PHOENIX — As industries like the hospitality, live events, and restaurant industries have been hit hardest amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the technological sector, specifically technology-based companies, have exceeded expectations and are growing.
In its latest quarterly report, Amazon reported a nearly 40% increase in sales compared to the previous quarter. Apple, which recently released its newest edition of the iPhone, pulled in nearly $65 billion in revenue.
Both companies have ties to Arizona.
Amazon has multiple warehouses around the Valley and has continuously been hiring workers across the board for entry-level and management positions.
Tech-giant Apple has a massive data center in the East Valley.
And Intel, another major tech brand, has two large campuses in the Phoenix area and employs nearly 12,000 people.
"The secret is out," laughed Ninette Vaz, the director of Global Supply Chain at Intel. "... we've had something to do with that... of letting that out because we've been successful here."
And she welcomes the tech wealth. She's been with Intel, which celebrates 40 years in Arizona, for nearly 30 years. (https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/homepage.html)
"Intel is not just a company that has a base here," she said. "We live here. We work here. Our children are developing here, so we want to see the economy grow. So this idea of other businesses... other high-tech firms coming. That's a good thing. That's a good thing. It raises us all up."
Intel's success has proven our state has a lot to offer to companies and employees.
Vaz touts Arizona's universities, cost of living, and diversity as being attractive attributes to potential talent.
"We spend $4.5 billion every year with Arizona businesses and organizations," she said. "And they benefit by it, we benefit by it. It's very mutually beneficial."
For anyone looking, there are nearly 100 jobs currently open at Intel's Arizona locations. Recently, Intel expanded its Ocotillo campus in Chandler, making it the company's largest factory in the United States.
"We hire a lots of interns that are in school," Vaz said. "We hire inexperienced... brand new... just starting out your career individuals, as well... as experienced people."
The positions are not just engineers. Other positions are in sales, graphics, and more.
"I encourage you to consider applying," Vaz said." Don't talk yourself out of it."