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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

Rank Title Total Employees Local Mean Salary (Per Year) Local Mean Salary (Per hour) National Growth % 2014-2024
1 All Occupations 358590 $44560 $21.42 100
2 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 60970 $34890 $16.77 14.8
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 36690 $24020 $11.55 8.3
4 Sales and Related Occupations 35970 $31720 $15.25 10.15
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 23900 $77220 $37.12 5.75
6 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 22240 $47580 $22.87 6.15
7 Management Occupations 18650 $90630 $43.57 6.05
8 Personal Care and Service Occupations 17480 $23920 $11.5 4.1
9 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 16520 $30920 $14.87 6.45
10 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 15070 $62460 $30.03 5.05
11 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 14460 $44600 $21.44 3.8
12 Construction and Extraction Occupations 13380 $40280 $19.36 4.4
13 Protective Service Occupations 11970 $45940 $22.09 2.25
14 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 11530 $77820 $37.42 2.8
15 Production Occupations 11490 $37590 $18.07 5.85
16 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 11280 $24990 $12.01 3.7
17 Customer Service Representatives 11270 $29500 $14.18 1.75
18 Retail Salespersons 11160 $24140 $11.6 3.1
19 Healthcare Support Occupations 9920 $31100 $14.95 3.05
20 Cashiers 9310 $22740 $10.93 2.25
21 Personal Care Aides 8820 $20930 $10.06 1.3
22 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 8770 $21060 $10.13 2.15
23 Registered Nurses 8390 $69620 $33.47 1.9
24 Waiters and Waitresses 8350 $25040 $12.04 1.6
25 Community and Social Service Occupations 7860 $40540 $19.49 1.65
26 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 7620 $93010 $44.71 1.65
27 Office Clerks, General 7440 $33690 $16.2 2
28 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 6580 $32990 $15.86 1.6
29 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 5690 $25880 $12.44 1.2
30 General and Operations Managers 5400 $79850 $38.39 1.4
31 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 4910 $23670 $11.38 1.6
32 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 4680 $45040 $21.65 1.7
33 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 4660 $50640 $24.35 1
34 Cooks, Restaurant 4150 $23730 $11.41 0.75
35 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 4100 $61270 $29.46 0.9
36 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 3330 $35470 $17.05 0.9
37 Medical Assistants 3250 $30390 $14.61 0.45
38 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 3170 $42120 $20.25 1
39 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 3000 $27570 $13.26 1.6
40 Security Guards 3000 $25280 $12.15 0.7
41 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 2690 $25350 $12.19 0.8
42 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 2670 $33360 $16.04 0.6
43 Receptionists and Information Clerks 2660 $28440 $13.67 0.7
44 Nursing Assistants 2430 $28160 $13.54 1.05
45 Legal Occupations 2360 $85980 $41.34 0.8
46 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 2360 $37220 $17.89 1.1
47 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 2340 $46070 $22.15 0.6
48 Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 2270 $20760 $9.98 1
49 Telemarketers 2190 $22160 $10.65 0.15
50 Cooks, Fast Food 2180 $19100 $9.18 0.3
51 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 2140 $54350 $26.13 1
52 Construction Laborers 2100 $29150 $14.01 0.8
53 Correctional Officers and Jailers 2080 $41210 $19.81 0.3
54 Accountants and Auditors 2060 $58720 $28.23 0.9
55 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 1930 $68250 $32.81 0.7
56 Driver/Sales Workers 1890 $19530 $9.39 0.3
57 Bartenders 1890 $29280 $14.08 0.4
58 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1850 $41030 $19.73 1.2
59 Computer User Support Specialists 1820 $50100 $24.08 0.4
60 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1810 $35660 $17.14 0.5
61 Detectives and Criminal Investigators 1800 $78940 $37.95 0.1
62 Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers 1760 $23440 $11.27 0.3
63 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 1720 $59130 $28.43 0.45
64 Billing and Posting Clerks 1560 $34230 $16.46 0.35
65 Medical Secretaries 1520 $34340 $16.51 0.4
66 Pharmacy Technicians 1520 $33690 $16.2 0.25
67 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 1460 $57270 $27.54 0.4
68 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 1460 $63950 $30.75 0.3
69 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 1450 $21830 $10.5 0.2
70 Child, Family, and School Social Workers 1440 $35620 $17.12 0.2
71 Computer Systems Analysts 1410 $77130 $37.08 0.4
72 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 1370 $39540 $19.01 0.2
73 Software Developers, Applications 1370 $78620 $37.8 0.5
74 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 1360 $34580 $16.63 0.6
75 Dishwashers 1340 $19690 $9.47 0.3
76 Packers and Packagers, Hand 1330 $22490 $10.81 0.45
77 First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers 1310 $32050 $15.41 0.2
78 Financial Managers 1300 $100220 $48.18 0.4
79 Managers, All Other 1300 $95250 $45.8 0.65
80 Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 1250 $26550 $12.77 0.3
81 Food Preparation Workers 1220 $22930 $11.03 0.6
82 Counter and Rental Clerks 1210 $26460 $12.72 0.3
83 Mechanical Engineers 1180 $96960 $46.62 0.2
84 Electricians 1160 $44530 $21.41 0.4
85 Training and Development Specialists 1150 $59500 $28.61 0.2
86 Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop 1150 $20170 $9.7 0.25
87 Lawyers 1140 $121090 $58.21 0.5
88 Medical and Health Services Managers 1140 $105880 $50.91 0.2
89 Human Resources Specialists 1110 $54840 $26.36 0.3
90 Pharmacists 1110 $110290 $53.03 0.2
91 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 1090 $26810 $12.89 0.4
92 Tellers 1090 $28690 $13.79 0.3
93 Dental Assistants 1090 $34190 $16.44 0.2
94 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 1080 $52870 $25.42 0.5
95 Home Health Aides 1070 $24170 $11.62 0.7
96 Sales Managers 1070 $95120 $45.73 0.2
97 Information and Record Clerks, All Other 1070 $33660 $16.18 0.1
98 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 1050 $48910 $23.51 0.5
99 Recreation Workers 1040 $21830 $10.5 0.3
100 Industrial Engineers 1010 $102250 $49.16 0.2
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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
All Occupations 44,560 358,590
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,890 60,970
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 24,020 36,690
Sales and Related Occupations 31,720 35,970
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 77,220 23,900
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 47,580 22,240
Management Occupations 90,630 18,650
Personal Care and Service Occupations 23,920 17,480
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,920 16,520
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,460 15,070
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,600 14,460
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,280 13,380
Protective Service Occupations 45,940 11,970
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 77,820 11,530
Production Occupations 37,590 11,490
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 24,990 11,280
Customer Service Representatives 29,500 11,270
Retail Salespersons 24,140 11,160
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,100 9,920
Cashiers 22,740 9,310
Personal Care Aides 20,930 8,820
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 21,060 8,770
Registered Nurses 69,620 8,390
Waiters and Waitresses 25,040 8,350
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,540 7,860
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 93,010 7,620
Office Clerks, General 33,690 7,440
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,990 6,580
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,880 5,690
General and Operations Managers 79,850 5,400
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 23,670 4,910
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,040 4,680
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,640 4,660
Cooks, Restaurant 23,730 4,150
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 61,270 4,100
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,470 3,330
Medical Assistants 30,390 3,250
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,120 3,170
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,570 3,000
Security Guards 25,280 3,000
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,350 2,690
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 33,360 2,670
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,440 2,660
Nursing Assistants 28,160 2,430
Legal Occupations 85,980 2,360
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,220 2,360
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 46,070 2,340
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 20,760 2,270
Telemarketers 22,160 2,190
Cooks, Fast Food 19,100 2,180

