Careers + Industries
Where Top Talent and Booming Businesses Unite
It’s rumored that Birmingham received its nickname “The Magic City” after our iron and steel industry took off in the early 20th century, booming overnight as if it were magic.
Fast forward to today and you’ll find that the magic is still alive and thriving across many industries. High-growth companies are vying for talent to fill an increasing number of jobs in Birmingham. What does that mean for you? Accelerated career development in progressive and diverse industries with appealing benefits to boot.
Whether you’re starting out, starting over or continuing your rise, Birmingham is hiring.
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When it comes to advanced manufacturing, Birmingham brings the heavy metals. Employees skilled in machining, fabrication and engineering (to name a few) produce products at some the world’s foremost manufacturers using iron and steel. In Alabama and Birmingham, manufacturing jobs are on the rise at companies like American Cast Iron Pipe Company, United States Steel Corporation, McWane and O-Flex Automotive.
Financial + Insurance Services
Financial +Insurance Services
When you do the math, Birmingham’s financial and insurance careers really add up. BBVA, Blue Cross-Blue Shield and Protective Life are three leaders that barely scratch the surface of Birmingham’s deep financial roots. Also headquartered in Birmingham, Regions Financial Corporation is supported by 9,000 employees, continues to earn recognition for placing women in top corporate positions and is Alabama’s only Fortune 500 company.
Life Sciences + Health Care
The Birmingham metro is proud to boast some of the country’s top life sciences and state-of-the-art health care facilities. Here you can unite with a team of 23,000-plus professionals at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, home to various research and patient specialty centers, including the only comprehensive cancer facility in a five-state region. Birmingham is also a biotech hub, home to cutting-edge organizations like LabCorp, Southern Research and SouthernBiotech.
Big data and even bigger opportunities merge for IT professionals in Birmingham. A plethora of software and technology services organizations rely on developers, engineers and administrators to devise solutions for health care, finance, government, retail and additional sectors. Shipt, a national grocery delivery venture that started in Birmingham, is one on a list of many local tech titans, including FIS Global, DST Health Solutions and Atlas RFID Solutions.
Jobs with Birmingham’s nonprofits allow for the chance to blend profession with passion in one of the country’s most charitable states. Executive directors, human services and creative collaborators are influencing change across the entire region. Nationally-recognized organizations like Ronald McDonald House Charities have a strong base here alongside homegrown nonprofits like Ed Farm, Woodlawn Foundation and Freshwater Land Trust.
Arts + Entertainment
Arts, Entertainment +Tourism
Use a broad brush to paint the colorful spectrum of arts, entertainment and tourism opportunities in Birmingham. Careers intersect with culture at the four-acre Birmingham Museum of Art, where docents, curators and marketing professionals care for a collection of 27,000-plus works. Check out a live show at Oak Mountain Ampitheatre, or spend a Saturday afternoon relaxing or taking a stroll in Railroad Park.
It’s just the beginning in Birmingham for a growing number of new ventures. The Switch Innovation District is a magnet for emerging tech, industrial products, retail services and other startups. The Southern Silicon Valley is home to the Alabama Futures Fund, the state’s first seed-stage venture capital fund focused on homegrown entrepreneurial activity and economic development, as well as many other nationally-recognized accelerators. And Innovation Depot is the largest entrepreneur space in the Birmingham area, with 140,000 square feet of downtown office, lab and coworking space.