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Austin Job Postings Report April 2019

Posted By Kwee Lan Teo | May 08, 2019
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AUSTIN JOB POSTINGS REPORT APRIL 2019

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AUSTIN - ROUND ROCK - SAN MARCOS MSA
(MARCH 14, 2019 to APRIL 13, 2019)
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INSIGHTS

  • Job Postings measured in this report refers to the employers who are actively advertising online, it is not a representation of Job Openings, which measures all positions that are open (not filled) on the last business day of the month. 

  • Austin added 22,700 net new jobs in the 12 months ending in March, making Austin the 16th fastest growing major metro.

  • There were approximately 48,000 Available Job Postings during the April 2019 monthly reporting period, about 2,500 less postings when compared to April 2018.   

  • 18 percent  or about 8,800 of the Available Job Postings during the March reporting period fell under Computer and Mathematical Occupations, which also had the largest year-to-year increase in postings. Management Occupations saw the second largest year-to-year increase as more employers are posting for more experienced talent.

  • Approximately 36 percent or about 17,100 of Available Job Postings are New (First-time) Job Postings with Management Occupations leading in this category, followed by Computer and Mathematical Occupations. More employers are also placing a greater demand for Management Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations this month.

  • According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Austin MSA reported an unemployment rate of 2.7% or 33,100 unemployed in March 2019, a decrease of 3,400 unemployed people when compared to the previous month. The unemployment rate was 3.0% or 36,500 unemployed in February 2019. The current civilian labor force for the Austin MSA is 1,214,310, an increase of 21,900 into our regions' labor force, when compared to the same time last year.

  • 35 percent or 16,900 of all Available Job Postings pay an annual median wage of between $30,000 to $65,000 in the Austin MSA for April 2019. Of the 16,900 posted jobs in this category, 20 percent or about 3,300 would require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor's degree while 61 percent or 10,400 would require a high school diploma or less. There are about 330 apprenticeship positions available for in this pay range and are mostly for ElectriciansPlumbers-Pipefitters, and Steamfitters, and Carpenters. The top 10 posted occupations or approximately 6,500 postings, in this annual median wage range of $30,000 to $65,000 category, all require an entry level education of less than an associate's degree but may require some years of related work experience or in-the-job training to attain competency in the occupation. (See below chart for more details on the education, work experience and competencies)

  • More jobs ahead. Companies have recently announced new location or expansion plans in the Austin MSA, representing slightly over 900 jobs. The expansion list includes Western Industries, ScaleFactor, Indeed, Hippo, Frog, Fluence Bioengineering, FedEx, EverlyWell and A Cloud Guru. Employers such as Zoho (Pleasanton, CA), perfect Game (Cedar Rapids, IA), Juul Labs (San Francisco, CA), Cognite (Lysaker, Norway) and Brodynt Global (Barcelona, Spain) are the companies that have announced new location plans in Austin.

TRAVIS COUNTY: The Austin MSA is made up of Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. Travis County is the fifth most populous county in Texas and its county seat is Austin.

  • 60 percent of the approximate 17,200 unemployment insurance (UI) claimants in FY 2018 that are actively seeking a job in Travis County have less than an associate's degree, according to Workforce Solutions Capital Area. In March 2019, 56 percent or 604 of the 1,073 unemployment insurance (UI) claimants reported having some college education but no degree/credential earned while 23 percent or 250 have a high school diploma/equivalent or less than a high school educational attainment. 50 percent or 536 unemployment insurance (UI) claimants are aged between 25-40. Click here for more information on hiring events.

  • The region's Master Community Workforce Plan's top-line target is to ensure that in the five years between 2017-2021, an additional 1,800-plus Austin residents currently in poverty receive training, credentialing, and are placed in jobs paying at least $40,000 in technology, healthcare and skilled trades.

  • According to the Travis County Poverty Brief, the American Community Survey 2012-2016 data shows that 32 percent or 355,874 of Travis County residents live in households with an income under 200% of the poverty threshold. 

The following job market report is designed to provide insight into current employer demands, skills and occupations in the Austin MSA.

TOP JOB POSTINGS

The chart below list the available unique ads in major occupation groups from March 14, 2019, to April 13, 2019, a mid-monthly timeframe closely associated with federal jobs numbers.Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL)


TOP JOB POSTINGS AND ANNUAL MEDIAN WAGE

The chart below illustrates the number of available unique ads and their corresponding annual median wage for each major occupational group from March 14, 2019, to April 13, 2019.

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2018

The occupational group with the lowest estimated annual median wages is Personal Care and Service Occupations and most of the postings were for Personal Care Aides, Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists, Recreation Workers, Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors, First-Line Supervisors of Personal Sevice Workers, Nonfarm Animal Workers, Baggage Porters and Bellhops and Childcare Workers.


