Aix-en-Provence is one of the important cities in France since its existence. The Aix town has several training colleges, universities, French-language schools, colleges of art and design, and a centre for international study programs. As an important educational centre, with many teaching and research institutes, education plays a vital role in the economy of the city.
The authorities of Aix have developed industrial parks for the service industries and other high-profit industries. Due to this, Aix experienced a boom in economic developments since 1980.
The industrial sector of the city was formerly occupied by flour-milling, the production of confectionery, ironware, hats, matches, processed foods, and the extraction of olive oil. Some of the additions in the industries include tourism, electronics industry, research institutes, software development, hand-crafted figurines, olive oil, viticulture, chocolates etc., that are helping the growth in the economy.