Getting a Job in Arkansas

By Arkansas Next staff on Monday, October 15, 2018

Here's who’s hiring at Arkansas’ best companies.

The Most Jobs in Arkansas

According to Arkansas Business (2018), these 15 employers give jobs to the largest number of people in Arkansas. A variety of majors could lead to a career with one of these movers and shakers.

EMPLOYER NO. OF EMPLOYEES IN ARKANSAS
Arkansas State Government 61,559
Walmart Inc. 53,994
Tyson Foods Inc. 24,400
U.S. Government 19,800
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 11,320
Baptist Health 9,393
Mercy 5,115
CHI St. Vincent 5,093
Arkansas Children's Hospital 4,413
Kroger Co. 4,355
J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. 4,231
Arvest Bank 3,519
Entergy Arkansas 3,500
FedEx Corp. 3,300
Simmons Foods Inc. 3,252

Top Industries in Arkansas by Region

Arkansas is a diverse state, and each region is unique in its opportunities. Check out where your hometown falls in this map of industries (and maybe where you should move to pursue your future career).

According to the Arkansas Labor Market & Economic Report (2017) as prepared by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, these are the regions’ industries as divided by supersector, top growth and fastest growth.

Northwest Arkansas
Supersector: Education and health services
Top Growth: Management of companies, enterprises
Fastest Growth: Building construction

Western Arkansas
Supersector: Education and health services
Top Growth: Educational services
Fastest Growth: Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

Southwest Arkansas
Supersector: Professional and business services
Top Growth: Specialty trade contractors
Fastest Growth: Waste management and remediation

West-Central Arkansas
Supersector: Education and health services
Top Growth: Educational services
Fastest Growth: Crop production

North-Central Arkansas
Supersector: Education and health services
Top Growth: Administrative and support services
Fastest Growth: Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

Central Arkansas
Supersector: Education and health services
Top Growth: Food services and drinking places
Fastest Growth: Telecommunications

Little Rock
Supersector: Trade, transportation and utilities
Top Growth: Food services and drinking places
Fastest Growth: Building/Construction

Southeast Arkansas
Supersector: Professional and business services
Top Growth: Food services and drinking places
Fastest Growth: Professional, scientific and technical services

Eastern Arkansas
Supersector: Leisure and hospitality
Top Growth: Food services and drinking places
Fastest Growth: Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

Northeast Arkansas
Supersector: Manufacturing
Top Growth: Food manufacturing
Fastest Growth: Animal production