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Ten Reasons to Consider a Federal Career

By The Partnership For Public Service

Not sure if a federal career is right for you? Take a look at these facts about federal jobs and see if you have some second thoughts!

You probably know something about jobs in the private and nonprofit sectors, but have you ever considered?

1. The Nation's Largest Employer is Hiring

  • Half of the nation's 1.8 million federal employees may be eligible to retire in the next 5 years- that's a lot of openings!
  • 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 accounting background to improve your environment, 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 Country and Around the World

  • Only 16 percent of government employees work in the Washington, DC vicinity.
  • Over 50,000 federal employees work abroad

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.
  • Pay 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.
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