Have you heard that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is setting up shop in Albemarle County, Virginia? And 828 employees, a majority civilian, are coming with pretty good wages, on average $80,000, and they should all be there by September 2011.

The DIA will be building a new facility near the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) called the Joint-Use Intelligence Analysis Facility. NGIC’s employees are mostly civilian and their job is to analyze the ground military capabilities of foreign armies.  Like the NGIC, most DIA employees coming to Charlottesville are civilians with top secret clearance with a mix of military and contractors making up the rest.

The survey indicates that those DIA employees with advanced and terminal degrees are the most likely to stay in D.C., that’s good news for highly educated Charlottesville locals who need a job. Keep in mind that the majority of these jobs require a top-secret clearance.

What follows major government and/or military installations? Contractors doing business with the DIA or NGIC. Booz Allen Hamilton opened a Charlottesville office because of NGIC contracts. It has grown from 5 to 70 employees. Other defense contractors with operations in the Charlottesville area include Camber Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Oak Grove Technologies, Six3 Systems, AT&T Government Solutions, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, CenTauri Solutions and more.

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