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Gaithersburg Train StationThe White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Gaithersburg Train Station
Gaithersburg Train Station | Source
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. | Source

Planning to Succeed, Even in a Recession

A northwest suburb of Washington DC, about 25 miles away and just west of the Washington National Pike (I-270), Gaithersburg, Maryland is one of the fastest growing cities in the USA. As such, Forbes.com has recognized it on its list of the Best 25 Places to Move for work in the nation.

During late summer of 2009, newscasts reported that the Recession of 2008-2009 was ending as they featured film footage of crowed retail centers in Western Europe where unemployment rates had been double-digit into the 40s.

Some broacasters and online journals reported that the recession was also leveling off in America, with some companies beginning to show profits in the 2nd and 3rd fiscal quarters of 2009. While this was not true in every city of the nation, it was accurate for the Best 25 Places to Move, all fasdt growing suburbs of major metro areas with effective economical development plans and follow-up schedules firmly in place and marketed aggressively.

Success is such in Gaithersburg that all job listings match actual government projects of fastest-growing jobs. By August 2013, the Gaithersburg area offered 252,450+ job openings.

Gaithersburg MD

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National Institute of Stadards and Technology in Gaithersburg MD.
National Institute of Stadards and Technology in Gaithersburg MD. | Source

Official Employment Projections to 2016

The state, county, and US federal government estimate that the following list of fast-growing jobs (in actual numbers) will top the list of openings to 2016. We will compare these with actual job listings below, both long-term and short term.

Gaithersburg in Montgomery County MD is not far distant from Washington DC, which led the pack of US cities in numbers of new jobs offered during the Obama Administration and its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and other National Stimulus measures for 2009 - 2012.

  1. Secretaries, Admin Assts., Office/Admin Support & Office Clerks
  2. Sales jobs of all kinds
  3. Food Prep & Service, Cooks, Food & Beverage jobs, and Waitstaff
  4. Computers and Mathematics
  5. Managers in Construction & Extraction (like mining) and Trades Workers
  6. Computer Specialists
  7. Managers in all fields
  8. Business & Financial Operations Staff and Clerks
  9. Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
  10. Education, Training, and Library Occupations
  11. Information and Record Clerks
  12. Business Operations Specialists
  13. Personal Care and Service Occupations
  14. Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
  15. Building/Grounds Cleaning, Maintenance & Pest Control

Additional steadily growing job clusters include:

  1. Cashiers & Customer Service Reps
  2. Pre-K thru 12 Mainstream and Special Education Teachers
  3. Financial Specialists & Advisors
  4. Installation, Maintenance, and Repair
  5. Transportation and Materiel
  6. Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media
  7. Protective Services - Fire and police, etc.
  8. Healthcare Support
  9. Life Science, Physical Science, and Social Science jobs
  10. Architecture and Engineering positions

The largest short-term high demand jobs are in the administrative and administrative support clusters through 2011 - 2012.

Gaithersburg is a hot spot for medical and medical technology jobs.
Gaithersburg is a hot spot for medical and medical technology jobs. | Source

Gaithersburg Job Listings

The following job titles are those most often listed in Indeed.com and SimplyHired, the largest job databases available. These jobs are the leaders among 129,000+ jobs available within a 25-mile radius.

Titles in BOLD type match the official projections provided above. In fact, all job titles match the projections.

  1. Systems Engineers
  2. Project Managers
  3. Software Engineers
  4. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  5. Network Engineers
  6. Program Managers
  7. Administrative Asst
  8. Java Developers
  9. Physical Therapists
  10. Occupational Therapists
  11. Systems Administrators
  12. Business Analysts
  13. Program Analysts
  14. Intelligence Analysts - Admin, IT
  15. Salespersons

High paid computer systems jobs are increasing in number.
High paid computer systems jobs are increasing in number. | Source

Top Hiring Companies

Except for companies that remain confidential, the top job listers include:

  1. General Dynamics - IT
  2. SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) - Medical research; National Cancer Institute at Frederick
  3. Northrop Grumman
  4. Inova Health System
  5. CACI International, Inc. - professional services and IT solutions for defense, intelligence, homeland security, and federal civilian govt.
  6. Booz Allen Hamilton
  7. Lockheed Martin
  8. CriticalConnection - Healthcare
  9. CyberCoders
  10. Raytheon
  11. BAE Systems - Advanced defence, security and aerospace systems.
  12. CSC - Computer Sciences Corporation
  13. ManTech International Corporation

Hgiher Education in Gaithersburg

DC subway and rapid transit.
DC subway and rapid transit. | Source

Infrastructure - Locomotives to Light Rail

Gaithersburg is home to approximately 60,000 residents and connected to the DC area by the Metrorail light rail rapid transit system. This is on of the imperatives in the success of fast-growing suburbs. A second transportation option is the MARC, or Maryland Area Rail Commuter system, with two additional stations. Additional light rail and rapid bus transit is under consideration.

Rail systems are so important to Gaithersburg, because the city began as a railroad town. This especially focused on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad station from 1884 - the old B & O station. The B & O Freight House has been transformed into the Gaithersburg Community Museum (see map below).. Interesting exhibits, a historic park, tours, and train rides make this a fascinating discovery.

Gaithersburg Community Museum

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Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, USA
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Restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex.

Revolutionary Roots

Before the advent of railroads, the town began as a small farming community in 1765 before the American Revolution. The B & O came through after the Civil War in 1873 and turned what is now Gaithersburg into a vacation getaway from hectic DC. S

cience and technology also started - the Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory was built in 1899 to help determine the wobble in the Earth's polar axis and functioned well until it was replaced by computers in 1982.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology built a facility in Gaithersburg in 1961 and the population surge began, booming in the 1990s - 2000s. Gaithersburg is now a high tech business community and farming is all but obsolete.

Watch the video below as a number of trains pass through Gaithersburg, their passengers enjoying the lights of Christmas and winter holidays.

Local Trains and Holliday Lights

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