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Keep Austin Weird - Best Jobs and Sights to See

Updated on May 11, 2016
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Ms. Inglish is a successful Employment & Training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

"Keep Austin Weird" - Slogan of the Austin Independent Business Alliance

Austin Skyline
Austin Skyline | Source

Austin is a Prosperous Community

The large city of Austin has prospered, even through the Great Recession of 2008 - 2010, its businesses expanded and joined by new ventures and its population increasing as well. The increases require more workers in service industries to handle the increased traffic flow of individuals and families needing goods and services.

Healthcare businesses are increasing, requiring additional workers at the same time that nurses and doctors in the Baby Boom cohort are retiring. Most businesses require Informational technology systems in order to operate, increasing workers in those fields. Energy and Engineering are industrial sectors that are expanding with the other businesses in and around Austin, especially in light of advances in the Aerospace Industry and Sustainability.

Greater Austin Area

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Weird Sights to See

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A curiosity shop.This is the Austin Castle, which is an abandoned military institute, but also the oldest standing school building in the state.An Austin playground.People make bottle trees in Texas.
A curiosity shop.
A curiosity shop. | Source
This is the Austin Castle, which is an abandoned military institute, but also the oldest standing school building in the state.
This is the Austin Castle, which is an abandoned military institute, but also the oldest standing school building in the state. | Source
An Austin playground.
An Austin playground. | Source
People make bottle trees in Texas.
People make bottle trees in Texas. | Source

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Keep Austin Weird: A Guide to the Odd Side of Town
Keep Austin Weird: A Guide to the Odd Side of Town
The city business motto was developed by the author of this book of fun images. He was a librarian with a good sense of humor.

Bat Bridge of Austin


Unique Austin Festivals

From the middle of December through Christmas Eve, Austin holds the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Fine arts are for sale among interludes of live music performances of the Armadillo Music Festival. Live radio broadcasts originate from the bazaar most days and concessions are available, including locally brewed beers.

Location: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704.

The Austin City Limits Music Festival is held Zilker Park on two three-day weekends every October.

The Austin Bat Fest is less formal and held often at dusk, but mostly during summers, at the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. People gather to watch the clouds of bat emerge from underneath the bridge in the evenings. The local Austin Ice Bats hockey team was named for the Mexican bats, which travel back to Mexico during the winter months.

Employment Opportunities are Excellent In Austin

Employment Trends: Jobs Advertised Doubles

  • New jobs were on the increase during the first six months of 2012 with 15,000 jobs available within a 25-mile radius of the city before June.
  • During the same time period in 2015, advertised jobs for this same area increased to over 28,300 open employment opportunities.
  • By February 2016, over 34,000 job openings were advertised.

Engineering provides over 4,000 jobs advertised, including Information Technology (IT).

  • High Tech jobs, including IT, offer over 8,600 Austin area positions overall in March 2015.

Top High Demand Job Titles:

  1. IT Project Managers
  2. Software Engineer/Senior Software Engineers
  3. Network Engineer/Senior Network Engineers
  4. SEO Specialists
  5. Quality Assurance Engineers
  6. Product Development Engineers
  7. Design Verification Engineers
  8. Systems Engineers
  9. Technical Sales Engineer/Account Managers
  10. Java Developers
  11. Test Engineers
Other high demand jobs related to the above positions include:
  1. Systems Analysts
  2. Business Analysts
  3. Retail Sales Supervisors
  4. Project Program Management Consultants
  5. .Net Developers
  6. Web Developers
  7. Software Developer/Analysts

Oil and Natural Gas

While controversy roils over the Keystone Pipeline since late 2011 (legislation vetoed by President Barack Obama in early 2015), some jobs exist for Austin in Oil & Natural Gas with the following companies.

  1. Murphy Oil - Gas station managers and some crew positions.
  2. GE Energy
  3. University of Texas at Austin
  4. Surveying And Mapping, Inc.
  5. Ledgent
  6. GDH Consulting
  7. Kleinfelder, Inc.

NOTE: The Austin company called DrillingInfo announced on March 5, 2012 that it had raised $165,000,000 in new financing for the Oil & Natural Gas Industry.

MarketWatch announced on the same day that Texas Gulf Energy Incorporated planned to start well re-entry and optimization in the Austin chalk field near Luling, Texas, using 13 new crude oil wells.

Luling, Texas Oil Field Expansions

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New Hospital Jobs 2015 - 2025

Nursing Careers in Greater Austin

Over 1,500 employment vacancies were listed for the Greater Austin Area. These included Registered Nurses (RNs), Case Manager Nurses, Physical Therapy Assistant Nurses, Rehab Nurses, Operating Room Nurses, and others.

TRAVEL NURSING is big in the Austin Area, with increased rates of pay, wider range of benefits, travel expenses, and even mortgage or rent payments for up to one year. Some "Travelers" feel that this career affords work and vacation all at once. Major companies in Austin hiring all of these nurses include.

