The Triangle Area’s Largest Employers

Raleigh has been named the #1 Best Place for Business & Careers by Forbes for three out of the last four years, and Durham often makes the list, too.  Business Insider named Raleigh one of the “20 Cities Having an Awesome Recovery” in 2011, and Money magazine says Wake county (Raleigh/Cary) is one of the top 20 counties “Where the Jobs Are” this year, so obviously the Triangle area is one of the best regions to work in in the country.

For years, Raleigh, Durham and Cary have been showered with spots in the top 10 lists of business-related accolades, and the reason is obvious.  A number of different industries have a strong presence in the Triangle, including IT, telecom, pharmaceuticals, biotech, agrochem, healthcare, and banking/financial services.  This diversity makes for a healthy local economy.

 Research Triangle Park, or RTP, is a 7,000 acre campus that is home to more than 170 companies & organizations that employ about 50,000 Triangle residents.  RTP has been around — and growing – for more than 40 years, and RTP employees have an average salary of $56,000. 

The Triangle area is experiencing a solid job market and even new business growth, despite the recent overall downturn in the economy. 

Here’s a list of local job resources:

Research Triangle Park (lists webpages of all RTP companies)

Triangle Business Journal (the local business journal’s job listings)

Robert Half Staffing/RTP (permanent and project based)

    - Technology jobs  Anthony Fernandez    

    - Accounting, Finance & Admin jobs  Elizabeth Lohr

Raleigh-Durham (formerly 

Aerotek staffing agency

The Select Group (IT recruiting)

Greene Resources (local recruiter)

VACO Raleigh (executive placement and consulting in several fields) (hourly and part-time work)

FYI — Don’t bother trying the local paper’s online listings (the Raleigh News & Observer) — they use CareerBuilder.

For a list of top area employers (by industry), click one of the following:


Pharma/Biotech/CROs/Medical Devices



Banking/Financial Services






Healthcare/Health Research/Health Insurance (for more information on area hospitals click HERE)

 Duke Univeristy and Medical Center (with facilities in Durham and Raleigh, the hospital is undergoing a huge $596 million expansion, with 1,000 new jobs expected to open up)  US News & World Report named Duke Hospital the #10 Best Hospital in the US for 2009-2010)

Rex Healthcare (Raleigh, Cary and surrounding towns, owned by UNC Healthcare, currently undergoing a $120 million makeover)

WakeMed Health and Hospitals (Raleigh and Cary)

UNC Hospitals (Chapel Hill and Raleigh – Rex (above)is now a UNC hospital)

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) — non profit research and development institute (RTP; employs 2,300, built 2 brand new buildings in 2 years)

Blue Cross/Blue Shield (Durham)

US VA Hospital (Durham)

Burroughs Wellcome Fund (private foundation for research to advance medical science, RTP)

Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences (studies chemical and drug safety/RTP)

Integrated Laboratory Systems (research for health and environment, RTP)




Pharma/Biotech/CROs/Medical Devices

Argolyn (Biopharma in RTP)

Becton Dickinson (BD) (medical supplies and devices; 274 new jobs to be added in the near future) 

BioDelivery Sciences (biotech, Raleigh)

Biogen IDEC (biotech in RTP that makes multiple sclerosis treatments; employs 525, building huge new building in RTP)

Biolex (biotech in Pittsboro) Just raised $60 million in venture capital

CeNeRx BioPharma (biotech in Cary) Just raised $15 million in venture capital

Diosynth Biotechnology (RTP; 900 employees, just bought by Fuji Film)

Diagnosoft (cardiovascular MRIs/Morrisville) just got a new $4 million investor

Eisai  (pharmaceuticals/RTP)

GlaxoSmithKline (pharmaceuticals/RTP and Zebulon; employs 4,500 in RTP, making it the second largest employer in the park; now GSK’s US HQ)

Icagen (biotech, Durham)

Inspire Pharmaceuticals (Durham, bought by Merck in 2011)

Merck (pharmaceuticals/Durham – vaccine plant, employs 900)

Novartis (pharmaceutical manufacturing/Holly Springs)

Novo Nordisk (insulin manufacturing, Clayton).  Fortunemagazine chose it as one of the ”Best Company to Work For.”

NC Biotechnology Center (non profit/RTP)

Onoscope (medical devices in Durham)

Oriel Therapeutics (drug development, RTP)

Parion (biotech/Durham)

Pozen (biotech, Chapel Hill), makers of Treximet (migraine medicine)

Quintiles Transnational (pharmaceutical services/CRO; currently employs about 1500)

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) — non profit research and development institute (RTP; employs 2,300)

Salix Pharmaceuticals (biotech for gastrointestinal treatments, Morrisville)

Stiefel Laboratories (skin care pharmaceutical in RTP; will add about 250 new jobs between 2008 – 2012)

Talecris (biotech/RTP)

Trimeris (biopharmaceutical/RTP and Morrisville), makes AIDS vaccines, partners with Roche

United Therapeutics (biotech in RTP)

Viamet Pharmaceutcials (pharma company in Durham)




(Five of the top eight global agrochem companies have facilities in the Triangle area)

Athenix (ag biotech, RTP, currently employs 60, just built new greenhouse/research facilities in partnership with Monsanto)

Arysta (crop protection, Cary) 

BASF Corp (German company with US R&D center in RTP; employs 700)

Bayer Cropscience (US headquarters in RTP; employs 500)

