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Top 10 Reasons to Consider a Federal Career

1. The Nation's Largest Employer is Hiring!

  • Half of the nation's 1.8 million employees may be eligible to retire in the next 5 years.
  • Unlike some other employers, the federal government will never go out of business. It will always need good people to protect the interests of American citizens.

2. There's a Job for Every Interest

  • There are federal jobs suited to every interest and skill, from architecture to zoology.
  • You can combine your skills with your interests - for example, use your engineering degree to improve airport security or your biology degree to conduct cutting-edge medical research.

3. You Can Make a Difference

  • The work that government employees do has an impact on the life of every American.
  • You can play a vital role in addressing pressing issues from homelessness to homeland security.

4. The Federal Government Can Help Pay for School

  • Federal agencies may help you pay back your student loans if you work there for a certain length of time.
  • Pursue a graduate degree, and your employing agency may just pick up the tab!

5. You Can Advance Quickly

  • Federal agencies offer excellent training and development opportunities, and training can begin your first day on the job.
  • There are a number of "fast track" possibilities for advancement within your field.

6. There are Federal Jobs Around the Corner, the Country...and Around the World

  • Over 16 percent of federal employees work in the Midwest.
  • Only 16 percent of government employees work in the Washington, DC vicinity.

7. The Federal Government Values Diversity

  • The federal government has steadily increased the diversity of its workforce.
  • Federal agencies actively encourage minorities and individuals with disabilities to consider government service through a variety of internship and fellowship programs.

8. Federal Jobs Pay Better Than You Think

  • Average government salaries are competitive for most professions.
  • Can increase pretty quickly¬† for top candidates with strong education and experience.

9. Flexible Work Schedules and Benefits Encourage Work-Life Balance

  • Flexible work schedules are a major upside for those with busy schedules.
  • Federal benefits, including health insurance, retirement and vacation, are extremely competitive with the private sector.

10. The Federal Government Is a Career Builder

  • Advance your career by developing highly marketable skills.
  • Utilize your federal experiences as a building block for an exciting and diverse career.

Career Services
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