In Huntsville (the “Rocket City”), Alabama, 7 of every 100 jobs are in technology-related sectors – mostly in the aerospace and military technology.
Aerospace and military technology are the main economic drivers of regional growth and careers in Huntsville.
HIGH TECH AND UNSKILLED JOBS IN ALABAMA, HUNTSVILLE
Anyway, where there is high tech jobs, there is also an even larger number of “unskilled” jobs: hairstylists, waiters, drivers and so on. And that’s what’s happening in Huntsville. The creation of a high number of military and civilian jobs in high tech sectors is indirectly creating thousands of jobs in the services sector.
Average salaries aren’t among the highest in the country, but the average rent is cheap – about $700 a month.
MAIN TECHNOLOGICAL HUBS
The main technological hubs in Huntsville are the US Army Redstone Arsenal, the CRP: Cummings Research Park (the second largest research park in the US), the Marshall Space Flight Center (NASA) – and, of course, the UAH – University of Alabama, in Huntsville.
About 60 Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters or some sort of operation in Huntsville.
THE LEADING EMPLOYERS IN HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA
According to a 2015 report from the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County, the Redstone Arsenal is by far the largest employer in the region (about 31,500 people), followed by the NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (6,500), the Huntsville Hospital (6,340), the Huntsville City Schools (3,000), Boeing (2,600), the Madison County Schools (2,389), SAIC (2,277) and the City of Huntsville (2,206).
MILITARY JOBS (AND CIVILIAN JOBS IN MILITARY BASES)
The U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal is the biggest employer in Huntsville: about 31.500 people.
And since there is a large number of companies and institutions with a close relationship with the Redstone Arsenal (Intergraph, Northrop Grumman, Wyle, Dynetic, Teledyne, Science and engineering services, PPG Aerospace and many other) the role of the US Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville as a job creator is far greater.
For careers in the US Army Redstone Arsenal (including civilian categories such as medical, dental and public health, psychologists, quality assurance, inspection, services, and so on) see this USAjobs government page,
AVIATION AND AEROSPACE JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA
There is an especially important Aviation & Aerospace cluster in Huntsville.
The biggest employers in this sector are NASA – Marshall Space Flight Center (6,500 jobs), Boeing (2,600), Northrop Grumman Corporation (1000+), PPG Aerospace (750) and Lockheed Martin Corporation (1000+)
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is one of the best places to work in the federal government; Marshall Center is regularly recruiting scientists, computer programmers, engineers, accountants, writers, maintenance workers and many other professionals in many varied disciplines. To search for them, go to the NASA Marshall Careers
Job openings in Boeing Huntsville vary from time to time, and you have to check back often. Just go to their Boeing careers Huntsville
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Products: aircraft, logistics, cyber-security…
For Northrop job opportunities see their careers page.
PPG produces coatings, removers and cleaner for aircrafts. They are regularly recruiting. Go to the PPG careers page for job openings.
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Huntsville, Alabama
Lockheed is regularly recruiting graduate students and experienced professionals, in diverse areas. See the Lockheed Martin career page
GOVERNMENT JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN HUNTSVILLE
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is a great place to work in the federal government, as mentioned earlier, but the City of Huntsville is also a major employer. To search for their career opportunities, go to City of Huntsville job page.
And go also to the Madison County Commission job openings page.
BIOMEDICAL, HEALTH CARE AND HOSPITAL JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN HUNTSVILLE
The Huntsville Hospital (+6000 employers) is a major employer in the region. Go to their careers/openings page to search for open positions.
Other major employers in the region and their career pages:
Crestwood Medical Center (800+ employees)
Qualitest Pharmaceuticals (1300+)
JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN HUNTSVILLE UNIVERSITIES AND SCHOOLS
University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH): workforce: about 1,700. Employment opportunities here
Huntsville City Schools (about 3,000): Employment opportunities
Madison City Schools (about 1000): Job Opportunities
Madison County Schools (about 2,400): Employment
Alabama A&M University (1,200): Search employment opportunities
MORE HUNTSVILLE HIGH-TECH SERVICE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Avocent (data center design, centralized infrastructure, network monitoring, management tools) is present in Huntsville (and in 70 countries) and is regularly recruiting graduate students and MBAs, as well as experienced professionals.
For careers in Avocent/Emerson group, go to their careers page here
Adtran develops and manufactures transmission products for high-speed digital communications used by corporations and telephone companies.
Packaging, distribution, retail and media development solutions.
Intergraph is a global provider of engineering and geospatial software.
Wyle is a provider of specialized engineering, professional, scientific and technical services to the federal government.
Dynetics offers a variety of services and solutions in the government and commercial space.
College, Professional and Military job opportunities
Technical services, manufactured products, engineered systems for marine, aviation, space, missile defense, energy, and environment companies.
Science and Engineering Services Inc.
Manufacturing, Integration, Training, and Maintenance Support for Aviation, Ground Systems and International Government Customers. Science & Engineering Services. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, but with sites in Huntsville, Alabama and Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Redstone Federal Credit Union
Banking, Insurance, Financial products and services
Recruiting areas: Engineering & Technology, Customer Care, Revenue & Marketing, In-Home Services & Installation, Content & Programming, Root Sports, DirecTV Latin America.