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Companies in the Region

More than 200 companies collectively employing 50,000 people reside within the 7,000-acre Research Triangle Park, making it the largest and most successful research park in the nation. And that’s just for starters. Businesses in the region range from household brand names that have revolutionized whole industries, such as Red Hat, Lenovo, IBM and Allscripts, to new-name start-ups, such as New Kind, Pendo and Netsertive, just beginning to make their mark.  With more than 54,000 companies in the Research Triangle Region, there’s sure to be a desk with your name on it just waiting to be filled.

Largest Private Sector Employers

Company NameEmployment (Est.)Industry
Duke University and Health System 36,000 Education and Healthcare
IBM 10,000 Technology
WakeMed Health & Hospitals 8,500 Healthcare
Wal-Mart Inc.  7,000 Discount Retailer 
Food Lion LLC 7,000 Retail grocer
SAS 6,600 Data analytics
Rex Healthcare 5,700 Healthcare
Harris Teeter 4,834 Retail Grocer
Cisco Systems, Inc.  4,500 IT/computer networking
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of NC 4,000 Health insurer
GSK 4,000 Health Care/pharmaceuticals
Lenovo 3,500 Technology services
Fidelity Investments 3,300 Financial Services
Target 2,895 Retailer
Duke Energy 2,700 Electric Utility
Cree Inc. 2,600 LED lighting and Products
Lowe's Cos. 2,600 Retailer
Quintiles 2,500 Biopharmaceuticals 
Wells Fargo 2,500 Financial Services
RTI International 2.100 Research Institute 

Source: Triangle Business Journal, 2015/2016 Book of Lists 

Largest Public Sector Employers

Company NameEmployment
State of North Carolina 24,083
Wake County Public School System 18,554
North Carolina State University 7,876
University of North Carolina Hospitals 4,700
University of North Carolina 3,800
Wake County Government 3,692
City of Raleigh 3,673
City of Durham 2,437
Veterans Health Administration 2,162
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1,950

Source: Wake County Economic Development