are the top job providing industries in Tucson:

  • Government
  • Transportation and utilities
  • Education and health services
  • Professional and business services
  • Leisure and hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Financial activities

The Milken Institute ranked Tucson as the 7th "Best Performing City" out of 200 metropolitan areas. The strong growth of the high-tech sector was a major factor in the high ranking. Over three hundred Tucson companies are directly involved in information technology. Some of the other expanding high-tech industries are environmental technology, bio-industry, aerospace and advanced composite materials.

The Greater Tucson Economic Council utilizes the industry cluster concept. The goal of the program is to attract new companies by emphasizing collaboration and increasing research and production capabilities. The clusters include environmental technology, aerospace, optics, information technology, life sciences and advanced materials. Arizona tries to create new jobs by providing programs such as enterprise and foreign trade zones, a workforce development and job training program and research and development tax credits.

Shown below is a list of the major hi-tech and manufacturing companies located in the Tucson area:

  • Raytheon Missile Systems
  • Texas Instruments
  • IBM
  • Universal Avionics
  • Intuit
  • Sanofi-Aventis
  • Sunquest Information Systems
  • Bombartdier Aerospace
  • Ventana Medical Systems
  • Allied Signal
  • Weiser Lock
  • 3M
  • Environmental Air Products
  • Burr-Brown
  • Krueger Industries>

The primary non-high-tech and non-manufacturing companies located in the Tucson area:

  • Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
  • University of Arizona
  • Tucson Unified School District
  • Walmart
  • Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold
  • City of Tucson
  • Carondelet Health Care
  • TMC Health Care
  • Asarco
  • Corrections Corp. of America
  • Southern Arizona VA Health Care
  • Basha's
  • Target Stores
  • AFNI
  • Eurofresh
  • Phelps Dodge

Business organizations available to assist Tucson companies:

The Inside Tucson Business provides information about the current business activities in Tucson.

