Agriculture is still very important to the Harlingen economy, but Harlingen has diversified its employment market, adding the health care and telecommunications industries. Three of the top 10 employers in Harlingen are in the medical field. Health care and related services are destined to play a key role in the future of Harlingen with the Regional Academic Health Center, a branch of the University of Texas-San Antonio Health Science Center; the recent opening of the South Texas Veterans Administration Health Care Center at Harlingen and the physician-owned Harlingen Medical Center all being important elements. Finally, the newly created University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley includes a Medical School.
Telecommunications is also a growing industry in Harlingen. Tapping into Harlingen’s talented and bi-lingual workforce are United Healthcare, Dish Network, Qualfon, Time Warner Cable and Advanced Call Center Technologies, all calling Harlingen, Texas home. Texas State Technical College in Harlingen is known for its technology programs.