Alexandria, Virginia - Best City to Live and Work

  • Jobs in the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device, and Diagnostic Industries
  • Companies, Real Estate, Schools
  • Just outside of Washington, DC, on the banks of the Potomac River lies this quiet city of 128,283 residents. Alexandria, or Belle Haven as it was originally known, began as a shipping-and-distribution center on the Potomac River. In 1669, John Alexander purchased a parcel of land for tobacco storage from Captain Robert Howsing, starting what would eventually become a community bearing his name.

    As an early location for commerce and trade in America, Alexandria is actually almost 50 years older than the City of Washington and colonial architecture is sprinkled throughout the Old Town and Parker Gray Historic District. Canals, initially used for shipping purposes, contribute an unspoken charm to several different area neighborhoods.

    Alexandria is somewhat unique from other cities in Virginia (JOBS) in that it is not affiliated with any particular county. Popular with the DC workforce, due to its low crime rate, great schools, and friendly neighborhood atmosphere, Alexandria is a short commute (six miles/ nine kilometers) from Washington proper. And rather than drive, residents can take the metro directly into the city.

    When it comes to weather, Alexandria has long, comfortable falls and spring temperatures that seem to go on forever, which may explain the collection of hip neighborhood cafés that are ideal for people who like to get out and about. If you're looking for fine restaurants, Alexandria boasts a number of exceptional establishments including the Majestic Café, La Bergerie, Le Gaulois, and Elysium. For music, a variety of big-name artists regularly perform at the Birchmere.

    In near-by Arlington, you will find Champions Biotechnology, Inc. And, in near-by Maryland, you will find a myriad of companies such as Northwest Biotherapeutics, Inc., Accelovance, Chesapeake Biological Laboratories, Inc., Human Genome Sciences, Inc. , MedImmune, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., SAIC-Frederick, Inc., SGS Life Science Services, Supernus Pharmaceuticals, and Technical Resources International.

    Washington D.C. is home to The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, (PhRMA). This organization represents the country’s leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies and aims to advocate public policies that encourage discovery of important new medicines for patients by pharmaceutical and biotechnology research companies.

    The American Chemical Society is also located in the nation’s capital. The organization represents professionals in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.

    For more information about opportunities in Virginia, visit The BioCapital™ Hotbed community which highlights the biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device industries in the area and keeps its audience abreast with the latest information about industry news and events throughout the region.

    Check out job opportunities by visiting the BioSpace Career Center. Here you will find the life sciences most premier career events which showcase an array of local employers. At the Career Center homepage you can even check out video to see what the career fair experience is like and hear what job seekers and employers have to say.

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    Information and Links  
    Career JOBS
    Government City of Alexandria
    Tourism Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
    Weather The Weather Channel
    Real Estate  
      Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors
      Northern Virginia Association of Realtors
      Alexandria CVB (Hotels)
    Local News  
      Alexandria Gazette Packet
      The Washington Post
      The Washington Times
    Local Transit  
      DASH – Alexandria Transit Company
      Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (METRO)
    Public Schools  
      Alexandria City Public Schools
    Colleges + Universities  
      American University (DC)
      Catholic University of America (DC)
      George Mason University (Fairfax)
      George Washington University (DC)
      Georgetown University (DC)
      Howard University (DC)
      Marymount University (Arlington)
      Southeastern University (DC)
      Trinity University (DC)
      University of the District of Columbia
      Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria, etc.)
    More Information  
      Alexandria Chamber of Commerce