Administration and Program Management

Interested in managing people, programs or facilities? The federal government might just have the rewarding career you’re looking for.

Federal positions in the administrative and clerical services field range from program analysts and human resource managers to secretaries and facility managers. For example, civilian program analysts at the Department of the Navy ensure projects remain on budget. Surface maintenance specialists with the Department of the Army analyze problems with military equipment maintenance.

Top Agencies with Employees in Administration and Program Management# of Current Employees
Department of the Army24,578
Department of Justice 25,071
Department of the Navy20,254
Department of the Air Force13,934
Department of Veterans Affairs12,536
Department of the Interior7,314
Department of Homeland Security6,657
Department of Defense5,725
Department of the Treasury2,960
Environmental Protection Agency2,481

Percentage of Employees in Administration and Program Management% of Current Employees
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service77%
American Battle Monuments Commission71%
National Capital Planning Commission48%
National Mediation Board37%
Smithsonian Institution22%
Department of Justice22%
National Labor Relations Board18%
Environmental Protection Agency17%
Department of the Interior15%
Government Printing Office15%

Top Positions in Administration and Program Management# of Current Employees
Miscellaneous Administration and Programs84,090
Management and Program Analysis72,249
Miscellaneous Clerk and Assistant41,551
Human Resources Management28,577
Logistics Management19,404
Program Management14,869
Human Resources Assistance9,904
Administrative Officer8,499
Equipment Services5,824

Top Positions by RegionPercentage
South Atlantic44.0%
Pacific West10.6%
West South Central8.7%
Mountain West7.3%
East North Central7.0%
East South Central5.5%
West North Central4.4%
Positions Overseas0.52%
Job Series Codes

You can search using keywords or the job series code, a four-digit number corresponding to a government job category. The most common administrative and clerical services job series codes are listed below.

0201: Human Resources Management

0301: Miscellaneous Admin. and Program

0340: Program Management

0318: Secretary

0343: Management and Program Analysis

0346: Logistics Management

1670: Equipment Services

Did You Know?

There are many opportunities to be involved in jobs that interact with other countries in the administration field, for example 100% of jobs in the Japan United States Friendship Commission and Vietnam Education Foundation are in the administration field.

You have many opportunities to overlap other interests in this field, like national security, history, American Battles, Medicaid, and Human Resources.

Sample Positions

Job Title: Tribal Operations Specialist (0301)
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs 
Location(s): Anchorage, AK 

As a Tribal Operations Specialist, you will: 

  • Provide consultation and technical assistance to Alaska Native Tribes regarding their governmental and corporate functions as defined in their governing documents, to ensure the Tribes maintain stable governments.
  • Provide training, as requested, regarding tribal government functions, such as enrollment, developing, amending or revising constitution, drafting of tribal ordinances, conduction tribal elections, and Secretarial Elections.

Job Title: District/Zone Fire Management Officer (0301) 
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service 
Location(s): McCloud, CA and Mount Shasta, CA 

As a District/Zone Fire Management Officer, you will: 

  • Review and evaluate fire management plans.
  • Coordinate complex operations with cooperating agencies on incidents during all phases of the fire, fuels and aviation management planning on the district/zone.