Daily Career Advice

Where to Find Government Jobs
By Harrison Barnes
When I say I’m excited about government jobs, I mean it. They’re better than many other jobs this day and age and often provide good benefits, pensions, and to some extent, employment security. In most cases, you’ll be in good shape on many levels if you can get a government job.

There is tremendous competition for these jobs, in many cases. I worked in the Justice Department at one time, and to get a job there was incredibly difficult. Often, they received hundreds, if not thousands of applications for just one spot. Thankfully, there are a lot of government jobs out there. And they’re much easier to find than you might believe. However, most people don’t know how to find these jobs.

I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about finding federal government jobs, state government jobs, and finally, county and city jobs.

Searching for government jobs is a very complex process and involves looking through literally hundreds of different government agencies, departments, and other government websites. A good consolidator of all of these government jobs is GovernmentCrossing.com. I highly recommend using GovernmentCrossing if you want to save yourself a lot of time and frustration in your job search.

Another great source of government jobs that can save you time is Granted.com. Whether it’s city, county, state, or federal government jobs you’re looking for, Granted offers free access to job seekers to thousands of jobs in a variety of categories and industries, government being one of them.

Federal Government Jobs


The most common website for finding federal government jobs is usajobs.gov. You can find job openings with all of the major branches of the government, apply online, and see what the salary range is for each position.

The site USAJobs.gov is run and operated by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. They have a pretty good website, which I recommend reviewing. You can find it here:

This is a good resource because it contains a lot of information and answers numerous questions you might have regarding federal government jobs.

Ideally, USAJobs.gov would list every job from every government agency, but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes jobs are missing, which means if you are interested in a particular agency, you should look at that agency’s site directly. Because USAJobs.gov has so many positions, you might think they have every single opening listed. But that’s not true. And that’s why it is so important when looking for government work that you use other sources. Just think of all the people who don’t know this and miss out on good jobs every year because they’re not looking searching broadly enough. Don’t let that happen to you.

Besides just standard job openings, you can also see job opportunities in the federal government for students, internships, as well as other opportunities for getting involved and getting your foot in the door. You can find all of this on USAJobs.gov.


If you aren’t familiar with the different agencies of the government, you may not know where you’d like to work. FedWorld.gov has tons of links to the different branches and agencies. I recommend visiting this link for a comprehensive listing of the agencies: http://www.fedworld.gov/govlinks.html

If you are taking your employment search seriously, it is important that you visit the website of each federal agency. Many of the agencies will not list their jobs on USAJobs.gov, so it is extremely important that you visit each agency independently to get this information. FedWorld.gov is a good place to start when visiting various agencies for jobs.

Some of the more famous agencies where you might like to work include the CIA, the Department of Homeland Security, or the Peace Corps. These can be hard jobs to get, but don’t be afraid to apply. At the same time, you should consider some of the less flashy organizations, like the African Development Foundation, National Labor Relations Board, or FDIC.

I have provided the following list of alternative sites for you to research that are all very good:

Employment with Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security offers a variety of job opportunities where you would be responsible for preserving the country’s security. As an employee, you may play a role in law enforcement, disaster response, cybersecurity, immigration, and numerous other vital aspects of national security. The URL of the Department of Homeland Security’s job site is http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/careers. This is a good site with lots of jobs.


Military Jobs

Career opportunities in the military are virtually limitless. You can get the sort of hands-on training you need to explore careers in aviation, accounting, education, medicine, law, technology, and more. Plus, you’ll likely gain the necessary experience to enjoy a robust career in your chosen field in the private sector following your military service. You can view all the job possibilities the military offers at: http://www.todaysmilitary.com/military-careers. If you’re interested in a military job, that’s where you should be looking.


US Postal Service


The US Postal Service always has a lot of job openings. They provide numerous job opportunities for those looking to build a long-term career. While the general assumption is that postal employees only sort or deliver mail, the fact is the US Postal Service offers opportunities in a variety of areas from administrative, human resources, and accounting to marketing, real estate, and architecture. You can search for jobs with the postal service at: http://about.usps.com/careers/welcome.htm.


Jobs with the FBI


There are an amazing number of job opportunities with the FBI. The FBI seeks employees for both professional staff and special agent positions. Professional staff openings are available in roles such as linguistics, applied science, intelligence analysis, and business management. Government IT jobs are also part of the FBI’s professional staff job openings. For special agent positions, you may work on cases involving cyber crime, terrorism, extortion, drug-trafficking, kidnapping, and more. All employees of the FBI are expected to uphold the FBI’s core values and to fulfill the FBI’s priorities. They even have jobs for college students. The website to visit for more information is: http://www.fbijobs.gov.


