Schertz is widely known as a great place for military members and their loved ones. But did you know it’s also a top spot once those members’ military service has come to an end?
Well, it is.
According to Sperling’s Best Places, Schertz is actually one of the top places for former military members to find civilian work. Based on factors like the number of local businesses, overall affordability in the area and, of course, the availability of jobs requiring military-related skills, the list put Schertz at No. 5 out of the entire nation.
Are you planning to leave the military and are in need of a new position? Simply want to safeguard your future once your service ends? Then Schertz might be the spot for you. Let’s take a look at the employment landscape here in our little town.
Industries and the Job Market
Schertz is known for its manufacturing and distribution industries. The city also boasts many employers in the following fields: advanced materials/manufacturing, healthcare and health support services, medical device manufacturing, aerospace manufacturing and back office/administrative support.
According to Sperling’s Best Places, Schertz’s unemployment is 3.6 percent, and jobs are growing at a rate of 1.82 percent annually. Over the next 10 years, jobs are projected to grow more than 40 percent.
Schertz is home to five Fortune 100 companies, including General Electric, Caterpillar, Sysco, FedEx and Amazon. Amazon recently built a fulfillment center in the area, Sysco added a regional distribution center, and Caterpillar created a local machining facility; together, three locations have added more than 2,000 jobs to the region.
Other top employers in the area include:
- Baker Hughes - An oilfield services company that employs more than 35,000 people across 80 countries.
- Brandt Engineering - An engineering firm that designs, builds and services energy-efficient builds.
- HVHC Distribution - One of the largest optical companies in the nation. It includes Davis Vision, Visionworks and HVHC Inc.
- HEB Grocery - A grocery store chain with more than 350 locations across Texas. It employs about 86,000 workers.
- Republic National Distributing Company - A wholesale alcohol distributor with locations in 22 states.
- Cal-Tex Protective Coatings - A company that specializes in protective car products, including windshield protectants, dent repair and undercoating. It was recognized as one of the top 5,000 fastest-growing companies by Inc. Magazine.
- CST Diamond - A convenient store and gas station chain based out of San Antonio. It employs 14,500 workers and is No. 277 on the Fortune 500 list.
Employment opportunities are only going to grow, too. The city is currently home to more than 600,000 square feet of industrial space, and the Schertz Economic Development Corporation is working constantly to bring new companies to the region. They even offer grants as incentives.
Schertz is also home to hundreds of small- and medium-sized businesses, all of which offer ample opportunity for employment and financial growth. Just a few of these companies include Beard Integrated Systems, KDJ Insurance, ITM, Graebel Global Relocation Services, HOLT CAT, Quality Urgent Care, Safe-site Records and Media Storage, BRACE Industrial and more.
Evestra, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, recently moved to Schertz. The facility currently employs 22 workers and is looking to expand its roster.
Job market aside, Schertz is also home to countless educational and training opportunities that can help military members add new skills or brush up on old ones. The Alamo Community College District, for example, offers training and workforce development programs, as well as associate degrees and various certifications. There are programs in technical trades, train working, and manufacturing-related skills, and the District even boasts a Corporate College, which offers business leadership development and customized training solutions.
Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD, North East ISD and Judson ISD also offer continuing education, and the city of Schertz itself has various community education programs throughout the year. The University of Texas at San Antonio has continuing professional education courses, many of which can be taken online.
Whether you’re a current military member looking to prepare for your future or you’ve already retired from the service, Schertz is the place for you. With a healthy job market, ample opportunities for employment and loads of affordable, beautiful real estate options to choose from, it’s the perfect spot to put down roots.
Contact the Claus Team today for help finding a home or rental property that suits your needs and budget. We’re experts in the Schertz community, and we’re here to help.