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5 Federal Careers Hiring at Record Pace

5 Federal Careers Hiring at Record Pace

Kyle Stone | Editor

Program Managers and Administrators

Administrators and Program Managers coordinate and direct the many support services that allow organizations to operate efficiently. Specifical examples of management duties include: payroll, administration, conference planning, data processing, printing and production, records management, telecommunications, security, and energy consumption.

Jobs: Program Manager, Analyst, Operations Manager, Public Administrator

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.

Educational Requirements

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.

Career Tips

• 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.

Related Information

Career Profile: Local government administrator


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    andretcummings

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I just recently got a goverment job as a Aerospace Engineer. I got lucky I guess. My experince with the goverment is this. If you want a goverment job, they are there to be had. The wheels of the goverment turn slow. From the time of initial application to the actuall interview to 3 months. Human resources have to go hrough all applications(sometimes thousands of them) to see who qualifies. Then they send out notices to the most qualified individuals. Next the schedule interviews after wich they select a candidate. Slow process, but it fair and it works. I am ex military and have been employed by uncle sam for 2 years now. The benefits are great and the job is stable with no layoffs. The time I acrue here with the Federal goverment actually ties in with my military time towards my retirement. Six years active duty plus 2 years Federal service, equals 8 years towards retirement. Good luck with your search. I have attached the web site to search for your job. http://www.usajobs.gov/

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    peteis

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I am currently a Contract Negotiator working for a state controlled institute of higher ed. I work primarily with Federal agencies and am very interested in working for the Federal Government. I have a Bachelor's degree and four years of experience. Should my background sound like a fit for your organization please contact me at peteis2001@yahoo.com.

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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

    almost 6 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

    almost 6 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

    almost 6 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

    almost 6 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

    almost 6 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

    almost 6 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

    almost 6 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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