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There are 15 executive departments, 62 executive branch independent agencies and government commissions, 49 boards, commissions, and committees plus 11 international organizations within the federal government. Each executive department is comprised of many individual agencies that support the department's multifaceted functions and mission. Job opportunities are also available in the legislative and judicial branches of government.

There are excellent employment prospects available nationwide and internationally. Major occupations are listed for each executive department along with a short summary and various links to jobs and career information. Use this information to focus on a specific agency or department and to explore viable careers for that group. Job announcement listings are provided for each department. To explore a specific career within any of these organizations review the related job series definition for that occupation and search our federal job listings for job vacancies in your area.  There are also thousands of federal workers stationed overseas in 140 countries.


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Agencies and Bureaus of interest

Department of Education (DOE)


The Department of Education is the Cabinet-level department that establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to education. Total employment within this department is less than 5,000. There are 10 regional offices, located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle.

The U.S. Department of Education job listings may be accessed by phone 24 hours a day at: (202) 401-0553. Their web site contains helpful job application information including open job announcements. They also post Department of Education Senior Executive Service Vacancy Announcements here.

A sampling of occupations employed for the DOE:

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Administrative Staff GS-0301
Administrative Officer GS-0341
Attorney - GS-0905
Auditor GS-0511
Budget Analyst GS-0560
Contract Specialist GS-1102
Research Analyst GS-1730
Information Technology  GS-2210 
Program Specialist GS-1720
Office Clerk/Assistant GS-0303
Paralegal GS-0950
Pgm Support Analyst GS-0303


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Department of the Interior DOI


The nation’s principal conservation agency employs 72,274 persons. The Department of the Interior has responsibility for most of our nationally owned public lands and natural resources. This includes fostering the wisest use of our land and water resources, protecting our fish and wildlife, preserving the environmental and cultural values of our national parks and historical places, and providing for the enjoyment of life through outdoor recreation.

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A sampling of occupations employed for the DOI:

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Admin Occupations - GS-0300
Environmental - GS-0028
Laborer WG-3502
Marine Biologist GS-0401
Recreational Planner GS-0023
Park Ranger GS-0025
Park Guide GS-0090
Police Officer GS-0083
Archeologist GS-0193
Maintenance Worker WG-4749
Museum Curator GS-1015
Veterinarian GS-0701
Wildlife Refuge Mgr. GS-0485



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Department of Agriculture (DOA) 


This department works to maintain and improve farm income and develop and expand markets abroad for agricultural products. Helps curb and cure poverty, hunger, and malnutrition. Enhances the environment and maintains production capacity through efforts to protect the soil, water, forests, and other natural resources.

Field meat and poultry inspector units are located throughout the country in hundreds of metropolitan areas. Employment opportunities exist at hundreds of locations that are administered from the central offices. Persons interested in employment in the Food Safety and Inspection Service should contact the USDA Office of Personnel, Washington, DC 20250. Phone (301) 504-9605, E-mail: Internet Web site:

A sampling of occupations employed for the DOA:

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Budget Analyst GS-0560
Criminal Investigator GS-1811
Food Inspector  GS-1863
Forester GS-0460
Information Technology  GS-2210 
Microbiologist GS-0403
Program Technician GS-1101
Safety Inspector GS-1862
Soil Conservation Tech GS-0458

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