Experience Virginia Tech

Are you curious what it would be like to work at Virginia Tech? Scroll down to learn about why our employees love our community, their jobs, and more!

"This is an incredible university bound together by our commitment to our land-grant mission and our motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). Virginia Tech is also a great place to work and an inclusive community which values the diversity of people and ideas. You are joining an elite list of individuals who are making a difference in the lives of our students, the citizens of our state, and people across the world. Welcome to the Virginia Tech community. We are very happy to have you join us in our effort to become an even greater, world class university."

Timothy D. Sands, president of Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech: A Great Place to Work

A Great Place to Live

Where is Virginia Tech? Virginia Tech's main campus is located in Blacksburg, Va., nestled in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The New River Valley offers the charm of a small town combined with the modern conveniences of a metropolitan area. The thriving community boasts a plethora of unique and chain restaurants and stores, symphonies, theatres, historical attractions, museums, a vibrant night life, sporting events, outdoor recreation activities, and a temperate climate.

The Community

Located on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Blacksburg is home to about 42,000 local residents. The town is considered small by most standards, but don't let its size or location fool you.

Vibrant and engaging, Blacksburg's downtown offers more than 150 unique stores, art galleries, and eclectic restaurants. The area's wide red-brick sidewalks, Victorian street lamps, and park benches encourage foot traffic and make meeting folks easy.

Blacksburg and the surrounding communities that make up the New River Valley enjoy a wonderful pace of life, with annual festivals and events adding fun and fellowship. And for sports fans, Virginia Tech athletic teams compete at the highest collegiate level, with enthusiastic support from the Hokie Nation. A more urban option is only 45 minutes away in Roanoke.

Because of the town's award-winning services, reasonable cost of living, safety, moderate climate, and abundant leisure activities, Blacksburg is consistently ranked among the country's best places to live and has earned a reputation nationwide as a well-managed, stable, and forward-looking community.

Miles to Explore

Right in Our Backyard

Virginia Tech is home to the Appalachian Trail's most photographed spot - McAfees' Knob. Other hiking opportunities include The Cascade's Waterfall of Giles County, Dragon's Tooth at the Appalachian Trail, the New River Trail, and the Huckleberry Trail, a unique bike and walking path through Blacksburg and Christiansburg. We are also home to Mountain Lake (from the movie Dirty Dancing) and Claytor Lake, a 21-mile long lake formed by a dam of the New River. The New River itself offers a wide variety of outdoor fun - from tubing to fishing and boating.


Ranked #57 Out of 271 as a "Best Sports City."

In addition to working at an ACC university and having the opportunity to cheer for the Hokies at some of the most competitive games in the nation, our employees benefit from a strong Recreational Sports department.

Faculty and Staff are often invited to join in the Rec Sports fun at McComas Hall and War Memorial Hall Gymnasiums. In addition to group exercise classes, employees are encouraged to participate in 5Ks, bench pressing competitions, and the 3.2 Run in Remembrence.

Arts and Culture

The small community with the big name gets some amazing musical acts every year. In the past, names such as John Mayer, the Dave Matthews Band, Wale, Maroon 5, Kirk Franklin, and B.B. King, have performed on Blacksburg stages.

Shopping, comedy shows, art, theater productions, music, or great food with close friends Blacksburg truly has something for everyone. The nightlife is just as diverse and fascinating as the community and student body that call it home.

A few examples of our local offerings

A Great Place to Learn

We offer continuing education for our faculty and staff through the Office of University and Professional Development, from basic computer skills to advanced leadership. Employees are also eligible for tuition waivers and reimbursements for Faculty and Staff.

There are always exciting things going on at Virginia Tech. We are home to System X, and Hokiespeed - some of the fastest computers in the world, advanced robotics, cutting edge bioinformatics research, and even develop safer highway and vehicle research on The Smart Road.

A Top 25 Public Research Institution

The university generated $454 million in fiscal 2013, among the top 25 public universities nationally, according to the National Science Foundation. Each year, Virginia Tech receives significant external support for research, instruction, Extension, and public service projects.

In the most recent fiscal year (2011-12), the university received 2,589 awards to conduct research. Support for these projects originates from an ever-expanding base of sponsors. Researchers pursue new discoveries in agriculture, biotechnology, information and communication technology, transportation, energy management (including leadership in fuel-cell technology and power electronics), and a wide range of other engineering, scientific, social science, and creative fields. This research led to 23 patents, 32 license and option agreements, and 170 invention disclosures.

Professional Development Opportunities

There are a variety of resources available to Virginia Tech employees that can help improve skills, provide additional insight and knowledge, and allow employees to continue their workplace learning.

University Organizational and Professional Development (UOPD) serves Virginia Tech and its employees through the research, development, and facilitation of high impact training and performance consulting solutions designed to promote continuous personal growth and to achieve strategic organizational improvement. That's our mission, our passion, and our commitment to your success.

Networked Learning Initiatives (NLI) is a program for faculty that provides opportunities and support for exploring and integrating new technologies into their teaching and research activities. NLI is a program housed within the broader Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) unit in IT. The primary objective of NLI is to work with faculty to transform teaching and learning in alignment with strategic planning for the university and to leverage faculty expertise in the discovery and implementation of new practices across content areas.

The Diversity Development Institute is designed to enhance university-wide diversity and inclusion efforts contributing to the core mission of Virginia Tech. With a focus on cultivating competencies through awareness, personal engagement, and professional development seminars, the Diversity Development Institute works to foster a more inclusive university environment.

In addition, Virginia Tech offers online development opportunities, professional development networks and tuition assistance programs to enable our employees to be constantly challenged.

A Great Place to Work

Our employees are among the best and brightest in the country. As such, we give our employees the tools they need to build the careers they deserve. Our employees work alongside our students and have access to cutting edge technologies and state of the art facilities. Together, our students and employees are inventing the future.

UT Prosim

That I May Serve

Dedicated to our motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the Commonwealth's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 215 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 30,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $450 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

Total Compensation

At Virginia Tech, our employees enjoy a total compensation package that far exceeds the value of their base salary alone. Check out our interactive Total Compensation Estimator a more complete picture of the value of the total compensation package at Virginia Tech.

In addition to a comprehensive benefits program, and a generous leave program, our employees have access to a robust employee wellness program, including access to on site exercise facilities. This full range of benefits, services, and programs is just one of the many things that make Virginia Tech a great place to work.

Learn more about the benefits of working at Virginia Tech.

Invent Your Career at Virginia Tech

When you work at Virginia Tech, you feel part of a community. You feel valued and important. Work is transformed from the mundane, to making a difference in the world. You have support and the tools necessary to have the career you've always dreamed of. At Virginia Tech, you will work with cutting edge technologies, state of the art facilities, and be peers with world-class researchers and colleagues. Working at Virginia Tech is an engaging, cultural experience. It's a vibrant, dynamic, and ever-changing atmosphere, that will challenge you in the most rewarding ways.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Office for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.