The Coming Flood Of Government Jobs

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As the job news grows ever darker--the Labor Department announced Friday that unemployment had hit a 26-year high of 9.7%--a ray of light is shining from an unexpected quarter: the federal government. By the fall of 2012, the federal government will hire 273,000 new workers, according to a report released last week by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, a group in Washington that promotes government employment--and those are all jobs the group calls "mission critical," meaning they are considered crucial and therefore certain to be filled. That's a 41% increase from the three previous fiscal years. Here are the fields that will hire the most workers; the specific jobs mentioned can all be found at the government's official jobs Web site, www.usajobs.gov.

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The Partnership projects 10,560 slots will be filled in this area by 2012. Sample job: air traffic control specialist at the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington. This post pays up to $136,400. Read more about transportation jobs.



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The Partnership projects 10,560 slots will be filled in this area by 2012. Sample job: air traffic control specialist at the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington. This post pays up to $136,400. Read more about transportation jobs.



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A total of 10,640 engineering jobs will be filled by 2012. Sample job: electronics engineer, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Seattle, Wash., paying up to $93,450. Read more about engineering jobs.



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A total of 10,770 of these new posts will be filled by 2012 across a range of departments. Sample: contract specialist for the U.S. National Aeronautics & Space Administration, at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which pays up to $87,890. Read more about business and industry jobs.



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The government will hire 11,500 people in jobs that include systems analysis, security, application software, data management and network services. Sample: Information innovation officer at the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Information, in Washington.Pays up to $162,900. Read more about information technology jobs.



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Uncle Sam will hire 16,640 people in jobs that include financial management, accounting, auditing, revenue agent, tax specialist and budget analysis. Sample: lead budget analyst at the Department Of Energy's office in Aiken, S.C., which pays up to $123,500. Read more about information accounting jobs.



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