As unemployment rates drop and the economy continues to improve, hiring in the Washington DC area is on the rise. The national unemployment rate has dropped to 5.6 percent, while the unemployment rate in the Washington DC area is now well below that, at 4.6 percent. As suggested by Robert Half’s Professional Employment Forecast for Washington DC, firms in the local area are looking to hire and fill jobs now:
- 72 percent said they will be hiring to maintain current staffing levels.
- 17 percent report that their companies will be creating new jobs.
- Only 9 percent of CFOs said that their organization will not be hiring, even for open roles.
The business fields and jobs in the Washington DC area that are particularly active with their hiring right now include:
- Accounting: Staff and senior accountants, financial analysts, business systems analysts, controllers and internal auditors. Companies are looking for financial professionals with well-rounded skill sets – including IT proficiency and strong nontechnical skills – in addition to the requisite functional expertise.
- Human Resources: Human resources specialists. As companies hire more employees, they need more staff in their HR departments to manage recruitment demands as well as new employee onboarding, benefits, background checks, drug screens and other tasks.
- Administrative: Versatile executive and administrative assistants who can contribute in areas beyond their traditional roles are in demand. The healthcare and customer service areas also continue to be bright spots for administrative hiring.
- Legal: Lawyers, paralegals and legal support staff with three to five-plus years’ experience in high-demand practice areas such as litigation, general business/commercial law and intellectual property are sought by law firms and corporate legal departments. Litigation is driving much of the hiring within the legal field, particularly for lawyers and legal support professionals with backgrounds in insurance defense, patent infringement, commercial and employment litigation, as well as eDiscovery.
- Marketing: Web designers/developers, user experience interface professionals, social media, and roles tied to content are hot – like content managers and web content writers. Demand for skills in responsive design and mobile usability design is growing.
- Information Technology: Network and systems administrators, applications developers, mobile applications developers and web developers, desktop support and help desk professionals.
If you’re a job seeker in the Washington DC area looking to make a change in your career, consider these positions in hot demand and check out our current jobs listings too!