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5 Federal Careers Hiring at Record Pace

5 Federal Careers Hiring at Record Pace

Kyle Stone | Editor

Accounting and Business

Government accountants and auditors work in the public sector, maintaining and examining the records of government agencies and auditing private businesses and individuals whose activities are subject to government regulations or taxation.

Accountants employed by Federal, State, and local governments ensure that revenues are received and expenditures are made in accordance with laws and regulations.

Those employed by the Federal Government may work as Internal Revenue Service agents or in financial management, financial institution examination, or budget analysis and administration.

Specific job duties vary widely among the four major fields of accounting and auditing: public, management, government accounting, and internal auditing.

Jobs: Accountant, Revenue Agent, Tax Examiner, Economist, Business Analyst

Median Annual Salary

Most accountants and business analysts enter the Federal service as GS-9 employees, and receive a salary of $47,200.

Federal employees who advanced to the GS-13 level earned salaries of between $75,414 – $94,268 (additional degree may be required).

Educational Requirements

Most accounting and auditing positions for the Federal Government require 4 years of college or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Some employers prefer applicants with a master’s degree in accounting, or with a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

Career Tips

• Opportunities will be best for jobseekers who have a master’s degree, obtain certification or licensure or who are proficient in the use of accounting and auditing computer software.

• Strong growth of accountants and auditor jobs over the 2006-16 decade is expected to result from stricter accounting and auditing regulations, along with an expanding economy.

• Increased focus on and numbers of financial crimes such as embezzlement, bribery, and securities fraud will increase the demand for forensic accountants to detect illegal financial activity by individuals, companies, and organized crime rings.

• Accounting is one of the fastest growing state and local government jobs.

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    catalinol

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Of course there would be, I've applied for countless federal jobs and only once have I even gotten a response and that was only to tell me I was unqualified... I've got college, 8yrs of military experience, and veterans preference and still I cant seem to get anywhere with the system, I'm sure I'm not alone..

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    EWCMGS15

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Everyone, I retired from the Navy in 1987, I put together an SF-71 application for civil service employment. My application was full of errors and was not written to the position annoucement I was applying for. The application forms have changed now, they will even take a resume filled out in the individual agencies format on line. Please do not submit only one application. For each position you are interested in; tailor your application to that position. Read about the agency you want to work for and learn their terms and acronyms. Write in their language. I had to reinvent my application package and it worked, I landed a job with the Naval Air Systems Command and will finish my career in a year or two. I plan to start an on line job help program when I retire and hopefully help my fellow vets land some of uncle sugar's jobs. If I do it , I will not charge, it will be contributions only, but thats a few months from now. Do you think there would be a demand for this type of service?

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    AvgJoe

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Hi Folks!!! Former US Army MP and Federal Law Enforcement, spent the first 6 years out of the military trying to get that "Great Government Job" and then watched, as again and again, the opportunities never presented themselves. Ladies and gentlemen, you might want to consider finding something worthwhile and productive to do with your time and talents. Believe me, waiting enthusiastically for the Fed to come and rescue you with a "Great Federal Job" will give you an idea of how all those people waiting on the bridges and overpasses in New Orleans felt, 2 and 3 days after hurricane Katrina hit. Good luck, but you have a better chance in the "Real World" finding a "Real Job" if you have some "Real" and "Useful" abilities.

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    Cavscout18

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I just checked the I.E.A position for ICE on usajobs.gov. This is not an open announcement for the general public so beware that you may just be wasting your time applying. This is a status canidate position for CURRENT federal employees.

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    paholmes

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    22 year US Army veteran with an extensive background in healthcare and training. I have a MS degree in Healthcare Administration and a MA degree in Adult Education. With all of my experience and two masters degrees, I can't get on at a VA hospital. After numerous interviews, I keep getting the letter in the mail "qualified but not selected." Anyone else having the same results? email paulholmes41@hotmail.com

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    tlynn4me

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    15 year USAF Vet, 40% disabled, have tried 10yrs to get a GS position in the 6F0X1 AFSC (Financial Management) career field, live in Houston, Tx, tried several times with the VA here...they keep hiring from within. My disablity percentage has nothing to do with my ability to work successfully in an office environment. Would love to connect with someone who can help me with properly filling out job application on www.usajobs.gov...the KSA's throw for a loop;-) My e-mail addy is tlynn4me@hotmail.com

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    jr71x

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Hi, Jared, 30 yrs old 40% disabled but actually worse than that... 2 yr associate degree electronics/computer science, 4 yrs active 1st in oif/oef have a job helping the brain injured but I don't even make $10 an hr, the post office is @ a hiring freeze and I can't do much physical work anymore the army beat me down pretty bad... Employers will barely talk to me when I tell them I've been to war or that I'm disabled, can still move all body parts but have to be careful, both shoulders and knees are gone, I live in Iowa just need a job where I can pay my mortgage where I can still buy Christmas presents... If anyone knows anything I'd love some advice or even just someone to talk to now and then, who knows how hard it is... Happy Holidays... e-mail jr71x@hotmail.com

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    DACouture

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Next time impossible to land one of these jobs... I am seeing retiree's have difficulty getting in. Myself a Honorable 6 year and 11 month USAF Security Forces, OIF, OEF Vet with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice 3.53GPA out of 4.0 and still can't even get a call back. If you know the secret handshake let me know davidcoture@yahoo.com.

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    Rex79

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    It's tough indeed, I served 10 yrs active service and I believe I have an extensive background in emergency management, personnel security and communications. I have had ZERO luck getting a job with the federal gov't. I am stuck doing a job that I am not happy with waiting for the day to be employed with the gov't I gave 10 yrs with

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    comcard5

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a retired Navy (E-8) with 23 years of active service in the Navy. I am wanting to find a government job. Most of my carrer has been classified where I had a topsecret esi/siop cat 21 material clearance.

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    Leo123

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Can you google JROTC? If you can and you've been out of the service (any branch) less then three years, there may be a job for you. Not in the Federal system but in the public Education system. I got lucky, retired 1 Aug 06, hired on with a school 7 Aug 06.

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    coredawg

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    "Hello all. I retired from AF after nearly 23 years. Like many, I am trying to get into the federal system also. But for now, I was picked up by Jacobs Advanced Systems Group on an Army contract at Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah. I am performing construction project management duties. Jacobs ASG and its parent, Jacobs Sverdrup (www.jacobs.com) have jobs throughout the US and many around the world and are always looking in many disciplines. Give them a try; they are very Vet friendly. Good luck everyone. "

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    stanb5

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I am a former Marine of 8 years and 30 % disabled. I have a aviation background and currently work in the HVAC controls engineering community, is there a need for building automation in the government community?

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    stanb5

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I work in the HVAC controls community, is there a need for building automation in the government community?

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    mspencer3rd

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Positions for Immigration Enforcement Agent are now open until Jan 4th for TX/AZ/NM...

    Try this link: http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/getjob.asp?JobID=76567693&AVSDM=2008%2...=/agency_search.asp&SUBMIT1.x=110&SUBMIT1.y=13

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