Cheminova (manufactures insecticides, HQ in RTP)

Nufarm (R&D facility in Raleigh)

Makhteshim Agan (N. American headquarters in Raleigh; employs about 50)

Monsanto (agriculture/RTP; employs 70)

Syngenta (R&D center in RTP; employs 250)




Alcatel-Lucent (telecom equipment/Raleigh)

Allscripts (healthcare software, Cary; employs about 1,000 – just merged with MiSys Healthcare Systems)

Amkor - (semiconductor interconnect services/RTP)

ChannelAdvisor (Internet sales enabler in RTP) Just raised $20 million in venture capital, employs about 200 here

Cisco Systems (internetworking hardware and software/RTP; employs 4,600 in the Park).  Fortune magazine recently chose it as the 6th “Best Company to Work For”

Cree (semiconductors and LEDs for electronics/RTP and Morrisville) Currently employs 1600 but is adding 575 new jobs by 12/2012

Delta (develops energy saving products/RTP)

DuPont Electronic Technologies (RTP)

Epic Games (video game maker in Cary)

Harris Stratex Networks (products and services for mobile networks in Morrisville)

Hatteras Networks (telecom equipment manufacturer/RTP; employs about 60)

IBM (RTP; employs 10,500, making it the largest employer in the Park)

iContact (software designer for email marketing and surveying in Durham)

Inlet Technologies (media & entertainment company – digital video tools – in Raleigh)  Just raised $10 million in venture capital

Integrian (Telecom in Morrisville) Just raised almost $15 million in venture capital

Lenovo (in RTP now, moving to Morrisville) this was IBM’s PC division – now its own separate company headquartered here; employs 1300 - (self publishing on the web/Raleigh)

Network Appliance (NetApp) (data storage and management, RTP) Plans to add 650 new jobs in the near future, currently has about 1,000 employees here.  Fortune magazine recently chose it as the #1 “Best Company to Work For.”

Nextreme Thermal Solutions (electronics in Durham) Just raised almost $14 million in venture capital.

Nortel (switching equipment and networks/RTP; employs 2,000)  Currently in chapter 11, and there is talk it will sell its assets, possibly to an area company like Sony/Ericsson )

Red Hat (operating system developer/Raleigh)

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) — non profit research and development institute (RTP; employs 2,300)

ROI Revolution (Google adwords partner in Raleigh)

rPath (software, Raleigh)

SAS (information software/Cary; employs 4200, looking to add employees).  Fortune magazine recently chose it as one of the top 20 “Best Companies to Work For” – and it made the list last year, too.

Semprius - (semiconductors, Durham)

Siemens Medical Solutions (medical equipment; will add about 300 new jobs between 2008 – 2012)

Sony Ericsson (mobile communications/RTP; employs 500 in this area,  their US headquarters)

Tekelec (network switching equipment/Morrisville).  Tekelec had the area’s second best performing stock in 08.

Ultimus (business software, Cary)




Banking/Financial Services

Capital Bank Corp (Raleigh)

Credit Suisse (IT and transaction processing for the bank, RTP, will employ 1,000 when fully staffed)

Crescent Financial (Cary)  

Fidelity Investments (financial services, RTP, will employ 2,000 when fully staffed)

First Citizens BancShares (Raleigh).  Had the area’s thrid best performing stock in 08.

Investors Title Company (Chapel Hill)

James River Group (Chapel Hill)

Royal Bank Of Canada (RBC) (US headquarters in Raleigh; employs 500 in the Triangle) 







 State of NC - Raleigh

Wake County - Raleigh

US Environmental Protection Agency - (RTP; employs 1,500)

US National Institutes of Environmental Health Science - RTP (employs 1,500)

US VA Hospital – Durham





 Elementary and secondary schools:

Durham County Schools (Durham)

Orange County Schools (outside Chapel Hill city)

Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools

Wake County Schools (Raleigh, Cary, etc)


Colleges and universities:

 Duke University (private university on Durham)

UNC/Chapel Hill (state university in Chapel Hill)

NC State University (state univeristy in Raleigh)    

North Carolina Central University (a historically black college in Durham)

Shaw University (historically black university in Raleigh)

Meredith College (all girl’s school in Raleigh)

St Augustine’s College (liberal arts school in Raleigh)

Peace College (all girl’s school in Raleigh)

Durham Technical Community College (Durham)

Wake Technical Community College (Raleigh and Garner)






 The Republik (Durham)

Howard Merrell & Partners (Raleigh)

Olgilvy Durham (Durham)

Anoroc (Raleigh)

Capstrat (Raleigh)

The Splinter Group (Durham)

Stop Studios (Durham)

McKinney (Durham)

MMI Associates (Raleigh)

MedThinks (Raleigh)

French/West/Vaughan (Raleigh)





Progress Energy (utility, Raleigh; employs 6,500 in the Triangle, is the only Fortune 500 company based in the Triangle)

Capitol Broadcasting (Raleigh)

UNC TV (Public Broadcasting)

Martin Marietta Materials (manufacturing & materials, Raleigh)

Kimley-Horn & Associates (engineering consulting) Fortune magazine chose it as one of the ”Best Company to Work For” two years in a row.

Highwoods Properties (real estate, Raleigh)

Waste Industries (services, Raleigh)

Alliance One (manufacturing & materials, Morrisville)

R. H. Donnelley (consumer goods, yellow pages, Cary)

Winston Hotels (real estate, Raleigh)


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