Most Popular Jobs in Tucson, Arizona Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Registered nurses 7,690 $63,710 $45,270 - 82,690 24% 56%
2 Elementary school teachers, except special education 4,020 $42,930 $27,190 - 64,440 14% 95%
3 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 3,870 $38,340 $23,900 - 55,700 6% 96%
4 Computer software engineers, systems software 2,880 $83,960 $60,270 - 109,470 28% 85%
5 Accountants and auditors 2,870 $66,500 $34,570 - 114,680 18% 79%
6 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 2,750 $47,770 $25,660 - 78,050 8% 51%
7 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 2,080 $43,220 $26,620 - 68,180 11% 95%
8 Lawyers 1,570 $104,160 $55,440 - 11% 99%
9 Electrical engineers 1,350 $88,280 $59,950 - 125,400 6% 81%
10 Computer systems analysts 1,330 $82,270 $43,960 - 133,850 29% 68%
11 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 1,240 $46,030 $28,160 - 65,900 13% 73%
12 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 1,220 $39,180 $21,920 - 60,500 15% 51%
13 Mechanical engineers 1,190 $76,350 $48,710 - 112,360 4% 78%
14 Computer programmers 1,180 $66,940 $36,660 - 99,440 -4% 73%
15 Computer software engineers, applications 1,160 $86,360 $54,130 - 125,150 45% 85%
16 Financial managers 1,100 $82,540 $44,240 - 140,430 13% 60%
17 Sales managers 1,100 $75,360 $36,920 - 126,590 10% 69%
18 Management analysts 1,100 $59,900 $35,030 - 92,460 22% 78%
19 Social and human service assistants 1,020 $32,330 $19,810 - 50,090 34% 58%
20 Managers, all other 980 $84,130 $40,900 - 136,390 7% 55%
21 Industrial engineers 980 $78,920 $48,850 - 107,800 20% 74%
22 Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 960 $42,040 $29,390 - 57,860 11% 58%
23 Medical and health services managers 910 $82,170 $44,330 - 133,530 16% 57%
24 Electronics engineers, except computer 900 $98,160 $52,960 - 137,090 4% 81%
25 Market research analysts 880 $50,650 $29,600 - 92,040 20% 82%
26 Engineering managers 840 $121,630 $75,990 - 7% 84%
27 Training and development specialists 840 $41,460 $22,200 - 66,220 18% 56%
28 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 790 $47,980 $27,990 - 76,380 5% 58%
29 Child, family, and school social workers 780 $39,580 $26,120 - 53,480 19% 77%
30 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 750 $34,360 $22,680 - 46,720 30% 77%
31 Pharmacists 730 $99,040 $40,770 - 129,670 22% 97%
32 Civil engineers 710 $67,330 $41,210 - 101,450 18% 87%
33 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 590 $54,480 $26,130 - 94,700 12% 51%
34 Advertising sales agents 560 $54,770 $24,910 - 93,470 20% 56%
35 Financial analysts 540 $65,790 $43,580 - 96,320 34% 87%
36 Librarians 530 $47,100 $25,360 - 71,610 4% 85%
37 Coaches and scouts 530 $39,260 $17,260 - 67,850 15% 60%
38 Instructional coordinators 510 $45,040 $24,830 - 65,970 23% 79%
39 Physical therapists 500 $80,830 $53,420 - 120,440 27% 89%
40 Medical and public health social workers 500 $47,080 $30,070 - 63,080 24% 77%
41 Graphic designers 500 $43,270 $25,050 - 64,560 10% 55%
42 Social and community service managers 480 $48,150 $27,670 - 79,170 25% 72%
43 Public relations specialists 470 $53,290 $29,240 - 93,880 18% 81%
44 Network and computer systems administrators 460 $55,270 $35,260 - 80,070 27% 50%
45 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 460 $0 $ - 25% 67%
46 Dentists, general 430 $183,110 $46,260 - 9% 100%
47 Chief executives 430 $130,760 $41,470 - 2% 65%
48 Surveyors 430 $44,150 $27,680 - 62,650 24% 82%
49 Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 430 $31,220 $17,810 - 50,810 15% 72%
50 Computer and information systems managers 420 $93,530 $53,550 - 150,080 16% 73%
51 Computer specialists, all other 420 $57,160 $25,790 - 94,530 15% 68%
52 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 400 $80,650 $51,410 - 120,980 8% 78%
53 Marketing managers 390 $79,190 $39,070 - 131,320 14% 69%
54 Network systems and data communications analysts 370 $82,920 $41,530 - 53% 57%
55 Database administrators 370 $59,840 $35,270 - 88,390 29% 72%
56 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 370 $53,340 $26,900 - 84,670 17% 56%
57 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 370 $41,640 $27,070 - 60,910 20% 87%
58 Architects, except landscape and naval 350 $52,610 $27,380 - 80,740 18% 88%
59 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 330 $52,670 $41,720 - 64,780 12% 51%
