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Northwest Arkansas is home to three Fortune 500 companies – Walmart, Tyson, and J.B. Hunt – over 1,400 corporate subsidiary offices, and well known consumer brands. NWA has built a world-class infrastructure of professional and technical services to support its flagship industries and their employees.

Regional employers have attracted a dynamic, culturally diverse workforce. Northwest Arkansas has nearly 7x the national average of headquarters and management positions, as well as a per capita personal income almost 10% above the national average.¹ NWA is great for business, great for life.

A workforce demand is a good challenge to face. NWA has a consistently low unemployment rate, most recently at 2.8%.² Our population reflects the demand as well, NWA is adding about 31 new residents every day, making us one of the fastest growing metros in the U.S.*

¹U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2015
²Center for Business and Economic Research, May 2016
³U.S. Census Bureau, 2015


Northwest Arkansas has a strong and vibrant job market with incredible opportunity for you as well as anyone who may be considering a move with you.

The concentration of three Fortune 500 corporate headquarters (Walmart, Tyson Foods and JB Hunt), and more than 1,450 supplier offices have attracted a large number of white-collar workers.

Northwest Arkansas has 7x the U.S. average of headquarters and management employees in the workforce, and per capita personal income is almost 10% higher than the national average. The Northwest Arkansas unemployment rate is 2.4% (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).

Being home to world-renowned companies has brought great industry to the region. In addition to employment with Walmart, Tyson, JB Hunt, or a member of the supplier community, Northwest Arkansas also offers high quality jobs in industries such as: healthcare, education, technology, banking, hospitality and others. There is a vibrant startup community in Northwest Arkansas, as well. Northwest Arkansas is known for fast-tracking careers.

For more information on industry and demographics, go to There you will also find information on what type of industry is represented in each Northwest Arkansas city.

If you are looking for employment opportunities in Northwest Arkansas, below are a few career portals with local offices. You might also try indeed.

Northwest Arkansas Career Portals:

Ven & Smita Vadlamani relocated here from Chicago to pursue careers in both the corporate and startup sectors


Traveling on business is easy here, thanks to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA). XNA has nonstop flights to 14 destinations, like San Francisco, LaGuardia, and other great business destinations. If you’re someone who travels a lot for work, you’ll appreciate how easy it is to travel here.

For a full listing of flights, the XNA website has all the detail.


Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport | c/o: Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport


There is no typical “Northwest Arkansan.” NWA residents are from all over the world. In fact, more than half of our residents were born in other states, countries or territories. Our diverse, growing workforce includes more than 260,000 people, and that number increases daily.

There are fantastic programs operated across the region that allow business professionals to connect with one another, as well as the community. Many great leadership programs are operated by our region’s chambers of commerce.

Groups like Emerging Leaders who exist to connect and engage Northwest Arkansas young professionals through personal and professional development experiences. Membership is open to anyone in Northwest Arkansas who has a desire to get involved in the community, expand their leadership skills and become engaged in the program of work. The Emerging Leaders Program is divided into five teams, which have supported initiatives such as developing sustainable practices for nonprofit events, establishing community bike programs and educating members on issues and candidates seeking public offices.

Three other programs that would be a great resource for connecting with your community are Leadership Benton County, Leadership Springdale, and Leadership Fayetteville.

Leadership Benton County is a 12-session regional program with components focused on such things as health care, local and county government, education and regional issues. Leadership Fayetteville the 10-month program meets once a month from August to May and gives participants the opportunity to explore Fayetteville as they develop and enhance their leadership skills. The Arkansas State Chamber runs a great annual program called Leadership Arkansas.

There are a lot of interest groups and networking opportunities for professionals. If you’re looking for something else and can’t find it, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Rising entrepreneurs will enjoy all those experiences, but there are a number of other programs specifically to connect the region’s startup community.

Hayseed Ventures and Startup Junkie Consulting offer incredible meetups for those interested in connecting with our business community. Topics range from boot-strapping to scaling a startup. The meetups provide opportunities to connect with business professionals outside of the office, and the events are generally open to anyone who wants to attend. You can find out about upcoming events on the websites below.

There are a lot of professional organizations that exist to connect you to our region’s business community and other professionals like you who’ve decided to call Northwest Arkansas home.

Hayseed Ventures HQ | c/o: Hayseed Ventures