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Washington Employment

Employment and Industries in the Washington, District Of Columbia Area

Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States and one of the thirty largest cities in the United States. The Washington'Arlington'Alexandria metropolitan area is the eighth largest metropolitan area in the United States. As one might expect, the Washington metropolitan area is a center for business, commerce, and government.

The Federal Government is responsible for almost thirty percent of Washington employment, and also a major employer in the surrounding metropolitan area. Behind the Federal Government, the region's major universities and hospitals are also major employers.

There are over ten Fortune 500 companies located in the metropolitan Washington area. Many major defense contractors have operations in and around Washington, D.C., including General Dynamics, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and Orbital Sciences Corporation.

In 2006, Inc. magazine ranked the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area eighth on its list of "Best Cities for Doing Business" in the United States in the large cities category. The criteria used "emphasizes the robustness of a region's growth". Large and significant cities such as Washington, D.C. who have a "tangible effect on global affairs through socioeconomic, cultural, and/or political means" (Wikipedia) get ranked as "Global Cities" (also known as world cities or world-class cities) by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group & Network (GaWC). GaWC has three tiers of ranking, alpha (first-tier), beta (second-tier) and gamma (third tier). Washington, D.C. is one of eleven cities in the United States ranked as a "World City". Washington, D.C. was ranked as a "Gamma World City" by GaWC, on a par with Boston, Dallas, and Houston.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Washington, D.C. ranks in the top thirty on the list of US cities who receive the most annual funding from the NIH.

The Washington D.C. area has a highly educated workforce. More than 15% of Washington D.C. residents hold a graduate degree. The number of scientists, technicians, and Ph.D.s working in the Metropolitan D.C. area is among the highest in the United States.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, major industries in and around Washington include (ranked by size of workforce):

  • Government
  • Professional & Business Services
  • Educational & Health Services
  • Leisure & Hospitality
  • Financial Activities
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
  • Information

The Washington metropolitan area is served by three major airports, the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and Washington Dulles International Airport. Dulles ranks 13th in the United States for for nonstop international air travel according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Some major companies of note in and around Washington, D.C. include:

  • AES Corporation
  • Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.
  • Capital One
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Danaher
  • Fannie Mae
  • Gannett (publisher of USA Today)
  • Harman International. Industries
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Marriott International
  • NVR Incorporated
  • Pepco Holdings
  • Sprint Nextel Corporation
  • SLM Corporation
  • Washington Post
  • WGL Holdings

Some of the major business organizations in and around Washington, D.C. include:

The Washington Business Journal, and the Business Section of the Washington Post are excellent sources of information on business in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Most Popular Jobs in Washington, District of Columbia Metro Area (2008 data)