60 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 330 $42,610 $21,590 - 70,510 18% 56%
61 Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers 320 $66,910 $37,870 - 101,290 10% 80%
62 Teachers and instructors, all other 320 $47,280 $15,510 - 112,350 9% 54%
63 Engineers, all other 310 $68,040 $30,260 - 106,590 6% 82%
64 Editors 310 $46,610 $26,930 - 68,090 2% 81%
65 Health educators 310 $43,030 $22,900 - 75,480 26% 58%
66 Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other 300 $81,380 $47,240 - 139,740 12% 94%
67 Self-enrichment education teachers 290 $35,090 $21,970 - 50,670 23% 54%
68 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 270 $46,130 $28,220 - 64,500 18% 56%
69 Special education teachers, secondary school 270 $43,120 $28,700 - 63,510 9% 87%
70 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 250 $56,730 $38,340 - 80,980 16% 99%
71 Tax preparers 250 $31,500 $16,020 - 43,130 -8% 54%
72 Personal financial advisors 240 $63,170 $29,920 - 106,950 41% 81%
73 Merchandise displayers and window trimmers 240 $24,200 $15,250 - 33,340 11% 55%
74 Speech-language pathologists 220 $56,360 $26,390 - 97,210 11% 98%
75 Purchasing managers 210 $97,550 $47,170 - 148,350 3% 57%
76 Community and social service specialists, all other 210 $43,020 $24,550 - 71,080 25% 58%
77 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 210 $35,610 $27,520 - 47,010 34% 73%
78 Public relations managers 200 $79,160 $39,100 - 115,230 17% 75%
79 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 200 $41,830 $31,620 - 57,090 -5% 96%
80 Veterinarians 190 $79,580 $32,620 - 115,710 35% 100%
81 Physician assistants 190 $77,720 $30,880 - 102,090 27% 67%
82 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 190 $48,360 $34,250 - 70,540 24% 78%
83 Dietitians and nutritionists 190 $46,560 $26,620 - 70,410 9% 72%
84 Producers and directors 190 $44,220 $25,550 - 62,850 11% 75%
85 Reporters and correspondents 190 $41,560 $20,440 - 65,450 1% 85%
86 Special education teachers, middle school 180 $40,080 $25,430 - 59,130 16% 87%
87 Budget analysts 170 $60,880 $44,490 - 81,450 7% 78%
88 Human resources managers, all other 150 $86,570 $40,640 - 139,340 11% 58%
89 Hydrologists 150 $70,580 $47,170 - 101,730 24% 93%
90 Commercial pilots 150 $57,050 $33,930 - 80,820 13% 74%
91 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 150 $49,550 $28,900 - 79,400 25% 93%
92 Mental health counselors 150 $39,770 $26,540 - 56,170 30% 73%
93 Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers 140 $70,910 $36,360 - 107,410 22% 93%
94 Landscape architects 140 $43,040 $21,610 - 75,520 16% 88%
95 Environmental engineers 130 $72,660 $46,930 - 105,670 25% 86%
96 Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 130 $63,790 $37,450 - 97,800 20% 99%
97 Podiatrists 130 $61,490 $42,290 - 102,090 10% 99%
98 Advertising and promotions managers 130 $59,560 $31,460 - 93,160 6% 76%
99 Insurance underwriters 130 $56,990 $34,400 - 82,910 6% 53%
100 Floral designers 130 $25,850 $19,000 - 32,250 -9% 55%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Cashiers 10,880 $20,310 $15,000 - 30,160 -3% 10%
2 Retail salespersons 10,310 $25,560 $15,130 - 44,690 12% 25%
3 Customer service representatives 9,720 $28,980 $19,050 - 42,630 25% 22%
4 Office clerks, general 7,960 $26,670 $16,270 - 38,720 13% 19%
5 Waiters and waitresses 6,920 $18,170 $14,680 - 27,020 11% 14%
6 General and operations managers 6,290 $97,600 $40,800 - 2% 48%
7 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 5,840 $17,520 $14,710 - 21,100 18% 5%
8 Stock clerks and order fillers 5,570 $21,940 $15,340 - 32,750 -8% 8%
9 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 5,050 $21,750 $15,260 - 31,800 2% 5%
10 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 5,040 $37,200 $25,260 - 52,010 15% 18%
11 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 4,950 $29,380 $18,980 - 41,300 1% 18%
12 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 4,830 $21,110 $15,210 - 29,240 15% 4%
13 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 4,590 $23,900 $17,410 - 31,150 18% 7%
14 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 4,340 $32,990 $22,250 - 46,750 13% 16%
15 Receptionists and information clerks 4,080 $24,410 $16,910 - 32,320 17% 13%
16 Home health aides 4,030 $22,210 $17,400 - 25,880 49% 7%
17 Teacher assistants 3,850 $22,970 $16,300 - 31,390 10% 18%