Social Security Administration Jobs

The Social Security Administration has branches in almost every decent sized city in the country. Jobs in the social security administration, especially in smaller towns, are good jobs. I used to live right across the street from the Social Security office in Bay City, Michigan. There was a guy that worked there that was about my age and making much more than I was in salary and I don’t think he had ever graduated from college. He had a very good job. The Social Security Administration has jobs for students and others in areas like information technology, legal, law enforcement, and more. For potential job opportunities, visit: http://www.ssa.gov/careers/.


The National Security Agency

The National Security Agency or NSA is an ultra secret agency that works primarily with intelligence. Opportunities are available in engineering, mathematics, cryptanalysis, computer science, intelligence analysis, and more for students, professionals, and transitioning military, alike. It’s an interesting agency to work for, to say the least. Their website is http://www.nsa.gov/careers.

One very interesting and specialized site is called FedsHireVets.gov. If you have done military service, this is a great site for you.


Jobs with the Secret Service

The Secret Service is tasked with two primary objectives. The first is protecting the President, former presidents, and other high-ranking officials. The second is investigating numerous financial crimes including money laundering, counterfeiting, and computer fraud. You can explore a wide range of career opportunities including those in clerical, administrative, scientific, and special agent roles on their website at www.secretservice.gov/opportunities.shtml.


Jobs with the Internal Revenue Service

The Internal Revenue Service or IRS is responsible for ensuring there is money available to fund all of the essential services that make this country great. As an employee with the IRS, you may work as an accountant, a file clerk, an economist, a lawyer, a tax specialist, or something else altogether. The IRS job site is http://www.jobs.irs.gov.


Jobs with the Justice Department

The Department of Justice is responsible for protecting citizens and preserving our freedoms. You may find opportunities as a lawyer or a special agent, with some job openings available even to students. To view current job vacancies, go to the Department of Justice website at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/careers.html.

One of the things I want to caution you about is when you look for federal jobs, only sites that end in “.gov” are real federal sites most of the time. It’s important for you to understand this because I don’t want you to be misled. USAJobs.gov is obviously a real government site, but FederalGovernmentJobs.us has absolutely nothing to do with the federal government.

Even though they’re trying to act like they’re a federal government site, there is a big ad for Monster.com at the top. These guys are making money with keywords and that sort of thing. It’s not a real federal government job site.

The same goes for FederalJobs.net, DCJobSource.com, and JobsFed.com. They’re trying to look like they’re federal government job sites and they’re selling books, but they’re not the real thing. So, when you’re looking for federal jobs, be careful and make sure you’re on a real federal government site. Use the sites I have discussed above.

For this sector, I recommend staying away from the big job sites. The federal government is very efficient in filling positions. Instead, check with the major agencies and also USAJobs.gov when looking for jobs in the federal government.

Do not be freaked out by the long descriptions. Government jobs are notorious in terms of having very long descriptions and often it’s difficult to find out what the job is about.

I’ve been astonished by how long some of these job descriptions are when I’ve gone through them in the past. My advice? Take your time. Read them very closely. Federal government job descriptions are typically not worded well, so work through them carefully.

There are an astonishing number of federal government jobs out there and the salaries don’t often differ from their private business counterparts. You may even find the salaries are higher with the government. Look very closely at federal government jobs when you’re doing your search. You might be surprised at the depth of jobs they have available.


