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

Employers in Northwest Arkansas attract a dynamic, diverse workforce. The region has nearly seven times the national average of headquarters and management positions, as well as a per capita personal income that’s about 14 percent higher than the national average.¹

Workforce demand is a challenge faced by the region head on as rapidly expanding programs are leading to a stronger workforce. The regions’ unemployment, per usual, is exceedingly low at just 2.8 percent.² NWA increased in population by almost 34 people a day between July 2016 and July 2017, making the region one of the nation’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas.

¹U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2016
²U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2017

Opportunities

A vibrant job market creates  opportunities for anyone who may be considering a move to Northwest Arkansas

The concentration of three Fortune 500 corporate headquarters (Walmart, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt), and more than 1,400 Walmart supplier offices brings a large number of white-collar workers to the region. In fact, Northwest Arkansas has seven times the U.S. average of headquarters and management employees in its workforce, and per capita personal income is roughly 14 percent higher than the national average. The Northwest Arkansas unemployment rate is, per usual, below 3 percent.

Being home to world-renowned companies brought other great companies to the region. In addition to employment with Walmart, Tyson, J.B. Hunt and the hundreds of Walmart suppliers are looking to add talent to their teams. Northwest Arkansas offers high-quality jobs in healthcare, logistics, retail, education, technology, banking, hospitality and other industries. Northwest Arkansas is known for fast-tracking careers.

For information on industries and demographics about the region, visit northwestarkansas.info. There you will also find information on which industries are represented in each Northwest Arkansas city.

Employment opportunities abound in Northwest Arkansas, and we created a list of some of our favorite local career portals.

Northwest Arkansas Career Portals:

Ven and Smita Vadlamani relocated to Northwest Arkansas from Chicago to pursue careers in the corporate and startup sectors.

Travel

Traveling on business is easy, thanks to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA). XNA has nonstop flights to 16 destinations, including San Francisco, New York LaGuardia, Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare and other key business destinations. If you’re someone who travels a lot for work, you’ll appreciate how easy it is to travel to and from Northwest Arkansas via XNA.

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

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

Networking

There is no typical Northwest Arkansan. Residents move to the region from all over the world. In fact, more than half of the residents were born in other states, countries or territories. The diverse, growing workforce includes more than 260,000 people, and that number increases daily.

There are fantastic programs that allow business professionals to connect with one another and learn more about the communities where they live and work. Many great leadership programs are operated by chambers of commerce.

Groups such as Emerging Leaders exist to connect and engage 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 are great resource for connecting with the 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 participants meet once a month for 10 months from August to May.

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce runs Leadership Arkansas, allowing participants to travel to venues all across the state to learn about such things as the military’s presence in the state, education, workforce development, highway funding and the how the state legislature functions.

Indeed, there are many interest groups and networking opportunities for professionals in Northwest Arkansas.

Entrepreneurship

Northwest Arkansas is fortune to have programs and experts interested in helping entrepreneurs grow their companies.

Hayseed Ventures and Startup Junkie Consulting offer incredible meetups for those interested in connecting with others in the region’s 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.

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.

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