FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2009
Contact: Sarah Howe
LABOR DAY WHERE THE JOBS ARE SURVEY FINDS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST HIRE 273,000 NEW WORKERS TO FILL MISSION-CRITICAL JOBS
Attorneys, Paralegals, Investigators, Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, Police Officers, Airport Screeners, Customs and Border Patrol Agents and Intelligence Analysts Top Federal Government's "Most Wanted" List
Washington, D.C. –Great news for job seekers this Labor Day: the federal government is hiring tens of thousands of new employees, according to new projections in Where the Jobs Are 2009: Mission-Critical Opportunities for America, released today by the Partnership for Public Service. The online projections outline government-wide, mission-critical hiring needs through 2012 and are based on a survey of 35 federal agencies representing nearly 99 percent of the 1.9 million member federal workforce.
Available at http://wherethejobsare.org, the online data lists nearly 273,000 mission-critical jobs that need to be filled in the next three years, a 41 percent increase compared to the organization’s 2007 survey. Where the Jobs Are is the only comprehensive projection of the federal government’s hiring needs and is searchable by occupation or by agency.
The government’s biggest demand for new employees is in the medical and public health fields with 54,114 jobs that need to be filled including 31,455 nurses, 10,626 doctors and thousands of nursing assistants, pharmacists, nutritionists, consumer safety and other public health specialists. Security and protection jobs are next on the list with 52,077 positions available world-wide ranging from 3,669 police officers to 34,500 transportation security officers.
Other fields in high demand include compliance and enforcement with 31,276 projected positions; legal with 23,596 jobs; and administration and program management, 17,287.
“For job-seekers motivated by a desire to make a difference and improve the lives of Americans, there are no better possibilities than those provided by our federal government,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. “This report confirms that the job opportunities are there. People need to seize them.”
According to the data, two key factors are driving the federal government’s hiring projections for the next three years:
In addition, Where the Jobs Areshows the federal government needs to hire:
New hires for all types of federal government positions during the full four years of Obama’s term will reach nearly 600,000 or almost one-third of the current federal workforce, according to separate research from the organization.
“It’s important to note that while there has been considerable growth in mission-critical jobs, the government is not growing significantly larger in historical terms. By the end of 2012, with all new hires, our nation’s workforce will still be smaller than it was in 1967, said Stier.
Additional highlights for the job seeker:
The complete Where the Jobs Are report can be accessed at wherethejobsare.org. Visitors to the site can also access hiring projections by agency and occupational field, get tips on finding and applying for a federal job, learn background information about dozens of agencies and read about hiring incentives such as student loan repayment, special internships and scholarships used by some agencies.
The Partnership for Public Service is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works. To learn more, visit ourpublicservice.org.
The Partnership’s Where the Jobs Are 2009: Mission-Critical Opportunities for America was made possible with support from Monster Government Solutions and Aon Consulting. Additional funding was provided by the Annenberg Foundation.
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The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.