Peruse our guides to careers in government:
Starting salaries are, on average, comparable to those in the private sector, and many government
agencies have fixed scales to increase salaries by 150% within two or three years of satisfactory work.
Only 12% of federal jobs are in the DC area. There are federal employees in every US state
and territory, and more than 50,000 in other countries.
Just 54% of private-sector employees have some post-secondary education; 75% of public-sector
Thirty-one percent of the federal workforce will be eligible to retire by 2017, leading to
a large push to hire fresh graduates in coming years.
Federal jobs offer generous benefits, often exceeding those in the private sector. Most
federal employees are eligible for health, dental, vision,
and life insurance; flexible
spending accounts; long term care; pensions
and retirement savings plans; thirteen paid sick days per annum;
thirteen paid vacation days per annum (with an additional
seven days after three years of continuous employment); other types of paid
and unpaid leave; and, of course, paid federal