Who is Hiring in Austin? Current Area Job Openings are Up

Austin area job opportunities continue to be pervasive.  Based on the latest Chamber Jobs Report, there were nearly 9,000 open IT jobs in September 2015 which is up 10% year over year.  The health care field reported almost 5,000 openings, up 27% year over year.

In health care, the top three occupations with job openings are Registered Nurses, LVNs and critical care nurses.  Rapid population growth and the impending opening of a new medical school may further accelerate these job openings.

While local completions of IT certifications continue to increase, it is still not aggressive enough. College students should know that learning a computer language or conversancy in network upkeep and architecture will provide them with great opportunities in the local market.  So will pursuit of health care credentials.

In the tech field, several companies are hiring including the following:

–          ACCENTURE

–          Amazon

–          Apple

–          Charles Schwab Corporation

–          DELL

–          General Motors Corporation

–          Home Depot

–          Hewlett Packard

–          IBM

–          NetSpend

–          Oracle

–          The University of Texas

–          The Advisory Board Company

–          Visa

The Metro Austin job market currently has 46,400 job openings and approximately 36,500 unemployed.

Subscribe to receive this and other reports in your inbox.

Contributed by Austin Chamber Senior Vice President Drew Scheberle

Posted in Chamber, Education and Talent | Leave a comment

Austin’s Green Culture Turns to [re]Manufacturing

In May of this year the City of Austin released data on the economic impact of growing a local recycling and reuse industry. Even though Austin has a green reputation, its recycling economy was not a closed loop – with most of the City’s collected recyclables sent overseas.

Austin Recycling loop

Image via

Austin economic development experts saw opportunity in keeping and using the City’s recyclables. By processing and reusing its own materials, Austin can create green jobs with zero waste. With $720M and over 2,600 jobs generated in 2014, potential growth is of upwards of 50 percent according to a study commissioned by Austin’s Recycling Economic Development Program. Similarly, in 2011 the City decided to divert 90 percent of wasted from disposal by the year 2040.

To meet these extraordinary goals, Austin is calling for potential recycling and reuse companies to become part of a new [re]Manufacturing Hub. Located on over 105 acres in Southeast Austin’s recycling corridor along FM 812, the redevelopment eco-industrial park will offer recycling and zero-waste tenants affordable real estate in a community zoned, permitted and outfitted with utility infrastructure specific to the industry.

“This is a great opportunity for Austin to create and grow cleantech jobs in Central Texas with materials that exist right now,” said Maggie Bishop, Director of Cleantech Economic Development for the Austin Chamber. “As a city with a focus on both green lifestyle and business innovation, it’s a natural next step. We have all the resources a company would need to address challenges surrounding energy, jobs, land use and waste here in Austin.”

Construction begins in summer of 2016. Letters of interest will be accepted until October 19, 2015. Find out more on the City’s site here.

Posted in Chamber, Economic Development, Global Technology & Innovation | Leave a comment

Newest Austin ISD Trustee from Southwest Austin

Congratulations to Yasmin Wagner, Austin ISD’s newest Trustee.  Wagner has a long record of involvement with Austin ISD through service on multiple PTAs.  She served on the Austin ISD Boundary Advisory Committee, a tremendously difficult but important position that provided her familiarity with school campus facilities.  Ms. Wagner had run for District 7 last November, earning more than 9,000 votes (48% of the vote) as well as significant voter interaction throughout Southwest Austin.  She was named last night to fill the unexpired term of Robert Schneider, who tragically passed away a few months ago.

Ms. Wagner will be able to immediately address major issues that the Austin school board must focus on including:

  • Creation of a school district strategic plan with clear, annual student performance targets;
  • A school district master facility plan:  many schools are overcrowded and, at the same time, many are under-enrolled. The school board had promised to adopt a plan by May 2014, but has yet to do so.
  • A Human Capital strategy, despite a fixed budget, to focus on competitive compensation in areas identified as highest need in the strategic plan

Dale Sump, a member of the Community Bond Oversight Committee, and a long-time public servant with the University of Texas and the Texas General Land Office, also put his name forward to fill the unexpired term.  Mr. Sump is a good man with a broad set of professional skills.  The Chamber encourages Mr. Sump to continue and broaden his engagement in public affairs related to Austin ISD.


