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Top 25 Tucson Employers and Businesses

Tucson Arizona has a diverse list of large employers in both the public and private sector – from education, government and healthcare to technology, manufacturing and the military.

Here’s a list of Tucson’s Top 25 Largest Employers, including a brief description of the organization with contact information, web site and number of employees.



1.University of Arizona

10,846 employees

1200 E. University Blvd.

Tucson, Arizona 85721



The University of Arizona is the leading public research university in the south- west and ranks among the top 20 public research universities in the nation. It’s also the state’s only member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, and offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


2. Raytheon Missile Systems

9,600 employees

1151 E. Hermans Road

Tucson, Arizona 85756



Raytheon Missile Systems, headquartered in Tucson, designs, develops, and produces missile systems for U.S. and allied forces, including air-to-air, strike, naval weapon systems, land combat missiles, guided projectiles, exoatmospheric kill vehicles, and directed energy weapons. Other capabilities include electronic warfare, space solutions, naval solutions and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.



3. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

8,406 employees

2600 S. Craycroft Rd.

Tucson, Arizona 85708



Davis-Monthan (D-M) Air Force Base in Tucson is the home of the 355th Fighter Wing host unit, providing medical, logistical, and operational support to all D-M units. The wing’s missions are to train A-10 and OA-10 pilots  and  to  provide  A-10  and  OA-10  support  to  groundforces  worldwide,  as  well  as  provide  command, control, and communications countermeasures in support of tactical forces with its EC-130H aircraft.



4. State of Arizona 

8,508 employees

5441 E. 22nd St. #115

Tucson, AZ 85711

602-542-1500 (Phoenix main)

520-745-5802 (Tucson employment)

www.az.gov; www.azstatejobs.gov

The State of Arizona employs close to 9,000 in various state government offices in the Tucson area, including the Department of Corrections, Department of Public Safety, Department of Medical Benefits and Eligibility, and many others.



5.Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.                  

7,450 employees

702 SW 8th Street 

Bentonville, Arkansas 72716-8611



Retail  giant  WalMart,  based  in  Bentonville,  Arkansas,  employs  more  than  33,000  in  the  state  of  Arizona, including more than 7,000 in Tucson at its supercenters, discount stores, neighborhood markets, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers.



6.Tucson Unified School District

7,688 employees

1010 E. 10th Street

Tucson, Arizona 85719



The Tucson Unified School District is the second largest school district in the state of Arizona, serving close to 50,000 students and employing over 7,600.



7.U.S. Border Patrol

6,500 employees

2430 S. Swan Road

Tucson, Arizona 85711



The Tucson Sector of the U.S.  Border  Patrol,  part  of  the Department  of  Homeland  Security,  is  among  the busiest on the southwest border, covering 262 miles from the Yuma county line to the Arizona/New Mexico  state  line.  Coverage includes eight stations:  Ajo, Casa Gran de, Tucson, Nogales, Wilcox, Sonoita, Naco, and Douglas.



8.University of Arizona Health Network

6,099 employees

1501 N. Campbell Avenue

Tucson, Arizona 85724



UMC is a private, nonprofit hospital located at the Arizona Health Sciences Center, adjacent to The University of Arizona in Tucson. AHSC includes the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health as well as the physicians from University Physicians Healthcare.   It has  been nationally recognized for exceptional patient care, the education  of  new  healthcare  professionals  and  groundbreaking  research conducted  at  the College of Medicine.



9.Pima County

6,076 employees

150 West Congress Street

Tucson, Arizona 85701



Pima County is the second largest of the four original Arizona counties, covering 9,184 square miles. It was founded in 1864 and primarily includes South Tucson, some areas of southwest Tucson, and other cities in the Santa Cruz River Valley, making its population just over 980,000 residents, by the 2010 Census count.



10.Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

5,463 employees

333 North Central Avenue

Phoenix, Arizona 85004



Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.  (FCX)  is an international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona and several mining operations in the Tucson area. The company has a dynamic portfolio of operating,  expansion  and  growth  projects  in  the  copper industry  and  is  the  world’s  largest  producer of molybdenum.



11.U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca

5,096 employees

1903 Hatfield Street

Fort Huachuca, Arizona 85613-7000



Fort Huachuca’s long history started in the 1870s, when the base served as a camp during the Indian Wars with the Apaches.  In  1971,  it  became  the  home  of  the  U.S. Army Intelligence  Center  and  is  now  a  major military installation in Arizona.



12.City of Tucson

4,585 employees

City Hall 255 W. Alameda St.

Tucson, Arizona 85701



Tucson started out as a rich mix of Hohokam Indian culture and continues today with the culture’s modern-day descendants, the Pima and Tohono Oodham Indians. Today, the city is the 33rd-largest in the U.S. and home to a top public university and several public and private sector employers.



13.Tohono O’odham Nation

4,350 employees

P.O. Box 2425

Sells, Arizona 85634



The Tohono O’odham Nation, which means “desert people,” is a federally recognized Tribe in southwestern Arizona’s Pima, Pinal and Maricopa counties. The main reservation is located between Tucson and Ajo and, at more than 4,400 square miles, is the second largest Indian reservation in Arizona, both in population and size.