Where the Majority of Workers Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Management analysts 44,550 $90,860 $50,090 - 139,350 22% 78%
2 Lawyers 38,000 $145,040 $74,040 - 11% 99%
3 Accountants and auditors 30,520 $75,830 $42,850 - 118,660 18% 79%
4 Registered nurses 28,600 $72,550 $48,790 - 99,450 24% 56%
5 Computer systems analysts 28,030 $93,970 $56,220 - 138,380 29% 68%
6 Computer software engineers, applications 26,650 $94,850 $58,000 - 135,810 45% 85%
7 Elementary school teachers, except special education 24,910 $63,620 $36,720 - 98,050 14% 95%
8 Computer software engineers, systems software 24,040 $108,110 $66,140 - 155,790 28% 85%
9 Managers, all other 20,320 $113,650 $82,130 - 153,070 7% 55%
10 Network and computer systems administrators 18,280 $80,000 $45,780 - 121,990 27% 50%
11 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products 16,810 $75,390 $32,620 - 145,480 8% 51%
12 Computer specialists, all other 16,730 $95,740 $64,060 - 127,300 15% 68%
13 Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education 15,850 $65,130 $39,420 - 102,300 6% 96%
14 Public relations specialists 15,530 $90,970 $41,640 - 158,410 18% 81%
15 Network systems and data communications analysts 13,130 $84,560 $49,400 - 125,860 53% 57%
16 Financial managers 11,890 $120,320 $66,120 - 13% 60%
17 Computer programmers 11,890 $83,360 $51,890 - 118,200 -4% 73%
18 Computer and information systems managers 11,680 $133,570 $88,710 - 16% 73%
19 Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education 9,850 $63,820 $40,050 - 96,050 11% 95%
20 Market research analysts 9,680 $74,950 $40,430 - 120,610 20% 82%
21 Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 9,550 $80,030 $44,520 - 121,020 17% 56%
22 Teachers and instructors, all other 9,120 $43,630 $23,030 - 78,350 9% 54%
23 Financial analysts 7,310 $82,930 $44,850 - 130,840 34% 87%
24 Chief executives 7,110 $182,230 $95,650 - 2% 65%
25 Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 6,730 $65,430 $30,530 - 101,450 5% 58%
26 Engineers, all other 5,900 $109,430 $55,430 - 156,140 6% 82%
27 Social scientists and related workers, all other 5,830 $95,170 $53,710 - 142,950 5% 90%
28 Training and development specialists 5,750 $67,540 $37,190 - 104,150 18% 56%
29 Civil engineers 5,690 $83,950 $51,150 - 124,490 18% 87%
30 Editors 5,440 $62,880 $27,760 - 100,370 2% 81%
31 Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products 5,240 $90,570 $44,450 - 156,320 12% 51%
32 Database administrators 5,230 $81,260 $48,350 - 120,610 29% 72%
33 Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 5,230 $63,050 $34,430 - 98,680 18% 56%
34 Graphic designers 5,190 $56,590 $29,700 - 90,080 10% 55%
35 Social and human service assistants 5,020 $33,320 $16,620 - 50,160 34% 58%
36 Electrical engineers 4,820 $97,090 $57,730 - 140,840 6% 81%
37 Engineering managers 4,810 $130,140 $93,520 - 7% 84%
38 Operations research analysts 4,660 $99,900 $52,490 - 151,100 11% 71%
39 Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school 4,640 $69,740 $42,950 - 107,000 20% 87%
40 Budget analysts 4,520 $81,970 $49,600 - 119,370 7% 78%
41 Economists 4,510 $109,730 $58,640 - 161,760 8% 100%
42 Educational, vocational, and school counselors 4,510 $63,720 $33,850 - 102,840 13% 73%
43 Detectives and criminal investigators 4,490 $87,250 $55,020 - 120,570 17% 54%
44 Financial specialists, all other 4,440 $85,840 $46,080 - 134,170 12% 50%
45 Librarians 4,430 $67,500 $43,170 - 99,530 4% 85%
46 Mechanical engineers 4,210 $107,290 $60,570 - 162,870 4% 78%
47 Sales managers 4,060 $122,950 $47,630 - 10% 69%
48 Electronics engineers, except computer 4,050 $100,090 $62,580 - 143,380 4% 81%
49 Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 4,040 $85,380 $29,020 - 25% 67%
50 Instructional coordinators 3,820 $69,690 $35,010 - 114,240 23% 79%
51 Medical and health services managers 3,810 $96,570 $58,110 - 137,370 16% 57%
52 Child, family, and school social workers 3,780 $52,280 $26,970 - 84,840 19% 77%
53 Architects, except landscape and naval 3,740 $80,650 $46,320 - 121,410 18% 88%
54 Education administrators, elementary and secondary school 3,630 $95,680 $67,090 - 128,640 8% 78%
55 Self-enrichment education teachers 3,390 $47,680 $18,420 - 94,150 23% 54%
56 Industrial engineers 3,310 $89,670 $55,970 - 134,360 20% 74%
57 Marketing managers 3,290 $128,580 $69,610 - 14% 69%
58 Meeting and convention planners 3,260 $55,020 $35,860 - 81,470 20% 67%
59 Coaches and scouts 3,250 $44,970 $17,540 - 74,030 15% 60%
60 Special education teachers, secondary school 3,230 $77,530 $45,800 - 117,530 9% 87%
61 Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 3,160 $89,610 $47,500 - 133,830 25% 93%
62 Pharmacists 2,870 $102,980 $74,200 - 131,370 22% 97%
63 Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists 2,860 $70,700 $42,140 - 104,210 18% 56%
64 Rehabilitation counselors 2,860 $34,280 $19,870 - 59,620 23% 73%
65 Statisticians 2,800 $87,270 $51,560 - 123,180 9% 93%
66 Mental health and substance abuse social workers 2,780 $54,630 $35,120 - 78,750 30% 77%
67 Education administrators, postsecondary 2,720 $96,640 $47,860 - 164,360 14% 78%
68 Computer hardware engineers 2,630 $107,010 $60,820 - 158,050 5% 70%
69 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 2,610 $56,930 $37,740 - 77,920 12% 51%
70 Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers 2,600 $106,480 $62,520 - 159,190 13% 74%
71 Political scientists 2,590 $109,080 $68,000 - 151,540 5% 90%
72 Public relations managers 2,490 $141,480 $73,550 - 17% 75%
73 Writers and authors 2,440 $73,320 $38,860 - 107,940 13% 84%
74 Purchasing managers 2,430 $112,120 $76,780 - 149,430 3% 57%
75 Technical writers 2,400 $69,750 $45,270 - 98,610 20% 74%
76 Aerospace engineers 2,380 $108,330 $70,950 - 153,750 10% 87%
77 Reporters and correspondents 2,320 $69,830 $28,210 - 123,890 1% 85%
78 Natural sciences managers 2,240 $124,090 $87,580 - 161,480 11% 93%
79 Computer and information scientists, research 2,240 $104,860 $65,750 - 152,530 22% 68%
80 Special education teachers, middle school 2,190 $64,770 $35,790 - 106,270 16% 87%
81 Personal financial advisors 2,180 $86,630 $41,240 - 138,270 41% 81%
82 Advertising sales agents 2,120 $63,800 $27,700 - 115,740 20% 56%
83 Medical and public health social workers 2,000 $59,070 $36,810 - 81,720 24% 77%
84 Social and community service managers 1,990 $66,100 $35,000 - 105,640 25% 72%
85 Producers and directors 1,930 $77,090 $41,790 - 117,010 11% 75%
86 Vocational education teachers, secondary school 1,770 $66,260 $36,700 - 102,730 -5% 96%
87 Physical scientists, all other 1,730 $114,040 $73,240 - 155,690 6% 98%
88 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 1,690 $40,720 $25,450 - 60,570 15% 51%
89 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 1,680 $70,320 $39,430 - 102,600 16% 99%
90 Sales and related workers, all other 1,650 $54,520 $20,440 - 97,860 14% 62%
91 Interior designers 1,640 $63,190 $33,530 - 102,490 20% 55%
92 Education, training, and library workers, all other 1,600 $37,080 $17,350 - 76,850 11% 79%
93 Human resources managers, all other 1,570 $119,290 $73,340 - 161,450 11% 58%
94 Mental health counselors 1,570 $51,640 $33,270 - 82,220 30% 73%
95 Artists and related workers, all other 1,560 $75,670 $43,250 - 102,100 8% 58%
96 Physical therapists 1,480 $75,850 $51,480 - 102,630 27% 89%
97 Speech-language pathologists 1,420 $76,620 $50,970 - 104,990 11% 98%
98 Education administrators, preschool and child care center/program 1,410 $45,720 $29,540 - 67,840 24% 78%
99 Environmental engineers 1,370 $90,480 $51,920 - 130,770 25% 86%
100 Surveyors 1,360 $57,650 $29,630 - 93,720 24% 82%

