The Federal Government’s essential duties include defending the United States from foreign aggression and terrorism, representing U.S. interests abroad, enforcing laws and regulations, and administering domestic programs and agencies. They also play a role in everything from weather forecasts, fresh groceries, highway and air travel, to even the workings at your bank. Federal Government employees play a vital role in these and many other aspects of our daily lives.
The Federal Government is run through three branches, created with equal powers but very different responsibilities that act to keep their powers in balance:
• The legislative branch forms and amends the legal structure of the Nation.
• The judicial branch is responsible for interpreting the laws that the legislative branch enacts
• The executive branch—connected to the office of the President—has the widest range of responsibilities. It employed 96% of all Federal civilian employees (excluding the Postal Service) in 2004.
$25,000 – $93,000
The educational level and experience needed by workers in State and local government varies by occupation. For most professional jobs, a college degree is required.
Jobs within the federal, state and local government levels, which have a projected growth of 4.8% (or 10.8 million to 11.3 million jobs opened by 2016.)