14.Carondelet Health Network

3,668 employees

1601 West St. Mary’s Road

Tucson, Arizona 85745-2623



Carondelet  Health  Network  in  Tucson  is  a  member  of  Ascension Health,  the  nation’s  largest,  religious-sponsored  not-for-profit  health  care  system.  Its Tucson health network encompasses three hospitals –including St.  Mary’s,  which  opened  in  1880 –with  several  centers  and  institutes  meeting  the  healthcare needs of the Tucson area. 



15.TMC HealthCare

2,977 employees

5301 E. Grant Road

Tucson, Arizona 85712



TMC HealthCare is Southern Arizona’s locally governed nonprofit hospital system and includes the Tucson Medical Center, Tucson Orthopedic Institute, the Cancer Care Center of Southern Arizona and the Children’s Clinics for Rehabilitative Services.  Tucson  Medical  Center  is  also  known  as  one  of  the  nation’s  top neuroscience programs, and has been designated as a Neuroscience Center of Excellence.



16.Fry’s Food Stores of Arizona, Inc.

2,700 employees

500 S. 99th Avenue, Bldg. A

Tolleson, Arizona 85353



A subsidiary  of  the  Kroger  Co.,  Fry’s  Food  Stores  operates  more  than  100  grocery  stores  that serve  the Tucson area and surrounding counties.



17.Pima Community College 

2,384 employees

4905 E. Broadway

Tucson, Arizona 85709



Since 1966, Pima Community College has been developing the Pima County community through learning. Through campuses strategically placed throughout the Tucson metro area, PCC offers convenient, affordable educational opportunities that can help you make its students’ dreams a reality.



18.Corrections Corp. of America (CCA) 

2,314 employees

10 Burton Hills Boulevard

Nashville, Tennessee 37215



CCA operates six corrections facilities in Florence and Eloy. It founded the private corrections management industry  more  than  25  years  ago,  establishing  industry  standards  for  future-focused, forward-thinking correctional solutions. A commitment to innovation, efficiency, cost effectiveness and achievement has made the company  the  private  corrections  management  provider of  choice  for  federal,  state  and  local  agencies  since 1983.



19.Asarco, LLC 

2,297 employees

5825 E. Williams Circle Suite 2000

Tucson, Arizona 85711 



Founded  as  the  American  Smelting  and  Refining  Company in  1899,  Asarco  is  a  fully  integrated  miner, smelter  and  refiner  of  copper  in  the  United  States,  producing  about  350-400  million  pounds  of  copper. Significant copper mines include the Mission, Silver Bell and Ray open-pit mines, all in Arizona.



20.Afni Inc. 

2,199 employees

5451 E. Williams Blvd.

Tucson, Arizona 85711



Afni, Inc. is a leading provider of contact center solutions and receivables management services to many of the nation’s largest companies.  With three locations in Tucson, various opportunities for employment are available.



21.Southern Arizona VA  Health Care System

2,182 employees

3601 S 6th Ave.

Tucson, Arizona 85723



Part of the U.S.  Department  of  Veterans  Affairs,  Southern Arizona  VA  Health  Care  (SAVAHCS)  serves  more than 170,000 veterans located in eight counties in southern Arizona and one county in western New Mexico.  SAVAHCS  is  a  285-bed  hospital  that  provides  primary  care and  sub-specialty  health  care  in  numerous medical areas for eligible veterans. 



22.Sunnyside Unified School District

2,083 employees

2238 E. Ginter Road

Tucson, Arizona 85706



The  Sunnyside  Unified  School  District  serves  more  than  17,000  students  in  22  schools  and  is  the  second largest school district in Pima County, Arizona.  It operates early childhood care centers, 13 elementary, five middle, and three high schools, all staffing full-time counselor s, registered nurses, music teacher, art teachers, physical education teachers and librarians.




2,000 employees

9060 S. Rita Road

Tucson, Arizona 85747



The Citi financial services company (banking, insurance and investments) operates a corporate center and several other Tucson locations that employ nearly 2,000.  The company’s major brands include Citibank, CitiFinancial, Primerica, Salomon Smith Barney, Banamex, and Travelers Life and Annuity. 



24.Pinal County

1,993 employees

31 N. Pinal St.

Florence, Arizona 85232




Founded in 1875 and located in the central part of Arizona, Pinal County is the third most populous county in the state, with an estimated population of 387,365, as of July 1, 2012.  It contains parts of four different Indian Reservations  and  is  situated  conveniently  between  the  Phoenix  and  Tucson,  Arizona’s  two  largest metropolitan areas.



25.Amphitheater Unified School District

1,833 employees

701 W. Wetmore Road

Tucson, Arizona 85705



Amphitheater  schools  and  facilities  offer  a  place  where  students  thrive  academically;  where  parents  want their children to go; where highly skilled people work; and places  community members  respect because of the high student achievement, caring environment, and focus on individual needs! Amphitheater strives to empower all  students  to  become  contributing  members  of  society  equipped  with  the  skills,  knowledge,  and  values necessary to meet the challenges of a changing world.


SOURCES:  Tucson Chamber of CommerceArizona Daily Star


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