7 Booming Federal Career Fields
Currin Berdine | Editor
Program Managers, Administrators, & Office Support
Administrators and Program Managers coordinate and direct the many support services that allow organizations to operate efficiently. Specific examples of management duties include: payroll, administration, conference planning, data processing, printing and production, records management, telecommunications, security, and energy consumption.
Office support teams also include Human Resources careers.
Median Annual Salary
In 2006, the median annual earnings for program managers and administrators were $67,690. Median earnings for employees of State and Local departments were $68,410.
Some agencies require occupational health and safety specialists to have a bachelor’s degree in occupational health, safety, or a related field, such as engineering, biology, or chemistry. For some positions, a master’s degree in industrial hygiene or a related subject is required. There also are associate degree and 1-year certificate programs, which primarily are intended for technicians.
• Applicants will face keen competition for the limited number of top-level management jobs; competition should be less severe for lower-level management jobs.
• Employment of program managers and administrators is expected to increase 12 percent by 2016.
Career Profile: Local government administrator