Career Services - Federal Jobs

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.

Helpful Links to Learn More and Get Started:
Create federal resumes and find a job at the federal government's job database
Interested in working for the White House?
A student-centered Web site with a wealth of information on opportunities in the federal government
Search an A-Z listing of federal agencies
A database of federal employment used to find out which agencies and federal jobs exist in your state
Using employee job satisfaction data from 221,000 civil servants, Best Places to Work is a publication that ranks 283 federal agencies and subcomponents

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