10 Largest Employers in the Washington, DC Area

Great Sources for Jobs in the Washington, DC Region

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The largest employer in the Washington, DC area is, of course, the federal government. Next, the public school systems hire the most number of people.  In addition, there are many large employers in the region. The Washington Business Journal ranks the companies based in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Here are the companies at the top of the list - the 10 largest employers in the region (besides the federal and local governments).

These large employers may be a good place to search for a job. Many of them have multiple locations around the region. Find technical positions, engineering jobs, financial service jobs, jobs in healthcare and more. 

This list is based on a survey by the Washington Business Journal, July 3, 2015. The ranking is based on the number of local area employees.

Medstar Health 
Industry: Healthcare
Location: Based in Columbia, MD. 
Employees: Approx. 16,500

As the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, DC area, MedStar operates 10 hospitals, the MedStar Health Research Institute, MedStar Medical Group, and other programs and services. Their associates also provide primary care, urgent care, and home health care services in communities and homes across the region. Search for Current Job Openings

INOVA Health
Industry: Hospital/Health Care
Location: Based in Falls Church, VA.
Employees:  Approx.


Inova is a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that is a nationally recognized, network of hospitals, outpatient services and facilities, primary and specialty care physician practices, and health and wellness initiatives. Jobs range from health care practitioners to training and development to education to IT and engineering.

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Marriott International Inc. 
Industry: Hospitality/Travel
Location: Based in Bethesda, MD
Employees: Approx. 15, 300

The global lodging company is a Fortune 500 with nearly 4,500 properties in 87 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels with more than a dozen brands including JW Marriott, Marriott Marquis, the Ritz Carlton, Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Residence Inn By Marriott and more. Search for Current Job Openings

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University of Maryland
Industry: Public University
Location: Based in College Park, MD
Employees: Approx. 14,000

The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 37,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. Its faculty includes three Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 56 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. Search for Current Job Openings

Booz Allen Hamilton
Industry: Technology Consulting
Location: Based in McLean, VA
Employees: Approx.


Booz Allen Hamilton provides management and technology consulting and engineering services to leading Fortune 500 corporations, governments, and not-for-profits across the globe. Booz Allen partners with public and private sector clients to solve their most difficult challenges through a combination of consulting, analytics, mission operations, technology, systems delivery, cybersecurity, engineering, and innovation expertise. Search for Current Job Openings

Verizon Communications
Industry: Communications
Location: Based in Washington, DC
Employees: Approx. 11,000

Verizon is one of the largest technology communications companies in the world. The company operates America’s largest 4G LTE wireless network and the all-fiber broadband network. Jobs are available in sales, software engineering, finance, customer service, finance and more.

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Giant Food 
Industry: Groceries
Location: Based in Landover, MD
Employees: Approx. 10, 600

Giant Food operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. Included within the 169 stores are 160 full-service pharmacies. Search for Current Job Openings

Industry: Groceries
Location: Based in Lanham, MD
Employees: Approx. 9,000

Safeway is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the country, with  stores in 19 states. Search for Current Job Openings

Lockheed Martin Corp.
Industry: Aerospace/Defense
Location: Based in Bethesda, MD
Employees: Approx. 9,000

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 125,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Search for Current Job Openings

Industry: Professional Services and Accounting
Location: Based in McLean,VA
Employees: Approx. 8,000

Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including 80 percent of the Fortune 500. Search for Current Job Openings

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