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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.

Jobs in Tucson

RankTitleTotal EmployeesLocal Mean Salary (Per Year)Local Mean Salary (Per hour)National Growth % 2014-2024
1All Occupations364930$46,140$22.18100
2Office and Administrative Support Occupations61960$34,320$16.514.35
3Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations38280$25,770$12.398.55
4Sales and Related Occupations34200$32,460$15.619.9
5Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations24120$79,010$37.985.8
6Education, Training, and Library Occupations23090$51,560$24.796.05
7Management Occupations20630$91,410$43.956.15
8Transportation and Material Moving Occupations17270$33,220$15.976.55
9Personal Care and Service Occupations16510$26,420$12.74.3
10Business and Financial Operations Occupations15320$64,920$31.215.25
11Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations14730$44,410$21.353.8
12Customer Service Representatives14580$29,130$141.75
13Construction and Extraction Occupations14020$40,340$19.394.45
14Computer and Mathematical Occupations12210$80,670$38.782.9
15Protective Service Occupations11600$47,640$22.92.2
16Retail Salespersons11530$25,150$12.092.85
17Production Occupations11470$38,120$18.335.7
18Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations11240$26,950$12.953.65
19Healthcare Support Occupations10790$30,990$14.93
20Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food9570$23,490$11.292.3
21Cashiers8490$23,790$11.442.2
22Registered Nurses8380$72,390$34.81.95
23Architecture and Engineering Occupations7950$96,900$46.581.7
24Waiters and Waitresses7800$27,570$13.261.7
25Community and Social Service Occupations7670$41,290$19.851.65
26Personal Care Aides7430$22,850$10.991.5
27Office Clerks, General7000$33,410$16.061.9
28Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive6080$33,940$16.321.5
29General and Operations Managers5940$83,300$40.051.5
30Stock Clerks and Order Fillers5720$27,160$13.061.3
31Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners4990$25,090$12.071.55
32Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations4670$45,940$22.081.8
33First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers4610$50,920$24.480.95
34Cooks, Restaurant4260$25,440$12.230.8
35Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations4220$65,430$31.460.8
36Maintenance and Repair Workers, General3670$35,470$17.050.9
37Receptionists and Information Clerks3220$29,200$14.040.7
38First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers3170$42,990$20.671
39Software Developers, Systems Software3140$106,180$51.050.3
40Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand3050$28,760$13.831.7
41Medical Assistants3040$30,900$14.860.45
42First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers2840$32,830$15.790.6
43Security Guards2840$26,040$12.520.7
44Cooks, Fast Food2770$21,480$10.330.3
45Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks2740$39,020$18.761.05
46Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers2720$28,300$13.610.8
47Nursing Assistants2680$28,520$13.711
48Legal Occupations2520$80,220$38.570.8
49Business Operations Specialists, All Other2350$66,340$31.890.7
50Construction Laborers2340$30,610$14.720.8
51Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers2290$45,660$21.951.2
52Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products2190$55,070$26.480.9
53Bartenders2160$29,110$140.4
54Accountants and Auditors2060$62,600$30.10.9
55Correctional Officers and Jailers2050$41,950$20.170.25
56Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners2000$22,460$10.80.9
57Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers1990$24,590$11.820.3
58Sales Representatives, Services, All Other1990$42,210$20.30.6
59Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1930$38,380$18.450.5
60Computer User Support Specialists1880$51,230$24.630.4
61Detectives and Criminal Investigators1760$81,730$39.30.1
62Managers, All Other1690$90,760$43.630.6
63Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers1630$61,260$29.450.4
64First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers1630$56,660$27.240.4
65Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants1570$45,810$22.020.35
66Dishwashers1560$22,390$10.760.3
67Child, Family, and School Social Workers1560$36,620$17.610.2
68Pharmacy Technicians1560$35,120$16.890.3
69Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment1550$23,690$11.390.2
70Driver/Sales Workers1520$22,180$10.660.3
71Home Health Aides1500$24,940$11.990.7
72Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers1490$34,840$16.750.6
73Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers1460$30,250$14.540
74Medical Secretaries1460$35,170$16.910.4
75Computer Systems Analysts1440$78,950$37.960.4
76Software Developers, Applications1400$81,730$39.30.55
77Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs1340$25,640$12.330.2
78First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers1330$63,170$30.370.3
79Medical and Health Services Managers1310$103,640$49.830.25
80Packers and Packagers, Hand1310$25,410$12.210.45
81Financial Managers1300$95,660$45.990.4
82Training and Development Specialists1300$58,180$27.970.2
83Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists1270$29,730$14.290.4
84Pharmacists1240$118,850$57.140.2
85Lawyers1230$109,690$52.740.5
86Mechanical Engineers1220$98,470$47.340.2
87Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education1200$30,010$14.430.3
88First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers1200$32,880$15.810.2
89Human Resources Specialists1200$55,740$26.80.35
90Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors1170$41,410$19.910.2
91Childcare Workers1100$24,020$11.550.8
92Compliance Officers1090$59,460$28.590.2
93Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks1090$33,760$16.230.4
94Food Preparation Workers1080$25,150$12.090.6
95Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers1080$42,230$20.30.2
96Social and Human Service Assistants1080$35,140$16.890.25
97Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop1080$22,880$110.3
98Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses1070$49,840$23.960.5
99Carpenters1070$35,130$16.890.7
100Sales Managers1060$92,860$44.640.2
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Jobs More Common Near Tucson Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$46,140364,930
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,32061,960
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,77038,280
Sales and Related Occupations$32,46034,200
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$79,01024,120
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$51,56023,090
Management Occupations$91,41020,630
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,22017,270
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,42016,510
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,92015,320
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,41014,730
Customer Service Representatives$29,13014,580
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,34014,020
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$80,67012,210
Protective Service Occupations$47,64011,600
Retail Salespersons$25,15011,530
Production Occupations$38,12011,470
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,95011,240
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,99010,790
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food$23,4909,570
Cashiers$23,7908,490
Registered Nurses$72,3908,380
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$96,9007,950
Waiters and Waitresses$27,5707,800
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,2907,670
Personal Care Aides$22,8507,430
Office Clerks, General$33,4107,000
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,9406,080
General and Operations Managers$83,3005,940
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,1605,720
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,0904,990
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$45,9404,670
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$50,9204,610
Cooks, Restaurant$25,4404,260
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$65,4304,220
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,4703,670
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,2003,220
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,9903,170
Software Developers, Systems Software$106,1803,140
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,7603,050
Medical Assistants$30,9003,040
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,8302,840
Security Guards$26,0402,840
Cooks, Fast Food$21,4802,770
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,0202,740
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,3002,720
Nursing Assistants$28,5202,680
Legal Occupations$80,2202,520
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$66,3402,350
Construction Laborers$30,6102,340

