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Hot Jobs in Austin Texas

Updated on May 2, 2016
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A professional career coach, Marcy has helped hundreds refine their resumes, improve their interviewing skills, and advance their careers.

Austin has a lot to offer!

Austin skyline overlooking Lady Bird Lake
Austin skyline overlooking Lady Bird Lake
Barton Springs Pool - Austin's favorite swimming hole
Barton Springs Pool - Austin's favorite swimming hole

Austin Companies Hiring 100-plus New Jobs

eBay and PayPal: This growing e-commerce team will bring about 1,000 new jobs to the city. While many will serve customers and accounts, others will be needed for the wide variety of professions it takes to run any company (accounting, HR, marketing, etc.).

RackSpace Managed Hosting: You’re on a computer while you’re reading this, right? RackSpace and other hosting companies are the firms that help make this happen. The firm plans to hire about 700 people in a variety of fields.

HostGator: Another well-known hosting firm, will bring about 500 positions to Austin by the time they’re fully staffed.

AT&T Labs: Already a major employer in Central Texas, its expansion plans will include 350 new positions once fully implemented. The Austin lab helps develop new products for the firm, and hires developers, engineers and others.

Altera Corp: An R&D and manufacturing semiconductor firm, the company announced it will add up to 300 jobs in the Austin market.

Advisory Board Co: While the name doesn’t exactly explain it all to the average person, healthcare professionals know of it. This firm announced it would bring more than 230 positions to Austin as it builds a local presence in healthcare consulting.

Complete Energy Systems: With Austin known for having a Green attitude, what better place to recruit about 200 people to manufacture this firm’s solar panel and mobile energy systems.

Cirrus Logic: This PC and power meter firm will hire 150 by the time expansion is completed.

Progressive Insurance: Expanding its Austin call center to the tune of more than 160 area jobs.

Informatica: Provides data integration software as well as 175 new jobs to the Austin market.

Austin's Industry Base Continues to Grow

Keep Austin Weird may be the city's slogan, but industry growth in the area indicates the trend is to Keep Austin Employed. Although the city may pride itself on being weird, there’s nothing goofy about its growing job market. During the past few years, when other cities were suffering huge layoffs, Austin was considered relatively stable, if not entirely recession proof. While some area companies have experienced layoffs (no city has been immune from them), other companies are expanding or relocating to this beautiful city known for its quality of life. In addition, Texas (and especially Austin) offers attractive tax-breaks to incoming industries, a high quality of life and no state income tax. What’s not to like?

It’s no secret that traditional high tech is a major industry in Texas’ capital city, but there are other booming sectors as well. Electronic gaming (virtual reality games) has a growing niche in the job market, call centers hire thousands in the area, healthcare is expanding and with all state agencies based in Austin as well as many federal satellite offices, government is a major employer. Non-profits and associations have a presence as well; many have their headquarters in Austin to be close to the legislature.

Literally thousands of new private-sector jobs have been created or are announced for the next year or so. Some are for high-end professionals and technicians to staff the city’s plethora of high-tech firms, and others are in burgeoning industries such as call centers and green energy. In most cases, the expansions are phased in over several months, or even several years, so it's important to track new openings if you're interested in working for a specific firm. Here are some industries and firms that have announced expansions or relocations in Austin:

Smaller expansions adding fewer than 100 jobs

Small to medium-sized firms inject many hundreds of jobs into almost any market. Austin is no different; here are some expansion plans to prove it:

Active Power: Produces back-up power equipment for data centers and will hire about 40 people.

Certain Affinity: One of the many gaming firms in the city, it promised to hire more than 50 people in Austin.

Durcon: A manufacturing firm specializing in epoxy resin work surfaces, it announced a need for 65 people in Taylor, a charming city just northeast of Austin.

CFAN: Has expanded in its plant just south of Austin (in San Marcos) and brought 50 positions into the area market.

Broadway Technology: No, they’re not singing and dancing (well, maybe on their way to the bank); the firm produces financial trading software and will need 40 people in Austin to make things happen.

Adlucent: An online advertising and marketing firm headquartered in Austin, needing 30 people by the end of its staffing cycle.

Whale Shark Media: Helps people save money and draws customers to firms through its online coupon operations. They announced a need for 80 people as part of their expansion in Austin.

These are only a few of the firms that have announced expansions or relocations in the Austin market. As mentioned above, many will phase in the jobs they announced, so you’ll need to monitor their websites for postings.

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