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United States Air Force
Military & Family Support Center
1191 Menoher Drive
Andrews AFB, MD 20762-6421
It’s likely that employment will change when a move occurs, especially for military spouses. The information below will provide you with employment assistance information and resources available such as SECO, MyCAA and MSEP Portals.
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.
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.
The Transition Assistance Program provides information, resources and tools to service members to help them successfully prepare for the transition from military to civilian life, whether pursuing additional education, finding a career or starting your own business. TAP begins no later than 365 days prior to transition for those who are separating or retiring. It is recommended that retirees begin the transition process at least two years prior to retirement and those separating to begin the process at least 18 months prior to separation.
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.
For Maryland, visit the Department of Labor website for information on unemployment benefits.
For Virginia, visit the Virginia Employment Commission’s website or call 800-897-5630.
For Washington D.C., visit the Department of Employment Services website or call 202-724-7000.