On the west coast of Florida near the Gulf of Mexico is Tampa, a beautiful outdoor city with an economy strong in tourism, real estate, retail, healthcare and national defense. Here are seven of the major employers in Tampa:
BayCare Health System
Overseeing 14 hospitals in the region is BayCare Health System, which also has hundreds of specialty clinics throughout the Tampa Bay area and central Florida. Services provided by BayCare include behavioral health, wound care, sleep disorder programs, home care and wellness plans.
Publix Super Markets
National grocery chain Publix has 44 stores in the Tampa Bay market that employ more than 13,000 people. The state of Florida has 770 Publix stores, which accounts for 75 percent of the company’s outlets.
University of South Florida
With a motto of “Truth and Wisdom,” nearly 9,000 people work at the University of South Florida to serve the total student enrollment of 48,000. USF is a well-regarded research university and features 14 colleges and 80 undergraduate majors.
Founded in 1985, WellCare has 6,000 employees and provides Medicare and Medicaid plans for more than 4 million members. The company partners with about 91,000 physicians across the United States.
Tampa General Hospital
More than 6,400 people are employed with Tampa General Hospital, a 1,018-bed teaching hospital that is registered as a Level I trauma center – complete with a five-helicopter fleet that serves 23 counties. Medical services provided include orthopedics, head and neck surgery, a burn center, women’s health and organ transplants.
Ranked in the top 15 on the Fortune 500 list is Verizon, the largest wireless communications service provider in America. About 6,000 employees work for the company in Tampa and the immediate surrounding area.
JP Morgan Chase
With assets of $2.4 trillion and operations worldwide, JP Morgan Chase employs about 5,500 people in the Tampa region who work for the global financial services giant. The company is a leader in investment banking, asset management and providing financial services to small businesses.