Where the Majority of Workers Do Not Have College Degrees

Rank Title Local Jobs Local Mean Salary Typical Local Salary National Growth % 2006-2016 National % With College Degree
1 Retail salespersons 66,120 $26,030 $15,360 - 40,240 12% 25%
2 Office clerks, general 63,860 $32,620 $18,090 - 48,490 13% 19%
3 Cashiers 52,880 $21,490 $14,900 - 31,470 -3% 10%
4 Business operations specialists, all other 46,550 $84,640 $44,490 - 139,360 21% 49%
5 Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners 45,210 $23,320 $15,120 - 32,490 15% 4%
6 Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 40,380 $19,070 $13,770 - 27,260 18% 5%
7 Waiters and waitresses 35,620 $22,040 $13,860 - 36,170 11% 14%
8 Security guards 31,560 $33,010 $20,240 - 47,620 17% 13%
9 Customer service representatives 30,800 $34,960 $21,330 - 51,490 25% 22%
10 Executive secretaries and administrative assistants 29,500 $50,910 $32,760 - 74,100 15% 18%
11 Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 24,810 $40,870 $26,660 - 58,540 13% 16%
12 Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 22,840 $42,100 $27,410 - 58,850 1% 18%
13 Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 22,260 $26,560 $17,190 - 38,610 2% 5%
14 First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers 21,540 $58,530 $32,970 - 88,970 6% 29%
15 Stock clerks and order fillers 21,490 $25,280 $16,530 - 38,890 -8% 8%
16 Maintenance and repair workers, general 21,280 $44,900 $25,920 - 71,450 10% 6%
17 Receptionists and information clerks 21,280 $29,430 $18,240 - 40,950 17% 13%
18 Teacher assistants 18,770 $28,090 $17,410 - 42,670 10% 18%
19 First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers 16,990 $46,420 $25,180 - 70,220 4% 25%
20 Construction laborers 16,930 $29,810 $21,320 - 39,600 11% 5%
21 Computer support specialists 15,530 $52,790 $28,550 - 79,390 13% 43%
22 Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 15,160 $26,040 $17,210 - 37,560 18% 6%
23 Maids and housekeeping cleaners 15,100 $23,300 $16,680 - 32,040 13% 5%
24 Cooks, restaurant 14,590 $25,340 $17,600 - 35,420 12% 5%
25 Police and sheriff's patrol officers 13,100 $61,990 $43,650 - 82,860 11% 33%
26 Sales representatives, services, all other 13,090 $69,210 $32,120 - 119,640 28% 48%
27 Truck drivers, light or delivery services 12,360 $33,330 $19,400 - 51,210 8% 4%
28 First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers 12,200 $38,270 $23,650 - 54,650 11% 14%
29 Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer 12,080 $39,910 $26,850 - 53,730 10% 4%
30 Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 11,930 $27,150 $20,370 - 35,900 18% 7%
31 Carpenters 11,850 $44,640 $27,460 - 63,870 10% 6%
32 Electricians 11,580 $53,460 $30,250 - 79,820 7% 7%
33 Food preparation workers 10,710 $21,790 $15,270 - 30,560 15% 7%
34 First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers 10,560 $67,290 $42,970 - 95,750 9% 10%
35 Dishwashers 10,080 $18,180 $13,540 - 24,880 10% 3%
36 All other information and record clerks 9,850 $43,180 $26,510 - 61,040 -13% 21%
37 Paralegals and legal assistants 9,800 $59,580 $36,340 - 87,580 22% 45%
38 Automotive service technicians and mechanics 9,400 $44,420 $23,250 - 68,050 14% 4%
39 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 8,910 $76,090 $42,890 - 116,170 0% 42%
40 Legal secretaries 8,890 $58,530 $38,000 - 80,370 12% 18%
41 Preschool teachers, except special education 8,830 $30,340 $17,790 - 46,920 26% 43%
42 Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 8,550 $19,560 $14,190 - 26,670 10% 8%
43 Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 8,530 $51,830 $32,520 - 75,850 11% 4%
44 Legal support workers, all other 8,000 $0 $ - 5% 38%
45 Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers 7,700 $18,990 $13,770 - 26,100 12% 6%
46 Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 7,320 $31,380 $17,720 - 48,900 4% 6%
47 Tellers 7,270 $26,570 $20,520 - 34,140 14% 16%
48 Billing and posting clerks and machine operators 7,000 $39,280 $26,660 - 55,190 4% 15%
