If you (or someone you know) is looking for a job in Tucson, this page will help!
You’ll find information about average salaries, largest employers, and the current job market, along with tips to find local jobs.
This page will also be regularly updated with any job-related events: job fairs, hiring events, career expos, resume workshops, and audition opportunities.
LARGEST EMPLOYERS IN TUCSON
The three largest employers in Tucson are:
Together, they employ more than 34,000 people.
JOBS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
There are approximately 15,000 people employed at the University of Arizona.
As of April 2019, there were 770 current job openings and this number stays relatively stable throughout the year as people enter and exit positions.
Currently, the most needed types of employees, in descending order, are:
- classified staff
- postdoctoral research scholars
Classified and appointed employee opportunities range from dining services, facilities, and administrative support to accountants, business managers, and director level positions.
Each hiring department establishes position requirements. Note that some instructor or lecturer positions may only require a Master’s degree and related professional experience.
TIPS FOR GETTING A JOB AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
Endeliza Ramos, a representative of the HR and Recruitment department, gives this advice: “Tailor your application materials to showcase your experience and skills related to the position requirements. It is also important to know that many candidates may meet minimum requirements so distinguish yourself by sharing your interest in the role, knowledge of the UA, and knowledge of the hiring department. You can learn a great amount of information by familiarizing yourself with the posting and conducting research on the university’s website.”
JOBS AT RAYTHEON
There are approximately 12,745 people employed at Raytheon with 1,900 job openings.
Primary talent need is within the technology space and areas that support the development and production of products. This includes all types of Engineers (electrical, software, mechanical, industrial) and Cyber Security, as well as supply chain roles and people with programs management experience.
TIPS FOR GETTING A JOB AT RAYTHEON
John Patterson, Raytheon Missile Systems Public Relations Director, shares this advice, “When you see a job that you believe is a fit for your skills, apply quickly. We have over 30,000 applicants and review them in sequential order of when the application is submitted. Second, be sure your resume reflects all the skills listed that are ‘required’ such as education requirements, minimum years of experience, and anything specific to the role. Finally, if you don’t get a call for an interview, please try again. While we look at previous applicants, the volume of applicants may prevent us from relooking at all our previous applicants. If another job opens up that seems to be a fit, apply again.”
OTHER EMPLOYERS IN TUCSON
Other medium to large employers in Tucson include:
- Carondelet Health Network (includes St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital)
- City of Tucson
- Pima Community College
- Pima County
- State of Arizona (includes Department of Corrections & Department of Public Safety)
- Tucson Electric Power (TEP)
- Tucson Medical Center (TMC)
- Tucson Unified School District
- U.S. Customs & Border Protection
If you are a teacher or are seeking a career in the educational arena, there are many public, private, and charter schools in the Tucson metro area.
UNEMPLOYMENT/EMPLOYMENT RATE IN TUCSON
The unemployment rate is on-par with the national average so you may not have trouble finding a job depending on your education level, qualifications, and/or areas of expertise.
SALARIES IN TUCSON
As reported by U.S. News & World Report, salaries are slightly lower in Tucson (average: $44,560/yr) compared to the national average of $49,630. That being said, many people argue that the cost of living and the housing market is also lower in Tucson so you may be able to have a comfortable home and lifestyle even with a smaller income.
TIPS FOR FINDING A JOB IN TUCSON
Most of the following tips would be applicable in any city. If you are currently job-hunting, be sure to:
- Dress to Impress. Although Tucson does tend to have a more casual work culture than what you might find on the East Coast, it is still important to dress smartly for job interviews.
- Polish your Resume. A current, well-formatted resume can help to create a positive first impression. It is especially important that your resume is free of grammar and spelling errors.
- Update Your LinkedIn profile. Since you are already working on your resume, use that same information to create or perfect your LinkedIn profile to make it easier for prospective employers to find you.
- Meet people. It is difficult to find a job in isolation. Attend local business conferences and events. Join a local association in your industry. Find ways to gather regularly with friends, family members, mentors, and former connections.
You may also want or need to pursue an advanced degree, certificate, or additional education to make yourself more marketable. While there are a number of trade and industry-specific colleges, you will probably want to begin your degree search at The University of Arizona or Pima Community College. Grand Canyon University, headquartered in Phoenix, also offers numerous online degree programs.
RELOCATING TO TUCSON
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JOB FAIRS & JOB OPENINGS IN TUCSON
Below you will find upcoming job-related events in Tucson.
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The DREAM Job Fair hosts many of the regions top employers and hundreds of job seekers from all of over Southern Arizona every year. Who should attend? Any person with a disability, plus their parents or family, caretakers, or guardians. All ages, with any disability and/or special need! Why should I be there? This is your opportunity to meet face-to-face with many employers in the greater Tucson area. If you want to know what choices you have for jobs, this…Find out more »
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