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Austin Job Postings Report March 2018

Posted By Kwee Lan Teo | Apr 17, 2018
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AUSTIN JOB POSTINGS REPORT MARCH 2018

AUSTIN - ROUND ROCK - SAN MARCOS MSA
(FEBRUARY 14, 2018 to MARCH 13, 2018)
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INSIGHTS

  • Annual Median Wage for top two posted occupations in the Austin MSA have increased. The annual median wage for Software Developers, Applications increased from $105,150 to $107,330 and for Registered Nurses, it increased from $66,150 to $68,010. The Average Annual Median Wage increased for both the Computer and Mathematical Occupational and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupational groups. Computer and Mathematical Occupations increased average wages from $83,470 to $86,280. Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations increased average wages from $60,500 to $62,760.

  • Five of the Top 20 posted occupations in the Computer and Mathematical Occupational group now pay an annual median wage of over $100,000: Software Developers, Applications, Information Security Analysts, Software Developers, Systems Software, Computer and Information Research Scientists and Computer Network Architects. 

  • 41,000 Available Job Postings during March 2018, about 1,100 more postings than March 2017. 

  • Office and Administrative Support Occupations saw the largest decline in postings.

  • Business and Financial Operations Occupations (Management Analysts, Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists, Accountants, Business Operations Specialists, All Other and Human Resources Specialists) and Computer and Mathematical Occupations (Software Developers, Applications, Web Developers, Computer Systems Analysts, Computer User Support Specialists and Network and Computer Systems Administrators) and Management Occupations (Marketing Managers, General and Operations Managers, Managers, All Other, Sales Managers and Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers) saw strong growth in postings.

  • The occupational group that pays the highest Average Median Wage in the Austin MSA is Management Occupations, followed by Compputer and Mathematical Occupations, Architecture and Engineering Occupations, Legal Occupations, Business and Financial Operations Occupations and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations.

  • Microsoft Office is the top hard skill in demand.

  • The share of New Job Postings compared to Available Job Postings is approximately 47 percent in March 2018. 

  • According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Austin MSA reported an unemployment rate of 3.0% or 36,000 unemployed in February 2018, lower than the 3.5% or 40,000 reported in February 2017. The current labor force for the Austin MSA is 1,188,500, an increase of 45,300 when compared to the same time last year.

  • In March 2018, 69 percent of Available Job Postings were Less than 60 days old.

  • More jobs ahead. Companies recently announced new location or expansion plans in the Austin MSA, representing about 520 plus jobs. The expansion list includes Valkyrie, Uber, TurnKey Vacation Rentals, TheWaveVR, Strangeworks, SpyCloud, Mythic and Double A Events. Spreetail (Lincoln, NE), REX Real Estate (Los Angeles, CA), Outdoorsy (San Francisco, CA) are the companies that have announced new location plans in Austin .


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 and table below lists the available unique ads in major occupation groups from February 14, 2018 to March 13, 2018, a mid-monthly timeframe closely associated with federal jobs numbers.

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

Major Occupational Groups Available Ad Volume New Ad Volume Available Ads
Year-to-Year Percentage Change
Available Ads
Year-to-Year Difference
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 7,625 3,293 +6.50% +467

Sales and Related Occupations

4,057 1,767 +2.60% +101

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

3,934 2,028 -8.90% -386
Management Occupations  3,919 1,533 +10.00% +357
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 3,657 1,235 -3.20% -119
Business and Financial Operations Occupations  3,007 1,164 +21.40% +530
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations  2,035 1,119 -5.40% -116
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 2,028 1,396 +8.90% +165

Installation, Maintenance and Repair Occupations

1,433 811 -11.30% -183
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1,294 406 +19.40% +210
Others (13) 7,866 4,272 +1.50% +118
Total (23) 40,855 19,024 +2.90% +1,144

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

There were approximately 41,000 Available Job Postings during the March 2018 monthly reporting period, about 1,100 more postings when compared to March 2017. 

About 7,600 or 19 percent of the Available Job Postings during the March reporting period fell under Computer and Mathematical Occupations. The Business and Financial Operations Occupations saw the largest increase in year-to-year postings.

The Major Occupational Groups that saw more than 200 year-to-year increases in Available Job Postings, when compared to March 2017, are Business and Financial Operations Occupations, Computer and Mathematical Occupations, Management Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations. 47 percent or about 19,000 are New Job Postings.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Austin MSA reported an unemployment rate of 3.0% or 36,000 unemployed in February 2018, lower than the 3.5% or 40,000 reported in February 2017. Approximately 63% of unemployment insurance (UI) claimants that are actively seeking a job in Travis County have less than an associate's degree, according to Workforce Solutions Capital Area. According to the American Community Survey 2011-2015, there are 76,142 employed individuals living below the poverty line and 99,296 families living at less than 200 percent of poverty.


