Greater Wichita is not only a great place to live, there are great job opportunities too!
- Wichita offers career opportunities across a wide range of occupations: Wichita is noted for its high concentration of advanced manufacturing. According to a recent (2012) Brookings Institution study -- of the 100 largest U.S. metro areas -- Wichita ranks #1 in manufacturing jobs as a percentage of all jobs, and #3 in percent of manufacturing jobs classified as "very high-technology." Wichita's high-tech sector includes leading aerospace firms, chemical manufacturers and information technology firms. In August 2012, NetApp, a leading global provider of innovative data storage and management solutions, announced it will nearly double its Wichita workforce over the next five years by adding more than 400 new jobs to its existing Wichita workforce of 450 employees. NetApp is consistently ranked as one of FORTUNE's "Best Companies to Work For." Wichita is a regional center for advanced health care with 17 acute care and free-standing specialty hospitals -- offering career opportunities across the spectrum of health care. In 2011, the KU School of Medicine-Wichita expanded to a full four-year campus, welcoming its first class of first-year medical students.
- Wichita accolades include: Wichita was among Kiplinger's Ten Best Value Cities for 2011. Kiplinger reported that Wichita has a high livability factor often found in cities a fraction of its size -- with big city amenities, short commutes (averaging 19 minutes) and an unusually low cost of living. Wichita ranked 6th (of 50) among U.S. metro areas with populations between 360,000 and 600,000 in Worldwide ERC-Primacy's most recent (2008) Best Cities for Relocating Families report.
- Wichita has excellent educational and training options – and a ready market for talent. Demand for skilled aerospace workers such as engineers is particularly strong due to the gradual upswing in that industry and large number of pending retirements. Business Facilities ranked Wichita #1 among U.S. metros for aerospace and defense manufacturing (2011.) Click here for information on the Wichita area aerospace industry.
- Immediate Resident Tuition for Recruited or Transferred Persons: Persons recruited or transferred to Kansas for a full-time job qualify for resident tuition immediately at state universities, as do their spouses and dependents residing with them (no 12-month residency requirement.) Contact the WSU Registrar regarding required employer documentation.