Here is a Complete List of Federal Government Departments and Agencies You Can Check for Government Jobs:
Name of Department/Agency Homepage Jobs Area
Access Board Homepage None Found
Administration for Native Americans Homepage Jobs/Careers
Administration on Aging (AoA) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Administration on Developmental Disabilities Homepage Jobs/Careers
Administrative Committee of the Federal Register Homepage Jobs/Careers
Administrative Conference of the United States Homepage Jobs/Careers
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Homepage Jobs/Careers
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Homepage None Found
African Development Foundation Homepage None Found
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Homepage None Found
Agency for International Development Homepage Jobs/Careers
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Homepage Jobs/Careers
Agricultural Marketing Service Homepage None Found
Agricultural Research Service Homepage Jobs/Careers
Agriculture Department Homepage Jobs/Careers
Air Force Homepage Jobs/Careers
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (Treasury) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Bureau (Justice) Homepage Jobs/Careers
American Battle Monuments Commission Homepage Jobs/Careers
AmeriCorps Recruiting Homepage None Found
AMTRAK (National Railroad Passenger Corporation) Homepage None Found
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Homepage None Found
Antitrust Division Homepage Jobs/Careers
Appalachian Regional Commission Homepage None Found
Architect of the Capitol Homepage Jobs/Careers
Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) Homepage None Found
Archives (National Archives and Records Administration) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Arctic Research Commission Homepage None Found
Armed Forces Retirement Home Homepage None Found
Arms Control and International Security Homepage Jobs/Careers
Army Homepage Jobs/Careers
Army Corps of Engineers Homepage Jobs/Careers
Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Interagency Coordinating Committee Homepage Jobs/Careers
Atlantic Fleet Forces Command Homepage None Found
Bankruptcy Courts Homepage Jobs/Careers
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation Homepage None Found
Bonneville Power Administration Homepage Jobs/Careers
Botanic Garden Homepage None Found
Broadcasting Board of Governors (Voice of America, Radio|TV Marti and more) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade (Treasury) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (Justice) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Homepage Jobs/Careers
Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Bureau of Industry and Security Homepage None Found
Bureau of International Labor Affairs Homepage Jobs/Careers
Bureau of Justice Statistics Homepage Jobs/Careers
Bureau of Labor Statistics Homepage Jobs/Careers
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Homepage None Found
Bureau of Prisons Homepage None Found
Bureau of Public Debt Homepage Jobs/Careers
Bureau of Reclamation Homepage None Found
Bureau of the Census Homepage None Found
Bureau of the Engraving and Printing Homepage Jobs/Careers
Bureau of the Public Debt Homepage Jobs/Careers
Bureau of Transportation Statistics Homepage Jobs/Careers
Capitol Visitor Center Homepage None Found
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Homepage None Found
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Homepage None Found
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Central Command (CENTCOM) Homepage None Found
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board Homepage Jobs/Careers
Chief Acquisition Officers Council Homepage None Found
Chief Financial Officers Council Homepage None Found
Chief Human Capital Officers Council Homepage None Found
Chief Information Officers Council Homepage None Found
Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee Homepage Jobs/Careers
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Homepage None Found
Civilian Radioactive Waste Management Homepage Jobs/Careers
Coast Guard Homepage Jobs/Careers
Commerce Department Homepage None Found
Commission on Civil Rights Homepage None Found
Commission on Fine Arts Homepage None Found
Commission on International Religious Freedom Homepage Jobs/Careers
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled Homepage Jobs/Careers
Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements Homepage None Found
Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States Homepage None Found
Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Homepage None Found
Community Planning and Development Homepage None Found
Compliance, Office of Homepage Jobs/Careers
Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US CERT) Homepage None Found
Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Congressional Research Service Homepage Jobs/Careers
Constitution Center Homepage None Found
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Homepage Jobs/Careers
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Homepage None Found
Copyright Office Homepage None Found
Corporation for National and Community Service Homepage Jobs/Careers
Corps of Engineers Homepage Jobs/Careers
Council of Economic Advisers Homepage None Found
Council on Environmental Quality Homepage None Found
Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Homepage None Found
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Homepage Jobs/Careers
Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Homepage None Found
Court of Federal Claims Homepage Jobs/Careers
Court of International Trade Homepage None Found
Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia Homepage Jobs/Careers
Defense Acquisition University Homepage Jobs/Careers
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Defense Commissary Agency Homepage Jobs/Careers
Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Defense Contract Management Agency Homepage Jobs/Careers
Defense Field Activities Homepage Jobs/Careers
Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Defense Legal Services Agency Homepage Jobs/Careers
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Homepage None Found
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Homepage Jobs/Careers
Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Defense Security Service (DSS) Homepage None Found
Defense Technical Information Center Homepage Jobs/Careers
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Delaware River Basin Commission Homepage Jobs/Careers
Denali Commission Homepage None Found
Department of Commerce (DOC) Homepage None Found
Department of Defense (DOD) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Department of Defense Inspector General Homepage Jobs/Careers
