Companies and industries
Baden has a population of 18,000 and and a combined workforce of 25,000 people. These statistics reflect the city and region’s open labour market. Major local companies and over 1,800 SMEs contribute to this success.
The largest companies in Baden are ABB and General Electric, which have together over 6,000 employees. The cantonal hospital employs 1,200 people and Axpo over 400.
But it’s not just the large and international companies that feel right at home here. Baden is also the ideal location for SMEs: around 90% of businesses have 19 or fewer employees, while a further 7% have between 20 and 100.
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Although previously a strongly industrial region, over the last few decades Baden has developed promising new sectors. For instance, it offers the ideal conditions for high-tech companies.
This historically industrial city is today a prized location for research and development, engineering, high-precision mechanics and the energy industry. Its proximity to universities such as ETH Zurich, the renowned Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Hightech Zentrum Aargau and the Aargau Technology Park lays the ideal foundations for education, research and development.
The majority of the 25,000 jobs in Baden are performed by highly skilled employees. Around 9,000 of these jobs involve the production of high-precision electronic devices and precision engineering. 4,000 can be assigned to the areas of research and development, information technology and commercial services. There are around 5,000 jobs in healthcare, roughly 1,000 in education and almost 2,000 in retail. Switzerland’s most mineral-rich thermal spring is located in Baden, which has also given rise to many related services and employment opportunities.