MONTHLY AD TRENDS

The line chart below shows the monthly total volume of online ads posted in the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA from April 2015 through April 2019.Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL)

Note: The data for March 2019 would be the sum of all posted ads from March 14, 2019 to April 13, 2019. This reference period is aligned to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) unemployment job search time period to provide a more accurate comparison of labor supply and labor demand.


TOP 20 JOB POSTINGS

The chart below lists the top 20 unique Available Job Postings in the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos MSA from March 14, 2019, to April 13, 2019.

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2018

Software Developers-Applications, Marketing Managers, Computer and Information Systems Managers and Civil Engineers saw 70 or more increase in year-to-year postings.


TOP 20 TECH JOB POSTINGS

The chart below lists the top 20 unique Available Job Postings for Computer and Mathematical Occupations in the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos MSA from March 14, 2019 to April 13, 2019.Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2018

Occupations that had a 800 or more increase in year-to-year Available Job Postings were Software Developers-ApplicationsCompanies that have posted a year-to-year increase of 35 or more jobs under this occupational category in our region are CiscoPricewaterhouseCoopersNTT DataInc., Indotronix International Corp.Whole Foods Market, Adobe Systems IncorporatedQ2 SoftwareDELL  and Charles Schwab CorporationAppleInc..

It remains easier to hire for Computer and Mathematical Occupations in Austin than nationwide and in other peer cities.

Region Nationwide Austin MSA Atlanta MSA Denver MSA Salt Lake City MSA San Jose MSA
Comparing Hiring Difficulty for Computer & Mathematical Occupations (A higher number reflects greater hiring difficulty) 79 78 83 84 79 79

Source: Gartner®

The Hiring Scale views the difficulty-to-fill indicator on market conditions. It calculates a score for each position that the employer is trying to fill. Several factors affect the hiring scale score that includes the supply of available candidates, the overall demand for employers for people in the position, the location, the occupation, local unemployment rates, job site source, offered pay level, etc. The Hiring Scale scores jobs from 1 to 99 based on their projected difficulty-to-recruit.


TOP 20 HEALTHCARE JOB POSTINGS

The chart below lists the top 20 unique Available Job Postings for Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations in the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos MSA from March 14, 2019 to April 13, 2019.Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2018

Healthcare occupations such as Physicians and Surgeons, All Others saw a year-to-year increase of 20 or more Available Job Postings.

Universal Health Services, Baylor Scott & White Health and Aveanna Healthcare were the companies that saw a year-to-year increase of 30 or more Available Job Postings.

Austin is competitive in hiring for Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations.

Region Nationwide Austin MSA Atlanta MSA Denver MSA Salt Lake City MSA San Jose MSA
Comparing Hiring Difficulty for Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations (A higher number reflects greater hiring difficulty) 41 49 49 48 39 49

Source: Gartner®


TYPICAL EDUCATION NEEDED FOR ENTRY INTO JOBS THAT PAY AN ANNUAL MEDIAN WAGE BETWEEN $30,000 TO $65,000

This table shows the Top 5 Most Posted Occupations associated the respective Typical Education Needed for Entry into the occupation.

Typical Education Needed for Job Entry Most Posted Occupation  2nd Most Posted Occupation 3rd Most Posted Occupation 4th Most Posted Occupation 5th Most Posted Occupation
No Formal Education Credential Construction Laborers Parts Salespersons Telemarketers Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators Painters, Construction and Maintenance
High School Diploma or Equivalent First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers Customer Service Representatives Sales Representatives, Services, All Other First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
Postsecondary Nondegree Award Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics Medical Assistants Dental Assistants
Some College, No Degree Computer User Support Specialists Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers None None
Associate's Degree Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education Radiologic Technologists Paralegals and Legal Assistants Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping Civil Engineering Technicians
Bachelor's Degree Human Resources Specialists Public Relations Specialists Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education Training and Development Specialists Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
Master's Degree Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other Urban and Regional Planners Healthcare Social Workers Librarians
Doctoral or Professional Degree Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists Audiologists English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL), Bureau of Labor Statistics and Texas Workforce Commission's JOBS Y'ALL


TOP HARD SKILLS IN DEMAND

The table below lists the top hard skills in demand for the Available Job Postings in the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos MSA from March 14, 2019 to April 13, 2019.

