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Employment Opportunities

Employment prospects in the Washington DC metropolitan area are generally very good. While the unemployment rate for the District of Columbia itself is somewhat higher than the national average, the unemployment rates for the surrounding areas of Maryland and Virginia are usually lower. Persons with clerical and office skills, computer skills and retail experience should find work without much difficulty. Prospects are particularly good in computer technology, security and law enforcement, communications, healthcare, banking, administration, and service businesses.

As a general rule, job opportunities and wages increase in proportion to how far away from Andrews you are willing to travel each day. Washington DC is a commuter city and regional commutes of 30-60 minutes one-way are not at all uncommon. Many spouses working downtown drive to a METRO Rail station and take the train to work. Remember to hand carry your employment and educational records, as well as resumes and other pertinent information to assist in getting started on your job search upon your arrival.

Local Economic Climate

The economic and business climate of Prince George's County is stable and growing. Among the top employers are the University of Maryland, JB Andrews, Digital Equipment, and the Goddard Space Flight Center. These entities account for more than 30,000 of the county's jobs.

Career Focus Program

Be sure to contact The Career Focus counselor at the Military & Family Support Center at your new installation as soon as you have orders and when you arrive. We can assist you in your search for employment.  A representative from the Maryland Employment Commission is located part-time within the Military & Family Support Center to assist job seekers. The Career Focus Program can be reached at 301-981-7087 or DSN 981-7087.

Transition Assistance Program

The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) assists separating and retired members in their job search. The program receives many new job leads daily. A resource room with computers to access jobs such as America's Job Bank is available. Trade papers, magazines and newsletters can be referenced and listings of other government and private employment are prominently displayed or in binders.

Seminars/Workshops/Services offered:

  • The Veteran's of Foreign Wars (VFW) is available to review member's medical records and assist with the BDD/Pre-Discharge Disability claim process twice a week at JB Andrews' M&FSC.
  • Veteran's Administration (VA) Pre-Discharge Disability Program - "Benefits Delivery at Discharge" (BDD). The VA is available once a week at the M&FSC to assist members with the filing of their VA Disability Packages.
  • 3-Day TAP Seminar (Sponsored by the Department of Labor)
  • Upward Bound
  • How to Write Effective Resumes & Cover Letters
  • Social Media and Your Job Search
  • Finding the Job You Really Love!
  • Negotiating the Best Salary & Benefits Package
  • Starting Your Own Business
  • Franchising: Your Next Career Move
  • Getting a Job with the Federal Government
  • Financial Planning for Transition
  • Veteran's Benefits Day
  • Disabled Transition Assistance (DTAP)
  • Meet the Employer Panel
  • Resume Reviews
  • Franchising: Your Next Career Alternative

Unemployment Compensation

Call 301-441-2110 or 410-508-2341 in Maryland or visit the unemployment office where you currently live for information on eligibility.

Tuition Assistance

Military personnel may apply for tuition assistance and obtain information on Veterans Administration education benefits and federal grants or loans.


For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource

Transition Assistance

The Military & Family Support Center provides services to help members with their transition from the military to civilian life. Employment classes, resume review, and computer access are offered to military members and their families.

Associated Links

Career Advancement Accounts for Military Spouses

Employer Support of Guard and Reserve
Find job advice and listings.

Office of Personnel Management
Provides access to all official federal jobs as well as links to other government resources.

Department of Labor
Provides access to all official employment statistics and opportunities.

DoD Commissaries
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment.

Stars and Stripes
Current editions for European, Mid East and Pacific newspapers.

Air Force Compensation Center
Find Air Force compensation fact sheet and other information.

USA4 Military Families
Seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families.

Military Spouse Employment Partnership
Military spouses find a job with military friendly employers and learn job search skills from Military OneSource. Employers can register a job online.

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