Frequently Asked Questions
What industries are thriving in Huntsville, Alabama?
As a smart city, the workforce of highly-skilled and highly-educated people in Huntsville belongs to a diverse community of industries. These include aerospace & defense, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and bioscience. Emerging industries in the area include electronic communications, modeling & simulation, geospatial, energy, cyber security, robotics, and small satellites. No matter what your educational background is, or how many years you’ve been in the workforce, the thriving economy in Huntsville is perfect for people and companies looking to put down roots.
Why is Huntsville called the “Rocket City”?
Rocket pioneer Dr. Wernher von Braun settled in Huntsville in 1950, setting us on a trajectory to the stars. Today, Huntsville is home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. With so many options for working with space and defense companies, in Huntsville…the sky is never the limit.
Why do so many veterans call Huntsville home?
Veterans make up 11.8% of Madison County’s total population! And it’s easy to see why. Huntsville is a top U.S. city for defense. Home to Redstone Arsenal federal campus with 100+ federal agencies and 4-star commanding general, the Redstone-Huntsville AUSA Chapter #3103 has been named ‘Best Large Chapter’ 11 times in the last 12 years. Huntsville also takes care of our veterans at the Huntsville VA Clinic (established in 2017), Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Huntsville Madison Co. Veterans Memorial, the annual Armed Forces celebration, and one of the largest Veterans Day parades in the country.
How do I find a job in Huntsville?
Recent College Grads and experienced industry professionals alike can benefit from ample career opportunities in Huntsville. Whether you’re looking for a role within our robust tech ecosystem, or something completely different, our Career Center page can help you find your niche. Take a comprehensive look at the professional economy in Huntsville.
What is there to do in Huntsville?
Whether you’re a young professional, recent college grad, parent, professional, or retiree, there’s no shortage of things to do in Huntsville. From electric eateries and breweries, to summer camps and local sports, there are options for everyone who calls Huntsville home. Take a closer look at the social scene in Huntsville, the educational and learning opportunities, and how to find your professional niche in the Rocket City.
Are there professional options in Huntsville for people without four year degrees?
A four-year degree is not a requirement for a great career in Huntsville. Take a look at some of the careers, positions, and pathways for people at all levels of experience. Check out an upcoming career fair to find your place in the professional community!
How are the schools in Huntsville?
Huntsville/Madison County is home to cutting-edge school systems, reflected in the fact that over 90% of students attend public schools. Over 65,000 students are learning in one of our three school systems (Huntsville City, Madison City, Madison County), which maintain a 91% graduation rate. Our K-12 schools are equipped with state of the art STEM labs, skill trade and career tech centers, and digital learning capabilities.
What makes Huntsville different?
With the amenities of a large city and the soul of a smart town, Huntsville is a smart place to live, work, and grow. With nearly half of the population from outside of the state, new residents can feel right at home in our community. Nestled between the rolling hills of the Appalachian mountains and the Tennessee river, Huntsville, Alabama, has a thriving community and economy ready to call you home.