Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services

data center

Companies in the professional, scientific, and technical fields will find a welcoming business environment and opportunities for growth in Washington County.

Strong and Growing

gigabyte internet

The professional, scientific, and technical services industry in Washington County is growing at a rate faster than the national average. Proximity to Washington D.C. and Virginia Tech are important factors, but so is the region’s fiber network. The County has a strong technology infrastructure: most of our existing business locations and industrial sites have the ability to meet (and in some cases even exceed) 1 Gigabit.

Companies in the following fields will find a welcoming business environment and opportunities for growth in Washington County:

– Information technology companies
– Data centers
– Administrative management and general management consulting services
– Computer facilities management services
– Research and development in biotechnology
– Engineering services

man working in data center

The CaRDS (Computation and Research in Data Science) Institute at East Tennessee State University is a research institute established in 2015 to provide faculty and students with the resources to support and advance their knowledge and skills in the emerging field of Data Science.

Who's Here?

Key Washington County Employers

CompanyProduct/ServiceEmployees
Amec Foster WheelerEngineering Services20-49
A. Morton Thomas & AssociatesEngineering Services20-49
The Lane GroupEngineering Services1-19
Appalachian Technical ServicesEngineering Services1-19
Engineering ServicesEngineering Servicesundisclosed
Saratoga TechnologiesCustom computer programming services1-19
Laboratory Optical Service, Inc.Microscope repair services and sales1-19
Breathe 3DPMaterials developer and manufacturerundisclosed

Other Regional Employers: Virginia

CompanyProduct/ServiceEmployees
Thompson & LittonEngineering Services100-199

Wages

Wages for workers in this industry are low to competitive in the Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol VA/TN MSA compared with wages in similar markets and in the U.S. as a whole.

Comparative Wages for Professional, Scientific, & Technical Occupations

OccupationMSARaleigh, NCCharlotte, NCPittsburgh, PAHuntsville, ALUS Average
Software Developers, Applications$31.55$46.58$45.66$42.22$48.56$49.12
Software Developers, Systems Software$40.53$50.80$51.63$39.30$53.16$52.29
Computer Network Architects$37.86$49.91$53.27$45.15$44.26$49.57
Civil Engineers$36.61$36.41$38.71$41.21$38.47$42.28
Environmental Engineering Technicians$23.49$25.95$23.84$23.72-$24.60
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$28.65$36.15$35.45$34.33$44.92$35.33

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015

Education & Training

Washington County’s proximity to a number of community colleges and universities offers companies opportunities for collaborative research partnerships, technical assistance and testing services, and a pipeline of talent for internships and jobs.

Virginia Highlands Community College offers programs in:

– Information Systems Technology
– Networking
– Web Programming and Design
– Health Information Management
– Management
– Business Administration
– Business Administration with specialization in Business Information Technology

East Tennessee State University, located an hour away in Johnson City, TN, offers undergraduate degrees in a number of fields, including:

– Computer science
– Information Systems
– Business Economics
– Management
– Engineering Technology
– Mathematics and Statistics

The CaRDS (Computation and Research in Data Science) Institute is a research institute established in 2015 to provide faculty and students with the resources to support and advance their knowledge and skills in the emerging field of Data Science.

Virginia Tech, located 2 hours away in Blacksburg, VA, offers undergraduate programs in a variety of fields, including:

– Aerospace Engineering
– Business Information Technology
– Computer Science
– Electrical and Computer Engineering
– Biological Systems Engineering
– Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
– Chemical Engineering
– Civil and Environmental Engineering
– Industrial and Systems Engineering
– Materials Science and Engineering
– Mechanical Engineering
– Sustainable Biomaterials

Contact Us

  • Whitney Bonham
    Whitney BonhamDirector of Economic Development and Community Relations
    wbonham@washcova.com
    Tel. 276-525-1300