updated March 2020

  • The University of Arizona – 10,846 employees

The University of Arizona is all about tomorrow as a student-centered top-100 global university. They offer the opportunity to work with dynamic colleagues in one of the nation’s leading public research universities, a competitive benefits package, generous tuition reductions for employees and their dependents, innovative leadership development initiatives, and family-friendly options such as paid parental leave and award-winning work/life programs.


  • Raytheon Missile Systems – 9,600 local employees / 64,000 worldwide

Raytheon Company is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Founded in 1922, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I™ products and services, sensing, effects and mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Career paths at Raytheon are as diverse as the people who travel them. Professional opportunities include positions in these areas: Business Development, Communications, Contracts, Cyber and Information Security, Engineering, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Security and Supply Chain.


  • State of Arizona – 8,500 employees

The State of Arizona is state-level government and is one of the largest employers in Arizona with over 34,000 employees. The State is comprised of 130 agencies, boards, and commissions, each providing critical governmental or regulatory services to the over 6 million citizens of Arizona. These services are vital to our success as an organization and as a state, so we are consistently looking for top talent to help move State government forward. In addition to rewarding work, the State of Arizona offers competitive salaries, highly affordable benefits, a top-ranking retirement program, training and professional development, and a large network within the organization to advance your career.


  • Davis-Monthan Air Force Base – 8,580 employees

Air Combat Command is the primary force provider of combat airpower to America’s warfighting commands. To support the global implementation of national security strategy, ACC operates fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, battle-management, and electronic-combat aircraft. It also provides command, control, communications and intelligence systems, and conducts global information operations. As a force provider, ACC organizes, trains, equips and maintains combat-ready forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime air defense.


  • Pima County – 7,060 employees

The Human Resources Department provides direct service and policy direction to city departments, 7000+ employees and 3200 retirees in accordance with policies and programs of the City Charters, Civil Service Commission, Mayor and Councils, and City Managers.


  • Tucson Unified School District – 7,700 employees

Serving children from K-12 in 89 different schools, TUSD has the largest offering of unique learning opportunities in the region. For teachers, staff, school leaders and more, there are opportunities you won’t find anywhere else in the region. With over 7,000 employees, be a part of the success shared with their 49,000 students.


  • Banner – University Medical Center – 6,272 employees

University Medical Center Tucson, formerly University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, a nationally recognized for providing exceptional patient care, teaching future health care professionals and conducting groundbreaking research.


  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection – 5,739 employees

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations. CBP protects the public from dangerous people and materials attempting to cross the border, while also enabling legitimate trade and travel at ports of entry. On a typical day, CBP makes over 900 apprehensions and seizes 9,000-plus pounds of illegal drugs.


  • Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. – 5,530 employees

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX) is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. FCX operates large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold and molybdenum. FCX is the world’s largest publicly traded copper producer. FCX’s portfolio of assets includes the Grasberg minerals district in Indonesia, one of the world’s largest copper and gold deposits, and significant mining operations in North and South America, including the large-scale Morenci minerals district in Arizona and the Cerro Verde operation in Peru.


  • Wal-Mart – 5,500 employees

Walmart operates about 12,000 locations across the United States. The retail chain offers various customer service positions to entry-level workers as well as managerial jobs to those with backgrounds in retail.

(Figures Source: Star 200, Tucson.com, 2014)

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