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HEDC Highlights Harlingen's Top 20 Employers

Top Major Employers in Harlingen

The 2020 census showed 20.5% of Harlingen’s workforce was employed in Healthcare and Social Assistance, 13.5% in Retail, 10.9% in Education, and 4.6% in Public Administration. Harlingen’s Top Major Employers reflect these industries.

Harlingen’s Top 20

1.    Harlingen CISD (Education)

2.    ACT Call Center (Service Center)

3.    Valley Baptist Medical Center (Healthcare)

4.    Harlingen Medical Center (Healthcare)

5.    VA Texas Valley Coastal (Healthcare)

6.    City of Harlingen (Government)

7.    United Healthcare Services (Service Center)

8.    Rio Grande State Center (Healthcare)

9.    HEB (Retail)

10. Texas State Technical College (Education)

11. Walmart (Retail)

12. Bee First Primary Home Care (Healthcare

13. Qualfon (Service Center)

14. Tropical Texas Behavioral Health (Healthcare)

15. ProBar (Other – legal)

16. Task Us (Other – Tech Service Provider)

17. Su Clinica Familiar (Healthcare)

18. VTX (Security)

19. Dish Network (Service Center)

20. Vicki Roy Home Health (Healthcare)


Industries within Top 20 ( Education, Healthcare, Service Centers, Retail, Technology, Government , and Security )

Harlingen’s largest 20 employers represent eight industry categories.


Harlingen’s largest employer is Harlingen CISD, employing over 2667 staff during the 2021-2022 school year. Nationwide, 2.3% of employees, over 3.5 million Americans, work in education. Texas State Technical College is the other top Harlingen employer in this industry.


Five of Harlingen’s largest ten and eight of the top 20 employers are Healthcare companies. The Healthcare sector grew 20% between 2008 and 2018 and is expected to grow 18% per year through 2026. Experts contribute this boom to the increased aging populations, chronic conditions within that aging population, medical advances, and federal health insurance reforms. In 2021, Healthcare consisted of 12.7% of all US employment with over 20 million employees in the field. 

Service Centers

Service Centers handle inbound and outbound phone calls for their clients or for the company of which they are a part. Inbound calls usually consist of customer inquiries and complaints. Outbound calls may include telemarketing or market research. Texas leads the US in telemarketing employment, with over 22,000 workers in 2021. 


Retail provides 5.5% of our nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), employing 9.7% of the nation’s workforce. Two retailers made the list for Harlingen’s Top 20 employers. Walmart is the largest non-defense employer in the world, employing 2.3 million people worldwide. HEB is the largest privately held employer in Texas, employing over 120,000 people in more than 400 stores in Texas and Mexico. Three of those stores are in Harlingen.

Technology, Government, Legal, and Security

These four industries each have one representative employer on the list. TaskUs represents the technology industry. Technology is expected to grow 11% from 2019 to 2029 and plays a role in all other sectors of the economy. State and Local Government, including the City of Harlingen, constitute 12.1% of the nation’s workforce with 19 million workers.

Effect of Businesses on Economy

A company’s impact on local households and the economy is more than of the wages and benefits they pay their employees. McKinsey Global Institute identified eight pathways in which a corporation’s revenue directly and indirectly flows to households:

·       Labor Income (wages and benefits) is one of two direct pathways.

·       Capital Income (dividends, share buybacks, and interest) was the other direct pathway for revenue to reach households.

·       Investments in improving or expanding the company’s real property directs the corporation’s revenue to flow into the economy through the real estate, construction, and other companies involved in the expansion.

·       Taxes paid to the government effect the economy and households through public services and infrastructure.

·       Supplier Payments accounted for the majority of the revenue of the study’s corporations. These payments to other companies will then be broken down into the same pathways to the economy and to households.

·       Consumer Surplus refers to the difference between what a consumer is prepared to pay and what they actually pay. This includes new technologies decreasing in price as supply increases and demand decreases.

·       Negative and Positive Spillovers compose the last two pathways and are not measured in dollars. They include such things as the corporation’s effect on the environment, public health, and technology.


All employers, whether small businesses or one of our Top Major 20 Employees make Harlingen a great place to live and work. We all benefit from the diversity and success of these companies.  Please click on the this link to see our video.