Federal Employment | Federal Government Careers
There are three
branches of government; legislative, executive and judicial. The
executive branch alone includes fifteen cabinet departments with over
63 independent agencies. These departments and agencies
have offices in all corners of the world. Larger agencies hire a broad
spectrum of occupations, professional and blue collar.
If you desire to travel,
government careers offer abundant opportunities
to relocate within the 50 states and throughout the world. There are
thousands of overseas employment opportunities.
Twelve federal agencies and departments offer federal careers abroad for over
The Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia metropolitan area has the largest number of federal workers,
356,545, and Delaware
the least with 3,270 workers. All of the 315 Metropolitan Statistical Areas
(MSAs) in the U.S. and Puerto Rico have federal civilian employees. Small towns
and rural areas outside of MSAs employ 18 percent of total non-Postal federal
workers. The actual number of federal civilian employees is greater than the
above figures. The Defense Intelligence Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, and
the National Security Agency do not release this data.
This site provides consolidated federal, state, and private sector job
listings to help you compare opportunities in your area. Special
for the disabled, veterans, and
students are described in detail. Consolidated
government job listings are provided and we link you to over 140
federal agency recruiting sites. Use these resources
in conjunction with The Book of U.S. Government
Jobs to land a high paying government job. If you are considering federal employment use the links below to find great opportunities.
|Tremendous government job
opportunities are available for those who know how to tap this
lucrative job market. All government hiring is based on performance
and qualifications regardless of your sex, race, color, creed,
religion, disability, or national origin. Where else can you apply
for a high paying entry-level job that offers employment at
thousands of locations internationally, excellent career advancement
opportunities, plus careers in hundreds of occupations?
Consider the numbers. Uncle Sam employs over 2,850,280 workers (including the
Postal Service) and hires
hundreds of thousands of new employees each year to replace workers that
transfer to other federal employment areas, retire, or stop working for other
reasons. Average annual salary of all full-time employees was $81,258 in 2010. The U.S Government is the largest employer in the United
States, hiring 2 percent of the nation’s civilian work force. You need to know
how to take advantage of the federal hiring system and recent changes to
successfully land the government job you want.
The Book of U.S. Government Jobs along with this web site provides this
information and includes an easy to use Job Hunter's
Checklist to help you through the process.
The federal government affects the lives of Americans everywhere. It defends
Americans from foreign aggressors, represents American interests abroad,
provides important public services, creates and enforces laws, and administers
social programs. Americans are often unaware of government's influence when they
watch a daily weather forecast, purchase fresh and uncontaminated groceries,
travel on highways or by aircraft, or make a deposit in a bank. Workers employed
by the Federal Government play a vital role in these and many other facets of
American life. Federal careers are truly for those seeking to make a difference in our country
The Constitution of the United States divides the Federal Government into the
legislative, judicial, and executive branches. The executive is by far the
largest of the branches, but each is equally vital in running the country.
Appendix C of The Book of U.S. Government Jobs
provides detailed information for all branches of government including internet
web site addresses, personnel office phone numbers, agency description, and the
largest occupations for that office. The completely updated 11th edition
describes career opportunities in civilian jobs of the Federal Government
including career opportunities in the U.S. Postal Service (an independent agency
of the Federal Government).
Almost every working condition found in the private sector can also be found
in the federal government. Most white-collar employees work in office buildings,
hospitals, or laboratories, while blue-collar employees generally work in
factories, warehouses, shipyards, air bases, or construction sites. Others spend
much of their time outdoors, such as those employed in national parks and
forests. Work environments can range from very controlled and relatively relaxed
environments, while other environments are quite hazardous and stressful - such
as those of law enforcement officers, astronauts, or air traffic controllers.
Many federal workers' duties require travel away from their duty station to
attend meetings, complete training, or perform inspections while others - such
as auditors, instructors, field engineering crews, and safety investigators -
may require extensive travel for weeks or months at a time. Some employees are
on continuous travel and receive lump sum payments to cover travel costs.
Alternative work schedules are available to many workers through negotiated
union contracts that permit flextime or compressed work schedules. Some agencies
are experimenting with flexiplace or telecommuting which allow workers to
perform some job duties at home and many larger federal workplaces now offer
child care facilities for parents who chose a government career.
Over sixty percent of all agencies recently surveyed have some form of
Quality of Work Life (QWL) or Employee Involvement (EI) program implemented
throughout their workforce. These programs encourage employee participation at
all levels to improve overall efficiency, productivity, and working conditions.
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