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By the Partnership for Public Service

The federal government is hiring, and if your background is in security, you’re at the top of Uncle Sam’s most-wanted list.
This was the top-line finding of the Partnership for Public Service’s report -- Where the Jobs Are: Mission Critical Opportunities for America. The report outlines government-wide projected hiring needs through the end of fiscal 2009 and is based on a survey of 34 federal agencies representing nearly 99 percent of the federal workforce.
Over the next two years, our largest federal agencies project that they will hire more than 193,000 new workers for “mission-critical” jobs, in addition to thousands of clerical and support staff jobs. These jobs cover almost every occupational field, will be available all across the country and all advance the interests of the American people. This report confirms that no matter what your area or expertise or where you live, if you are looking for a job where you can develop your professional skills and make a difference in the lives of others, the federal government has a job for you.
Almost 80 percent of these projected new mission-critical hires will be in five professional fields.
  1. Security, Protection, Compliance and Enforcement (62,863 new hires) – This category includes criminal and non-criminal investigators, inspectors, police officers, security and prison guards, airport screeners, customs and border patrol agents, immigration agents, and intelligence analysts.
  1. Medical and Public Health (35,350 new hires) – Includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, medical technicians, nursing assistants, occupational therapists, and industrial hygienists.
  1. Accounting, Budget and Business (21,248 new hires) - This category includes accountants, auditors, budget and financial analysts, and contracting specialists.
  1. Engineering and Sciences (17,477 new hires) – Includes all engineering disciplines, as well as the biological, physical and veterinary medical sciences.
  1. Program Management/Analysis and Administration (14,305 new hires) – This broad category include jobs that range from program managers and skilled analysts who monitor federal program operations, to administrative staff.
“Our federal government faces a hiring crunch, but this challenge for agencies presents opportunities for job seekers,” said Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service. “To ensure the well-being of the American people, our government will need to recruit aggressively to hire talented new workers in virtually any field you can imagine -- from homeland security to homelessness.”
Digging deeper, the report shows that our government plans to hire more than 23,000 nurses, over 22,000 transportation security officers, 11,500 IT experts and 9,700 attorneys and paralegals.
In addition to sorting projected hires by occupational field, the report includes agency-by-agency hiring projections. The accompanying profiles reveal that agencies are using a variety of incentives such as recruitment bonuses, retention incentives, relocation incentives, graduate school scholarships and student loan repayments -- up to $10,000 per year. The Department of Justice leads agencies in student loan repayments, granting 3,073 repayments at more than $27 million.  
The agency profiles also uncover the geographic diversity of federal jobs, listing the most popular office locations in the agency profile section. About 86 percent of federal jobs are located outside of Washington, D.C., and more than 500,000 are stationed abroad. Areas with the highest numbers of federal workers include Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Atlanta, San Diego, New York City, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Oklahoma City and Los Angeles.
In the end, job seekers can use this report to identify what kinds of jobs will be available in their area of expertise and what they need to do to land these jobs.
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