By Elaine Boylan
Albuquerque’s unbeatable combination of breathtaking beauty, history, culture and economic incentive has made the largest metro area in the state of New Mexico increasingly attractive to recruiters seeking to build a booming business. Prospects are fertile in this vibrant Southwestern expanse due to Albuquerque’s relatively minimal labor costs and low cost of living. The Albuquerque Economic Development Group provides hiring managers with what they need to make effective employment decisions. Assistance with workforce recruitment, job training and labor market analysis are among the group’s services.
Recruiters seeking to build a network of qualified candidates in and around Albuquerque need not look any further than the New Mexico Workforce Connection which offers job-matching services, as well as information on flourishing industries, workplace employment and legal issues. Labor market information and competitive wage figures, along with pertinent data about local employment trends and projected job growth provided by the area’s Economic Research & Analysis Bureau enable hiring managers to easily reach their employment goals.
Rated by Forbes as one of the best cities for job growth, Albuquerque’s origins as a research hub during the nuclear age has paved the way for its more recent inclusion on Money Magazine’s list of fastest growing cities in the U.S. Headhunters will be glad to know that tax credits, tax deductions, exemptions for qualified businesses from property taxes, and other New Mexico state incentives are helping new businesses thrive in the region.
Industries ranging from high-tech to scientific enterprises run along the iconic Rio Grande. Kirtland Air Force base, Sandia National Labs, and Intel Corporation, all in the Top 10 of Albuquerque’s employers, have been instrumental in whisking this city to the top of Forbes’ list of America’s Engineering Capitals. The thriving economic picture in and around the city continues to draw highly-educated employees who flock here due to its reputation for technical opportunities. Those bright prospects bring essential administrative support positions along with them, as well as opportunities in service, sales and management. With solar energy, manufacturing, construction, transportation and architectural concerns among Albuquerque’s top industries, its economic opportunities and salary levels remain competitive year after year.
Albuquerque Business First features People on the Move, a section dedicated to offering names of over 3000 ‘movers and shakers’ – those business professionals who are responsible for the upsurge in growth across a myriad of industries in the Albuquerque area.
At the top of many annual “Best of” lists, this Sun Belt city reigns supreme for not only what it offers to those looking for an exciting place to recruit top talent, but for those who want to enjoy a full spectrum of activities. Amiable average temperatures, abundant sunshine, and minimal rain enable nature-lovers to enjoy year-round hiking, biking, and other outdoor pursuits. Museums, culture, recreation and art attract aesthetic constituents. Famous for the annual Balloon Fiesta each October, Albuquerque draws artists, adventurers, culture aficionados, and health and fitness nuts from around the world. Bucolic yet urbane, Albuquerque beckons you to take another look at its many charms.
Senior Associate Director, Center for Career Development
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