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5 Federal Careers Hiring at Record Pace

5 Federal Careers Hiring at Record Pace

Kyle Stone | Editor

Engineering and Sciences

Engineering 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. Although many workers who repair or maintain various types of electrical, electronic, or mechanical equipment are called technicians, these workers are covered in the Handbook section on installation, maintenance, and repair occupations.

Jobs: Engineer, Biologist, Physicist, Chemist, Astronomer, Aerospace Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Civil Engineer, Computer Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Industrial Engineer, Instrumentation Engineer, Logistics Engineer, Maintainability Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Materials Engineer, Mining Engineer, Optical Engineer, Ordnance Engineer, Packaging Engineer, Photographic Engineer, Pollution-Control Engineer, Reliability Engineer, Software Engineer.

Median Annual Salary

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

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 engineers enter the occupation with an associate degree in engineering technology. Although it may be possible to qualify for certain engineering technician jobs without formal training, most employers prefer to hire someone with at least a 2-year associate degree in an engineering or science 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

• Opportunities will be best for individuals with an associate degree or extensive job training in engineering.

• Environmental engineering technicians are expected to have 25 percent employment growth between 2006 and 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations.

• Engineers who work in an aerospace related field generally receive higher pay than other types of engineers.

Related Information

Federal Jobs in Engineering


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    523762893

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    I'm a retired vet with 20% disability and a college degree, where do I apply?

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    brianyeakley

    over 5 years ago

    12 comments

    It is refreshing to hear some potentially good information about the state of employment opportunities.

    Brian Yeakley

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    SandraLMJ

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Where do I go to apply.

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    NWMiller

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Please advise how I can apply? Cannot bring up form.

    Natalie Miller
    Home: 847/432-5216
    Cell: 847/687-7206
    stunat@Ameritech.net

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    lafayette

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    about 16 days ago Kwongm posted a comment critisizing writers for providing their qualifications. Kwongm, the comment that you got right was that you don't understand . . . blankity blank. And you didn't discuss any job opportunities in your comment. Incidentally, Cricket is hiring.

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    sunspring

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    (I'm not a veteran) I had read in a career book that the way to get on with the govt is to start at the bottom and eventually you'll make your way through to a better position -- this seems to concur with some of your remarks here that many job posts are filled by insiders. If you're young, that's probably a good strategy, because you start building the career, the benefits and hopefully some upper echelon approval that will get you where you want to be. Maybe you can get some tuition assistance also and develop a bunch of "alphabets" to attach to your resume. (certifications, degrees etc). Also, there are some resources to help you in the library and on amazon - books; and on the internet, blogs where some ideas might work for you. Good luck and keep on trying - try different strategies. Work on your personal network too - for some kinds of jobs, it does help. For some, it doesn't.
    If you're over the hill like me (!) best way to go is probably to search the DOD contractors and suppliers etc. They also have the fed monies and pressure to provide the appropriate services - they may highly value your experience. They look for US based people as well as foreign land based folks.

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    kwongm

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    I don't understand why so many people keep posting their resumes and qualifications on this site. It's not a job application, simply a site with articles discussing current job opportunities (not particular positions, mind you).

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    lafayette

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    I wonder if prospective employers read these comments and hire the writers. If so, here are my comments. I retired early from federal government employment and presently I live on $442.00 monthly with a disabled daughter. I have medical conditions that SSA will not determine to be disabling. My background includes almost 25 years of civil rights investigation work. I would love to resume civil rights work as a conciliator, mediator or investigator if possible. Honestly, any meaningful employment offer would be appreciated. Feel free to contact me directly at P. O. Box 171965 KCKS 66117. (816) 547-9547 Thank you. LXL

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    sakthivel23

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Hi my name is sakthivel i like to serve my country technically im a Msc graduate ..... seking for a good job in programming ... and im a computer expert ...... like to work as software engineer pls find a suitable job for me .....

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    minerb

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I am seventy yers old, I stay at home to care for my disabled husband, Had worked in retail until Oct of 2008. Would like a job working with seniors as I can relate to all their needs, Which there are quite a few!

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    56789

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I too am faustrated. I am a military spouse with a BS degree. We have moved three times in six years and I've had to give up my career ever time. It is so hard find a job in the government. The help you do get as a spouse is help with your resume. I am quite capable of doing that myself and then you are told to keep sending you resume out. I'm not asking for a free inside but just the chance to be interviewed. It seems that you have to already work for the government or know someone inside. Doesn't matter that I'm supporting my soldier husband and giving up my career with every move. I'm not bitter because I do so with love, but can I get some love back with getting a job.

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    grumpus1

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I managed to get a job in my field at a Naval Hospital. The app and KSAs took a great deal of work, but the interview was easy, and I got the job. What a freakin' nightmare! I quit a job I loved to work at the Naval Hospital, and ended up being fired/quitting within three months. My boss specialized in career enhancement (hers) by beating down her staff. I found out that I was one in a long line of unfortunates who had been hired by her, only to be abused and then discarded. The woman before me cried at her desk every day because of the dept. head. My point is that gov't jobs sound great - good benefits, decent salaries, an opportunity to serve - but there's way too much CYAing, old boy networking, backstabbing, archaic management styles, and lack of mission orientation. Tenured employees only want to keep their jobs, and they are happy to throw coworkers under the bus if it'll help them stay in their position. It seemed to me that we were there less to serve the sailors and their families and more to work the system for our own personal benefit. Yuck! I recommend that vets look to the civilian sector for employment. It's very different than the military, but in the right environment, some of the best aspects of military service - teamwork, camaraderie, being mission driven, doing important work - can be experienced.

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    SSHERRA1

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Well I lost my job in June as a Financial Treasurer Secretary and Machine Operator/Mechanic and have been having a tough time, I don’t have a degree, but the spirit is up and will is strong so perhaps, someone, somewhere will ask me to show them what I know and that I don’t give up.

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    haagpj

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I've got four years USMC infantry service with honorable discharge, 10%disabled, BS (3.7 our of 4.0), two years service in US Peace Corps (Guatemala), and close to 8 years working in research and development (Large Animal Toxicology). While presently employed, I'm looking to change career directions. I'm capable of doing just about anything and willing to relocate and/or travel as part of the job. Any suggestions or feedback?

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    gcha123

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I gave up on seeking federal employment. Seems you need to work the good ole boy system and know someone to get in. I have submitted countless applications for many different positions with only one interview in 8 years. That interview was the worst. I went in waited only to be told that the interviewer was not in that day, although I had an appointment. Well, I was given a paper with questions on it and had to record my response on a very cheap recorder. I had no chance so see the interviewers facial expressions, etc. It SUCKED and I thought very unfair. I now work for a very good armor vehicle vendor and much better pay that govt. job and the satisfaction of knowing I contribute to the safety of our boys is more than any govt. job could give. GS no thank you.
    MSG/E-8 US Army Retired.

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