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Job market in the Washington D.C. area?

Walter Chen
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Joined: Jan 10, 2003
Posts: 25
How's the job market for Java/J2EE or just OO developers in the Washington D.C. area? Any input much appreciated.
Walter
Mark Herschberg
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Joined: Dec 04, 2000
Posts: 6037
It's great. I'm not even looking down there and have two job offers in the last 6 months from DC based firms. Many are doing well, especially those who can get government/military/DoT contracts.
--Mark
John Coxey
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Joined: Oct 24, 2000
Posts: 503
Mark:
How is the pay rate?
Is it still competitive?
I am in my 3rd month here in Evansville, IN with American General Finance. We are doing a lot of JSPs / Servlet type work - no EJBs.

John Coxey
(jpcoxey@aol.com)
[ January 10, 2003: Message edited by: John Coxey ]

John Coxey
Evansville, Indiana, USA
Mark Herschberg
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Joined: Dec 04, 2000
Posts: 6037
Originally posted by John Coxey:
Mark:
How is the pay rate?
Is it still competitive?
I am in my 3rd month here in Evansville, IN with American General Finance. We are doing a lot of JSPs / Servlet type work - no EJBs.

John Coxey
(jpcoxey@aol.com)


Both my offers were competitive--although the latter was a startup (funded 18 months ago, backed by DC VC's and area firms), so the pay was obviously low (now we're back to real startups), but competitive for startups.
--Mark
Thomas Paul
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Joined: May 05, 2000
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The market seems to be good for US citizens with security clearance. If you don't have clearance but have good skills and a clean background that will endure a security check then it is worth looking into.


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John Coxey
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Joined: Oct 24, 2000
Posts: 503
All:
Thanks for the replies.
I am happy here at current job - not looking at the current time.
Was looking at Dice - see the number of jobs offered is down to 21,000
Nice to hear at least some encouraging news out there.
John Coxey
(jpcoxey@aol.com)
Jason Menard
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Joined: Nov 09, 2000
Posts: 6450
Two good sources of job adverts for this area are probably The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun. As has been mentioned, if you have a security clearance you have it made, if you are at least a US citizen with a clean background you can also probably land a job without much problem.
 
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