Careers with the Government: Trends and Overview

With over 400 occupational specialties and 1.7 million jobs, the Federal Government has more career opportunities than any other employer in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Despite what Hollywood would have you believe, most government jobs have nothing to do with packing a pistol, negotiating with terrorist or swooping off to exotic tropical locals for a bit of espionage. No, in fact government work is often eerily similar to the private sector and the career options under the United States umbrella are just about the same – except with better benefits.

In 2011 more than 50,000 full-time, entry-level federal jobs become available, according to the not-for-profit group Partnership for Public Service.  And the vast majority of those were not located in Washington, D.C.