Greater Des Moines Top Employers and Key Industries

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Build your dream career at the right business in Greater Des Moines (DSM). Whether you’re interested in working for a Fortune 500, joining a tech startup with high-growth potential, being part of a flourishing creative scene, or anything in between, businesses in DSM offer opportunities where you can propel your career forward. DSM has a range of employment options and you can find an exciting place to work, grow your network and build the career you want. Browse job openings that are hiring now. These listings are sourced from employers across DSM and top job boards, giving you a full slate of options to explore and get excited about. 

Major Employers in Greater Des Moines

Explore some of the best companies to work for in Greater Des Moines and key industries, including advanced manufacturing, ag innovation, data centers, insurance and financial services, logistics and technology. Below is a brief overview of these industries and some of the companies within those verticals that you’ll find here. 

Because so many of the largest companies in Iowa are headquartered here or have a strong presence in the region, there is no shortage of job options in accounting, HR, marketing and management, too. 

Advanced Manufacturing Industry

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Manufacturing continues to grow in the region as the global marketplace evolves and expands, with DSM companies making notable industry contributions, including: 

Ag Innovation Industry

Iowa is a national leader in the production of pork, eggs and corn and ranks #1 for the highest concentration of agricultural engineers and animal scientists. DSM is branded as America's Cultivation Corridor® due in part to the high concentration of agriculture and biotech companies located in the region, including: 

Data Centers Industry

Interested in working for a major tech company? DSM is home to several data centers. Find your dream job in DSM for a major tech player such as: 

  • Apple: A prominent hardware and software company 
  • Meta (Facebook): Social media and social networking  
  • Microsoft: Multinational tech corporation including cloud, computers, apps and gaming 
  • LightEdge Solutions: Compliant cloud hosting and colocation services 

Insurance and Financial Services Industry

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DSM is known nationally and internationally as an insurance hub, with nearly 80 insurance companies headquartered in the region. And another brag-worthy stat? DSM has the highest concentration of employment in insurance and financial services in the country, as well. Just to name-drop a few major employers: 

Logistics Industry

DSM is in the heart of the Midwest and is also located at the crossroads of major Interstates, 80 and 35. This central geography makes DSM a place well-primed for logistics, warehouse and distribution facilities — including these major employers: 

  • Amazon: Distribution 
  • Casey's General Stores, Inc.: Gasoline, prepared food, fountain items, groceries and other merchandise 
  • Kum & Go: Convenience store chain 
  • UPS: Logistics and distribution, transportation and freight, customers brokerage 

Technology Industry

Named a Top 20 Tech City for IT Jobs (CompTIA, 2022), technology innovation happens in DSM, and it happens in a big way. Explore these companies to learn more: 

  • ESO: Software products for EMS agencies 
  • Landus Innovation Center: A farmer-owned cooperative that leverages data to connect key contributors across the ag supply chain
  • Lumen: Telecommunications, ISP 

Additional Major Employers in the Des Moines Region

Several other employers have a major presence in DSM and offer a wide variety of job opportunities. These employers include:

Small Businesses in DSM USA 

Interested in working for a small- or medium-sized business in DSM? Explore the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s directory of 6,500 Affiliate Chamber Member businesses found throughout the 11-county region.