A market town in the Dumfries and Galloway council area in Scotland, Dumfries also goes by the nickname "The Queen of the South". A mix of historical, traditional and urban structures set along the River Nith lend a unique appeal to this town, which was home to the famous poet, Robert Dunbar. The local economy is driven by retail and business sectors, with educational infrastructure comprising several primary and secondary schools, and the multi-institutional campus at Crichton Estate housing the Universities of Glasgow and West Scotland, as well as Dumfries and Galloway College.
Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, Crichton Royal Hospital, several churches, parks and the Dumfries Museum are just a few other local establishments worth a note. Dumfries has rail and road services that connect the town to Glasgow, Carlisle, Stranraer, Kilmarnock, Lockerbie, Newcastle and other towns in the vicinity.
Dumfries Job Opportunities
There are several retail establishments that generate sales jobs in Dumfries, apart from the different companies located at the business centres in town. Teaching jobs in Dumfries are offered by primary and secondary schools, as well as tertiary educational institutions. The scenic locale attracts a steady stream of tourists, making the tourism and hospitality sector yet another prospective employer. The local hospital and infirmary are key sources of healthcare jobs in Dumfries. The Locharbriggs quarry in the vicinity is still active, and mined for sandstone.
Dumfries Employment Trends
Dumfries and Galloway Council extends valuable support and guidance to job seekers interesting in working with them. Apprenticeship programs are also available. Job prospects in the construction sector are likely to take a hit as the proposed school improvement program in the region is faced with delays.
However, opportunities in the tourism sector seem rewarding, as tourism in Dumfries and Galloway has contributed over £302.6m towards the local economy. This spike in tourism has reportedly increased jobs in Dumfries and other towns in the region. About 35 jobs were created in this sector during the previous year.