Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Professional, scientific, and technical services are growing in Washington County; since 2009, the sector has grown by almost 17%.  Proximity to the National Capital Region and Virginia’s research universities are important factors, but so is the region’s fiber network.  Washington County has a strong technology infrastructure, and most existing business locations and industrial sites have the ability to meet- and in some cases exceed 1 Gigabit.

Key Washington County Employers

CompanyProduct/Service
Amec Foster WheelerEngineering Services
A. Morton Thomas & AssociatesEngineering Services
The Lane GroupEngineering Services
Appalachian Technical ServicesEngineering Services
Laboratory Optical Services, Inc. Microscope repair services and sales
Engineering ServicesEngineering Services
Breathe 3DPMaterials developer and manufacturer
Appalachian DraftingDesign and Modeling Services
1901 GroupIT Services
Wize SolutionsIT Services

Other Regional Employers in Virginia

CompanyProduct/Service
Thompson & LittonEngineering Services
CGIIT Services
TEDSIT Services
OnePartnerData Center
DP FacilitiesData Center

Comparative Wages for Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services

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. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2019)

OccupationKingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA MSARaleigh, NC MSACharlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC MSAPittsburgh, PA MSAHuntsville, AL MSAU.S. Average
Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers$40.73$52.24$50.02$45.80$53.08$53.66
Computer Network Architects$34.70$49.68$54.71$48.36$53.73$55.34
Civil Engineers$38.27$43.45$43.32$41.08$49.34$45.36
Business Operations Specialists, All Other$33.79$38.57$37.40$38.86$48.17$38.57