Major Employers and Top Companies in Austin
Dell continues to be one of the largest employers in Austin.
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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 secotrs – 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 the state ofTexas and one of the city’s major employers, the AISD serves approximately 86,000 students at 124 schools – a student population that has grown by six percent over the past five years.
2. City of Austin
2006 East 4th Street
The City of Austin, another major employer, runs all city and local government operations for the fourth-largest city in Texas, which includes city residential and business services. The City of Austin’s Green Building program is one of the best in the country, it has received a number of accolades for its 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. Government
Austin has more than 10,000 federal government employees – a large number of whom include workers for the IRS and U.S. Postal Service, which operates a regional call and processing center here with about 4,500 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 offering healthcare services for more than 1.8 million Central Texas residents. Seton also provides millions of dollars in charity care for the uninsured every year.
7. St. David’s Healthcare Partnership
98 San Jacinto Center, #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 15 academic and health institutions – and the largest institution of higher education in the Austin area. With more than 51,000 students (including 11,000 graduate students), and over 24,000 faculty and staff members, UT is one of the largest public universities in the U.S.
10. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
7171 Southwest Parkway
Advanced Micro Devices develops computer processors and related technologies for commercial and consumer markets. Its main products include microprocessors, motherboard chipsets, embedded processors and graphics processors for servers, workstations and personal computers, and processor technologies for handheld devices, digital television, automobiles, game consoles, and other embedded systems applications.
11. Apple Computer, Inc.
12545 Riata Vista Circle
Personal computer giant Apple, Inc. employs more than 3,000 at its Austin location, with employees who work in sales, marketing, and customer service. The company has also recently announced plans for further expansion of its northwest Austin location.
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.
400 W. 15th Street #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.
14. Flextronics (formerly Solectron)
12455 Research Boulevard
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.
15. Freescale Semiconductor
6501 W. William Cannon Drive
Once a division of Motorola, Freescale Semiconductor began in 1949 as one of the first semiconductor companies in the world and has made automotive and networking its main leadership areas. It is now the largest semiconductor supplier to the automotive industry.
16. Hays Consolidated Independent School District
21003 IH 35
Kyle, TX 78640
13 elementary schools; 5 middle schools; 2 high schools; 2 alternative schools
Located 17 miles south of Austin, Hays CISD enrolled 15,262 students from Hays County and parts of Caldwell and Travis Counties for the 2010-2011 school year.
17. Leander ISD
400 S. West Street
Leander ISD, whose boundaries include Leander, Cedar Park, Jonestown and parts of Northwest Austin, enrolled more than 30,000 students during the 2011-2012 school year, and is known as one of the area’s top school districts.
18. National Instruments
11500 North Mopac Expressway
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).
19. Pflugerville ISD
140 W. Pecan Street
A Recognized school district located just north of Austin, Pflugerville ISD served more than 22,000 students from Austin, Pflugerville, Coupland, Hutto, Manor and Round Rock during the 2011-2012 school year.
20. Round Rock ISD
1311 Round Rock Avenue
Round Rock, 78681
Round Rock ISD is another top school district, enrolling more than 42,000 students from southwest Williamson County and northwest Travis County in nearly 50 area schools during the 2011-2012 school year.
21. 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 32,000 students (including about 4,300 graduate students). The school offers 97 bachelor’s, 89 master’s, and nine doctoral degree programs in nine colleges.
22. Travis County
1000 Guadalupe Street
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.
23. 3M Corporation
6801 River Place Blvd.
Austin 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 Blvd. that manufactures electronic hard goods and handles new product manufacturing to support global 3M operations.
24. Activision Blizzard
9825 Spectrum Drive
310-255-2000 (corporate HQ)
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.
25. 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.