25 Highest Annual Salaries in Government
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6) Computer Scientist – $90,929
• Computer scientists work as theorists, researchers, or inventors. Their jobs are distinguished by the higher level of theoretical expertise and innovation they apply to complex problems and the creation or application of new technology.
• With the Internet and electronic business generating large volumes of data, there is a growing need to be able to store, manage, and extract data effectively. Database administrators work with database management systems software and determine ways to organize and store data.
Projected Growth: 37%
Employees Needed: 200,000
The National Security Agency offers a Summer Internship Program.
7) Chemist – $89,954
• New chemists at all levels may experience competition for jobs, particularly in declining chemical manufacturing industries; graduates with a master’s degree, and particularly those with a Ph.D., will enjoy better opportunities at larger pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms.
• The use of computers to analyze complex data has allowed chemists and materials scientists to practice combinatorial chemistry.
Projected Growth: 8%
Employees Needed: 8,500
Average Education Level:
The Seaborg Institute in the Chemistry, Materials, Earth, and Life Sciences Directorate (CMELS) offers a Summer Internship Opportunity.
8) Criminal Investigator – $88,174
• Work hours are often irregular, and the work can be dangerous.
• Applicants typically have related experience in areas such as law enforcement, insurance, the military, or government investigative or intelligence jobs.
Projected Growth: 18%
Employees Needed: 9,400
The State of Maryland offers a Criminal Justice Internship Program.
9) Microbiologist – $87,206
• Most microbiologists specialize in environmental, food, agricultural, or industrial microbiology; virology (the study of viruses); immunology (the study of mechanisms that fight infections); or bioinformatics (the use of computers to handle or characterize biological information, usually at the molecular level).
Projected Growth: 9%
Employees Needed: 8,000
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The US National Arboretum offers a 6 Month Internship Program.
10) Architect – $85,690
• Licensing requirements include a professional degree in architecture, at least 3 years of practical work training, and passing all divisions of the Architect Registration Examination.
• Besides employment growth, additional job openings will arise from the need to replace the many architects who are nearing retirement
Projected Growth: 18%
Employees Needed: 23,000
Education Level: In most States, the professional degree in architecture must be from one of the 114 schools of architecture that have degree programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.
The Port Authority offers a Architecture Internship Program.