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

TitleMean Local SalaryLocal Jobs
All Occupations$46,140364,930
Office and Administrative Support Occupations$34,32061,960
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations$25,77038,280
Sales and Related Occupations$32,46034,200
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations$79,01024,120
Education, Training, and Library Occupations$51,56023,090
Management Occupations$91,41020,630
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations$33,22017,270
Personal Care and Service Occupations$26,42016,510
Business and Financial Operations Occupations$64,92015,320
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations$44,41014,730
Customer Service Representatives$29,13014,580
Construction and Extraction Occupations$40,34014,020
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$80,67012,210
Protective Service Occupations$47,64011,600
Retail Salespersons$25,15011,530
Production Occupations$38,12011,470
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations$26,95011,240
Healthcare Support Occupations$30,99010,790
Registered Nurses$72,3908,380
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$96,9007,950
Waiters and Waitresses$27,5707,800
Community and Social Service Occupations$41,2907,670
Office Clerks, General$33,4107,000
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$33,9406,080
General and Operations Managers$83,3005,940
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$27,1605,720
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$25,0904,990
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations$45,9404,670
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers$50,9204,610
Cooks, Restaurant$25,4404,260
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations$65,4304,220
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$35,4703,670
Receptionists and Information Clerks$29,2003,220
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers$42,9903,170
Software Developers, Systems Software$106,1803,140
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$28,7603,050
Medical Assistants$30,9003,040
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers$32,8302,840
Security Guards$26,0402,840
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$39,0202,740
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$28,3002,720
Nursing Assistants$28,5202,680
Legal Occupations$80,2202,520
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$66,3402,350
Construction Laborers$30,6102,340
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$45,6602,290
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$55,0702,190
Bartenders$29,1102,160
Accountants and Auditors$62,6002,060

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