Carlsbad, CA -- While jobseekers in many U.S. cities battle an unemployment rate of 8 percent or more, those in the nation's capital region are faring well, according to CareerCast.com's new report on the best jobs in the D.C. area.
Job seekers with a degree or experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) have little or no trouble finding jobs in the Washington, D.C. market. In fact, with double the number of STEM jobs compared to the national average, the Washington, D.C., region is a true hub for knowledge workers.
"The D.C. region is a goldmine of opportunities for those with mathematical abilities," says Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com. "The federal government plans to spend up to $3.2 billion over the next five years to upgrade its IT infrastructure and migrate to cloud computing and IT opportunities in cyber security and private sector software development are also expected to be strong."
In fact, Software Engineering is already at the forefront of this explosive growth. As government agencies and related businesses update their infrastructures and develop new technologies, Software Engineers will reap the benefits. With a growth rate of 25 percent, Software Engineer is rated the No. 1 job in the region, according to the Jobs Rated rankings. Actuaries (28 percent growth), Mathematicians (16 percent growth) and Statisticians (15 percent growth) also rank among the top-rated jobs in the nation's capital region.
Another best job in the region is Human Resources Manager. Through the year 2020, job growth for HR Managers is expected to be 21 percent, plus the profession has great pay and ideal working conditions.