Department of Education (ED) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Department of Energy (DOE) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Homepage None Found
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homepage None Found
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Homepage None Found
Department of Justice (DOJ) Homepage None Found
Department of Labor (DOL) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Department of State (DOS) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Department of the Interior (DOI) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Department of the Treasury Homepage None Found
Department of Transportation (DOT) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Director of National Intelligence, Office of Homepage None Found
Domestic Policy Council Homepage Jobs/Careers
Drug Enforcement Administration Homepage Jobs/Careers
Economic Adjustment Office Homepage None Found
Economic Analysis, Bureau of Homepage Jobs/Careers
Economic Development Administration Homepage None Found
Economic Research Service Homepage Jobs/Careers
Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs Homepage Jobs/Careers
Economics and Statistics Administration Homepage None Found
Education Department Homepage Jobs/Careers
Election Assistance Commission Homepage Jobs/Careers
Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Homepage Jobs/Careers
Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Employment and Training Administration Homepage Jobs/Careers
Endangered Species Committee Homepage None Found
Energy Department Homepage Jobs/Careers
Energy Information Administration Homepage Jobs/Careers
English Language Acquisition Office Homepage Jobs/Careers
Engraving and Printing, Bureau of Homepage Jobs/Careers
Environmental Management (Energy Department) Homepage None Found
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Homepage Jobs/Careers
European Command Homepage None Found
Executive Office for Immigration Review Homepage None Found
Export-Import Bank of the United States Homepage None Found
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) Homepage None Found
Farm Credit Administration Homepage Jobs/Careers
Farm Service Agency Homepage None Found
Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board Homepage None Found
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Federal Bureau of Prisons Homepage None Found
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Federal Consulting Group Homepage Jobs/Careers
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Federal Election Commission Homepage Jobs/Careers
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Homepage Jobs/Careers
Federal Executive Boards Homepage None Found
Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council Homepage None Found
Federal Financing Bank Homepage None Found
Federal Geographic Data Committee Homepage None Found
Federal Highway Administration Homepage Jobs/Careers
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Federal Housing Finance Agency Homepage None Found
Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds Homepage None Found
Federal Interagency Committee on Education Homepage Jobs/Careers
Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy Homepage None Found
Federal Judicial Center Homepage None Found
Federal Labor Relations Authority Homepage Jobs/Careers
Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer Homepage Jobs/Careers
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Homepage None Found
Federal Library and Information Center Committee Homepage Jobs/Careers
Federal Maritime Commission Homepage None Found
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Homepage None Found
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission Homepage None Found
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Homepage None Found
Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Federal Railroad Administration Homepage Jobs/Careers
Federal Reserve System Homepage Jobs/Careers
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board Homepage None Found
Federal Student Aid Information Center Homepage Jobs/Careers
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Homepage None Found
Federal Transit Administration Homepage None Found
Financial Management Service (Treasury Department) Homepage None Found
Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, National Commission Homepage None Found
Fish and Wildlife Service Homepage None Found
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Homepage None Found
Food Safety and Inspection Service Homepage Jobs/Careers
Foreign Agricultural Service Homepage None Found
Foreign Claims Settlement Commission Homepage None Found
Forest Service Homepage Jobs/Careers
Fossil Energy Homepage None Found
Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Homepage Jobs/Careers
General Services Administration (GSA) Homepage None Found
Geological Survey Homepage Jobs/Careers
Global Affairs (State Department) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Government Accountability Office (GAO) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Government Ethics, Office of Homepage Jobs/Careers
Government National Mortgage Association Homepage None Found
Government Printing Office (GPO) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration Homepage None Found
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation Homepage None Found
Health and Human Services Department Homepage None Found
Health Resources and Services Administration Homepage None Found
Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Office Homepage None Found
Helsinki Commission (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe) Homepage Jobs/Careers
Holocaust Memorial Museum Homepage None Found
Homeland Security Department Homepage
House Leadership Offices Homepage Jobs/Careers
House of Representatives Homepage Jobs/Careers
House of Representatives Committees Homepage Jobs/Careers
House Office of Inspector General Homepage Jobs/Careers
House Office of the Clerk Homepage None Found
House Organizations, Commissions, and Task Forces Homepage Jobs/Careers
Housing Office (HUD) Homepage None Found
Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Commission Homepage Jobs/Careers
Indian Affairs, Bureau of Homepage Jobs/Careers
Indian Arts and Crafts Board Homepage Jobs/Careers
Indian Health Service Homepage Jobs/Careers
Industrial College of the Armed Forces Homepage Jobs/Careers
Industry and Security, Bureau of Homepage None Found
Information Resource Management College Homepage Jobs/Careers
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To your success,

Harrison Barnes
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