Jobs in Washington, DC
- 755,838 Resumes
- 51,441 Jobs Available
- 658,893 Population
- $72,000 Average Salary
The Capitol Building. Gothic monuments to historic figures. The White House. Museums dedicated to air and space, architecture and construction, and espionage. The National Zoo, Constitution Gardens, the Library of Congress, the Wall.The list won't end any time soon. It's Washington, DC. It's not a city, it's a district. And the business opportunities make it a hub for not just residents, but the surrounding suburbs of Virginia and Maryland.Everyone has a chance for a great job. What follows is an introduction to the market, prospects and salaries in the nation's capital.
While the district saw its share of damage inflicted by a volatile economy, Washington's recent unemployment rates are its lowest since 2008. As of August 2015, that's 4.3%, compared to the national average of 5.2%. Not surprisingly, Washington's biggest sector is government and civil service. Another big player, no surprise, is hospitality, as the district is a year-round destination. Other top industries include telecommunications, medical and the legal profession. For the candidate that wants to know what companies are looking for, the district's largest occupations have been identified as registered nursing, government employment, retail sales, cashiers, and professional and business services.Weekly average salaries in the district are $1,400, compared to the national average of $1,000.
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