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2023 Q3
Arizona Technology Industry Impact Report
2023 has already been a whirlwind year for Arizona’s technology ecosystem. Let’s look at some of the highlights we noticed for Q3 2023:
  1. Jobs in Arizona's tech sectors reach 222k, a 3.78% one-year gain.
  2. Meanwhile, the cool-off in demand for tech workers continues, with current job postings sinking to 16.5k, the lowest in our 5-year historical dataset.
  3. Honeywell and Raytheon are exceptions in the tech hiring landscape, with prior 30-day job postings up 60 and 21 percent, respectively.
But these takeaways are just pieces of the puzzle. Look below to find inspirational stories that bring the numbers to life and illustrate the powerful impact of Arizona’s technology industry.
Data sourced from Lightcast, updated quarterly
Tech Jobs in AZ

Note: The technology sector jobs data in this dashboard are sourced from Lightcast, representing estimates of the trailing four quarters for the given reporting period. Emsi's model uses the most recent four quarters of BLS data to produce these estimations, allowing us to publish data approximately six months in advance of official BLS releases.

Tech Industry Jobs
222,017
12-Month Job Growth
3.78%
Tech Industry Earnings
$29.98B
12-Month Earnings Growth
9.4%

Tech Parks Arizona promotes leadership

 

Tech Parks Arizona announced the internal promotion of two team members. Tech Parks Arizona develops purpose-built environments customized to support businesses and facilitate university-industry interactions creating a dynamic community where startup companies and technology giants work side by side. Casey Carrillo will serve as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the University of Arizona Center for Innovation. Jessa Turner has also been promoted to Associate Vice President, Marketing & Communications for Tech Parks Arizona. 

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Google announces new commitment to Arizona, breaks ground on $600M data center


Google broke ground on a new $600 million data center in Mesa, and will use state-of-the-art technology to air cool the facility. This will be the company’s first physical presence in the state. Governor Katie Hobbs, Mesa Mayor John Giles, and other community leaders joined Google in celebrating the announcement during an event today in Mesa. Google’s new data operations center means hundreds of high-tech, high-wage jobs for Arizonans


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Tech Job Growth Comparison

1-Year % Change in Jobs

Source: Lightcast

(Updated 11-27-2023)

Tech Industry Jobs

Industry2023 Jobs5-Year % ChangeAvg. Earnings Per JobEmployment ConcentrationGross Regional Product
Computer Systems Design Services
22,661
5%
129,466
0.85$2,845,278,656
Semiconductor and Related Device Manufacturing
22,251
2%
189,938
5.28$4,152,664,442
Custom Computer Programming Services
18,611
3%
134,564
0.73$2,511,344,335
Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Manufacturing
16,109
3%
156,405
10.16$2,440,443,193
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
13,303
4%
138,444
1.28$1,787,163,636
Software Publishers
11,488
6%
173,707
0.81$1,886,753,698
Computer and Computer Peripheral Equipment and Software Merchant Wholesalers
7,257
2%
177,434
1.47$1,269,071,395
Electric Power Distribution
6,618
2%
184,306
1.44$1,195,812,213
Wired Telecommunications Carriers
6,595
-5%
110,192
0.71$839,917,110
Aircraft Manufacturing
5,516
1%
134,980
1.17$736,976,971
Surgical Appliance and Supplies Manufacturing
4,815
3%
114,671
2.1$535,601,499
Machine Shops
4,785
3%
69,804
0.82$346,640,243
Other Aircraft Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing
4,451
1%
105,092
2.19$466,830,303
Aircraft Engine and Engine Parts Manufacturing
3,988
-4%
142,878
2.5$599,557,141
All Other Plastics Product Manufacturing
3,891
3%
66,676
0.57$251,594,121
Other Computer Related Services
3,857
5%
123,151
1.14$481,603,236
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Nanotechnology and Biotechnology)
3,581
4%
153,800
0.31$552,356,725
Surgical and Medical Instrument Manufacturing
3,378
5%
106,817
1.08$340,411,686
Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing
3,148
-11%
125,616
1.35$452,769,074
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
3,101
-2%
95,957
1.59$327,033,463
Web Search Portals and All Other Information Services
2,985
6%
150,823
0.81$431,664,901

Source: Lightcast

(Updated 11-27-2023)
Diversity in Tech

Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invests in entrepreneurial women with Wells Fargo’s help


In partnership with Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management, the 13-step program helps participants create a business plan, with enhanced modules geared toward financing and expanding a business. The Wells Fargo Foundation funded DreamBuilder with grants totaling $400,000. Financial support from the Wells Fargo Foundation is part of the company’s broader commitment to small businesses as the Bank of Doing. More than 180 women have gone through the program offered by AZHCC, with the help of this support.


