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Austin Job Postings Report September 2017

Posted By Kwee Lan Teo | Oct 10, 2017
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AUSTIN JOB POSTINGS REPORT SEPTEMBER 2017

AUSTIN - ROUND ROCK - SAN MARCOS MSA
(AUGUST 14, 2017 to SEPTEMBER 13, 2017)
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INSIGHTS

  • 39,500 Available Job Openings, but fewer than a year ago. 39,500 Available Job Postings during September 2017, or 1,600 less compared to September 2016.

  • Increase in tech, business and financial operations occupations. The Computer and Mathematical Occupational Group and the Business and Financial Operations Occupational Group have the largest year-to-year Available Job Posting increases.

  • Job postings in September 2017 continues to be lower than September of past three years. The Austin MSA saw more than 40,000 Available Job Postings in September of 2014, 2015 and 2016 but is below 40,000 in September 2017.

  • Demand for Tech talent remains high. Eight of the Top 20 occupations are tech-related. Registered Nurses is the top posted occupation currently for September 2017 while Computer Systems Analysts saw the largest year-to-year increase in postings for all occupations posted and is not a too difficult-to-hire occupation in our region.

  • Plenty of middle wage jobs available. Half of the Top 20 occupations posted require less than an associate's degree as the typical education needed for entry, representing about 6,100 postings. All but two, Retail Salesperson and Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners, posted an annual median wage of $30,000 or more in the Austin MSA. Almost one-fifth of all Available Job Postings that require at least a high school diploma, also pays an annual median wage of between $30,000 to $60,000. Two-fifths of all Available Job Postings require no formal credential or high school equivalency as the Typical Education Needed for Entry, though most of these would require short-term/moderate-term on-the job training and/or related work experience. About five percent of Available Job Postings would require an Associate's degree as the Typical Education Needed for Entry, almost all do not require additional work experience nor on-the-job training.

  • Unemployment tops 37,800. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Austin MSA reported an unemployment rate of 3.4% or 37,800 unemployed in August 2017. 

  • More jobs ahead. Companies recently announced new location or expansion plans in the Austin MSA, representing about 295 jobs. The list includes Acessa Health, Convey, Granite & Stone, Kestra Financial, Namely, Veggie Noodle Company and Vyze (formerly NewComLink).


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 August 14, 2017 to September 13, 2017, 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 7,370 3,199 5.60% 393
Office and Administrative Support Occupations  3,956 2,052 -10.10% -443
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations  3,690 1,624 -18.10% -816
Sales and Related Occupations 3,621 1,406 -9.90% -397
Management Occupations  3,571 1,224 0.10% 2
Business and Financial Operations Occupations  2,666 1,144 10.70% 258
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations  2,018 1,134 -19.00% -473
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 1,814 1,110 -5.40% -103
Installation, Maintenance and Repair Occupations 1,633 1,060 1.20% 20
Construction and Extraction Occupations 1,283 972 5.30% 64
Others (13) 7,891 4,044 -1.20% -95
Total (23) 39,513 18,969 -3.90% -1,590

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

There were approximately 39,500 Available Job Postings during the September 2017 monthly reporting period, a decrease of about 1,600 Available Job Postings compared to September 2016. About 7,400 or 19 percent of the Available Job Postings during the September reporting period fell under Computer and Mathematical Occupations. 48 percent or 19,000 are New Job Postings, the lowest for the month of September when compared to September 2013 through September 2016, which were above 20,000.

The Major Occupational Groups that saw the largest decline in the volume of Available Job Postings compared to September 2016 are Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, followed by Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, Office and Administrative Support Occupations and Sales and Related Occupations

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Austin MSA reported an unemployment rate of 3.4% or 37,800 unemployed in August 2017. This represents an increase of 1,400 unemployed compared to July 2017 which had a 3.2% unemployment rate or 36,400 unemployed. 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. 


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 September 2013 through September 2017.

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

Note: The data for September 2017 would be the sum of all posted ads from August 14, 2017 to September 13, 2017. 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.

The Austin MSA saw more than 40,000 Available Job Postings in September 2014 through September 2016 but is below 40,000 in September 2017. 48% of Available Job Postings are New 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 August 14, 2017 to September 13, 2017.

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016

Computer Systems Analysts, Management AnalystsInformation Technology Project ManagersComputer Systems Engineers/Architects and Marketing Managers, Retail Salesperson and Social and Human Service Assistants all saw a 80 or more increase in year-to-year postings. Web DevelopersRegistered Nurses, Nursing AssistantsCustomer Service Representatives, Demonstrators and Product Promoters and First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers had a 100 or more decrease in year-to-year postings.


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 August 14, 2017 to September 13, 2017.


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.

Half of the Top 20 occupations posted require less than an associate's degree as the typical education needed for entry. All but two, Retail Salesperson and Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners, posted an annual median wage of $30,000 or more in the Austin MSA.

When compared nationwide, Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants, Computer Systems AnalystsHeavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers and Computer User Support Specialists are the easier-to-hire occupations in the Austin MSA. Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners, Registered Nurses, Maintenance and Repair Workers, General, Management Analysts and First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers are the job postings that more difficult to fill in our region. Approximately 46 percent of all Available Job Postings require a Bachelor's degree or more as the entry level of educational qualification needed for the posted occupation.


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 August 14, 2017 to September 13, 2017.

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016

Software Developers, Applications saw the largest year-to-year increase in Available Jobs Postings, followed by Information Technology Project Managers and Computer Systems Analysts. Web DevelopersComputer User Support SpecialistsNetwork and Computer Systems Administrators and Database Administrators saw the largest decline in Available Job Postings. In terms of New Job Postings, Web Developers saw approximately 70 year-to-year decreases. 


