Those in the nursing profession will see that cotton, lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, and sorghum are grown succesfully. However, the most valuable Arizona farm products are cattle, calves, and dairy goods. Nurses will find that manufacturing is the leading economic activity, with electronics, printing and publishing, processed foods, and aerospace and transportation leading sectors. High-technology research and development, communications, and service industries are also important, as are construction (the state is rapidly growing) and tourism.
Military facilities contributing to Arizona’s economy include Fort Huachuca, Luke and Davis-Monthan air force bases, and the Yuma Proving Grounds. Testing and training with military aircraft and desert storage of commercial and military planes are both major undertakings.
Nurses will learn that Arizona abounds in minerals with copper – the state’s most valuable one; Arizona leads the nation in production. Other leading resources are molybdenum, sand, gravel, and cement.
A nurse strolling through the mountains in the north and central regions will note 3,180,000 acres of commercial forests, chiefly ponderosa pines and other firs, which support lumber and building-materials industries. 95% of the commercial forests in the state are owned by the U.S. National and state forests attract many nurses and hospital staff yearly. Tourism centers in the N on the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert, the Petrified Forest, meteor craters, ancient Native American ruins, and the Navajo and Hopi reservations that cover nearly all of the state’s northeast quadrant. The state’s dry climate and Spanish colonial ruins also attract a large tourist trade, as do golf courses and other leisure facilities.