What kind of jobs are there in Virginia Beach, VA?

Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Newport News attract global and domestic businesses from all industries, including information technology service providers and manufacturers. In addition, the area has active-duty military personnel representing every branch in the armed forces, making Hampton Roads an attractive place for military members and defense contractors to settle down.

The region's unemployment rate is lower than the national average. Major employers include Sentara Healthcare, Geico Insurance Co., The Christian Broadcasting Network Inc. and Lockheed Martin Corp. There are also a number of international businesses in Virginia Beach thanks to the metro area's attractive tax incentives for foreign businesses. Stihl Inc., Randstad and Siemens Building Technologies Inc. are global companies that can call the beach their home away from home.

Virginia Beach is a vacation destination and has a healthy tourism sector. Gold Key/PHR, a hospitality management group, has corporate headquarters in Virginia Beach, and Avis Budget Group Inc. has regional headquarters in the area.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 6.8 /10

How we calculate this.


Virginia Beach has a healthier job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary


Virginia Beach
$47,410

USA
$50,620

Unemployment Rate 2018

3.3%
of people are without a job

0.6% lower than national average

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Industries in Virginia Beach

Health Care and Social Assistance

Total Employment
90,600
Nursing Aide
Salary: $23k - $32k

Accommodation and Food Services

Total Employment
77,600
Waiter and Waitress
Salary: $18k - $27k

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Total Employment
49,700
Accountant
Salary: $54k - $91k