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Where the Federal Jobs Are

A survey by the NY Times finds that the federal government has thousands of openings over the next two years in five highly-skilled fields. Those five areas are:

1. Security, Enforcement and Compliance Assistance (37,515 new hires) ­ This category includes inspectors, investigators (including criminal), compliance officers, police officers, security/prison guards and airport screeners.

2. Medical and Public Health (25,756 new hires) ­ This group includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, medical technicians and nursing assistants.

3. Engineering and Sciences (23,806 new hires) ­ This category includes professionals in engineering disciplines and biological sciences (microbiologists, botanists, foresters), physical sciences (physicists, chemists, astronomers) and veterinary medical science.

4. Program Management/Administrative (17,373 new hires) ­ This is a broad category which ranges from program managers and analysts who monitor program operations and effectiveness to administrative staff. Administrative support jobs account for a
minority of the jobs in this category.

5. Accounting, Budget and Business (12,959 new hires) ­ The Internal Revenue Service is driving growth in this category, as the agency continues to hire revenue agents and tax examiners as part of its efforts to step up enforcement.

The survey focused on the hiring needs of the 15 largest federal departments and nine independent agencies.

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