This is one of the first excerpts from our package of articles about what Washington will look like over the next few decades. For the full package, see our April 2015 issue—on newsstands now, or purchase the digital edition optimized for your tablet here—and come back to the website for more stories over the next few weeks.
Which local industries will create the most jobs over the next three decades? We posed that question to Stephen Fuller, a George Mason University professor who specializes in the Washington economy. Here are his predictions for the next 30 years.
1. Professional and business services
Even if some government work dries up, private-sector clients will keep lawyers, lobbyists, and consultants plenty busy.
- 707,000 jobs in 2014
- 1.5 million jobs by 2044
Home construction, Fuller says, will jump sharply before returning to a long-term trend of moderate but steady growth.
- 147,000 jobs in 2014
- 264,000 jobs by 2044
The needs of our growing population will create additional jobs for local health and education workers.
- 398,000 jobs in 2014
- 472,000 jobs by 2044
The region’s emergence as a global commerce center will give the hospitality industry a whole new set of business-traveler customers.
- 298,000 jobs in 2014
- 384,000 jobs by 2044
This article appears in our April 2015 issue of Washingtonian.