Saturday, June 18, 2011

Where the (Federal Government) Jobs Are

It's no secret that the federal government is one of the few organizations that has been able to maintain hiring throughout the recession. It's even less of a secret that it's the nation's number one employer, providing paychecks to around 1.9 million people. Less easy to come by, however, is reliable information on what it's like to work for the different agencies, which of them are hiring, or, indeed, what some of them even do. Fortunately, there is an answer: Where the Jobs Are, a site provided by the Partnership for Public Service that surveys some 35 federal agencies on their hiring needs over the next five years. All of the participants are in the executive branch, with the exception of the Government Accountability Office, which is a congressional entity.

The most headline-grabbing piece of information the site has to offer is that some "273,000 mission-critical employment opportunities…will be available in the federal government from October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2012."
Here are a few more headline-grabbing figures from the site:

·     More than 54,000 of the projected hires are in medical and public health positions
·     Jobs in security and protection (including everything from park rangers to intelligence analysis) are expected to grow by over 52,000 positions
·     More than 31,000 jobs will be created in compliance and enforcement
·     The site estimates that 23,596 of the new hires will be in legal fields—from attorneys to passport/visa examiners
·     Some 17, 287 hires are projected in administration/program management

Faced with that many openings, it may be difficult to know where to begin even looking for a position. That, however, is exactly why the site exists. In its own words, the site works as follows:

"To better inform potential job applicants about available opportunities, Where the Jobs Are summarizes the occupational categories where hiring will occur, identifies the hiring agencies, and projects the number of jobs to be filled in each category. In addition, each agency is profiled with information on its mission, employee demographics, hiring priorities and recruitment programs, employment and retention incentives. The “For Job Seekers” section also provides general information and resources to help potential candidates search for federal careers."

It seems pretty clear, then: if you're looking for information on a position you've seen advertized, or are keen to know more about life on the federal payroll, Where the Jobs Are may well be a good place to start gathering the information you need to take your next career step.


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