49 Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 6,880 $45,410 $31,690 - 61,120 14% 7%
50 Child care workers 6,810 $22,160 $14,700 - 30,960 18% 15%
51 Administrative services managers 6,720 $86,770 $45,010 - 135,780 12% 40%
52 First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 6,640 $67,650 $42,230 - 97,800 7% 13%
53 Bus drivers, school 6,620 $31,910 $18,190 - 46,410 9% 4%
54 Loan officers 6,510 $59,290 $30,800 - 95,030 12% 49%
55 Recreation workers 6,460 $29,200 $16,920 - 45,120 13% 47%
56 Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 6,350 $36,050 $15,280 - 60,770 12% 6%
57 Counter and rental clerks 6,300 $26,850 $14,760 - 45,420 23% 16%
58 Real estate sales agents 5,760 $61,040 $27,140 - 102,720 11% 45%
59 Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 5,730 $20,410 $14,240 - 28,160 10% 17%
60 Bartenders 5,660 $23,470 $14,520 - 35,730 11% 17%
61 Home health aides 5,610 $23,520 $17,930 - 30,380 49% 7%
62 Bill and account collectors 5,480 $39,830 $25,770 - 58,600 23% 13%
63 Cooks, fast food 5,400 $18,950 $13,850 - 25,880 8% 5%
64 Postal service mail carriers 5,370 $0 $ - 1% 11%
65 First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers 5,350 $38,320 $24,300 - 53,010 13% 11%
66 Medical assistants 5,090 $34,060 $23,680 - 48,150 35% 10%
67 Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 5,090 $22,040 $15,110 - 31,670 14% 3%
68 Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 4,920 $42,900 $18,220 - 71,300 27% 47%
69 Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service 4,820 $30,780 $14,970 - 48,510 -12% 9%
70 Dental assistants 4,680 $35,910 $24,900 - 49,280 29% 9%
71 Telecommunications line installers and repairers 4,670 $53,850 $31,080 - 66,830 5% 8%
72 Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 4,650 $44,910 $31,210 - 61,470 8% 3%
73 Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 4,510 $51,210 $32,360 - 71,320 9% 3%
74 Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 4,430 $45,320 $32,220 - 62,250 11% 29%
75 Loan interviewers and clerks 4,220 $39,050 $25,190 - 53,440 -1% 24%
76 Industrial truck and tractor operators 4,190 $35,410 $22,480 - 50,580 -2% 2%
77 Data entry keyers 4,180 $31,490 $21,290 - 44,640 -5% 18%
78 Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 4,180 $0 $ - -8% 12%
79 First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers 4,120 $87,520 $38,660 - 153,560 4% 38%
80 Cooks, short order 4,080 $22,170 $16,540 - 29,060 5% 5%
81 Cost estimators 4,070 $65,680 $40,160 - 97,520 19% 32%
82 Word processors and typists 4,050 $32,150 $23,650 - 44,200 -12% 19%
83 Construction managers 4,040 $106,690 $56,660 - 16% 29%
84 Medical secretaries 4,040 $35,840 $25,260 - 48,890 17% 18%
85 Painters, construction and maintenance 4,010 $36,190 $26,320 - 51,680 12% 6%
86 Fire fighters 3,970 $54,770 $39,020 - 77,690 12% 18%
87 First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers 3,960 $61,700 $35,580 - 94,410 -5% 15%
88 Cement masons and concrete finishers 3,910 $38,960 $26,760 - 57,480 11% 2%
89 Parking lot attendants 3,850 $21,610 $16,720 - 28,810 12% 14%
90 Logisticians 3,800 $81,550 $45,320 - 123,230 17% 43%
91 Cooks, institution and cafeteria 3,780 $27,900 $19,090 - 39,170 11% 5%
92 Driver/sales workers 3,720 $29,170 $14,020 - 50,710 -5% 4%
93 Laundry and dry-cleaning workers 3,720 $21,500 $14,270 - 30,960 10% 5%
94 Flight attendants 3,700 $31,530 $15,190 - 48,960 11% 31%
95 Amusement and recreation attendants 3,680 $19,190 $13,420 - 27,320 24% 22%
96 Bus drivers, transit and intercity 3,500 $38,430 $25,380 - 59,450 13% 4%
97 Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 3,450 $25,120 $17,390 - 34,410 17% 14%
98 Pharmacy technicians 3,430 $30,610 $20,250 - 42,310 32% 16%
99 Insurance sales agents 3,400 $63,820 $32,060 - 116,090 13% 45%
100 Office and administrative support workers, all other 3,400 $36,680 $21,820 - 53,660 -9% 32%
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Jobs More Common Near Washington Than Most Other Cities