Contributed by Austin Chamber Senior Vice President Drew Scheberle

Posted in Chamber, Education and Talent | Leave a comment

Chamber DTC70 Briefing for the Central Texas Delegation

The Austin Chamber convened a briefing on September 22 for key staff of the Governor, Lt. Governor, key education committee and Central Texas delegation members. The Chamber discussed the areas where we need help from the Legislature and solicited feedback on how to improve Central Texas outcomes.


Julian Rivera, partner at Husch Blackwell and Chamber Education Council member, laid out the DTC70 Central Texas Business and Education Partnership, calling it “revolutionary.” Doug Killian, superintendent of Hutto ISD and multi-year winner of the Chamber’s Superintendent of the Year, validated the region’s need to increase direct college enrollment to help improve opportunity for our young people and to drive regional prosperity.

Here were some staff questions:

  • Q: How does the DTC70 match up to the state Closing the Gaps effort?

A: DTC70 is the local response to the state challenge led by Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes and THECB Vice Chair, former Chamber Chair Bobby Jenkins and CEO of ABC Home & Commercial Services.

  • Q: DTC70 discusses college enrollment curriculum as early as 5th grade?

A: Yes.  The business and education community are working on this curriculum currently.  Email Gilbert Zavala for more information.

  • Q: How much would it cost to provide the National Student Clearinghouse data tracking all Texas high school graduates?

A: $210,00-250,000

  • Q: How does this dovetail with the work  of TWC, THECB and TEA?

A: Those efforts are led by very capable leaders.  They are, however, underresourced (i.e. TWC has 2 people statewide to education about real-time changes to the labor market) and do not have subject matter expertise on creating consumable data.  This is a great area for Governor leadership.

This was a real success thanks to Gilbert Zavala and Andrew Feller, for building and sustaining the education partnerships and, specifically, the compelling content, presentation materials and talking points.  Thanks also to Dana Harris for building a room with the key staff.


Contributed by Austin Chamber Senior Vice President Drew Scheberle

Posted in Chamber, Education and Talent, Public Policy | Leave a comment

Fenves Inauguration: What CenTex Business Needs to Know

Amid the robes, the maces and medallions of authority on the stage of the UT-Austin Bass Auditorium, Dr. Greg Fenves was inaugurated the 29th President of the University of Texas at Austin, a tremendous honor and achievement.

From President Fenves’ address, what is of greatest interest to the Central Texas business community?

Fenves – “I will be a President who listens.”

  • Faculty Excellence – UT excellence is based upon the preeminence of its faculty. Fenves fully committed to excellence and diversity in our faculty.  He will compete for the best graduate students and innovate how graduates prepare for careers outside academia.
  • Research – Fenves will initiate a process to assess the emerging research landscape, especially as it relates to multi-disciplinary approaches. He will ensure pursuit of scholarship which crosses disciplines to create the next generation of insight and technologies.
  • Undergraduate Experience – Fenves will continue education change powered by faculty deans over the last decade.  He will continue signature undergraduate courses with renowned faculty.  He will encourage use of new technologies to improve student learning and success.
  • Learning – Fenves asked how to leverage new approaches to pedagogy.  New instructional budget system will help these new pedagogical and multi-disciplinary approaches.  He will launch a “faculty innovation center” to accelerate transformation of teaching and curriculum design. He believed steadily improved 4 year graduation rates will provide funds to invest in these initiatives.
  • New Ways to Take UT – Fenves also said he will continue extended campuses –on-line and hybrid courses — for life-long learners in high school and for alumni.  High school courses will enable new mechanisms to cultivate relationships before these students step onto campus and extend decades after commencement.
  • Dell Medical School – Fenves said many of these approaches are built into the design of  the UT-Austin Dell Medical School, the first medical school affiliated with AAU in nearly 50 years.  Dell Medical School will welcome its first class of medical students this summer.   Fenves said UT will rethink health care, to include the role of information technology.
  • Efficiency – He said UT must pursue efficiency in all avenues.
  • Athletics – Fenves said athletics can be the front door to UT for many people.  I will make it a welcoming front door.

University of Texas at Austin is an enormous asset to Central Texas.  Many of our most prominent business leaders trace their initial involvement in Austin beginning at that university.  Annually, 13,000 graduates cross the stage each year. And the university researchers attract hundreds of million of basic research dollars to invent new technologies and companies.

In warmly introducing President Fenves, UT System Chancellor McRaven said, “As president, the buck stops with him.”


Contributed by Austin Chamber Senior Vice President Drew Scheberle

Posted in Chamber, Education and Talent | Leave a comment