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High-Paying and Growing Jobs in Phoenix, Arizona, to 2030

Ms. Inglish is a successful employment & training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

Downtown Phoenix at night.

Downtown Phoenix at night.

Fastest Economic Growth in Arizona

The Greater Phoenix Area is the fastest growing economy in the state, providing more jobs than any other workforce area in Arizona. The fastest growing section of Phoenix is Queen Creek and the area attracting the most millionaires and billionaires to live and start businesses is Paradise Vally, a northern suburb.

On November 17, 2022, the governor's office and the Arizona Department of Administration opened the Arizona Business One Stop online location for large and small businesses owners to plan and expand businesses in Arizona.

The governor's office also announced in November that the state will invest $100 million in the fast-growing semiconductor industry, an important part of the state economy, especially in the Phoenix area. This followed the Ohio announcement in January of a $20 billion investment in the same industry with plans to become the largest producer of semiconductors in the world. The competition should grow the economies of both states.

Greater Phoenix Area: Maricopa County

Maricopa Workforce Area: Greater Phoenix

The most in-demand industries in this area for 2020 through 2022 include the following top six that are projected by local government and the governor's office to continue to expand to 2030:

  1. Construction
  2. Administrative and waste services, including recycling
  3. Information Technology, especially in healthcare and aerospace
  4. Health care and social assistance, especially registered nurses
  5. Finance and insurance
  6. Manufacturing, especially in semiconductors

Over 721,000 jobs are expected to be added to this workforce area between 2020 and 2030.

As of 11/19/22, over 120,000 job vacancies were listed on for this area.

Jobs Expecting the Highest Growth to 2030

Companies Hiring the Most Workers

  1. The Kumler Group: Real estate agents and buyers, 7,500 jobs during 4th Quarter 2022. Jobs pay from $75K to $200K per annum.
  2. Taco Bell, especially in Paradise Valley. Managers can earn up to $55K annually and people with a high school diploma can become shift managers that earn $17 to $19 per hour.
  3. Circle K: Gas and convenience stores; Safeway Grocery, and Fry Food Stores, part of the Kroger Company. Even a part-time grocery bagger at Fry's can earn between $23.5 to $30K per year, and cashiers and delivery people can earn higher rates.
  4. Paradise Valley School District. Wealthy people are bringing their families into this suburb, requiring additional educational services for children. Teachers can earn up to $60K/year and other positions offer up to $25/hour.
  5. Banner Health, Gifted Healthcare, and RNnetwork: Health and medical personnel and other staff, earning $40 to $50 per hour at Banner and up to $75/hour at Gifted Healthcare. RN and BSN nurses are in high demand. Over 6,000 openings for nurses were listed on for this area during November 2022.

Largest Phoenix Area Employers

From the Arizona Top 100 Companies of the state Chamber of Commerce:

  1. Banner Health at; 2901 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85012; 41,435 local workers
  2. Inc.; 40,000+ employed in Arizona
  3. State of Arizona;; 100 N. 15th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85007; 39,000+ workers
  4. Walmart;; 38,000+ Arizona workers
  5. Arizona State University;; 34,421 employed locally

Additional important companies among largest employers:

  1. Kroger/Fry's: Grocery, retail, other
  2. Wells Fargo: Financial
  3. Albertson's/Safeway: Grocery, retail. other
  4. Circle K: Convenience stores and gasoline
  5. Home Depot: Hardware, DIY, garden, other
  6. Raytheon Missiles, Defense, Intelligence, and Space: World's largest in missile systems production/manufacturing; also, a leader in aerospace products and services. Part of NASA Commercial Crew, they are veteran-friendly, hiring Wounded Warriors through Operation Phoenix.
  7. Honeywell: Aerospace products and services. NASA Commercial Crew.

Economic Recovery

Economists (Forbes, U.S. Government) had predicted an increase in some 23,000 new jobs for Phoenix for 2012, but they revised their prediction to more than double that at 47,000+ in May 2012 (Arizona Republic, May 2012). In May 2015, job listings for the Phoenix area had increased to 66,000+ openings and by late 2022, to 120,000+ openings.

Unemployment Rate

Phoenix is an important part of the statistical area labelled Maricopa County or Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, with an unemployment rate decreasing from 7.5% in July 2012 to 5.4% in October 2015 to 4.9% in October 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many job openings exist that are yet to be filled.

Biomedical Advances From Phoenix Businesses

The Phoenix Biomedical Campus (BPC) project combines the resources of three state universities in Downtown Phoenix with private research facilities, secondary education professionals, and government resources to build a healthy America.

Strongest partners in residence at this facility:

  • Arizona State University (ASU)
  • Dignity Health: UA Cancer Center
  • Exact Sciences: Cancer research and treatment
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • Northern Arizona University (NAU).
  • Phoenix Union Bioscience High School
  • Translational Genomics Research
  • United States National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • University of Arizona (UA)

Given the talent and results already achieved at PBC, the biomedical industry future will expand its success as fast as the local aerospace program. In fact, biomedical aspects of space travel, included privatized programs, will link the two projects.

