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Department of the Air Force
Airman and Family Readines Center - Spouse Employment
5355 E. Granite Street
Tucson, AZ 85707
It’s likely that employment will change when a move occurs, especially for military spouses. The information below will provide you with employment assistance information and resources available such as SECO, MyCAA and MSEP Portals.
The University of Arizona and the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base are major employers in Tucson. The University of Arizona is regarded as one of the top research universities in the nation and plays a significant role in attracting new companies to the area. The prominent high-tech and aerospace industries provide a large number of jobs. Tucson has a high concentration of aerospace products- and parts-manufacturing industry.
Tucson has more than 100 biosciences companies. The city also has more than 150 transportation and logistics providers. Tucson is sometimes called Optics Valley due to the vast number of companies involved in the design and manufacturing of optics and optoelectronic systems.
Tourism brings in more than 3.5 million visitors each year and employs about one-tenth of the labor force. In addition, those making Tucson their winter home as well as Mexican citizens crossing the border to purchase goods, stimulate the economy. Although it fluctuates, the region's copper mining industry contributes to the economy. The arts also produce a significant amount of revenue.
Visit the Airman and Family Readiness Discovery Resource Center, see an employment counselor and attend the base employment seminars for more assistance with employment.
Our Discovery Resource Center has computers available for use during your job search, for internet, composing a resume, researching companies and more. Staff is available to address your questions.
The Career Resource Library is stocked with books that cover everything from job search tips, interviewing and resume writing to salary negotiation. Personalized assistance is available in the following areas:
The best industries to find employment in Tucson are:
Contact us with your name and email and we'll send you the latest announcements for all types of positions open on and off base.
Other services include the annual job fair, scholarship information and small business information.
Employment opportunities on base
Please visit the following websites for on-base employment:
Pima County unemployment is lower than the national statistic; most people seeking employment can find opportunities in the local or surrounding communities.
For job hunting purposes, be sure to carry all employment records and documents, resumes, SF-171 and SF-50, transcripts, certificates and licenses. Check with finance for information about the New Spouse License Reimbursement Program. For more information, call 520-228-5690.Contact our TAP Program
Pre-separation Counseling -- this is your first step to separating or retiring; pre-separation counseling must be completed 90 days or more prior to your final out-processing. This briefing ensures all departing military members are knowledgeable of resources available for job search, health and life insurance, relocation issues, veterans' benefits, and much more.
5-Day TAP Seminar is available for personnel within 12 months of separating or 24 months of retiring. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend. Days 1-3 focus on job search skills to conduct an effective job search, Day 5 focuses on Veterans' Benefits.
Survivor Benefits Plan (SBP) Briefing -- the SBP counselor conducts an SBP informational briefing the Monday following the TAP seminar at 12:00-12:30. The briefing is for retiring personnel to attain information on the SBP program. It is most beneficial to attend prior to the individual appointment. Survivor Benefits Plan (SBP) briefing is by appointment only. Call 228-5690 to schedule.
AZ Job Service -- Staying in Arizona after your transition? AZ Job Service provides individual employment counseling and computer access to jobs throughout Arizona with some interstate capabilities. In addition you can get local labor market information, apprenticeship & training information and resume and interviewing assistance.
We also do Resume reviews
Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Aid
Scholarship, grant and financial aid information can be researched through the BTES library. Books cannot be loaned out. All information is distributed via e-mail to all 1st Sergeants. It is also included in our base newspaper, base bulletin and at our website. This website is updated continuously; however you must access it through a mil port.
For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.
Unemployment compensation may be available for spouses of newly assigned military members or civilian employees. Contact the Arizona Department of Economic Security toll-free at 877-600-2722.
The unemployment rate in Arizona is 3.2%, the Tucson area’s unemployment rate is 7.1%. Unemployment compensation may be available for the spouse of a newly assigned military member or civilian employee. Contact the Arizona Department of Economic Security toll-free at 877-600-2722 for more information. The median household income in Tucson is $43,425.