What kind of jobs are there in Washington, DC?

A large number of D.C.-area residents are employed by the federal and state governments; however, the region also attracts those looking for work in education and health services, with the region's public school districts, universities and hospitals employing a large number of residents. The presence of government and private contractors bodes well for those looking for work in the information technology sector, while the Geico and Capital One headquarters attract those in the business and finance industries. D.C. also draws people in the leisure and hospitality industries – the area is home to dozens of hotels and tourist attractions, not to mention the headquarters for major companies like Great American Restaurants, Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International. 

Job Market Index

Index Score: 8.6 /10

How we calculate this.

Washington has a healthier job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary



Unemployment Rate this Year

of people are without a job

0.7% lower than national average

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Industries in Washington

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Total Employment
Salary: $53k - $90k

Health Care and Social Assistance

Total Employment
Nursing Aide
Salary: $22k - $31k

Accommodation and Food Services

Total Employment
Waiter and Waitress
Salary: $18k - $26k


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