Phoenix and Industry
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PHOENIX & INDUSTRY: DIVERSITY ALL AROUND
With origins in agriculture, and later evolving to manufacturing and high-tech fields, Phoenix businesses include a wide array of industries, including financial, healthcare, technology, and tourism.
American Express and JPMorgan Chase have a big presence here, and there are branch offices for numerous brokerage firms in addition to a host of financial planners, wealth managers, and other financial companies. Overall, the Phoenix area is home to nearly 600 bank and credit union branches, from local financial institutions to international powerhouses like Chase, Wells Fargo, Wachovia and Bank of America, all of which are eager to do their part in helping launch and nurture incoming Phoenix-area businesses.
Phoenix is also home to several top health- care systems as well, including Scottsdale Health, Catholic Healthcare West, and Banner Health, all of which offer an array of employment opportunities. Arizona hospital employment growth has significantly outpaced the annual employment growth of hospitals nation-wide. With new hospital facilities being newly constructed, or are at least on the horizon, the number of jobs available to those in the healthcare sector will continue to rise. The Valley of the Sun also houses major data centers and technology companies. Top technology employers in Phoenix include Intel, Honeywell, Boeing, and some defense contractors.
Where do U.S. residents go when its 20 degrees below freezing in their home state? Phoenix has become the go-to place for northerners to relax, unwind, and enjoy the beautiful winter weather and sun-stricken scenery, unmatched by anywhere else. For those highly-needed spa days, there are approximately 450 hotels in the Phoenix area running at full steam, with resort-like spas employed by aestheticians and masseuses for a perfectly relaxing day. Need a day outside to enjoy hitting the green with friends? Phoenix has numerous golf courses to keep golfers putting away and to fuel the industry humming alongside it.