Austin Texas Employment Resources
Austin is far from recession-proof, but the Austin Jobs market and employment opportunities is better than both the national and state averages.
The unemployment rate for Austin (Travis County) is better than both the rate for Texas as well as the national average. The cool unemployment rate chart below tells the story:
The Austin Economy - Overview
A big reason why there seems to be more jobs in Austin, relatively speaking, than elsewhere is due to Austin's diversified economy. Austin is fortunate to have quite a few large employers across various industries and sectors.
- Government - As the capital city of the third most populous state in the union, state government jobs in Austin abound. There are also ample opportunities with Travis County and the City of Austin as well as with neighboring municipalities such as Round Rock and Pflugerville.
- Education - With more than 50,000 total enrollment and approximately 16,500 faculty and staff, the University of Texas at Austin is larger than some respectable small cities. Austin boasts numerous other higher education campuses as well - St. Edwards University, Huston-Tillotson University, Concordia University, Austin Community College, and even a couple of seminaries - the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the Episcopalian-affiliated Seminary of the Southwest.
Additionally, with more than a million and a half residents in the Austin metro area, the Austin Independent School District (AISD) and other ISDs in neighboring municipalities are large employers of teachers and administrators.
- High Tech - Austin is a high tech hotspot. According to the City of Austin, there are more than 3000 high tech companies in the Austin area employing more than 100,000 people.
Major high tech employers in the Austin metro area include: Texas Instruments, Dell Computer, IBM, Solectron, National Instruments, Applied Materials, and Advanced Micro Devices.
- Tourism - The Austin tourism industry is varied and rich. Austin appeals to a wide assortment of visitors, from those planning the best Texas family vacations to history buffs to music lovers drawn to storied Austin live music venues and Austin's world class music festivals.
Austin Jobs - Resources and Links
Career Advice with Vocation Village
- Exceptional Texas-based website providing quality career advice and employment resources, including job search help and career coaching services.
Indeed.com - Jobs in Austin, Texas - Cool site that allows you to search for Austin jobs not only by job category and salary range but also by employer.
Texas Veterans Commission - Provides employment services for Texas veterans and works with Texas employers to match them with qualified veteran applicants.
Texas Workforce Commission - The official state agency responsible for overseeing Texas employment issues and offering services for both employers and job seekers. Handles the state's unemployment insurance benefits and provides an online database of new and current job openings via the Work in Texas program (Note: This replaced the old Governor's Job Bank database where all open state agency positions were listed).