  1. South Austin Hospital
  2. St. David's Medical Center/St. Davids Medical Care
  3. North Austin Medical Center and Seton Family of Hospitals (tied)
  4. Round Rock Medical Center
  5. Maxim Healthcare Services
  6. Cedar Park Regional Medical Center
  7. Heart Hospital of Austin
  8. Harden HealthCare
  9. Core Medical
  10. Various Medical Staffing Agencies

Phyisian's Jobs Increasing.

The numbers of physician's employment vacancies increased from January 2011 through January 2012. By June 2015, Austin employers listed over 12,000 openings for Physicians and Registered Nurses (RN and BSN). These types of listings include Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Medical Assistants, and similar.

High Demand For Physicians

An overall increase in advertised jobs for physicians in Greater Austin occurred from 2011 - 2016.

Significant Increase In Physician Job Listings


Employment Trends Indicate Significant Growth

Although 14,870 job vacancies were advertise daily on average during spring and early summer 2011, this number grew to over 35,000 job postings in May-June 2015. All jobs are located within a 25-mile radius of city center.

Highest Demand Job Postings:

  1. Software Engineers
  2. Nurses - All certifications and training levels
  3. Salespeople
  4. Network Engineers
  5. Senior Software Engineers
  6. Administrative Assistants
  7. Co-Op Engineers
  8. Restaurant jobs
  9. Project Managers
  10. Instructional Designers
  11. Quality Assurance Engineers
  12. Technical Writers
  13. Product Development Engineers
  14. Account Executives/ Financial Advisors
  15. Design Verification Engineer
  16. Electrical Engineers
  17. Storage Software QA Engineers
  18. Network Operations Center Engineers
  19. Sales Engineers
  20. Systems Engineers

Top 5 Largest Employers

This Top 5 List of organizations to employ and recruit the largest employee pools around Austin are:

  1. The State of Texas
  2. The University of Texas
  3. SETON Healthcare Network
  4. Dell
  5. IBM

Companies Posting the Most Jobs

  1. Austin Focus - Event Planning and Coordination
  2. Pizza Hut -All Levels of positions
  3. Jobs2careers.com468
  4. Wells Fargo - Banking and Finance
  5. CRST Expedited Trucking
  6. Tallgrass Talent Group
  7. Hilton Worldwide
  8. Home Depot - Home Improvement

Austin is Among Other Large Cities

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Houston TX:
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Luling TX:
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Well re-entry announced March 5, 2012.

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Top 10 Careers in Austin Through 2018

The Top 10 Fastest Growing Jobs in capital Austin, Texas begin with Choreographer and also include Healthcare and Engineering positions, Education professionals, Oil Industry workers, Performers' Agents, IT staff, Bus Drivers and Fast Food Cooks. Even the last job on this is increasing by over 40% by 2014.

Top 10 Careers & Increase

Job Titles projected to increase fastest from 2008 to 2018 are listed below with increases of 35% to 56% during the decade ending in 2018:

  1. Network Systems & Data Communications Analysts (high of 56% among all fastest growing jobs)
  2. Home Health Aides
  3. Mainstream Elementary School Teachers
  4. Mainstream Middle School Teachers
  5. Personal & Home Care Aides
  6. Mainstream Secondary School Teachers
  7. Education Administrators for Elementary & Secondary School
  8. Compliance Officers
  9. Physical Therapists
  10. Heating, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration Mechanics & Installers

Additional Fast Growing Jobs

  • Hotel, Motel, & Resort Desk Clerks
  • Dental Assistants
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Teacher Assistants
  • Fitness Trainers & Aerobics Instructors
  • Instructional Coordinators (35% increase)

Native American Businesses Near Austin

  • Chenega Corporation
  • Native American Images
  • Native American Seed Company - Heritage seeds produced in America.
  • TurquoiseTrading Post
  • Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp

Whole Foods HQ

In the 2000s and 2010s, Whole Foods expanded by purchasing other health food stores as well as though construction of new sites.
In the 2000s and 2010s, Whole Foods expanded by purchasing other health food stores as well as though construction of new sites.
Littlefield Fountain and Main Building of The University of Texas at Austin.
Littlefield Fountain and Main Building of The University of Texas at Austin.

Colleges and Universities in the Greater Austin Area

  • Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin -
  • Austin Community College
  • Austin Graduate School of Theology
  • Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • Concordia University at Austin
  • Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest
  • Huston-Tillotson University
  • Saint Edward's University
  • Texas Health and Science University -- Private university that offers graduate degrees in business, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
  • University of Texas - Austin
  • Riverland Community College

Sport Opportunities in Austin

Minor League Teams

  • Austin Ice Bats (WPHL) at Chaparal Ice
  • Round Rock Express at the Dell Diamond
  • Austin Lightning at the Tony Burger Center
  • Austin Outlaws at the House Park
  • Austin Wranglers at the Frank Erwin Center
  • Austin Toros at the Austin Convention Center

College Teams: Texas Longhorns

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      Thank you for this content-rich and very useful article!

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      New money for oil drilling and a new hospital in Austin are leading to new jobs during 1st and 2nd Qtr 2012.

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      Austin leads the nation in "weird jobs". I suppose as a stay at home writer and Hubber in Austin I'm part of 'em.

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