Austin isn’t just the geographic metropolitan center of Texas but it also occupies center stage in the state’s positive economic health as a hotbed for several sectors – including real estate medical technology and—as a state capital state federal and local government.
Austin is sometimes referred to as the “Silicon Hills” mainly due to the large number of technology companies who make their home here. Austin includes 3M Apple Inc. Hewlett-Packard Google Facebook AMD Applied Materials Cirrus Logic Cisco Systems eBay/PayPal Bioware Blizzard Entertainment Hoover’s Intel Corporation National Instruments Samsung Group Silicon Laboratories Oracle Corporation Hostgator and United Devices as some of the top companies with have operations in Central Texas.
The technology companies in Austin account for a large amount of all tech-related revenue in Texas – second only to the DFW area. The diversity offers tremendous employment opportunities for those who relocate to the Austin area.
The following is a list of Austin’s 25 largest employers. It includes corporations and government/municipal organizations in a range of industries as well as a brief description of each company/ organization and its services.
1. Austin Independent School District
1111 West Sixth Street
The fifth-largest school district in Texas and one of the city’s largest employers the Austin Independent School District serves approximately 80000 students at 130 schools – in one of the fastest-growing ever-changing metroplexes in the country. Other area school districts with significant employment opportunities include: Pflugerville ISD Leander ISD Hays ISD and Round Rock ISD.
2. City of Austin
2006 East 4th Street
The City of Austin another top large employer runs all city and local government operations for the fourth-largest city in Texas including city residential and business services. The City of Austin’s Green Building program is one of the best in the country having received multiple accolades for its groundbreaking environmental initiatives.
3. Dell Inc.
1 Dell Way
Round Rock 78682
One of the top developers sellers and supporters of computers and related products and services in the world information technology giant Dell is based in Round Rock – selling personal computers servers data storage devices network switches software and computer peripherals.
4. U.S. Federal Government
The federal government has more than 10000 employees in Austin – a large number of whom include workers for the U.S. Postal Service and the Internal Revenue Service which operates a regional call and processing center here with about 4500 employees.
5. IBM Corp.
11500 Burnet Road
The Austin location of multinational technology and consulting firm IBM manufactures and sells computer hardware and software as well as offers infrastructure hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology. IBM holds more patents than any other U.S.-based technology company and has nine research laboratories worldwide.
6. Seton Family of Hospitals
1345 Philomena Street
Part of the Ascension Health Network of nonprofit medical facilities the Seton Family of Hospitals is a Catholic-centered organization that employs over 12800 and is a major contributor to the Central Texas economy. Seton also provides millions of dollars in charity care for the uninsured every year.
7. St. David’s Healthcare Partnership
98 San Jacinto Center Suite #1800
The St. David’s HealthCare Partnership includes some of leading hospitals in Central Texas. Named as one of Austin’s top largest employers in the Austin Business Journal’s annual “Best Places to Work” listing St. David’s HealthCare has also been honored with the Texas Award for Performance Excellence. The organization also offers millions of dollars in free care each year to those patients who could not otherwise afford to pay.
8. State of Texas
As the state capital Austin is the undisputed hub of government activity and employment. Some of the largest state agencies include the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts; Texas Department of Transportation; Texas Department of Public Safety; Texas Water Development Board and the Texas Department of Health. For information and to find local job leads via the Texas Workforce Commission visit www.workintexas.com.
9. University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station
Founded in 1883 the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) is the largest component of The University of Texas System – a conglomerate of 16 academic and health institutions – and the largest institution of higher education in the Austin area. With more than 51000 students (including 11000 graduate students) and over 24000 faculty and staff members UT is the fifth largest public university in the United States.
2093-2209 Rutland Dr.
Amazon delivers millions of products to hundreds of countries worldwide. Austin is home to one of more than 80 Fulfillment Centers worldwide. Not only does Amazon need talent to work in the warehousing space but are constantly looking for new members for their team that possess a wide range of skills and expertise to help grow their company from business analysis to engineering
11. Apple Computer Inc.
12545 Riata Vista Circle
Personal computer giant Apple Inc. employs more than 7000 at its Austin location with employees who work in sales marketing and customer service. A massive expansion started in December 2012 and became the tech giant’s new “Americas Operation Center” in 2015 with a second phase to be completed by 2021. Apple’s new operations center will create approximately 3600 jobs more than doubling their current workforce in Austin.
