Utah has undergone something of a renaissance, and state of Utah jobs are particularly plentiful. Unemployment is a full point lower than the national rate at 3.1 percent, which is down 0.2 percent from this time last year.
From an employment perspective, the largest opportunities vary depending on the proximity to nearby cities. Some key cities within Utah include Salt Lake City, Provo, and Ogden. Each of these areas offers a different variety of employment opportunities.
As the state's capital, Salt Lake City was once primarily a farming community, but has since expanded and now focuses largely on the computer industry and the healthcare industry. Some of the largest employers here are the State of Utah, University of Utah, and Salt Lake County. In fact, the State of Utah employs over 22,000 people, and they offer a huge range of opportunities.
Many of the jobs available in Provo fall loosely into the computer industry as the nation's second-largest concentration of software companies is located here. There are jobs available for programmers, networkers, analysts, and many others. The majority of these jobs require higher education and often degrees. For a computer programmer, the average annual salary is approximately $78,000, however, with much higher compensation available based on experience and education. Novell and Brigham Young University are the two biggest employers in the area.
Job growth in Ogden is up 3.1 percent this year, leading to many available jobs in the area. The cost of living is currently 2 percent below the national average, creating an attractive economic environment. There are two major industries in this area, including the Federal government and healthcare. The city's largest employer is the Internal Revenue Service, which offers federal jobs in a wide variety of roles, although tourism is significant thanks to the extensive trail system throughout the Wasatch Range.
Utah job offerings also vary significantly based on the season. Tourism, for instance, peaks substantially during the snow season, although Salt Lake City is a strong draw throughout the year for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Agriculture has a certain amount of seasonality too.