BEYOND THE GREEN LINE is a blog series featured on the Northeastern University Career Development Blog, ‘The Works’. Each post highlights a major city and gives you an inside look at the local food, culture, music scene, the industries that are thriving there, and some current job openings in the area.
This post authored by third year Northeastern student Molly Osmulski.
Two Fortune 500 companies (Whole Foods Market and Dell EMC) are headquartered in Austin and many others on the prestigious list have major Austin offices with many employees. This includes Apple which just this year built a brand new, 1.1 million square foot campus (bigger than it’s HQ!) in Northwest Austin and Google which leases a 200,000 sq. ft. office space.
It’s also a great time to move to Austin as it experiences unprecedented growth – 39,100 new jobs were created in Austin last year alone, mostly in the professional and business services sector, but spanning across a variety of areas including everything from technology and healthcare to education and entertainment.
High tech companies that have set up shop in town include Dell EMC, IBM, 3M, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Cirrus Logic, Cisco, Hoover’s, National Instruments, Sun Microsystems and United Devices.
The American Institute for Economic Research Report noted that many startups are drawn to Austin’s “vibrant” downtown area. Northeastern senior computer engineering student Eric Tseng co-oped at Dell EMC (formerly Dell) earlier this year in Austin and raved that, “Austin is a great city! The culture is constantly evolving, the tech scene is always growing, and the people are some of the friendliest I’ve ever met.”
This fun, bright, diverse city has attracted over 20 Northeastern students for co-ops in the past year and also has an active Austin alumni network too. Also, if you’ve grown tired of the Boston weather, Austin has 300 sunny days a year and “cold” is considered temperatures in the high 50’s!
Now let’s explore what (other than great job prospects) makes Austin, Texas so amazing…
Food and Drink:
- Devour some of the country’s best BBQ, known for flavorful dry rubs
- Have fresh, authentic Mexican food
- Buy the freshest produce at one Austin’s many farmer’s markets
- Austin has dozens of popular food trailers whose locations can be tracked
- Baylor Street art wall and the Cathedral of Junk
- Austin is the “live music capital of the world” with more live music venues per capita than anywhere else
- If you like music festivals, you definitely won’t be bored: South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL), The Urban Music Festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest, the Pachange Festival
- Hot sauce enthusiasts flock here annually for the Austin Chronicle Hot sauce festival
- Tour Deep Eddy Vodka distillery
- Barton Springs Pool, Krause Springs
- Canoe or kayak on Lady Bird Lake
- Sometimes called “the city within a park,” there is no shortage of nature trails, lakes and wilderness preserves
Job Opportunities in Austin – log into NUcareers through your MYNEU to apply!
- Facebook Risk Operations Analyst; Financial Operations Supplier Master QA; Partner Manager SMB
- Visa, Inc. Systems Analyst
- Hewlett Packard Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Analyst
- Google Software Engineer, Android Applications
- Texas Instruments Design Engineer
- Intel Corporation Software Engineering Mngr; HPC Cluster Systems Engineer
- Electronic Arts BioWare Austin:Gameplay Programmer; Cloud Ops Analyst
- iHeartMedia, Inc. Promotions Assistant; On Air Personality
- Cirrus Logic Product Engineer; Digital Design Engineer; Analog Design Engineer
- Apple Business Data Analyst
- Battlecry Studios Python Microservices Engineer; Gameplay Engineer
- Advanced Micro Devices Manager, Campaign and Training Programs; Enterprise Silicon Validation and Debug Engineer
- BigCommerce Marketing Designer
- HomeAway Content Designer
Coming up in two weeks: Beyond the Green Line – Charlotte, NC!
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Feel free to leave us a comment if there’s anything we’ve missed or a particular city you’d like us to profile. If you’d like to have your photos considered for the next post, send over your Charlotte photos now!
This post was authored by Molly Osmulski, a third year Northeastern student. Molly is working toward a degree in Marketing with a minor in International Affairs. She works part time at the Northeastern Career Development office and has previously completed a co-op at Travel + Leisure Magazine in NYC and has studied abroad at the London School of Economics. When she is not studying or searching for her next co-op, she loves travelling, thrift shopping and trying new foods. You can contact her at email@example.com.