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 March 2014 through March 2018.

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

Note: The data for March 2018 would be the sum of all posted ads from February 14, 2018 to March 13, 2018. 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.

In March 2018, New Job Postings represented almost 19,000 or 47 percent of Available Job Postings.


TOP 20 JOB POSTINGS

The chart below lists the top 20 unique available job postings in the Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos MSA from February 14, 2018 to March 13, 2018.Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2017

Software Developers, Applications, Retail Salespersons, Computer Systems Analysts, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers, Managers, All Other and Management Analysts saw a 130 or more increase in year-to-year postings. 

The Annual Median Wage decreased for the following occupations on this list: Retail Salespersons, First-Line Supervisors of Retails Sales Workers, Marketing Managers, Web Developers and Computer User Support Specialists.


TOP 20 JOB POSTINGS AND HIRING DIFFICULTY

The chart below lists the top 20 unique available job postings and its hiring difficulty in the Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos MSA from February 14, 2018 to March 13, 2018.Source: Wanted Technologies and the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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 include 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 Score scores jobs from 1 to 99 based on their projected difficulty-to-recruit.

The Hiring Difficulty is higher for occupations that require a Bachelor's degree or are tech-related. For occupations that require no formal credentials, Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners is the harder to fill occupation, compared to Retail Salespersons, and employers such as Extended Stay America and Learning Care Group have posted openings. 


TOP 20 TECH JOB POSTINGS

The chart below lists the top 20 unique available job postings under Computer and Mathematical Occupations in the Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos MSA from February 14, 2018 to March 13, 2018.Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2017

Computer and Mathematical Occupations saw about 470 year-to-year Available Job Postings. Software Developers, Applications saw the greatest share of the year-to-year increase in Available Job Postings

Computer Programmers saw the largest decline in year-to-year Available Job Postings

The Annual Median Wage decreased for the following occupations on this list: Web Developers, Computer User Support Specialists and Actuaries.


TOP 20 TECH JOB POSTINGS AND HIRING DIFFICULTY

The chart below lists the top 20 unique available job postings and its hiring difficulty under Computer and Mathematical Occupations in the Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos MSA from February 14, 2018 to March 13, 2018.Source: Wanted Technologies and the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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 include 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.

Companies such as Deloitte, VST Consulting, Inc., Y& L Consulting Inc., Home Depot, Visa, HomeAway and Whole Foods posted 15 or more year-to-year increase in postings under this category. 

Compared nationwide, the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA now has a lower hiring difficulty for Computer and Mathematical Occupations. The Washington-Arlington-Alexandria MSA, Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell MSA, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA, Boston-Cambridge-Newton MSA, Chicago-Naperville-Elgin MSA, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington MSA and the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood MSA have a higher hiring difficulty in this occupational category when compared to the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA


TOP 20 HEALTHCARE JOB POSTINGS

The chart below lists the top 20 unique available job postings under Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations in the Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos MSA from February 14, 2018 to March 13, 2018.

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2017

Registered Nurses saw the largest increase in Available Job Postings while Pharmacy Technicians saw the largest decline in year-to-year postings.

This occupational category pays an Average Annual Median Wage of $62,760 in the Austin MSA

Ascension Health and HCA-The Healthcare Company had an increase of 130 or more year-to-year Available Job Postings.


TOP 20 HEALTHCARE JOB POSTINGS AND HIRING DIFFICULTY

The chart below lists the top 20 unique available job postings and its hiring difficulty under Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations in the Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos MSA from February 14, 2018 to March 13, 2018.Source: Wanted Technologies and the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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 include 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.

Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians pays an annual median wage of $63,750 and requires an associate's degree, it is an occupation that is hard to fill in our region, after Surgical Technologists, which pay an annual median wage of $46,270 and requires a postsecondary nondegree award. Both occupations saw an increase in its Annual Median Wage.


TOP HARD SKILLS IN DEMAND

The table below lists the top hard skills in demand for the available jobs in the Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos MSA from February 14, 2018 to March 13, 2018.

