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Federal Information Technology Careers

Federal Information Technology Careers

Jonathan Zuk / GovCentral Contributor

Information technology workers are in high demand at nearly every federal agency. Often times these professionals are required to specialize in IT sectors such as security, data management, or system assurance. Many federal IT professionals are also required to possess a security clearance.

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Qualifications and Salaries

Entry-level federal IT professionals usually start at the GS-5 level and possess either three years of private/private sector experience or a bachelor’s degree in a related field. These professionals often earn $33,000 per year.

Mid-level IT workers usually start at GS-7 grade, earning around $40,000 annually. These positions usually require applicants to have at least one-year of experience in a designated specialty.

Upper-level professionals start at the GS-9 level and must possess the specialization experience required for GS-7 positions as well as extensive experience with Java, Visual Basic, C ASP, SQL, XML, Apache, IIS, Windows, Unix, and Linux and familiarity with W3C and Federal standards. These professionals usually earn $50,000 per year.

Top Hiring Agencies

More than any other sector, most IT growth is spread evenly throughout the federal government. Consequently, the departments and agencies where demand for IT professionals is the greatest are also those that are seeing some of the highest rates of overall growth, such as the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense. The agencies currently recruiting the most IT professionals are the Veterans Health Administration,National Institutes of Health, and the Air Force Personnel Service.

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    over 3 years ago

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    over 3 years ago

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    mathsoft

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I have a B.S in Mathematics and a certified information systems specialist with over 20 years in IT. I have 12 years of Microsoft Windows experience. I also have 6 years of Open Source Packages such as Linux,Moodle,XAMPP,APACHE,PHP,MYSQL,WEBMIN.
    I have considerable network experience as I was able to host my web site successfully for two years using Linux and others. I have also built an E_learning school which has received favourable reviews world wide. I have coded PHP applications for over three years.
    My background in Pure and Applied Mathematics is close to graduate work. I have written written 6 manuscripts in Mathematics Competitions. I have been a veteran trainer for over 20 years in nearly every area of IT.

    Currently, I am seeking employment as a PHP developer/trainer, technical support or Linux Network Administrator. I will also be comfortable working with or teaching Mathematics.
    gregumu

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    moosejazz

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    The typical Information Technology position in the federal government is either a GS-11 under the Government Services at roughly $58,462 - $75,996 annual salary or YA-02 (which encompasses GS-07 to GS-12) at $57,146 - $85,578 annual with NSPS National Security Personnel System. The GS sllows you get a raise based on your performance in the pervious year and you receive a step increase; this includes the annual government increase. Where as the NSPS it base like the GS system but you get a raise of 1 to 5% raise on salary not including the federal annual government increase. So if your performance evaluator rates you a 4% raise in salary and the federal government’s annual increase is 2.9%, your total raise for the year would be 6.9%.

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    srwebdeveloper

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    To add to what Joatmon said, based on what I'm seeing on the federal jobs boards, I'd have to agree. Just trying to find an actual senior-programming job for a wage approaching the private sector is almost impossible. Let alone trying to find such a federal job that utilizes modern programming tools and languages like Microsoft's Visual Studio and C#.

    From my searching, what I find is that there are a huge number of jobs out there for people that don't actually design and write software, but who "support" applications development activities, and manage processes.

    Having said all of that, I have to disagree with Joatman on his statement that "true programming is best done by business that specialize in just that.". I would ask "Well just how do such businesses become good at 'true programming'"? Specialization isn't enough to make a business good at what it does. A software consultancy can s u c k just as bad as say "Walmart Programming & Systems". Good businesses are good by virtue of the talent they hire.

    If the federal government committed to acquiring expertise in systems development, and hired it's own top-notch developers, instead of paying huge sums of money to consultants, they could actually do their OWN "true programming", and do it as well, if not better than "businesses that specialize in just that".

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    mevans92

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    My resume illustrates my ability to a history of responsible positions. My experience has given me an intimate understanding of teamwork and achieving collective goals. It has also given me the opportunity to develop excellent interpersonal skills, which are vital to establishing and maintaining profitable professional relationships. I firmly believe that I will be an immediate as well as a long-term asset.

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    lioncourt1

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Well I'm not sure in what possition I could fit, but i have a MSc in Geo-informatics and I think there sould be a place in some Defense area for me. If some one knows something about it please let me know.
    Regards,
    MSc. Irvin T. Feliciano

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    nedi565

    about 6 years ago

    6 comments

    hmm i like the entry level i mean GS-5 because i have done my masters recently in MSC(E-commerce)

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    Account Removed

    about 6 years ago

    It's actually a cross between the IT people and the Security/AT people.

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    dchiarella

    almost 7 years ago

    4 comments

    The hottest thig in government IT is Cyber Security since 9/11. Every agency can use good computer people who can do it all. Life is proving everday what you do know and can produce and deliver whether you are contractor or govt. Make sure you have good PM skills for the higher paying jobs.

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    aogilmor

    almost 7 years ago

    4 comments

    Those are pretty sucky salaries even out in the boondocks and with benefits.

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    gbass1054

    about 7 years ago

    2 comments

    I retired from Computing Technologies, Inc which is a contracting company with the US Department of Transportation, which I was employed for 9 years. I am looking for data entry work to do from home for 4 to5 hours a day 5 days a week.

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    joatmon

    about 7 years ago

    96 comments

    Don't let the Federal IT world fool you. Most IT programming jobs are contracted out, so all the jazz about knowing Java, VB, ASP, SQL, XML, yada yada, is not as in depth as the private sector. The Government knows that true programming is best done by business that specialize in just that, so they stick to merely implementing the software, ensuring security, and maintenance. M2C

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