18 Maintenance and repair workers, general 3,810 $30,640 $18,110 - 46,160 10% 6%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 3,580 $44,030 $27,060 - 64,330 6% 29%
20 Security guards 3,410 $21,710 $15,480 - 30,020 17% 13%
21 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 3,340 $22,040 $16,240 - 30,450 18% 6%
22 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 3,310 $18,300 $14,880 - 23,530 13% 5%
23 Telemarketers 3,300 $21,630 $15,550 - 29,210 -10% 14%
24 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 3,230 $38,240 $23,290 - 57,670 4% 25%
25 Cooks, restaurant 2,940 $21,430 $16,410 - 28,540 12% 5%
26 Carpenters 2,670 $38,100 $22,730 - 59,520 10% 6%
27 Food preparation workers 2,450 $21,630 $15,010 - 34,310 15% 7%
28 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 2,420 $22,660 $15,830 - 34,540 4% 6%
29 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 2,400 $28,950 $16,050 - 45,850 8% 4%
30 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 2,390 $38,560 $26,190 - 57,670 10% 4%
31 Construction laborers 2,390 $28,360 $18,070 - 43,010 11% 5%
32 Medical assistants 2,390 $27,270 $21,280 - 34,880 35% 10%
33 Personal and home care aides 2,340 $21,400 $17,490 - 25,370 51% 10%
34 Team assemblers 2,260 $24,600 $17,170 - 32,650 0% 5%
35 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 2,220 $30,390 $17,850 - 45,160 11% 14%
36 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 2,130 $40,090 $21,930 - 64,700 14% 4%
37 Electricians 2,120 $37,790 $23,530 - 52,970 7% 7%
38 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 2,060 $55,410 $42,870 - 68,930 11% 33%
39 Cooks, fast food 2,030 $18,050 $14,800 - 22,910 8% 5%
40 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 2,000 $43,080 $33,070 - 53,530 14% 7%
41 Bill and account collectors 1,920 $30,010 $21,240 - 39,940 23% 13%
42 Dishwashers 1,810 $16,970 $14,830 - 19,960 10% 3%
43 Tellers 1,770 $24,240 $19,400 - 30,540 14% 16%
44 Business operations specialists, all other 1,660 $58,950 $34,750 - 90,480 21% 49%
45 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 1,640 $17,720 $14,720 - 24,040 10% 8%
46 Preschool teachers, except special education 1,590 $25,750 $17,360 - 38,880 26% 43%
47 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 1,560 $39,970 $31,290 - 50,790 8% 3%
48 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 1,540 $17,560 $14,740 - 22,690 12% 6%
49 Packers and packagers, hand 1,490 $17,410 $14,690 - 23,270 -12% 3%
50 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 1,480 $55,670 $33,560 - 83,200 0% 42%
51 Medical secretaries 1,420 $28,800 $20,570 - 39,430 17% 18%
52 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 1,360 $55,140 $35,980 - 78,010 7% 13%
53 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 1,340 $17,430 $14,830 - 20,820 10% 17%
54 Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks 1,330 $34,020 $18,690 - 49,420 1% 29%
55 Cooks, short order 1,310 $18,960 $15,030 - 24,230 5% 5%
56 Drywall and ceiling tile installers 1,280 $35,640 $23,050 - 72,210 7% 2%
57 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 1,270 $51,500 $25,800 - 84,840 -5% 15%
58 Pharmacy technicians 1,270 $28,020 $20,900 - 37,220 32% 16%
59 Child care workers 1,260 $19,210 $15,160 - 24,670 18% 15%
60 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 1,250 $39,990 $24,630 - 57,730 11% 4%
61 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 1,230 $53,010 $33,480 - 78,510 9% 10%
62 Cement masons and concrete finishers 1,170 $33,570 $25,620 - 41,260 11% 2%
63 Driver/sales workers 1,100 $21,170 $14,720 - 35,960 -5% 4%
64 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 1,080 $29,660 $21,290 - 40,110 4% 15%
65 Bartenders 1,080 $20,730 $14,820 - 32,340 11% 17%
66 Tapers 1,050 $31,730 $23,520 - 40,790 7% 2%
67 Radiologic technologists and technicians 990 $46,760 $27,980 - 64,340 15% 25%
68 Computer support specialists 970 $45,230 $26,740 - 69,250 13% 43%
69 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 970 $30,850 $15,350 - 53,940 27% 47%
70 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 960 $24,710 $15,280 - 38,030 10% 5%
71 Painters, construction and maintenance 950 $31,300 $22,780 - 41,630 12% 6%
72 Recreation workers 920 $27,210 $15,860 - 40,640 13% 47%
73 Postal service mail carriers 910 $0 $ - 1% 11%
74 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 900 $26,280 $14,880 - 42,480 12% 6%
