Virginia Beach: Career Guide & Fastest Growing Careers

If you are looking for a new city or new career, you might want to consider Virginia Beach, VA. This is not just a popular resort area. In fact, many fast-growing occupations exist in Virginia Beach. Discover facts about the city and data about occupation projections.

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Overview

Virginia Beach is well-known for oceanfront hotels, restaurants, and shops along the longest pleasure beaches in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Still, other industries thrive for the 773,500 nonfarm workers employed in the Virginia Beach area, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in March 2018. In the same month, the BLS reported an unemployment rate of 3.6% for the area. The average weekly wage was reported to be $863 as of the 3rd quarter in 2017.

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  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Largest Employers

According to Virginia Beach Economic Development, these are some of the city's largest employers, excluding retail and public sector organizations. These organizations have anywhere from 800 - 5,850 civilian employees.

  • Naval Air Station Oceana-Dam Neck
  • Sentara Healthcare
  • Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Ft. Story
  • GEICO General Insurance Company
  • General Growth Properties (Lynnhaven Mall)
  • Gold Key/PHR Hotels & Resorts
  • STIHL Incorporated
  • Amerigroup (Anthem)
  • Navy Exchange Service Command
  • Engility Corp.

Fastest-Growing Occupations

According to the Labor Market Information Division of the Virginia Employment Commission, the following are expected to be among the fastest-growing jobs in the Hampton Roads area, which includes Virginia Beach, over the 2014-2024 decade. Each of these professions is expected to experience at least 36.70% growth during the ten-year timeframe:

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Home Health Aides
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Phlebotomists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Commercial Drivers
  • Nurse Anesthetists
  • Personal Financial Advisers
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