Government Job Report - Most In-demand Federal Occupations (November 2010)
Chris McConnell | GovCentral
Government hiring trends continue to proceed along two diverging tracks as the federal government displays steady growth while local and state governments continue staff reductions as a result of tough budget conditions.
In the most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 352,000 Government job openings on the last business day of August 2010. The job opening rate overall increased slightly from 1.4 percent to 1.2 percent. The hires rate (1.3 percent) was unchanged, but the separations rate was little changed, decreasing slightly to 1.8 percent from 2.0 percent in July 2010.
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The job openings in August was an increase of 32,000 compared to July. While there was an increase in openings, the entire sector is fairly flat, as increased hiring by the federal government was offset by cutbacks at the state and local level.
As we noted last week, there are opportunities out there for job seekers, but competition will be fierce for current vacancies. If you are looking to move into a new career, heading back to school for an advanced degree from a University is a wise option.
Due the structure and administration of collecting tax revenues, state and local governments have had a delayed impact to the recession. The National Bureau of Economic Research designated the end of the recession in June 2009, but economic and fiscal hardship as continued for state and local governments as well as the private sector. Unable to run deficits, state and local governments must play a delicate game of choosing to reduce services and staff or raise revenue to balance their budgets.
The number of unemployed government workers in the most recent BLS survey is 1,089,000, which translates to 5.0 percent. This is the lowest unemployment rate for those industries surveyed. The unemployment rate has increased since September 2009, when it was 4.2 percent.
We combed through USAJOBS.gov, the official government portal for federal government job listings, to see which occupations have the largest number of current vacancies. Here is what we found:
The Most In-Demand Federal Jobs in November.
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- Accounting, Budget, and Finance – 775 openings
- Biological Sciences - 613 openings
- Business, Industry, and Procurement – 799 openings
- Engineering and Architecture – 1129 openings
- Management, Administration, Clerical, and Office Services – 1525 openings
- Medical, Dental, and Public Health - 3151 openings
- Physical Sciences – 322 openings
- Safety, Health, and Physical and Resource Protection – 276 openings
- Social Science, Psychology, and Welfare – 592 openings
- Trade and Labor – 502 openings
If you are looking for a place to start your government job search, these are the industries that have the highest demand for the skills and expertise that you have. It’s still a tough slog out there for many job seekers, but as a reader of GovCentral, we’re sure you have what it takes to start your career in public service.