With its red-hot technology industry, Austin, Texas, is often billed as the "Silicon Hills" -- a haven for high-technology enterprises.
Austin trade and vocational schools offer students a variety of degree, certificate, diploma and employment training programs that may be needed to help them embark on careers in the city's rapidly growing technology fields, which include information technology, defense, pharmaceutical and biotechnology. Students may find other areas of study at Austin vocational or technical schools that relate to strong sectors of the city's economy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov), some of the strongest employment sectors for the third quarter of 2013 included:
- Education and health services: 101,200 jobs
- Leisure and hospitality: 102,300 jobs
- Manufacturing: 52,700 jobs
- Professional and business services: 137,500 jobs
- Trade, transportation, and utilities: 152,800 jobs
Austin population and jobs data
Austin routinely tops Forbes magazine's annual list of best cities, scoring high for strong employment, growth, and for the growing number of college grads and young families attracted to career opportunities in Austin. Austin had a population of more than 842,000 in 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau reports.
Austin has found new ways to grow its job market, all the while shaping itself into a major high-tech center -- the region is home to Dell, IBM and Advanced Micro Devices, among other tech giants. Following are median hourly wages for specific Austin jobs in May of 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports:
- Computer systems analysts -- $36.45
- Computer programmers -- $38.08
- Software applications developers -- $45.79
- Electrical engineers -- $29.56
- Paralegals -- $22.47
Students interested in working in one of the fast-growing careers in Austin may want to learn more about Austin's trade, technical and vocational schools.
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX, Economy at a Glance, Bureau of Labor Statistics, march 2014, www.bls.gov/eag/eag.tx_austin_msa.htm
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013, www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_12420.htm
Austin, Texas, State & Country QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, 2012, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48/4805000.html