Looking For A Government Career? Check Out These Top Federal Jobs

Goverment jobsBy Lori Michelle Ryan, JIST Publishing

Finding and obtaining any job with the federal government can be tough, but how do you know which are the most promising positions to seek?

Laurence Shatkin's new book, "150 Best Federal Jobs," breaks down the top federal jobs into several categories, including demographics, career clusters, geography and personality type.

Shatkin also offers the top federal jobs overall, based on a score calculated by pay, growth and number of openings. "This means that some jobs with low pay and modest growth but a high number of openings appear higher on the list than some jobs with higher pay and modest growth but a low number of openings," Shatkin explains in the book. "A 'right' job for you could be anywhere on this list."

The federal government has projected a 10 percent increase in employment through 2018 and offers good salaries and benefits, job security and flexible work schedules throughout the country. See which positions Shatkin ranked as the 10 best federal jobs:

Looking For A Government Career? Check Out These Top Federal Jobs
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Looking For A Government Career? Check Out These Top Federal Jobs
1. Financial examiners

Annual earnings: $101,770

Percent growth: 41.5 percent

Annual openings: 260

2. Air traffic controllers

Annual earnings: $113,840

Percent growth: 10.7 percent

Annual openings: 780

3. Lawyers

Annual earnings: $131,410

Percent growth: 8.4 percent

Annual openings: 960

4. Detectives and criminal investigators

Annual earnings: $73,320

Percent growth: 29.8 percent

Annual openings: 1,160

5. Computer and information research scientists

Annual earnings: $99,730

Percent growth: 19.5 percent

Annual openings: 200

6. Social scientists and related workers

Annual earnings: $75,540

Percent growth: 19.3 percent

Annual openings: 800

7. Accountants and auditors

Annual earnings: $87,730

Percent growth: 11.1 percent

Annual openings: 740

8. Aerospace engineers

Annual earnings: $109,190

Percent growth: 12 percent

Annual openings: 200

9. Logisticians

Annual earnings: $76,000

Percent growth: 17.8 percent

Annual openings: 730

10. Political scientists

Annual earnings: $113,050

Percent growth: 18.4 percent

Annual openings: 120


Lori Michelle Ryan is the marketing communications specialist at JIST Publishing, America's Career Publisher. In this role, she helps job seekers, career changers, students and working professionals develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the job market and world of work.

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