12. Applied Materials
9700 Highway 290 East
Applied Materials is a capital equipment producer serving the semiconductor TFT LCD display Glass WEB and solar (crystalline and thin film) manufacturing industries. It creates and commercializes nanomanufacturing technology used in the production of semiconductor (integrated circuit) chips for electronic gear flat panel displays for computers and television glass coatings for homes and buildings web (flexible substrate) coatings for industry and photovoltaic solar cells and modules using both thin film and crystalline (aka wafer or bulk) photovoltaic technology.
13. Austin Community College
5930 Middle Fiskville Rd.
Austin Community College employs nearly 5000 people in the Austin and surrounding area. They are the second largest institution of higher learning in Central Texas and teach students in their 10 campus and 8 centers located in and around the Austin area. Currently they have 11 campuses 10 areas of study and over one hundred programs of study.
400 W. 15th St. #1000 J
Headquartered in San Antonio the AT&T/SBC merger in 2005 created one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. It is the largest provider of fixed and mobile telephones in the United States with more than 210 million total customers.
15. Flextronics (formerly Solectron)
12455 Research Blvd
Flextronics is an electronics manufacturing services provider that offers services to original equipment manufacturers (OEM). It also provides supporting supply chain services including packaging and transportation throughout the world as well as design and after-sales.
1501 S. Mopac Ste. 300
Accenture is a leader in providing their clients with services in strategy consulting digital technology and operations. Accenture serves clients in more than 120 countries worldwide and work across more than 40 different industries. Proudly Accenture also has made 15 consecutive appearances in the Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list.
17. National Instruments
11500 N. Mopac Expwy
Headquartered in Austin National Instruments produces automated test equipment and virtual instrumentation. Company products include software (LabVIEW LabWindows/CVI TestStand and Multisim) hardware (VXI VMEbus and PXI frames and modules; interfaces for GPIB I2C and other industrial automation standards) and real-time embedded controllers (Compact FieldPoint and CompactRIO).
18. NXP Semiconductors – Samsung Austin Semiconductor
12100 Samsung Blvd
NXP Semiconductors N.V. creates secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications and the leader in innovative high-performance mixed-signal solutions. NXP has over 60 years or combined experience and expertise and 30000 employees crossing over more than 33 countries.
19. Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos 78666
Located in San Marcos between Austin and San Antonio Texas State University is the fifth-largest public university in the state with more than 38600 students (including about 4300 graduate students). The school offers 98 bachelor’s 93 master’s and 14 doctoral degree programs in ten colleges.
20. Travis County
700 Lavaca Suite 420
As the seat of government and resource for birth certificates health and human services and other community services Travis County is also among Austin’s top 10 largest public employers.
21. 3M Corporation
6801 River Place Blvd.
Austin Texas is the global headquarters of the 3M Electro and Communications Business (ECB) and is the only multi-division site located outside of company headquarters in St. Paul‚ Minnesota. Besides 3M Center headquarters on River Place the company also operates a plant at 11705 Research Boulevard that manufactures electronic hard goods and handles new product manufacturing to support global 3M operations.
22. Whole Foods
550 Bowie St.
In 1980 Whole Foods started with one small store in Austin Texas and now you can find them all over the United States and internationally. Specializing in organic and natural foods Whole Foods has its corporate headquarters in Austin Texas and has over 400 stores throughout the world. The EPA recognized Whole Foods as the second highest purchaser of green power nationwide.
23. Activision Blizzard
9825 Spectrum Drive
Activision Blizzard is a worldwide online PC console handheld and mobile game publisher best known for its Call of Duty and Warcraft franchises as well as Spider –Man X-Men James Bond and TRANSFORMERS game franchises. The company operates a call center out of its Austin offices.
24. Austin Energy
721 Barton Springs Road
Austin Energy is the public utility providing electrical power service to a 421-square mile area including Austin and parts of the surrounding area in Travis and Williamson counties. It has been owned by the City of Austin since its inception in 1893 and owns all or part of five different power plants.
25. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
702 Southwest Eighth St.
Bentonville AK 72716
Employing approximately 5500 employees in the Austin area Wal-Mart Stores are the world’s biggest retailer. With multiple locations in the Greater Austin area consumers can find money-savings prices on everyday home goods groceries clothing and so much more. The average Wal-Mart Supercenter is a massive 182000 square feet and offers complimentary services such as Tire & Lube Center Pharmacy Vision Care Center and Photo Center.
Article Updated: 10/4/2019