Government Careers

Want to start a career in government? Whether you want to work for the federal government or get involved on the state or municipal level, we'll help you find jobs, prepare you for the application and interview process, and show you what you can expect to earn.
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10 Steps in the Government Hiring Process
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5 Ways to Prepare for Your Government Job Interview
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The Purpose of Job Closing Dates
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5 Questions Hiring Managers Consider When Reposting Jobs
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Where to Search for Government Jobs Online
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10 Mistakes That'll Get Your Job Applications Thrown Away
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How to Post a Great Job Listing
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Example Questions to Ask in a Government Job Interview
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4 Reasons to Ask Questions in a Job Interview
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How Long Can It Take to Hear Back From a Government Job?
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What Does It Mean When a Job Gets Reposted?
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Easy Ways to Explain Gaps in Employment History on a Job Application
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When to Reapply for a Job That Gets Reposted and When Not To
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Can an External Applicant Apply for Internal Job Postings?
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Should You Bother Applying for a Job After the Closing Date?
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Why Do Hiring Managers Post Jobs to Only Internal Applicants?
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What Are the Reasons Why Government Jobs Reposted?
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Is a Master in Public Health – MPH Degree in the Cards for You?
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Jobs You Can Get with an MPH Degree
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15 Questions to Ask a Graduate School Alumnus
A government worker with an MPA degree helping a coworker at a computer station.
Should You Get a MPA or a CPM?
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Everything to Know About Being a School Cafeteria Worker
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Texas Ranger Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
Image shows a woman behind a stage curtain typing on an iPad, while another woman delivers a speech onstage at a podium. Text reads: "A day in the life of a congressional chief of staff: chief of staff will have at least a college degree, normally in political science. Professionalism in demeanor and appearance is paramount in this job. Chiefs of staff complete extensive work experience and are usually recruited personally. This job is perfect for a natural networker who has the ability to impress powerful people. Median annual salary: $148,035"
Chief of Staff to a Congressman Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
A Day in the Life of a National Park Ranger
National Park Ranger Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
Image shows a man sitting at a computer behind a desk, with the washington monument in the window behind him. There is also a woman walking in holding papers and a cup of coffee. Text reads: "A day in the life of a congressional staffer: take constituent phone calls; research policy; run errands; be a team player"
Congressional Staffer Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
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How Parole and Probation Officers Are Different
A day in the life of a direct support professional: Keep the patient safe from health hazards; monitor behaviors and maintain records of problems and progress; reports suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation; help with daily tasks and teach patients easier tasks
Direct Support Professional (DSP) Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
A day in the life of an assistant city manager: Communicate with and delegate to department heads; CMP and MPA degrees complement on-the-job experience; Report to the city manager, mayor and city council; work on the organizational side so the city manager can look at the big picture
Assistant City Manager Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
A police chief must be comfortable addressing the public and answering questions.
What Are the Duties of a Police Chief?
Day in the Life of a Mail Carrier
Mail Carrier Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
A day in the life of a curriculum specialist: Stay informed of trends in instructional methods and educational technology, provide feedback to teachers based on individual observation and student performance data, select textbooks and other instructional materials for implementation, assist teachers in incorporating new technology into their lessons
Curriculum Specialist Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
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Civil Engineer Job Outlook and Career Profile
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Here Are Tips on How to Respond to Internal Audit Questions
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Learn About the Duties and Requirements of a Code Enforcement Officer
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How Are the CBAP and CCBA Both Similar and Different?
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7 Steps to Becoming a Certified Project Manager
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6 Ways for a Project Manager to Build Team Accountability
Image shows a woman in an officer's uniform standing at a podium with various press mics in front of her. Text reads: "A day in the life of a government public information officer: communicate critical information effectively to the public; write press releases and prepare information for distribution by media outlets; draft speeches and arrange interviews for government officials; respond to requests for information from media outlets"
Government Public Information Officer: Salary, Skills & More
Image shows a person ominously looking over a mini prison. Text reads: "A day in the life of a prison warden: supervise all prison staff for both juveniles and adults; determine staffing needs and allocate available staff accordingly; ensure that the facility and security equipments are properly functioning to keep everything safe; median salary: $44,320"
Prison Warden Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
A day in the life of a food inspector: Examine food animals in privately-owned meat or poultry plants; maintain required sanitation procedures; occasional travel; work to ensure the product is fit to eat and compliant with federal laws
Food Inspector Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
A day in the life of a parks manager: Direct park operations under government authority, oversees resource protection services, provides long-term vision as well as leadership, manages planning, construction and maintenance of facilities
Parks Manager Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
A day in the life of a bus driver: Commercial driver's license, safety, high school degree, friendliness
Bus Driver Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
This illustration shows a day in the life of a business analyst including "Brainstorm requirements a solution needs," "Gain an understanding of the organization's business processes relevant to the project's goals," "Work in cooperation with their project managers," and "Document processes to help refine the problem the project is trying to solve."
Business Analyst Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More More
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Learn About Being an Economic Development Director
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The Elements of an Effective Project Plan
What Does a Government Recreation Coordinator Do?
Government Recreation Coordinator Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
Sanitation worker duties and responsibilities: Operate the truck mechanisms for lifting, dumping and setting the trash cans or dumpsters down; lift heavy objects; drive garbage trucks while others ride along
Sanitation Worker Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
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5 Key Elements of a Successful Project
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A Look at the Different Parks and Recreation Jobs
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City Finance Director Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
What Does a School Guidance Counselor Do?
School Guidance Counselor Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
A day in the life of a firefighter: Physical stamina and strength, EMT certification, provide treatment for sick or injured individuals, decision-making ability
Firefighter Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
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The Job Titles and Responsibilities of Local City Government Positions
A day in the life of a parks & recreation director: Present information to the city parks board on department matters, oversee marketing and publicity tied to city recreation programming, create regular reports for the city council and board members
Director of Parks and Recreation Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
A day in the life of a parks maintenance worker: Keep trails and paths clear and in good condition, pick up litter and remove bagged trash, plant and care for trees, shrubs and flowers, mow, fertilize, aerate, water and weed lawns
Parks Maintenance Worker Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
Image shows a child protective services (CPS) caseworker kneeling on the ground with a small child, touching her shoulder in a comforting manner. Text reads: "A day in the life of a CPS Caseworker: Salary: $44,630, Review alleged cases, Investigate and interview, Collect evidence, Develop helping plan"
Child Protective Services (CPS) Caseworker: Salary, Skills, & More
A day in the life of a public works director: A degree in public administration or engineering is recommended, coordinate with outside vendors, manage projects with large budgets and ambitious goals, many officials must approve this important appointment
Public Works Director Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
Image shows a man sitting at a desk looking over a document. He is wearing a suit and in front of him is a nameplate that reads "city attorney". Text reads: "A day in the life of a city attorney: advise city on legal matters, keep track of changes to state and federal law, draft laws, review city contracts, $94,000 median annual salary"
City Attorney Job Description: Salary, Skills, & More
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Is a Voluntary Demotion Right for You?