75 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 890 $18,340 $14,790 - 23,390 14% 3%
76 Fire fighters 870 $40,220 $27,270 - 52,960 12% 18%
77 Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 850 $47,130 $32,530 - 60,850 11% 11%
78 Parts salespersons 850 $28,810 $15,920 - 46,240 -2% 6%
79 Bus drivers, school 840 $22,970 $16,170 - 30,270 9% 4%
80 Legal secretaries 810 $37,790 $26,920 - 58,180 12% 18%
81 Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 790 $32,740 $18,420 - 51,630 -7% 14%
82 Counter and rental clerks 790 $22,590 $15,630 - 34,130 23% 16%
83 Kindergarten teachers, except special education 780 $33,530 $25,860 - 41,870 16% 43%
84 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 780 $24,630 $18,190 - 32,400 11% 5%
85 Administrative services managers 750 $61,550 $25,610 - 105,430 12% 40%
86 Medical records and health information technicians 750 $28,950 $18,450 - 42,820 18% 12%
87 Switchboard operators, including answering service 750 $23,340 $16,680 - 31,240 -8% 10%
88 Bus drivers, transit and intercity 730 $33,370 $24,320 - 41,100 13% 4%
89 All other information and record clerks 730 $32,160 $22,330 - 45,440 -13% 21%
90 Data entry keyers 730 $26,860 $20,320 - 33,330 -5% 18%
91 Machinists 710 $39,710 $26,680 - 51,740 -3% 3%
92 Industrial truck and tractor operators 710 $29,220 $19,470 - 41,480 -2% 2%
93 Physicians and surgeons, all other 690 $200,550 $117,830 - 0% 0%
94 Paralegals and legal assistants 690 $44,710 $29,670 - 70,100 22% 45%
95 Food service managers 690 $40,890 $23,840 - 66,630 5% 24%
96 Loan officers 660 $60,280 $34,100 - 97,790 12% 49%
97 Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance 640 $36,000 $19,850 - 53,430 2% 11%
98 Dental hygienists 630 $74,060 $62,860 - 85,920 30% 33%
99 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 630 $39,180 $27,100 - 51,880 9% 3%
100 Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 630 $28,800 $17,090 - 40,510 12% 0%
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Jobs More Common Near Tucson Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers 66,910 320 43.4
Tapers 31,730 1,050 13.1
Hydrologists 70,580 150 11.5
Gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators 29,450 140 10.9
Slot key persons 33,100 210 10.9
Stonemasons 31,310 260 10.3
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 42,040 960 7.7
Podiatrists 61,490 130 6.9
Floor layers, except carpet, wood, and hard tiles 43,550 110 6.8
Gaming service workers, all other 21,740 120 6.1
Life, physical, and social science technicians, all other 42,050 620 4.6
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other 81,380 300 4.4
Court reporters 48,140 120 4
Drywall and ceiling tile installers 35,640 1,280 3.8
Photographic process workers 25,990 140 3.8
Tile and marble setters 31,050 460 3.8
Telemarketers 21,630 3,300 3.7
Gaming supervisors 41,640 220 3.7
Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks 34,020 1,330 3.6
Skin care specialists 27,060 190 3.4
Massage therapists 35,770 440 3.4
Cooks, short order 18,960 1,310 3.2
Radio and television announcers 39,640 180 3.2
Plasterers and stucco masons 31,040 290 3.2
Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 31,220 430 3.2
Electrical engineers 88,280 1,350 3.1
Landscape architects 43,040 140 3.1
Commercial pilots 57,050 150 3.1
Surveyors 44,150 430 3
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 47,130 850 3
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 39,180 1,220 3
Locksmiths and safe repairers 23,720 100 2.9
Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers 36,130 100 2.8
Law clerks 39,770 200 2.6
Helpers, construction trades, all other 20,670 130 2.6
Computer software engineers, systems software 83,960 2,880 2.5
Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters 24,010 310 2.5
Internists, general 169,150 260 2.4
Dental laboratory technicians 27,030 230 2.4
Service station attendants 21,470 420 2.4
Medical equipment preparers 25,390 250 2.3
Electronics engineers, except computer 98,160 900 2.3
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 34,360 750 2.3
Court, municipal, and license clerks 32,570 540 2.2
Pest control workers 24,940 360 2.2
Brickmasons and blockmasons 45,330 590 2.2
Cement masons and concrete finishers 33,570 1,170 2.1
Tire repairers and changers 21,910 490 2.1
Surveying and mapping technicians 43,820 390 2.1
Crane and tower operators 58,310 170 2.1

