Top Employers in Lake Travis

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Austin is the geographic  center of Texas, and living in the Lake Travis area makes all the top employers accessible while living the lakeside lifestyle.

It also occupies center stage in the state’s positive economic health as a hotbed for a number of industries – including technology, real estate, healthcare, and—as the state capital—local, state and federal government.

For example, Austin is often dubbed the “Silicon Hills” because of the plethora of technology companies that have chosen to make their home here. Austin counts 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 Austin Semiconductor, Silicon Laboratories, Oracle Corporation, Hostgator, and United Devices among the many top companies with operations in Central Texas.

In fact, the tech companies here account for much of all tech-related revenue in Texas – second only to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This industry diversity offers a veritable cornucopia of employment opportunities for those relocating here, with companies that have chosen to establish operations in the Lake Travis area for its high quality of life, plentiful housing opportunities and relatively low cost of living. The following is a list of the Lake Travis area 10 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.

Top 10 Employers of the Lake Travis area:

1.) 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

2.) University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station • Austin, 78712
512-471-3434 •

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 51,000 students (including 11,000 graduate students), and over 24,000 faculty and staff members, UT is the fifth largest public university in the U.S.

3.) Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
7171 Southwest Pkwy • Austin, 78735
512-602-2292 •

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.

4.) Apple Computer, Inc.
12545 Riata Vista Circle • Austin, 78727
512-674-2000 •

Personal computer giant Apple, Inc. employs more than 3,000 at its Austin location, with employees who work in sales, marketing, and customer service. A massive expansion started in December 2012 and it has become the tech giant’s new “Americas Operation Center”, with a second phase to be completed by 2021. Apple’s new operations center will more than double their current workforce in Austin.

5.) Freescale Semiconductor
3501 Ed Bluestein Blvd • Austin, 78721
512-933-6000 •

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.

6.) Travis County
700 Lavaca, Suite 420 • Austin, 78701
512-854-4215 •

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.

7.) 3M Corporation
6801 River Place Blvd. • Austin, 78726
512-984-1800 •

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 on Research Boulevard.

8.) Whole Foods
550 Bowie St. • Austin, 78703
512-477-4455 •

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 365 stores throughout the world. The EPA recognized Whole Foods as the second highest purchaser of green power nationwide.

9.) Austin Energy
721 Barton Springs Rd • Austin, 78704
512-494-9400 •

Austin Energy is the public utility company 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. They offer many energy-saving, green options for residential and commercial clients.

10.) Lower Colorado River Authority
3700 Lake Austin Blvd. • Austin, 78703
512-473-3200 •

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is a public service organization that provides vital services to Texas. These services include: delivering electricity, managing the water supply and the environment of the lower Colorado River basin, providing recreation areas and supporting community development. The LCRA employs about 1,800 people in the Austin and Lake Travis area.

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