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The federal sector hired 162,839 new federal employees nationwide and overseas in 2013. Almost a third, 31 percent, were veterans. The Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration were the two largest hiring agencies. The Affordable Health Care Act includes over 100 new regulatory agencies and commissions and more federal regulators will be needed to administer new EPA and OSHA regulations and to manage the many other federal programs that have been implemented by the current administration. Immigration reform will potentially increase hiring of Border Patrol Agents and Customs Officers. Even with the projected growth and hiring some agencies continue to offer voluntary early retirements to address budget shortfalls.

There is considerable competition for anyone seeking federal employment and those interested in working for Uncle Sam must develop a professional federal style resume and application to remain competitive and start the process early to improve their chances of success.



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Page updated 10/31/2014

Federal Government Jobs

Are you considering a federal job? The federal government employs approximately 2.1 million workers plus 700,000 Postal employees. The U.S. Government is the largest employer in the United States, hiring over 2.0 percent of the nation's work force, and the average annual salary for full-time federal job holders exceeds $81,258. Find thousands of federal job listings on this site and learn how to tailor your federal resume and apply for vacancies using the job announcement as your guide.
Federal government jobs can be found in every state and large metropolitan area, including overseas jobs in 140 countries. The average annual federal workers compensation, including pay plus benefits, is $123,049 compared to just $61,051 for the private sector according to the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis. Use our Fast Track Menu to search for federal jobs that are right for you. (Continued)

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Federal Resume

Even amid challenging economic times, the federal government has remained one of the most reliable options out there for jobseekers. Many additional federal jobs will be created as those who are at or beyond retirement age opt to retire. Each day for the next 16 years 10,000 baby boomers turn age 65! Federal job Hiring will be driven by retirements and the need to staff over 100 new agencies and regulatory organizations due to new healthcare and banking legislation. Translation: over 40 percent of the total federal workforce is eligible for regular or early retirement, meaning now is a great time to seek federal government jobs!

If you are looking for a position with good pay, excellent benefits, and job security, consider the high-paying federal job market. The government offers a wide range of federal government jobs in a broad variety of career fields and offers challenging assignments both stateside and overseas.

This site features the new Category Rating Hiring Reforms and takes you step-by-step through these changes. Explore this site to improve your chances of landing high paying federal jobs and learn what it takes to be rated "Best Qualified." 

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Featured Writers

D DampDennis Damp, author of The Book of U.S. Government Jobs, and Post Office Jobs, is an Air Force veteran and federal retiree with 35 years service. He retired from the FAA in 2005.


Betty BoydBetty Boyd was an Acquisition / IT / and Project Manager during her 30-years of government service. Boyd founded Boyd Consulting Services in 2012.


David SchollDavid Scholl retired from OPM with 35 years of legal and HR experience. David received his law degree from the Catholic University of America and his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University. 


Nancy LedgerwoodNancy Ledgerwood worked for the Postal Service in HR and recruiting before retiring in 2013. She was also officer in charge at a level 16 post office in Bates City, MO.