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 August 14, 2017 to September 13, 2017.


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 Anthem, Inc., Apple Inc., ACCENTURE, Deloitte, General Electric, ViaSat and ARM posted the 30 or more year-to-year increase in postings under this category. 

Compared nationwide, the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA has a lower hiring diffuclty for Computer and Mathematical Occupations. The Washington-Arlington-Alexandria MSA, Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 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 August 14, 2017 to September 13, 2017.

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016

Registered Nurses and Critical Care Nurses saw the largest decline in Available Job Postings.

The annual median wage for Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations in the Austin MSA also decreased slightly from $60,740 in 2015 to $60,500 in 2016. All the top occupations in this category pay an annual median wage of more than $30,000 in the Austin MSA

Seton Family of Hospitals, TX, Anthem, Inc. and The University of Texas System had an increase of 20 or more year-to-year Available Job Postings.

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations saw approximately 800 less Available Job Postings compared to the same period last year. In terms of New Job Postings, Registered Nurses, Radiologic Technologists and Surgical Technologists saw a decline of 30 or more year-to-year 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 August 14, 2017 to September 13, 2017.

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.

More than half of these top posted occupations require an associate's degree or less as the typical level of education needed for entry into the occupation. The highest hiring difficulty is for Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians which require at least an associate's degree and has an annual median wage of $60,660.

 


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 August 14, 2017 to September 13, 2017.

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)
Quality Assurance (QA)
2,256
-167
 
Java
2,253
-215
Python, Linux
Bilingual
1,888
+100
 
Linux
1,882
-3 Python, Java, UNIX
Structured Query Language (SQL)
1,875
+84 Java
Python
1,811
+321 Java, Linux, C/C++
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
1,504
+40
Salesforce CRM SFDC 
Quality Control 
1,476

+266

 
JavaScript (JS)
1,395
-266
Java, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) 
Technical Support

1,336 

+161
 
Salesforce CRM SFDC
1,295
+291
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Software as a Service (SaaS)
1,128
-74
 
Preventive Maintenance
1,126
+64  
Pediatrics
1,102
-79  
C/C++
1,058

-99

Java, Python, Linux
Agile Software Development 
1,053
-66
Java
Amazon Web Services
1,052
+364
Java, Python, Linux, Microsoft Windows Azure
Bilingual Spanish 1,034 +111 Bilingual
Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) 1,014
-42
Java
Scrum Agile Methodology 1,007
+194
Java

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 August 14, 2017 to September 13, 2017, 2,253 job postings required “Java” as a skill and 30% or more of those 2,253 job postings also had other required/optional skill(s) such as “Python" and "Linux".

Hard skills that have seen an increase of 200 or more increase in year-to-year postings are Microsoft Office Visio, Amazon Web Services, PythonFunctional Design, SalesForce CRM SFDC, Quality ControlMicrosoft Windows Azure and Cyber Security.

The soft skills that are have seen an increase in year-to-year postings are Oral and written communication, Integrity, Problem solving, Process Improvement and Project Management.


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 August 14, 2017 to September 13, 2017.

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

6,006

+728
 
Certified Registered Nurse (RN)
4,430
+654
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Basic Life Support (BLS)
3,487
+882
Certified Registered Nurse (RN)
Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
1,485
-19
Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS)
Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification (OSHA) 
1,119
+120
 
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 1,085 -160
Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Continuing Education (CE) 
1,081
+128
Certified Registered Nurse (RN)
Commercial Driver's License (CDL) 
849
-1,367
Driver's License
Food Safety Programs (HACCP)  714 -209  
First Aid Certification

558

+68
Driver's License
HAZMAT 542

-307

 
Secret Clearance 473
+125
 
Project Management Professional (PMP)
458 +93  
Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) 
 
456

+66

Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Certified in Nursing Administration (CNA) 
 
447
-47
Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Basic Life Support (BLS), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Licensed Vocational nurse (LVN) 
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)
431
-35
 
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)  396
-74
Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS), Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Certified in Nursing Administration (CNA) 
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) 
379
+12

 

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) 366
-99
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic  Life Support (BLS), Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC) 
Special Education (SPED) 
363
-47
 
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 August 14, 2017 to September 13, 2017, 4,330 job postings required “Certified Registered Nurse” as a certification and 30% or more of those 4,330 job postings also had other required/optional certification(s) such as “Basic Life Support (BLS)”.

Certifications that saw an increase of 100 or more postings are Basic Life Support (BLS), Driver's License, Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Continuing Education (CE), Secret Clearance, Professional Engineer (PE)Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification (OSHA) and Early Childhood Education (ECE).


TOP EMPLOYERS

The table below lists the employers in the Austin - Round Rock - San Marcos MSA that posted available unique ads from August 14, 2017 to September 13, 2017.

Employer Ad Volume
Ascension Health 
701
DELL 661
HCA - The Healthcare Company 590
The University of Texas System 565
IBM
475
Anthem, Inc.
466
ACCENTURE
405
Apple Inc. 356
Deloitte
335
Robert Half International 311
Goodwill Industries 309
Austin Independent School District
272
Scott & White
267
Amazon
250
Seton Family of Hospitals, TX
240
Compass Group
239
Randstad
234
Apex Ststems, Inc. 223
Texas State University
206
Whole Foods
203

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

Anthem, Inc., Seton Family of Hospitals, TX, Apple Inc., The University of Texas System, General Electric, MedOptions, Inc., DELL, The Creative Group, Massage Envy, Texas State University, Collabera, Starbucks and Fairmont Austin are the employers that have seen an increase of more than 100 job postings year-to-year. 


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