No high school diploma? No problem -- at least relatively speaking.
According to projections by the Arizona Department of Administration, the largest job growth in the state between now and 2017 will be in the sector that doesn't require any formal education. It's expected to increase by 6.6 percent.
The second largest share will be in jobs that only require a high school diploma.
Those two sectors flip-flop for the total number of jobs in the state. The occupations requiring only a high school diploma are expected to continue to make up the lion's share of the total jobs in the state, hovering around 36.7 percent. Jobs requiring no formal education make up the next largest group, but are expected to grow slightly by 2017 -- from 27.4 percent to 27.7 percent.
Last October, Forbes magazine named Arizona the best state for future job growth. Citing data from Moody's Analytics, it projected the job growth to be 3.1 percent a year through 2019. The economic research company credited baby boomers settling in the Valley as a major driver of the growth. That demographic brings the need for healthcare workers and consumer service positions.
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