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Education in the Southwest: Come to Arizona

According to the University of Arizona Economic and Business Research Center, with reference to the recent recession, Arizona employment is no longer falling, personal income is stable, retail sales are up, and the housing market looks to be recovering. Arizona's top economic driver--tourism--however, is having a hard time recovering. Even during the recession, in 2009 tourism still accounted for 200,000 jobs and a $2 billion addition to the state coffers. A recent Manpower Employment survey ranked Arizona second in the nation for best hiring opportunities, another indication that economic recovery may be on the way.

Arizona Career Outlook and Job Market

To broaden it's economic base, Arizona continues to support its established aerospace & defense and electronics industry, is expanding its communications and information technology sector, and plans to move into the life sciences and sustainable systems technology sectors. The editor of Business Facilities, a magazine for economic developers, noted that he is impressed with Arizona's "interaction with higher education and research and development" in the alternative energy and solar manufacturing sectors. Workforce Arizona projects that top job growth in Arizona from 2008-2018 should be in education and health services, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality.

Getting an Education in AZ

According to a September 2010 report from the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center, the majority of middle and high skill Arizona jobs require postsecondary education. The Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that higher education pays in terms of higher salaries and lower unemployment. No matter what degree level you seek, look at campus and online Arizona schools for degree programs that meet your educational needs.