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Where Are the Jobs? The US Government Has Many Right Now
Kathryn Troutman - Federal Career Coach(r) Kathryn Troutman - Federal Career Coach(r)
Baltimore, MD
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Where Are the Jobs? The US Government Has Many Right Now

Potomac, MD | February 17, 2021. The latest jobs report shows America's labor market down 10 million jobs below pre-COVID-19 levels. Many individuals have been unemployed for longer than half a year. "It's very clear our economy is still in trouble," President Joe Biden said in response. Jobs coach Kathryn Troutman says it's time for people to look for other options, and she points to one of our nation's largest employers, the US government.

"The Feds are a top employer in the US," notes Troutman. "They have jobs in all lines of work. Federal jobs are in every state. Plus the US government is growing in 2021 due to the additional mission to support the COVID-19 vaccinations and public health programs in America"

The leading federal jobs expert, Troutman finds it surprising that in surveys of the country's main employers state-by-state, the federal government is often overlooked. "This is despite its total workforce of 2.1 to 2.4 million," she says. People think of Walmart or Amazon. Walmart is actually in second place or running neck-to-neck to Uncle Sam, and the company's website shows nearly 1.5 million workers within the country (and more than 2.2 million worldwide). Amazon comes in third, at 1 million employees domestically (and 1.13 million worldwide) – numbers reported in The Washington Post.

You'll find that salaries are significantly higher with the feds. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) states that the average yearly salary for federal employees is currently $90,000. According to Zippia, the average Walmart employee makes $35,108 per year, and the average Amazon worker gets $46,041.

Federal jobs also come with a first-class benefits package. This includes a wide selection of health benefit programs, comprehensive retirement plans, and life insurance. Annually, you get 10 paid holidays and 13 days of sick leave. When you first enter the federal workforce, you receive 13 days of paid vacation per year, and your number of vacation days increases over time. Many positions allow you to work from home.

Interestingly, over 85% of federal jobs are outside of Washington, DC. Here are the top 15 states for jobs with Uncle Sam, along with the numbers: (1) California, 137,434; (2) Virginia, 131,434; (3) Maryland, 114,997; (4) Texas, 109,137; (5) Florida, 79,425; (6) Georgia, 71,162; (7) Pennsylvania, 55,685; (8) Washington State, 53,161; (9) Ohio, 47,093; (10) New York, 45,029; (11) North Carolina, 43,311; (12) Oklahoma, 39,482; (13) Colorado, 36,350; (14) Illinois, 35,804; and (15) Alabama, 34,346. (Numbers from the Office of Personnel and Management)

 "As I've noted, you can find just about any kind of job with the federal government," Troutman says. "Everything from Administrative/Clerical, IT Specialist/Cyber, Public Health, Logistics/Supply, Intelligence to various types of Engineering. And much more" She reports that salaries range from GS 5 at around $30,000 to GS 15 positions averaging $170,000.

Want to know what grade level or salary you would qualify for? Go to the fed's official website USAJobs.gov and search for keywords you know, such as Nurse, Administrator, Administrative Assistant, IT Specialist, Engineer, Logistics or Supply. Read the jobs announcements that come up. "In particular, read the Specialized Experience / Requirements section to determine if you have the qualifications for a certain job and grade/salary level," she suggests.

Get tips on how to write the longer, federal-style resume in Troutman's best-selling Federal Resume Guidebook, 7th Ed. The book includes 17 resume samples. For additional help, consider the $190 consult Troutman's Resume Place offers for feedback on the vacancy announcement you've selected and insider feedback on improving your resume.

"The economy, business, and service industries have changed with this economic downturn," Troutman observes. "It's time to research new job opportunities. Why not look at the US Government as your possible next employer? It offers stable, high-quality jobs with great advancement potential. "

Kathryn Troutman is the Founder and President of Resume Place, Inc., a Federal Career Consulting business located in Catonsville, MD. Her firm specializes in writing and designing professional federal resumes, as well as consulting, coaching and education on the federal hiring process. She is the author of many popular federal career books, including the Federal Resume Guidebook, 7th Ed

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Kathryn Troutman, Federal Resume Coach(r), is the Author of popular Federal Resume Guides: Federal Resume Guidebook, 7th Edition; Jobseeker Guide, Ten Steps to a Federal Job; and The Stars are Lined Up for Military Spouses. Kathryn is an expert with Federal Jobs for Competitive USAJOBS.gov applications, Political Appointee Resumes and Cover Letters, Senior Executive Service Applications. Expert knowledge of the jobs, application systems, how to write the correct federal resume! Creator of Ten Steps to a Federal Job(r) Certified Federal Job Search Trainer and Certified Federal Career Coach programs. Train-the-trainer programs for career counselors, employment counselors and veterans employment representatives.

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