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District of Columbia - Best City to Live and Work

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  • Washington, D.C. (JOBS) is not the place to go if you're looking for the great outdoors, though the Botanic Garden and the National Cherry Blossom Festival in early spring are lovely and, for the lover of flora, not to be missed.

    What is clear about Washington, D.C. is that it has some of the most monumental architecture and best museums around. Wander the National Mall and see the icons of America's past, present, and future: the Capitol Building, the White House, several of the Smithsonian Institution museums, the National Gallery of Art, the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Veteran's memorial,, Holocaust Memorial Museum, the reflecting pool – the list goes on.

    For the young and young at heart, there's the Capital Children's Museum, where you can discover the origins of hot chocolate and other interesting bits of trivia.

    For the crime buff – or the X-Files buff – you can tour the J. Edgar Hoover Building for FBI tours and see the crime lab, history exhibit, and a live firearms demonstration. On a similar note, don't miss the International Spy Museum!

    For the connoisseur of arts, there is a lot to do: The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located in the riverfront neighborhood of Foggy Bottom (who said the capital was stuffy?); Ford's Theatre (site of Lincoln's demise and a showcase of contemporary American theatre); the National Symphony Orchestra; the Washington Ballet; the Washington Opera.

    And, particularly for the devotee of the Bard, there's the Folger Shakespeare Library,, a private, independent research library with one of the world's best collections of Shakespeare and Renaissance materials, which houses a theatre that presents plays, concerts, and poetry readings.

    But it's not all monuments in D.C. The state has many colorful neighborhoods, such as Adams Morgan, with ethnic restaurants, boutiques, and specialty stores; Chinatown, with the world's largest single-span Chinese arch; and Georgetown, once a bustling colonial port now a charming historic neighborhood featuring specialty stores, nightclubs, and a variety of restaurants.

    In Washington, D.C., located midway along the eastern seaboard between Maryland and Virginia, you can experience the four seasons – with somewhat short, subdued winters and with more rain than snow.

    The population is 563,384 in D.C. proper (an area of 67 square miles or 174 square kilometers) and 4,796,183 for the entire metro area (which includes seven Maryland counties, five Virginia counties, and five Virginia cities). After the federal government, D.C.'s primary industry – not surprisingly – is tourism. While living in D.C., you may not go to all these tourist sites daily, but you certainly will have no end of places to bring out of town guests.

    For the crime buff – or the X-Files buff – you can tour the J. Edgar Hoover Building for FBI tours and see the crime lab, history exhibit, and a live firearms demonstration. On a similar note, don't miss the International Spy Museum!

    The nation’s capital is also a prominent hub for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. Just outside of D.C. you will find 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 where The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, (PhRMA) is located. 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 Washington D.C., 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.

    See our jobs near District of Columbia.

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