Considering a Career Change Amid COVID? Consider an Essential Service Career

by Kassidy McDonald

Arizona’s jobless rate stands at 10.6 percent as of July 2020 and many unemployed in the state are left considering if they should continue to apply for jobs in their industry of expertise or begin to contemplate an impactful career change. Many essential service businesses, like engineering consulting firm Alta Southwest, have seen incredible growth throughout the pandemic and in response are looking to immediately hire employees.

Alta Southwest has secured many new projects amid COVID-19 in the residential, commercial, government, institutional and industrial industries. Additionally, services offered by firms like Alta Southwest are considered an essential service, which means pursuing a career as an essential worker can provide job security should another wave of the virus hit the United States.

Alta Southwest founders Dan Speck and Dan Vermeer sympathize with the struggle that many are left unemployed from the impact of coronavirus. Due to the expansion of their business, the company is looking to immediately hire up to 15 employees, including engineers, engineers-in-training, survey crew chiefs and more. What’s unique about this opportunity is that the engineering firm offers new hires the chance to truly learn on the job while getting trained by the best engineers in the state. The company will also pay for all necessary certifications and will offer extensive one-on-one training upon hiring. All job openings are full-time positions and will offer a standard benefits package in addition to cellphone allowance.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that industrial engineering is the fastest-growing subfield and this, in the next eight years, will lead to an additional 23,800 jobs. As the nation continues to explore the impact of the pandemic on the workforce, it’s important to consider industries that have seen record growth during this time. Pursuing a career as an essential employee can offer job stability and help to ease anxiety around not knowing when economic recovery will occur.

The Alta Southwest engineering staff has more than 100 years of project experience and construction support involving residential, commercial, government, institutional and industrial projects. Alta Southwest provides all services related to land surveying in the Southwest, including boundary surveying, construction staking, topographic mapping, FEMA Elevation Certificates, and CAD drafting and mapping. Alta Southwest’s Geotechnical Engineering department is staffed and equipped to provide expertise to assist owners, developers, contractors and planners with understanding specific conditions affecting their projects. The company’s intimate knowledge of local Geotechnical conditions allows them to provide clear, concise and cost-effective strategies for subsurface conditions encountered on project sites. Alta Southwest brings expertise, in all areas of civil engineering, to plan and scope out projects, including surveying and related disciplines, water and wastewater utilities, and storm water management and transportation. Projects are primarily based in the Phoenix and Tucson areas, and Nevada.

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