Opportunities in Government Jobs
"I want every American looking for work to have the same opportunity...have one program, one website, and one place to go for all the information and help that they need. It is time to turn our unemployment system into a reemployment system that puts people to work." - President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address. - jobcenter.usa.gov --- Visit this website for job seeker resources. This government website brings together advice on career training, certification and licenses, financial aid, career exploration, networking and job search tips, job descriptions, resume preparation and a list of State, Federal and Veteran job banks.
Job search into Federal government jobs is similar to job search into private jobs. At http://www.USAJobs.gov, a candidate, who is a U.S. citizen, can search thousands of opportunities by job title, agency and location. When an applicant finds an announcement that interests him, he should first see if his qualifications match the job description. Next he should look at the section that defines how to apply. An application could be taken by mail, or electronically.
Job Descriptions and Application
Our government has jobs in every industry. Some advantages to working for the USA are great benefits, student loan repayment, great salary, and meaningful work. Note that there are three classifications of federal services: Competitive, Excepted and Senior. A new job seeker might find it easiest to start looking at excepted positions. These are jobs that are offered by Agencies that can set their own qualifications. Conversely, competitive service jobs are those whose pay and other criteria are set by U.S. code.
To sum up: You can apply to most Federal jobs at usajobs.gov. You can also look at our job board for military jobs and for opportunities with companies who own government contract work.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs has the most employment followed by the Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S.Department of the Treasury, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Navy.
- 39% of government workers are in the southern region of the country. More than 40% of people hired in 2003 by the U.S. Government were older than 35.
- Federal Government Jobs have GS codes. A GS-1 doesn't require a high school diploma. A GS-4 requires an Associate Degree, and a GS-5-7 requires a Bachelor's degree.
- To see more of the kinds of work you can do, visit the official USA Jobs video channel here.
- The categories with the most jobs are in order from highest to lowest: Clerks and Assistants, Information Technology Managers, Safety Technicians, Nurses, Management and Program Analysts, Secretaries, Criminal Investigators, and Attorneys.
- County job growth will be in public safety and health services. Most new jobs will be created in community and social services, health services, law enforcement and fire fighting and prevention workers.
- Demand by State and local government will be for managers in health and public safety services as these smaller governments are taking on more responsibility from the Federal govt. Departments that might have openings are most likely social, health and protection services. However, right now, hiring might be tight as tax roles have decreased and Medicaid costs have increased.
- Local governments employ more than two times as many workers as State governments.
- Benefits are more common among State and local government employees than among workers in the private sector.
- There are 3033 Government Counties .
- Service occupations such as police and sheriff's patrol officers, correctional officers and jailers, and fire fighters make up the largest share of employment in county governments. Some occupations are only found in county jobs such as tax examiners, urban planners and correctional officers.