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25 Highest Annual Salaries in Government

25 Highest Annual Salaries in Government

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Kyle Stone | Associate Editor, GovCentral (Source: OPM)

21) Nurse – $65,345

Departments with High Demand:
Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of the Army

Projected Growth: 23%

Employees Needed: 587,000

Education Level: The three major educational paths to registered nursing are a bachelor’s degree, an associate degree, and a diploma from an approved nursing program.

Internship Opportunities:
The Department of Labor offers a OSHA Graduate Nurse Internship Program.

[Search for Nursing Jobs by GS Series Number: 0610]

22) Technical Engineer – $63,951

Departments with High Demand:
Department of the Army
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Transportation

Projected Growth: 7%

Employees Needed: 34,000

Education Level: Although it may be possible to qualify for certain engineering technician jobs without formal training, most employers prefer to hire someone with at least a 2-year associate degree in engineering technology.

Internship Opportunities:
The City of Cincinnati offers a Senior Engineer/Engineer Intern position.

[Search for Technical Engineering Jobs by GS Series Number: 0802]

23) Border Patrol Agent – $63,550

Departments with High Demand:
Department of Homeland Security

Projected Growth: 9%

Employees Needed: 8,500

Education Level: Many agencies pay all or part of the tuition for officers to work toward degrees in criminal justice, police science, administration of justice, or public administration and pay higher salaries to those who earn such a degree.

Internship Opportunities:
The Federal Career Intern Program offers a FAQ on Border Patrol Agent positions.

[Search for Border Patrol Agent Jobs by GS Series Number: 1896]

24) Medical Technician- $59,840

Departments with High Demand:
Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of the Army
Department of the Air Force

Projected Growth: 12%

Employees Needed: 33,000

Education Level: Most medical technicians need an associate degree or a certificate in applied science or science-related technology

Internship Opportunities:
The Central Intelligence Agency offers a Medical Internship Program.

[Search for Medical Technician Jobs by GS Series Number: 0650]

25) Customs Inspector – $59,248

Departments with High Demand:
Department of Homeland Security

Projected Growth: 7%

Employees Needed: 1,100

Education Level: Applicants with college training in homeland security or military police experience will have the best opportunities.

Internship Opportunities:
The U.S. Customs Service offers a National Intern Program.

[Search for Customs Inspection Jobs by GS Series Number: 1890]

Source: Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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