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​Amazon bringing 2,000 jobs to Domain as part of latest expansion

Amazon's job growth comes with new office space of 330,000 square feet at the Domain. (Amazon)

Amazon will add more than 2,000 corporate and tech jobs to Austin in the coming years with a new lease at the Domain, further growing the tech giant’s hub in the area.

At 330,000 square feet, the new office will be the fourth Amazon site at the Domain and is expected to open for employees in early 2024. One thousand roles are currently available in Austin for positions like software engineers, security specialist, content designer and more.

Doug Gray, site lead for the local hub, noted the company’s already massive presence in Austin with 3,000 workers. “Our continued investment in Austin is a testament to the amazing talent and amenities that this city has to offer,” Gray said.

Amazon opened its first Austin office in 2015. It now has about 11,000 employees in Austin—the fifth-largest private employer in the city.

In the Tuesday announcement, Amazon noted its recruiting and support efforts. These include a program for software engineers to apply once and be considered for jobs across the company, as well as a 16-week initiative that offers coaching to people who have been unemployed or underemployed and provides the possibility of moving into full-time positions.

The growth in Austin is just one part of Amazon’s multi-city expansion in the coming years for jobs in Austin, Chicago and Phoenix. Amazon’s Austin expansion is more sizable than the other cities, which will add 450 and 550 jobs, respectively. Austin also outpaces recent Amazon hirings in other Texas cities, with 150 new jobs recently announced in Houston and 600 in Dallas. North Texas, however, had joined five other places last year where Amazon announced plans to create a total of 3,500 tech jobs.

Amazon’s move comes three years after Austin was passed up for Amazon’s HQ2, when the company instead settled on Arlington, Virginia for its home outside Seattle.

But it follows other major announcements from tech leaders in the Austin area this past year. Even before Amazon’s announcement, data compiled by the Austin Chamber of Commerce showed expansion and relocation promises from companies this year were set to bring a record 23,150 jobs across the metro. And a recent ranking from job search company Hired indicates Austin is a boon for tech talent, with companies that have a presence in the region practicing traits like equity and efficiency to keep workers around.

The biggest announcements came near the end of the year. In November, Samsung announced it had picked Taylor as the site of a new $17 billion chip-making facility, beating out New York and Arizona, which had also been considered as possible sites for the plant. Then, shortly after, Tesla officially moved its headquarters to the Gigafactory in southeast Travis County that is poised to make the company the largest private-sector employer in Austin with 20,000 direct jobs and 100,000 indirect jobs.


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