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Embracing diversity in health care: Banner is unlocking the power of inclusive care for the LGBTQ+ community


Dr. Varun Monga and Dr. Venkata Buddhavarapu, alongside other clinicians in the United States, have co-authored a transformative publication titled “Gender Inclusive Care Toolkit for Hospitals” in The Lancet Regional Health – Americas. This toolkit paves the way for a new era in patient care, setting a gold standard for gender inclusivity in medical practice to address disparities in health care. Through a rigorous examination of care principles and practical applications, Drs. Monga and Buddhavarapu and the collaborative team provide insights and resources that can be adapted across various health care settings.


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Occupation Demographics

Source: Lightcast

(Updated 12-20-2023)

Tech Employment by Race

Source: Lightcast

(Updated 08-30-2023)

Historical Gender Diversity in Tech Industry

% Male
% Female

Source: Lightcast

(Updated 08-30-2023)

Occupation Diversity by Gender

Occupation% Male% Female
Software Engineer/Software Developer
79%
21%
Data Analyst
62%
38%
Computer and Information Systems Manager
70%
30%
Systems Administrator
80%
20%
Electrical Engineer
91%
9%
Engineering Manager
90%
10%
Computer Programmer
77%
23%
Data Scientist
54%
46%
Web Developer
65%
35%
Database Administrator
62%
38%
UX Web Designer
61%
39%
Lead Data Engineer
64%
36%
Hardware Engineer
85%
15%

Source: Lightcast

(Updated 12-20-2023)
Tech Employers

SRP will see a major expansion of solar power from huge project near Flagstaff


Utility Salt River Project has inked another deal for more solar power with a company operating near Flagstaff. Along with an earlier contract, the two agreements will provide roughly one gigawatt of electricity once operational in 2025 — enough power for about 180,000 average-sized homes. Both contracts, of roughly the same size, are with Clēnera, a subsidiary of Enlight Renewable Energy of Israel. Financial terms were not disclosed. The solar power will come from the CO Bar Solar project, a 1.2 gigawatt solar and storage complex that will occupy up to 2,400 acres on Babbitt Ranches, private land in Coconino County, northwest of Flagstaff. Construction on CO Bar Solar is set to begin in the fourth quarter of 2023 and is expected to reach commercial operation in phases throughout 2025.


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GPEC, Startup Island Taiwan ink agreement to foster business collaboration


The Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the office that promotes Taiwan’s startup sector are forming a partnership to spur future business collaboration in emerging tech sectors and help more Taiwanese companies gain a foothold in Arizona. GPEC and Startup Island Taiwan — with support of the National Development Council of Taiwan — inked a memorandum of understanding Aug. 17 in Taipei that recognizes a commitment to expand joint business missions and investment opportunities for Taiwan’s startup community in the Valley.


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STEM Job Postings 5-Year Trend

Source: Lightcast

(Updated 12-20-2023)

Top 20 Companies Hiring Tech

CompanyLatest 30 Days Unique PostingsLatest 30 Days Unique Postings % Change
Honeywell International505
44.6%
Raytheon Technologies491
-9%
Northrop Grumman218
-17.9%
Intel147
8.8%
Disability Solutions139
10.1%
Deloitte129
-8.5%
University of Arizona125
-33.6%
Freeport-McMoRan117
-40.2%
Accenture92
-17.4%
Leidos90
-18.9%
Sos Ministries83
59%
Blue Origin81
19.8%
Wells Fargo81
-24.7%
Cognizant Technology Solutions80
-22.5%
State of Arizona75
-4%
General Dynamics68
2.9%
Arizona State University65
-27.7%
Banner Health62
-6.5%
Jacobs Engineering Group61
-60.7%
Asarco60
-18.3%

Source: Lightcast

(Updated 12-20-2023)