Top 20 Hard Skills in Demand by Employers Required Skill by Volume Year-to-Year
Difference
Top Related Skills (If 30% or more of the skill also reflects other required/optional skills)
Microsoft Office 5,575 +5,226  
Quality Assurance (QA)

2,540

+110  
Java 2,331

-138

Python, Linux, JavaScript (JS)

Python 2,096 +345 Java, Linux 

Structured Query Language (SQL)

1,978

-59 Java
Linux

1,894

-146 Python, Java, UNIX
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
1,829
+275
Salesforce CRM SFDC 
Bilingual

1,770

-392

 
Quality Control
 1,584 
+210
 

Salesforce CRM SFDC

1,547 

+283 Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

JavaScript (JS)

1,457 
-226 Java, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Python
Technical Support

1,319

-26

 
Software as a Service (SaaS)
1,224 
+30  
Preventive Maintenance

1,136

+156  

Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)

1,123

-49

JavaScript (JS), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Java, Structured Query Language (SQL)
Pediatrics 1,115 -147  

Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

1,074

-18

Java

Amazon Web Services (AWS) 1,072 +243 Java, Python, Microsoft Windows Azure, Linux
C/C++ 1,067 +11 Python, Java, Linux
Bilingual Spanish 1,005
+13
Bilingual

Source: Wanted Technologies

Skills in Demand provides a real-time view of skills currently in demand by employers. For example, of the available jobs posted from February 14, 2018 to March 13, 2018, 2,331 job postings required “Java” as a skill and 30% or more of those 2,331 job postings also had other required/optional skill(s) such as “Python", Linux" and "JavaScript (JS)".

Hard skills that have seen an increase of 300 or more increase in year-to-year postings are Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Software DevelopmentPython, Behavioral Health and Customer Success.

 


TOP CERTIFICATIONS IN DEMAND

The table below lists the top certifications in demand for the available jobs in the Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos MSA from February 14, 2018 to March 13, 2018.

Top 20 Certifications in Demand by Employers Required Certification by Volume Year-to-Year Difference Top Related Certifications (if 30% or more of the skill also reflects Other required/optional skills)
Driver's License

6,698

+574
 
Certified Registered Nurse (RN)
3,789
-241
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Basic Life Support (BLS)
3,604
+616
Certified Registered Nurse (RN)
Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
1,570
-69

Certified Registered Nurse (RN)

Continuing Education (CE) 
1,151

+140

 
Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification (OSHA)  1,146 +97  
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 907 -337 Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS)
Food Safety Programs (HACCP)
844
+100
 
Commercial Driver's License (CDL) 791 -1,075  
Secret Clearance

771

+293

Public Trust Security Clearance

Accounting

732

+44

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) 

First Aid Certification

636
+10
Driver's License
HAZMAT
567 -211 Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) 514

+48

Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification (OSHA) 
Project Management Professional (PMP)
446 +42

 

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

429 -29 Accounting

Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS)

396

+53

Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Graduate Nurse (GN), National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), Patient Care Technician (PCT)
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Patient Care Technician (PCT)
393
-12

Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Basic Life Support (BLS), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Registered Nurse (RN) 

 

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

377 -30 Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Basic Life Support (BLS), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Home Health Aide (HHA) 
Petroleum Oriented Safety Training (POST) 370
+134
 
Source: Wanted Technologies

Certifications in Demand provides a real-time view of certifications currently in demand by employers. For example, of the available job postings from February 14, 2018 to March 13, 2018, 3,789 job postings required “Certified Registered Nurse” as a certification and 30% or more of those 3,789 job postings also had other required/optional certification(s) such as “Basic Life Support (BLS)”.

Certifications that saw an increase of 300 or more postings are Basic Life Support (BLS), Driver's License and Secret Clearance.


TOP EMPLOYERS

The table below lists the employers in the Austin - Round Rock - San Marcos MSA that posted available unique ads from February 14, 2018 to March 13, 2018.

Employer Ad Volume
Ascension Health 1,419
DELL 1,055
IBM 779
HCA-The Healthcare Company 649
The University of Texas System 543
Apple Inc. 440
ACCENTURE 384
Austin Independent School  District 379
Deloitte
325
Robert Half International 312
General Electric 303

Baylor Scott & White

294

Compass Group

250
Randstad
249

Goodwill Industries

233
Apex Systems, Inc.
222 
Lowe's
216
Whole Foods 204
Marriott 190
Hyatt 184

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

Ascension Health, Baylor Scott & White Health, General Electric, Apple Inc., Whole Foods and The University of Texas System are the companies that have seen an increase of more than 200 Available Job Postings year-to-year. For New Job Postings in March 2018, Ascension Health, Baylor Scott & White Health, General Electric, Academy Sports and Safeguard Scientifics saw a year-to-year increase of 80 or more postings.


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

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Kwee Lan Teo

VP, Talent Development & Acquisition