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7 Booming Federal Career Fields

7 Booming Federal Career Fields

Currin Berdine | Editor

Technicians (Non-Medical/Biological), Inspections & Construction

Construction and building inspectors examine buildings, highways and streets, sewer and water systems, dams, bridges, and other structures. They ensure that their construction, alteration, or repair complies with building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications. Building codes and standards are the primary means by which building construction is regulated in the United States for the health and safety of the general public.

Technicians use the principles and theories of science, engineering, and mathematics to solve technical problems in research and development, manufacturing, sales, construction, inspection, and maintenance. Others work in quality control, inspecting products and processes, conducting tests, or collecting data. In manufacturing, they may assist in product design, development, or production.

These careers also branch into installation, maintenance, and repair occupations. These workers repair or maintain various types of electrical, electronic, or mechanical equipment.

Many job opportunities are also growing in architecture, as this is a highly skilled but ultimately essential role in new building projects. The Economic Stimulus Package’s emphasis on public works and transportation projects has made the needed number of construction workers skyrocket.

Jobs: Compliance Inspection, Quality Assurance, Forestry Technician, Mechanic, Engineering Technician, Range Technician, Architect, Contract Specialists

Median Annual Salary

Engineering technicians earn an average salary of $43,920.

Construction and Inspection workers earn an average salary of $43,680.

Federally employed engineers who advanced to the GS-10 level earned salaries of between $48,159 – $60,199 (additional degree may be required).

Educational Requirements

Most technicians enter the occupation with at least an associate degree in engineering technology; while inspections and construction need at least an associate degree or relevant experience. Although it may be possible to qualify for certain technician, inspection or construction jobs without formal training, most employers prefer to hire someone with at least a 2-year associate degree in a technical or analytical field.

Other training in technical areas may be obtained in the Armed Forces. Many military technical training programs are highly regarded by employers. However, skills acquired in military programs are often narrowly focused and may be of limited applicability in civilian industry, which often requires broader training.

Career Tips

• In this article we are focusing on federal careers, but it is wise to note about 41% of inspectors work for local governments, primarily municipal or county building departments.

Don’t have a four year degree? Technical and construction careers are a well paying option.

The hottest area right now in this career field is Environmental and Green Jobs.

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