Top 20 Skills Trending in Software Job Postings

SkillLatest 30 Days Unique PostingsLatest 30 Days Unique Postings % Change
Computer Science713
-17.4%
Agile Methodology607
-17.3%
Software Engineering533
-19.3%
Software Development521
-23%
Java (Programming Language)498
-31.5%
Python (Programming Language)452
-13.5%
SQL (Programming Language)432
-24.3%
Application Programming Interface (API)328
-24.4%
Automation327
-14.1%
Debugging321
-25.9%
JavaScript (Programming Language)308
-27.3%
Amazon Web Services298
-27.9%
CI/CD284
-23.9%
DevOps271
-25.5%
Git (Version Control System)261
-17.2%
Microsoft Azure255
-12.5%
C# (Programming Language)240
-25.8%
Linux234
-13.7%
Project Management227
-12.8%
Scalability216
-42.1%

Source: Lightcast

(Updated 12-20-2023)

Tech Job Postings by Educational Attainment

Source: Lightcast

(Updated 12-20-2023)

Tech Job Postings by Experience Level

Source: Lightcast

(Updated 12-20-2023)
Industry Clusters

Arizona Aerospace Cluster

Industry2022 Jobs2021 Average Earnings Per Worker2022 LQ (Industry Concentration)2017-2022 % Change in Jobs2022 GRP
Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Manufacturing
15,568
$151,976
10.26
17.13%2707.36M
Aircraft Manufacturing
5,468
$122,956
1.18
16.32%1540.87M
Other Aircraft Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing
4,465
$100,031
2.18
3.71%918.96M
Aircraft Engine and Engine Parts Manufacturing
4,206
$144,089
2.51
-1.07%1491.61M
Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing
3,600
$124,738
1.36
-33.8%992.6M
Other Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing
715
$100,958
4.46
1,166.85%120.26M
Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Propulsion Unit and Propulsion Unit Parts Manufacturing
49
$116,056
0.15
-14.8%13.7M

Source: Lightcast

(Updated 12-20-2023)
Tech Educational Pipeline

Phoenix, Grand Canyon University, businesses collaborate to start workforce training program


Phoenix, Grand Canyon University and several businesses are partnering to start a workforce training program. The Park Central Hospitality Training program is bringing together a public-private-university partnership to train workers in the hospitality industry. In addition, developers of Park Central, Plaza Companies, Holualoa Companies and hotel operator Fayth Hospitality are included in the partnership.


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Tempe Chamber and Rio Salado College partner on Tempe Workforce Skills Accelerator, presented by Amazon


The Tempe Chamber of Commerce and Rio Salado College have partnered to create the Tempe Workforce Skills Accelerator, which will offer three microcredentials to Tempe businesses to upskill their workforce. Through a partnership with the Tempe Chamber Foundation and Amazon, there will also be 20 scholarships available to underwrite the costs for those employers that would experience financial hardship from enrolling their employees. 


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Degrees by Institution

Institution2022 Completions2009-2022 Trend
Arizona State University Campus Immersion3,378
1.2K
3.4K
University of Phoenix-Arizona2,468
0K
2.5K
University of Arizona1,559
0.9K
1.6K
Arizona State University Digital Immersion1,021
0K
1K
Grand Canyon University874
0K
0.9K
Northern Arizona University612
0.1K
0.6K
American InterContinental University276
0K
0.3K
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott196
0.1K
0.2K
Mesa Community College191
0K
0.2K
Pima Community College185
0.4K
0.2K

Source: Lightcast

(Updated 12-20-2023)

Science and Engineering Degrees

As Percent of Total Degrees

Arizona
United States

National Science Foundation

(Updated 11-27-2023)

Bachelor's Degrees in Science and Engineering

Per 1,000 Individuals Ages 18-24

Arizona
United States

National Science Foundation

(Updated 11-27-2023)
Tech Industry Investment News

SRP invests more than $2.6M in research and development projects with ASU, NAU and UArizona


As part of ongoing research and development efforts to improve the Valley’s power system and watershed, this school year SRP invested more than $2.6 million in 36 projects with Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. These projects are part of SRP’s commitment to the reliable delivery of power and water, and each project is assessed for further deployment in future.


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ASU receives $39.8M federal grant to create microelectronics innovation hub


Arizona State University has landed a $39.8 million federal grant to create a regional network for microelectronics education, research and development in the Southwest. The U.S Department of Defense on Wednesday announced it awarded $238 million in CHIPS Act funding to eight recipients nationwide — including ASU — to establish regional innovation hubs through what’s known as the Microelectronics Commons program. The Southwest Advanced Prototyping Hub — led by ASU — will provide a collaborative forum for regional technology leaders, including Sandia National Laboratories, University of Colorado Boulder, University of New Mexico, and private sector firms, to accelerate and enhance microelectronics research efforts.


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