* Average job popularity for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Local Jobs Pop. vs. Avg.*
Industrial-organizational psychologists 98,280 170 46.6
Political scientists 109,080 2,590 42
Geographers 79,650 200 37.2
Astronomers 123,200 240 34.9
Agricultural sciences teachers, postsecondary 82,980 230 24.9
Economists 109,730 4,510 22.2
Historians 82,710 530 21.1
Artists and related workers, all other 75,670 1,560 17.5
Sociologists 89,840 760 16.5
Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters 56,120 170 14.7
Social scientists and related workers, all other 95,170 5,830 13.7
Law teachers, postsecondary 104,240 1,070 13.4
Legal support workers, all other 0 8,000 13.2
Architecture teachers, postsecondary 86,000 580 12.7
Dentists, all other specialists 146,430 180 12.3
Mathematicians 122,120 240 11
Communications equipment operators, all other 51,900 110 9.3
Marine engineers and naval architects 92,800 640 9.3
Museum technicians and conservators 54,680 1,080 8.3
Statisticians 87,270 2,800 8.1
Social work teachers, postsecondary 73,170 480 8
Geography teachers, postsecondary 69,180 140 7.9
Physical scientists, all other 114,040 1,730 6.9
Bookbinders 44,150 210 6.8
Atmospheric and space scientists 93,610 450 6.7
Shampooers 19,440 1,320 6.3
Political science teachers, postsecondary 77,400 970 6.2
Archivists 70,860 330 6.1
Soil and plant scientists 90,280 360 5.5
Computer and information scientists, research 104,860 2,240 5.5
Air traffic controllers 135,580 1,170 5.5
Broadcast news analysts 83,220 260 5.4
Media and communication equipment workers, all other 85,560 1,130 5.1
Parking enforcement workers 39,300 450 5
Anthropology and archeology teachers, postsecondary 75,300 200 4.9
Anthropologists and archeologists 84,570 150 4.8
Computer specialists, all other 95,740 16,730 4.7
Set and exhibit designers 52,190 360 4.6
Social science research assistants 43,630 860 4.6
Survey researchers 55,200 1,250 4.3
Physicists 119,930 840 4.3
Engineering teachers, postsecondary 89,520 970 4.3
Management analysts 90,860 44,550 4.3
Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers 106,930 430 4.3
Farm and home management advisors 61,680 160 4.2
Epidemiologists 72,570 170 4.2
Budget analysts 81,970 4,520 4.2
Stonemasons 40,160 670 4.2
Concierges 30,900 1,380 4.1
Operations research analysts 99,900 4,660 4.1