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Tucson, Arizona Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Home appliance repairers 50,500 1.41 120
Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers 32,820 1.4 110
Photographers 42,650 1.35 140
First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers 47,400 1.33 510
Network systems and data communications analysts 82,920 1.28 370
Crane and tower operators 58,310 1.28 170
Vocational education teachers, postsecondary 61,640 1.27 340
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 24,710 1.24 960
Teachers and instructors, all other 47,280 1.24 320
Protective service workers, all other 37,440 1.21 200
Computer systems analysts 82,270 1.2 1,330
First-line supervisors/managers, protective service workers, all other 55,930 1.19 180
Electronics engineers, except computer 98,160 1.19 900
Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks 34,020 1.17 1,330
Advertising sales agents 54,770 1.17 560
Dental hygienists 74,060 1.17 630
Helpers--installation, maintenance, and repair workers 28,800 1.16 630
Butchers and meat cutters 34,790 1.16 390
Surveying and mapping technicians 43,820 1.15 390
Police and sheriff's patrol officers 55,410 1.14 2,060
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other 81,380 1.14 300
Social and human service assistants 32,330 1.14 1,020
Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers 39,380 1.13 170
Dentists, general 183,110 1.13 430
Slot key persons 33,100 1.13 210
Community and social service specialists, all other 43,020 1.13 210
Recreation workers 27,210 1.13 920
Food preparation workers 21,630 1.13 2,450
Physicians and surgeons, all other 200,550 1.13 690
Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders 34,410 1.12 230
Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers 33,140 1.12 300
Meter readers, utilities 39,670 1.12 130
Computer software engineers, applications 86,360 1.12 1,160
Library technicians 32,870 1.11 440
Accountants and auditors 66,500 1.11 2,870
Bakers 26,670 1.11 350
Industrial production managers 97,860 1.11 220
Engineering managers 121,630 1.11 840
Automotive service technicians and mechanics 40,090 1.11 2,130
Electrical engineers 88,280 1.1 1,350
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 80,260 1.1 280
Physical therapists 80,830 1.1 500
Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers 40,860 1.1 230
Coaches and scouts 39,260 1.1 530
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 39,180 1.1 1,220
Bus drivers, transit and intercity 33,370 1.1 730
Photographic processing machine operators 24,370 1.1 110
Cashiers 20,310 1.1 10,880
Purchasing managers 97,550 1.09 210
Surgical technologists 42,550 1.09 250

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Career References and Original Articles

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Career Overviews of hundreds of careers: descriptions, salaries, forecasts, schools, more.
Best Careers Not Requiring Degrees: Good pay, job growth, low need for degrees.
Helpful Articles, many in "how-to" format; e.g., "How to Become a Chef".
Infographics covering employment and educational trends.

College Directories and Lists

These lists link to thousands of detailed school profiles.

Colleges by State. Nearly every college and trade school in the country.
Colleges Listed Alphabetically. About 7,000 colleges & trade schools, including online schools.
Colleges by Major City. Browse cities with multiple college options.
Online Colleges. Colleges with online degree programs.
Graduate Schools by State. Colleges offering graduate degree programs.
Graduate Schools by Major City. Find cities with multiple graduate school options.
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