Other Biomedical Advances in Phoenix

  • ASU and Mayo Clinic signed an education, healthcare, and research agreement.
  • Banner Health's Alzheimer’s Institute is leading a research project worldwide to discover ways of preventing the condition.
  • Barrow Neurological Institute is the number one training ground for neurosurgeons in the U.S.
  • GE Healthcare received FDA approval for a new cardiovascular ultrasound system.
  • St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center has become a dedicated medical school campus.

Most Highly Paid Jobs in Maricopa

Highest Paid Jobs According to and U.S. Department of Labor:

  1. Physicists
  2. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  3. MD General Pediatricians
  4. Pathologists
  5. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  6. Nurse Anesthetists
  7. General Dentists
  8. Architectural and Engineering Managers
  9. Podiatrists
  10. Aerospace Engineers
The aerospace industry is a large employer.

The aerospace industry is a large employer.

The Aerospace Industry

Arizona supports over 1,200 aerospace companies in late 2022, up from 500 such companies in 2015, and many of these are NASA's Commercial Crew partners.

The Commercial Crew began gathering before the last U.S. Shuttle flight in order to begin the transition from government to privatized aerospace endeavors. The Commercial Crew and NASA personnel are finding high success, especially with partners like SpaceX.

Private companies like Google, Paul Allen, and James Cameron have been in the aerospace business for some time at this writing, starting a space mining project back in 2012, set to begin work in the mid-2020s. Artimis I Launched out around the moon in late Autumn 2022, to break a path for future lunar exploration and a new space station beyond the far side of the moon.

Phoenix Metropolitan–Area Aerospace Companies

This market area supports hundreds of relevant aerospace companies and branches. In the exciting decade of 2020 through 2030, some of the most active will continue to include:

  • Accord Technology
  • Able Aerospace
  • Aerospace Solutions
  • Alliant Techsystems
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Honeywell Aerospace
  • MedAire
  • AeroGuard
  • General Dynamics C4 Systems
  • GeoBlu Services
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC)
  • Paragon Transportation LLC
  • Phoenix Technology Works
  • Pinnacle Aerospace
  • Semiray/MISTRAS Group
  • Sonic Aerospace Inc
  • Space Data - Aerospace, Gas & Oil, Transportation, several others and the military StarFighter® and StarSite® that create ground communication and data hubs of 400 miles diameter.

Local Universities and Space

Local universities are all members of the Arizona Space Grant Consortium and work with private businesses and the government to further our country's Space Program as they help to create new jobs. Near Phoenix is a related center for Astronomical Adaptive Optics, the Department of Planetary Sciences, and the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.

Arizona State University with a campus in Phoenix and other campuses nearby created four units that ensured success for the milestone Mars Exploration Rover Mission (MER) that sends us pictures and data every day from Mars.

Successful Privatized Space Projects

  • ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration: From Earth and Environmental Studies to Astrophysics, Astronomy, Geology, Engineering and Science Education, students have a chance to master skills in cutting edge aerospace research for high-paying jobs.
A beautiful desert sunset.

A beautiful desert sunset.


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2012 Patty Inglish MS


Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 18, 2013:

The border situation is bad all the way around, at least from the news about it I get up here in the Midwest. I'd think truck driving would be hard wearing on the body during long-haul anywhere, but wonder how long the high wages will be offered. It must be pretty frustrating to drive in South Dakota where the Native Americans block the highway and construction of the Keystone pipeline. The worst must be driving on the Ice Roads farther north, though, I think.

Thanks for visiting!

Ghost32 on February 18, 2013:

Had to check this one out, mainly because I mostly ignore Phoenix despite it being relatively nearby (6 hours drive max). I was a little surprised to see truck driving jobs (some of them) reaching up toward the $100k range. Until now, the only driving jobs I'd been aware of that paid in that range were oil patch related, plus maybe the occasional heavy hauler here and there.

We haven't seen the # of border crossers increasing again, though. Perhaps the folks south of the border aren't really up on the improved conditions yet, either.

Voted Up and More.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 20, 2012:

Economy is rising in certain pockets of America, and the Phoenix Area seems to be one of them. I hope more events combining efforts of govt, business, and education can help us all.

healthwriterbob from United States on November 20, 2012:

Hi Patty,

Excellent hub about the economy of the Phoenix area. Interesting that the construction industry has increased hiring so much over the last year. It lends support to the belief of many economists that the U.S. is slowly but very definitely emerging from the Great Recession. Also, I did not realize that Phoenix was such as hub of biomedical research. The Phoenix Biomedical Campus is a great example of the kinds of things that can be accomplished when government, industry and academia pool their talent and resources. Voted up and interesting.

Take care.


Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 16, 2012:

I have friends that live half the year near Phoenix and they love it (semi-retired).

Carolina Dursina from Spring Green WI on November 16, 2012:

Sounds like good news, great job on his detailed hub!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 16, 2012:

I don't believe that and your comment has nothing to do with this Hub, but thanks for your views.

We have plenty of Aerospace Industry jobs open and opening in larger numbers in the very near future, although many people want to deny that.

Frank Slovenec from San Francisco, CA on November 16, 2012:

Well when welfare is extended and unemployment is extended by the Socialist Government there is not a need to look for work..a a matter of fact we should advise all people in a family making less than $40,000 to quit and let the Government Support them it will be a lot easier.