Opportunities

There is one nationwide employer that will continue to annually fill hundreds of thousands of high-paying, secure, dynamic jobs. Who is this employer? The federal government. Annually, the government will hire more than 200,000 new employees throughout the United States, including tens of thousands of interns and recent graduates.

The massive federal hiring wave will continue in spite of the ongoing national recession.

What’s more, U.S News & World Report described government jobs as a terrific deal and included “government manager” on its list of best careers—and that was even before various factors converged to make federal jobs particularly hot, hot properties. These factors include:

  • A hiring wave in the federal government—the nation’s largest employer—generated by record numbers of retiring Babyboomers.
  • Spiking unemployment rates in the private sector, which have increased the appeal of secure federal jobs. (Feds are rarely laid off and rarely fired.)
  • Increased appreciation for public service, which began after 9/11.

-Excerpt by Lily Whiteman, courtesy of jobweb.com

Useful Links:

Federal Government, Excluding Postal Service - Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics describing the nature of the industry, related occupations, as well as working conditions and outlook information.

US Department of State - Provides information on careers and internships in foreign affairs - and introduces you to Cal's Diplomat-in-Residence, who is available on campus to help you explore your opportunities.

Federal Jobs by College Major - Federal jobs that are often filled by college graduates with appropriate academic majors.

USAJobs - Pathways for Students: Recent Graduates to Federal Careers

Federal Government's Official Web Portal - Contains links to the home pages of departments, agencies, boards and commissions, and quasi-official agencies. Also provides an organizational directory of the federal government.

White House - Official page of the White House.