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San Antonio's Key Industries

While San Antonio is known for a culture rooted in history, art and ethnic diversity, it has emerged as one of the best environments for business in today's most promising industry sectors. Our competitive cost of living and business-friendly atmosphere makes us one of the fastest-growing economies in the nation. 

San Antonio has grown to be the 7th largest city in the U.S., with a skilled workforce of more than a million and with 160,000 students in 15 area colleges and universities. It is no wonder that the Milken Institute ranks San Antonio among the best performing cities in the country. 

To harness the energy of these major industries, Visit San Antonio can assist with connecting local leaders from the city’s high-growth sectors to our meeting and convention groups. These connections facilitate our ability to provide education and local expertise to our meeting planners through speaking opportunities, panel participation and networking.

Information Technology (IT) Cybersecurity

San Antonio has one of the largest concentrations, across multiple agencies, of IT, Information Assurance (IA) and cybersecurity professionals in the nation. In fact, we have the highest concentration of cybersecurity and intelligence professionals outside Washington, D.C. The city’s association with the military and with scientific research has helped create a unique combination of cyber resources useful to many business operations. San Antonio is also home to the Build Sec Foundry, a cybersecurity incubator accelerating early-stage, high-growth security product start-ups.

In San Antonio’s Tech Corridor, collaborative organizations like Geekdom, Tech Bloc and CodeUp fuel the robust ecosystem with training, resources and office space. 

Industry Highlights

San Antonio-New Braunfels ranks #6 in the nation for pay in STEM professions

  • Economic Impact of Approximately $10 Billion
  • #1 Cybersecurity program in the U.S. (University of Texas San Antonio)
  • Top Ten for Tech Jobs in the U.S.

New Energy

San Antonio is home to CPS Energy, the largest municipally-owned, vertically integrated, gas and electric utility company within the United States. CPS Energy is a leader in innovation and a strategic partner to San Antonio’s effort to foster the renewable energy sector. Through its New Energy Economy (NEE), which is a strategic approach to incorporate a low or non-carbon emitting energy source while leveraging economic development, CPS Energy has spurred the creation of a solar manufacturing and clean energy technology hub within San Antonio.

San Antonio is also a national leader in green research technology and is home to long-established research entities, including the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (TSERI) at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). CPS Energy seed funded the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute with a $50 million commitment, and through its New Energy Economy initiative is attracting energy-efficiency and alternative energy based companies to San Antonio.

Industry Highlights

  • ECONOMIC IMPACT OF APPROXIMATELY $1.4 BILLION
  • OVER $200 MILLION IN EDUCATIONAL AND CAPITAL INVESTMENT

Bioscience/Healthcare

With San Antonio's diverse mix of nationally-recognized healthcare systems, well-regarded research institutions, health profession education programs, cutting-edge biotech companies and successful national corporations, the bioscience and healthcare industry is a dominant force in the city's economy. The industry includes both direct and indirect healthcare services.

Direct healthcare services include care provided in hospitals, physicians' offices, nursing homes, offices and clinics of a variety of other healthcare providers, and various other outpatient and ambulatory care settings. Indirect related industries complement and support the provision of medical and healthcare. These industry sectors include health insurance carriers, pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment producers and manufacturers, civilian and military medical education, biomedical research organizations, residential care and social service providers, and a variety of related endeavors.

Industry Highlights

Employs one of every six San Antonians

  • Economic Impact of Approximately $36 Billion
  • Unmatched Access to Military Assets
  • Added Over 50,000 Net New Jobs Over The Past Decade

Aerospace/Aviation

The local aerospace industry includes a range of businesses that manufacture aircraft equipment and parts, service and repair aircraft, produce and distribute transportation equipment and supplies, provide both scheduled and unscheduled air transportation, and operate flight schools. The Alamo Area Aerospace Academy partners with industry, and is a national model for the creation of a pipeline between local high school students and aerospace employers.

Industry Highlights

  • 400% Growth In The Last 25 Years
  • 13,000 Employees
  • San Antonio International Airport - #3 Best-Performing Airports In America

Military/Defense

San Antonio is Military City U.S.A. The first military flight took place at Fort Sam Houston in 1910; the Air Intelligence Agency is located at Lackland Air Force Base; Brooke Army Medical Center is the leading treatment center for burn victims in the military and Fort Sam Houston is the home of Army medicine, among many other major missions present in San Antonio.

Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) has a substantial impact on the local economy in San Antonio and in Texas.

Industry Highlights

  • The Alamo Region's military employment accounts for 3.4% of the area's total employment and 64% of Texas' total
  • Economic Impact Of Over $48.7 Billion
  • One In Eight People In Bexar County Associated With JBSA

Financial Services

The Financial Services industry in San Antonio includes the following sectors: banking and credit; investment activities; insurance; funds, trusts and other financial vehicles; accounting and bookkeeping. San Antonio’s financial sector is one of the city’s most stable, promising and significant business sectors despite the recent economic recession.

Industry Highlights

  • Employs More Than 60,500 People
  • USSA Makes Fortune's "100 Best Companies To Work For" For Past 9 Years

Advanced Manufacturing

San Antonio has a large and diverse manufacturing industry, with a representation of every major sector of U.S. manufacturing present in the community, including materials and electricity, equipment and metal, transportation, and diversified products.

San Antonio is invested in our manufacturing workforce – The Texas FAME (Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education) is an industry-led program that brings companies together to recruit and train high-demand manufacturing talent. It is a collaborative approach to growing San Antonio’s thriving manufacturing industry.


Industry Highlights

  • Fouth-Largest Manufacturing Market In Texas
  • Economic Impact of Over $40.5 Billion
  • 52,000+ Skilled Professionals
  • 23% Higher Wages Than Regional Average

San Antonio ranks #11 best job market for 2017 college grads


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