Individuals with strong engineering skills are mission critical in the federal government.

Federal agencies hire civil, mechanical, aerospace, computer and electrical engineers in a wide variety of positions. For example, aerospace and computer engineers research spaceflight technology at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Electrical engineers assess the reliability of our nation’s power grid at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Top Agencies with Employees in Engineering# of Current Employees
Department of the Navy43,227
Department of the Army25,847
Department of the Air Force16,614
National Aeronautics and Space Administration10,211
Department of Transportation5,918
Department of Defense3,869
Department of Agriculture2,875
Department of Energy2,780
Department of the Interior2,758
Department of Veterans Affairs2,073

Percentage of Employees in Engineering% of Current Employees
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board74%
National Aeronautics and Space Administration60%
Nuclear Regulatory Commission47%
Department of the Navy22%
International Boundary and Water Commission: USA and Mexico15%
Department of Energy21%
Federal Communications Commission15%
Department of the Air Force15%
Department of the Army15%

Top Engineering Fields# of Current Employees
General Engineering25,981
Electronics Engineering18,960
Technical Engineering13,973
Mechanical Engineering12,585
Civil Engineering10,549
Aerospace Engineering9,294
Electronics Technical8,107
Electrical Engineering5,015
Computer Engineering4,633
Environmental Engineering3,728

Top Positions by RegionPercentage
South Atlantic35.3%
Pacific West16.8%
East North Central8.2%
West South Central8.0%
East South Central7.0%
Mountain West7.0%
West North Central2.3%
Positions Overseas1.5%
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 engineering job series codes are listed below.

0801: General Engineering

0810: Civil Engineering

0830: Mechanical Engineering

0840: Nuclear Engineering

0855: Electronics Engineering

0854: Computer Engineering

0861: Aerospace Engineering

Did You Know?

Maryland, California, and Virginia are the top three locations for federal engineers.

Over sixty percent of federal engineers earn above $90,000 per year.

There are over 130,000 permanent federal employees in the engineering.

Sample Positions

Job Title: Aerospace Engineer (0861)
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, John C. Stennis Space Center
Salary Range: $60,210 to $93,821 / per year
Location(s): Stennis Space Center, MS 

As an Aerospace Engineer, you will:

  • Perform safety and quality engineering functions for the operational activities of the Center to include test facility inspection, test project support, and developing and reviewing documents to ensure applicable safety and quality requirements are incorporated.
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative engineering analyses, evaluations of potential deficiencies and development of corrective action plans.
  • Provide software assurance support for the establishment, coordination, and execution of NASA and Center policies, procedures, and requirements necessary to execute software assurance programs.

Job Title: Environmental Engineer (0819)
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service 
Salary Range: $45,512 to $68,509 / per year 
Location(s): Spokane, WA 

As an Environmental Engineer, you will: 

  • Evaluate existing sanitation facilities (water, sewer and solid waste) identifying deficiencies and prepares engineering studies and reports.
  • Prepare project summaries, environmental reviews and feasibility studies.
  • Collect information necessary to prepare construction drawings including topographic surveys, soils sampling and analysis, and engineering calculations (hydraulic, structural, soil percolation and drain field design).