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Guide to Top US Metro Areas: Washinton, DC

Guide to Top US Metro Areas: Washinton, DC


From policy wonks to insurance lobbyists, DC is home base for political power brokers. They hand out the money – at the National Institute of Health,, the National Cancer Institute and National Science Foundaiton – and regulate and enforce health legislation – at the Food and Drug Administration, for example. If you¹re interested in healthcare lobbying, – for for-profit or nonprofits – there’s really no other place to be. And since healthcare reform is so hot right now, if you’re in DC, you¹ll have a ringside seat on the coming legislative wrangling.

On the medical front, top-ranked Johns Hopkins only an hour away in nearby Baltimore, is the #1 rated Best Hospital in the country.

DC is also a heady place to be for genetic research. Craig Venter, who beat the government¹s Human Genome Project to publish the first human genome sequence, recently became the first to publish, in 2007, a complete (six-billion-letter) genome – his own. Could this be the perfect statement to sum up the Capitol City’s many powerful egos?

Fortunately, those in DC have the money, the talent and the ability to pull off many a miracle, when it comes to healthcare.

Registered Nurses
- Mean Annual Salary: $67,530
- Number Employed: 34,760

Biggest Employers
- Washington Hospital Center
- MedStar Health System
- Inova Health System
- Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc.
- Chindex International, Inc.
- Dialysis Corp. of America
- Sunrise Senior Living, Inc.

Other Employers of Note
PRA International
- Martek Biosciences Corp.
- United Therapeutics Corp.
- Digene Corp
- Emergent BioSolutions, Inc.
- Celera Genomic Corp.
- Human Genome Sciences, Inc.

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