Top 20 Hard Skills in Demand by Employers Required Skill by Volume Top Related Skills (If 30% or more of the skill also reflects other required/optional skills)
Microsoft Office 7,259  
Microsoft PowerPoint 4,143 Microsoft Office
Software Development 4,141  
Python 3,822 Python, Java, Linux, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Software Development
Java 3,767 Java, Python, Software Development, JavaScript (JS)
Quality Assurance (QA)  3,476  
Structured Query Language (SQL) 3,143 Java, Python
Linux 2,803 Python, Java, Software Development, UNIX
JavaScript (JS) 2,529 Java, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Software Development, Python
Amazon Web Services (AWS) 2,416 Python, Java, Microsoft Windows Azure, Software Development, Linux
Software as a Service (SaaS) 2,277  
Salesforce CRM SFDC 2,264 Customer Relationship Management (CRM) 
Bilingual 2,230  
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) 2,137 Salesforce CRM SFDC
Agile Software Development 1,932 Software Development, Java
Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) 1,836 Customer Relationship Management (CRM) 
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) 1,801 JavaScript (JS), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Java 
C/C++ 1,768 Java, Python, Software Development, Linux
Scrum Agile Methodology 1,746 Software Development, Java
Technical Support 1,632  

Source: Gartner®

Skills in Demand provides a real-time view of skills in demand by employers. For example, of the Available Job Postings from March 14, 2019 to April 13, 2019, 3,915 job postings required “Microsoft PowerPointas a skill and 30% or more of those 4,143 job postings also had other required/optional skill(s) such as “Microsoft Office".

Hard skills that have seen an increase of 600 or more year-to-year job postings are Microsoft PowerPointSoftware DevelopmentPythonAmazon Web Services (AWS), Structured Query Language (SQL), Software as a Service (SaaS)Machine Learning Techniques, Agile Software DevelopmentJava and JavaScript (JS). 


TOP CERTIFICATIONS IN DEMAND

The table below lists the top certifications in demand for the Available Job Postings in the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos MSA from March 14, 2019 to April 13, 2019.

Top 20 Certifications in Demand by Employers Required Certification by Volume Top Related Certifications (if 30% or more of the skill also reflects Other required/optional skills)
Driver's License 7,190  
Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL A) 3,047 Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL A)
Commercial Driver's License (CDL)  2,974 Certified Registered Nurse (RNC)
Basic Life Support (BLS) 2,714 Certified Registered Nurse (RNC)
Certified Registered Nurse (RNC) 2,559 Basic Life Support (BLS)
Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) 1,614  
Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification (OSHA) 1,226  
Continuing Education (CE)  1,184  
Accounting 1,111 Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Security Clearance 1,018  
Food Safety Programs (HACCP) 986  
First Aid Certification 929

Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

HAZMAT

919 Commercial Driver's License (CDL), Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL A)
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) 701 Accounting
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 671 Certified Registered Nurse (RNC), Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Project Management Professional (PMP) 651

 

Special Education (SPED) 601  
Patient Care Technician (PCT) 560

Basic Life Support (BLS), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Licensed Vocational Nurse, Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)  544 Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Basic Life Support (BLS)
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) 537 Patient Care Technician (PCT), Licensed Vocational Nurse, Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Basic Life Support (BLS) 

Source: Gartner®

Certifications in Demand provides a real-time view of certifications in demand by employers. For example, of the Available Job Postings from March 14, 2019 to April 13, 2019, 2,559 job postings required Certified Registered Nurse (RNC)as a certification and 30% or more of those 2,559 job postings also had other required/optional certification(s) such as Basic Life Support (BLS)”.

Certifications that saw an increase of 150 or more year-to-year job postings are Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL A)Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Patient Care Technician (PCT), DOT Medical CardHAZMATCertified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Accounting, HAZMATBasic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Special Education (SPED) and State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).  


TOP EMPLOYERS

The table below lists the direct employers in the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA that posted available unique ads from March 14, 2019 to April 13, 2019.

Employer Ad Volume
DELL 1,284
HCA-The Healthcare Company 857
The University of Texas System 551
Baylor Scott & White Health 448
H-E-B  395
Omni Hotels  328
Apple Inc. 315
American Campus Communities, Inc. 311
Advanced Micro Devices 308
IBM 300
City of Austin, Texas 281
Whole Foods Market 280
Compass Group 250
Charles Schwab Corporation 238
Hyatt  235
Internal Revenue Service 230
Home Depot 221
Visa 207
ACCENTURE 181
PricewaterhouseCoopers 180

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) 

Compass GroupOmni HotelsPricewaterhouseCoopers, IDEA Public SchoolsAllied UniversalHyatt, Cisco and Texas State University are the companies that have seen a year-to-year increase of more than 100 in job postings.


Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) Program (with data collection by Wanted Technologies) Top

 

Kwee Lan Teo

VP, Talent Development & Acquisition