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10 Government Careers That Earn $70K+

Chris McConnell | GovCentral


The Federal government is looking to fill 273,000 mission critical positions in the next three years. Why wait that long? GovCentral analyzed the 10 areas projected to see the largest growth and hand-picked current openings that all earn over $70,000.

Special thanks to the Partnership for Public Service and their recent publication Where the Jobs Are report for help in providing information for this project.

The list of 10 Government Industry’s Projected to see the largest growth in the next three years:

  1. Medical and Public Health – 54,114 Projected
  2. Security and Protection – 52,007 Projected
  3. Compliance and Enforcement – 31,276 Projected
  4. Legal – 23,596 Projected
  5. Administration/Program Management – 17,287 Projected
  6. Accounting and Budget – 16,664 Projected
  7. Information Technology – 11,549 Projected
  8. Business and Industry – 10,765 Projected
  9. Engineering – 10,642 Projected
  10. Transportation – 10,560 Projected

Read on to find out positions that are open today.

First Industry: Medical and Public Health >>


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    mftnes49

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    mftnes49 I also have been applying for government jobs for the past year and still have not received any calls, like you I am a 21 year Vet and feel that our government is full of individuals that are only out to grease their own pockets and have turned their backs on the people of this country, the ones who have fought and died to keep them free so they can steal from the poor and middle class to make themselves rich.

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    jsw1970

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I have been applying for government jobs for the past 10 months and I have yet to get the first phone call! I have lost faith in our government and their ability to deliver the truth to the public. I have a masters degree and many years of useful experience which apparently is worthless to our government . I am also a veteran with 22 years service to my country in the USAF. I thought the president said he was going to be hiring veterans?

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    ebruner

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    A positive attitude definitely helps. I know it's hard to be positive when the chips have been down for a while. I believe employers want people that are going to be outgoing and friendly because someone that's down will often bring others down with him, which decreases productivity and increases stress. I was hired into a good job where I was competing against 400+ other applicants for 3 positions. We were told before our interviews that we wouldn't know our results for 2-3 weeks. I was hired on the spot! I was told it was because of my attitude and obvious desire for the position and not just a paycheck. I'd been out of work for 6 months (it was during the 1981-2 recession, mortgage rates were at 17.5%) , had only a high school education, and a few years of prior military service. I stayed in that line of work and now make about $100K a year. BTW, it is an almost recession proof blue-collar job.

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    gman75

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    It sounds like to me a bunch of ignorant individuals who are jealous of people who can get a job somewhere other than Wal-Mart or McDonalds

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    cbbonz

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    How nice....... the "gub'munt" piss'n away more money that's NOT even theirs' 273.000 more times. If those IDIOTS in the District of Columbia would put to practice what they claim will "work" for everyone else (yes, us plebes) by spending ONLY what they "take" in...... We would NOT be in such a predicament !!!
    Plus, directly opposing the Constitution of the united States of America, they have a private corporation; owned mostly by "foreigners" by the way, print "money" by the Ton like it's free....... and We, the People get stuck with the bill !!!
    Doesn't anyone really care anymore that Our country has been taken hostage..... merely for personal gain and power by those who are by Law.......supposed to be Our Servants ?!?!?!
    Good grief............

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    BlackSeranna

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Amen Blessing2U! You said everything I didn't. Flexibility especially.

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    BlackSeranna

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    @Butgrace I'm not even sure if it is class so much as who you know. Well, okay, if it's a "who you know" situation, then people who are alike in personality will stick together. Sometimes some people can cross class lines if they are very charismatic. I find by observing the neighborhood kids and my own children that the ones who reach out the most and socialize do the best in grabbing resources (i.e., a friend of a friend can land you a job; can get you a ride to school; will lend you clothes for a date). I never would have believed it as I grew up not socializing much, and I was quite independent. But I tell you, social skills can be matched with Sun Tsu's Art Of War and how to win a war: Grab allies. Keep positive, you'll get there!

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    Blessing2U

    over 4 years ago

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    I agree with Butgrace. Everyone has encountered different experiences from scrutinized hiring qualifications to promotions and layoffs. I am a 40 year old black female with 10+ years of PM experience in various industries. I experienced 4 layoffs since 2001, with 3-4 months of unemployment in between. I share the same hard working ethic as many of you. Since 2001, I have gained a lot of experience stretching my capabilities and knowledge in positions paying $87-$100K within the DC metro area. I do not have a college degree, which I’m pursuing. However, I have industry certifications, which I find are very important now. A degree would open more doors or reduce competition, but it does not mean a person is competent or a high performer. Even a clearance does not help much, unless it is a Top Secret clearance! The scrutiny and or politics is something none of us will really know or can control. Most importantly, it is 1) who you know (which rarely helped me). 2) A butt-kicking "accomplishment-focused" resume posted on popular job boards. 3) Flexibility to broaden your area of expertise, industry or work location. 4) Take free professional training offered through your unemployment benefits (which I learned about too late). After you have done all you can, pray and allow God to handle the rest! After all, you woke up in the U.S. and not in Haiti this morning.

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    phoenix12100

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Our economic environment is a bit nasty right now and I'm sure we can attribute it to numerous factors: race, gender, class, age bias, et al. Bigotry and prejudice are built into our genetic code, it's how humans behave. The behavior is never more pervasive as in a time of crisis, fear and uncertainty. Least we not forget greed. Why should employers increase their workforce when everything is going there way, salaries and wages are stagnant, productivity is high and payroll is low. Seems we have outsmarted ourselves. Our service based economy and the resultant base of knowledge workers (Techs MBAs, PhDs ) now have the last laugh!

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    Butgrace

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    @DocNeeezy and kgonor - I disagree with you both. I am a almost 40 black female and have been looking for a job since 2008! There are other African Americans and whites who I have met in the same situation. It is hard for everyone. I am highly educated and competent than the people who I compete with. I use to get so angry when I see incompetent colleagues get promoted because they went to the same ivy league school or their parents socialzed together. I do not believe race plays a part but class and who you know.

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    DocNeeezy

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Join the rest of americans who have been qualified for jobs for DECADES and wouldn't get hired. Only difference is you are white.

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    klgonor

    over 4 years ago

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    Great! This is just another bogus claim by the current government that is so full of lies and deceitful tactics . I am highly educated, have run several companies or groups, one a $5.4 Billion division of a $20 Billion Company but can't find a job because I am over 50, white and not a woman. I am also a disabled VET but that doesn't matter to anyone! I have been looking for a job over a year! Have had many interviews but no offers. The most common comments regarding why I didn't get an offer are " you made too much money in the past" or "we don't really think you can go from a CEO to a salesperson and be effective" yet I don't care about Title or Salary and I make that clear. Go to www.klgma.web.officelive.com/ to see credentials. THIS NATION IS IN A CRISIS A MOVING BACKWARDS QUICKLY! I have a BROAD background; Education, Sales, Marketing, Procurement, Manufacturing, Operations, Logistics are just a few areas I am qualified for.

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    robertharris7

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Danny, look at your post; you should not call ANYONE uneducated. My 10 year old son has better writing skills. Before you talk about other people, please take a good look at yourself.

    Robert Harris, MHS

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    Danny054

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    If more folks would pay their bills throught the mail,the post office would not be in the trouble it is in,but most people don't care about our jobs,their all for themselves,i do not pay my bills over computer,you never know really where your personel info is going? And post office now hires uneducated people and foreigners.that why po is going to dogs????

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    sjnorth

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    The word "the" is not spelled correctly in the first paragraph.

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