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

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs
All Occupations 44,560 358,590
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,890 60,970
Sales and Related Occupations 31,720 35,970
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 77,220 23,900
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 47,580 22,240
Management Occupations 90,630 18,650
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 30,920 16,520
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 62,460 15,070
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 44,600 14,460
Construction and Extraction Occupations 40,280 13,380
Protective Service Occupations 45,940 11,970
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 77,820 11,530
Production Occupations 37,590 11,490
Customer Service Representatives 29,500 11,270
Healthcare Support Occupations 31,100 9,920
Registered Nurses 69,620 8,390
Waiters and Waitresses 25,040 8,350
Community and Social Service Occupations 40,540 7,860
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 93,010 7,620
Office Clerks, General 33,690 7,440
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 32,990 6,580
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 25,880 5,690
General and Operations Managers 79,850 5,400
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 45,040 4,680
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 50,640 4,660
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 61,270 4,100
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 35,470 3,330
Medical Assistants 30,390 3,250
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 42,120 3,170
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 27,570 3,000
Security Guards 25,280 3,000
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 25,350 2,690
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 33,360 2,670
Receptionists and Information Clerks 28,440 2,660
Nursing Assistants 28,160 2,430
Legal Occupations 85,980 2,360
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 37,220 2,360
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 46,070 2,340
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 54,350 2,140
Construction Laborers 29,150 2,100
Correctional Officers and Jailers 41,210 2,080
Accountants and Auditors 58,720 2,060
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 68,250 1,930
Bartenders 29,280 1,890
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 41,030 1,850
Computer User Support Specialists 50,100 1,820
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 35,660 1,810
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 78,940 1,800
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 59,130 1,720
Billing and Posting Clerks 34,230 1,560

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