Work Paying Relatively Well in the Washington, District of Columbia Metro Area (2008 data)

* Average Salary Index for metro areas = 1.0

Title Mean Local Salary Salary Index * Local Jobs
Interpreters and translators 73,280 1.81 1,180
Public relations specialists 90,970 1.8 15,530
Reporters and correspondents 69,830 1.7 2,320
Zoologists and wildlife biologists 97,920 1.68 220
Historians 82,710 1.68 530
Public relations managers 141,480 1.64 2,490
Legal secretaries 58,530 1.63 8,890
Biological scientists, all other 103,990 1.58 780
Media and communication equipment workers, all other 85,560 1.52 1,130
Camera operators, television, video, and motion picture 63,520 1.51 550
Special education teachers, secondary school 77,530 1.5 3,230
Chemists 98,980 1.5 1,300
Photographers 47,380 1.5 960
Anthropologists and archeologists 84,570 1.5 150
Financial specialists, all other 85,840 1.5 4,440
Library technicians 44,210 1.5 2,160
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 80,030 1.48 9,550
Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 89,610 1.48 3,160
Opticians, dispensing 50,110 1.47 1,440
Printing machine operators 48,200 1.47 2,830
Psychiatric aides 40,110 1.47 400
Food scientists and technologists 94,400 1.47 140
Soil and plant scientists 90,280 1.46 360
Broadcast technicians 51,800 1.46 810
Mechanical engineers 107,290 1.45 4,210
Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators 99,940 1.45 230
Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive 42,100 1.44 22,840
Detectives and criminal investigators 87,250 1.44 4,490
Business operations specialists, all other 84,640 1.44 46,550
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 45,040 1.44 2,410
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 76,090 1.44 8,910
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 36,050 1.44 6,350
Law clerks 56,440 1.43 1,100
Artists and related workers, all other 75,670 1.43 1,560
Social scientists and related workers, all other 95,170 1.43 5,830
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other 101,500 1.42 490
Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors 42,900 1.42 4,920
Computer specialists, all other 95,740 1.42 16,730
First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers 78,750 1.42 410
Operations research analysts 99,900 1.42 4,660
Health specialties teachers, postsecondary 108,630 1.42 2,650
Lawyers 145,040 1.42 38,000
Transportation inspectors 88,160 1.41 420
Materials engineers 113,720 1.41 320
Archivists 70,860 1.41 330
Farm and home management advisors 61,680 1.41 160
Graphic designers 56,590 1.4 5,190
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 42,960 1.4 890
Travel agents 44,010 1.4 1,670
Health educators 64,170 1.4 1,310

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Career Stories from workers: daily activities, job tips, best/worst job aspects, training, etc.
Daily Career & Education News from our staff. We're an approved Google News provider!

Career References and Original Articles

Resource Center. A starting point for all CityTownInfo career and college resources.
Career Overviews of hundreds of careers: descriptions, salaries, forecasts, schools, more.
Best Careers Not Requiring Degrees: Good pay, job growth, low need for degrees.
Helpful Articles, many in "how-to" format; e.g., "How to Become a Chef".
Infographics covering employment and educational trends.

College Directories and Lists

These lists link to thousands of detailed school profiles.

Colleges by State. Nearly every college and trade school in the country.
Colleges Listed Alphabetically. About 7,000 colleges & trade schools, including online schools.
Colleges by Major City. Browse cities with multiple college options.
Online Colleges. Colleges with online degree programs.
Graduate Schools by State. Colleges offering graduate degree programs.
Graduate Schools by Major City. Find cities with multiple graduate school options.
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