With a labor force of more than 18,000 people and many of the largest employers in southeastern Connecticut, Groton provides excellent employment opportunities for spouses of Sailors working at the submarine base. Major employment sectors include government, health care and social assistance, retail trade and manufacturing.
Military spouses are welcome to do career exploration and receive job search assistance through the Family Employment Readiness Program at the Fleet and Family Support Center in Building 83 on base. Services include resume development and critique, interview training, access to job databases, one-on-one counseling for employment concerns and other employment resources.
Military spouses who relocate with their sponsor under PCS orders are eligible for increased employment assistance through the Military Spouse Preference Program. This program provides hiring preference for military spouses to DOD jobs and nonappropriated fund jobs such as in the Morale, Welfare and Recreation office and Navy Exchange.
Many local government contractors and subcontractors are also looking for workers in facilities and grounds maintenance, security guards, clerks, food service and building custodial services. Pay is excellent and job openings are competitive. Base contractors often post their job vacancy announcements in the FFSC Career Development Resource Center.
Other area government contractors, such as Electric Boat (General Dynamics), list job vacancy announcements on their respective websites.
The DOD has actively engaged private partners and other government agencies to enhance employment and career opportunities for military spouses. As a result of a partnership with Monster.com, the virtual Spouse Channel, www.military.com/spouse, was created to provide career networking services and employment information to military spouses.
Our goal through these many programs is to help military spouses find productive, rewarding career opportunities while living in our community.