Working in Our Federal Government

Working in Our Federal Government

An exciting career awaits you in the federal government, where you can tackle complex national and global challenges and make a difference for your fellow citizens. Federal agencies need innovative, passionate problem-solvers to work on issues ranging from national security to environmental safety to veteran services.

What do we mean by federal jobs?

Among the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the federal government, the opportunities for employment are vast. Politicians and legislative staff, civil servants and members of the armed forces are all considered federal employees. There are many ways to work in the federal government, but this website largely focuses on full-time career civil-service employment within the 15 executive branch departments, which make up the cabinet and numerous independent agencies and government corporations. 

There are roughly 2 million civilian government jobs at more than 120 federal departments and agencies, not including the U.S. Postal Service. These jobs are available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, all U.S. territories and more than 140 foreign countries worldwide. 

Check out the benefits offered by the federal government.


Spotlight on Outstanding Federal Employees

Flora M. Jordan: 2017 Service to America Medal Winner, Promising Innovations 

Engineer, Armor and Load Bearing Team
Marine Corps Systems Command

“Follow your gut, and follow what you’re passionate about.” – Flora Jordan

Marines have entered combat for years wearing cumbersome, heavy-weight protective gear that tips the scales at 150 pounds, making it difficult for them to be quick on their feet, climb into armed vehicles or stand guard for long periods.

Now, a new generation of more comfortable protective gear is on the way, thanks to the innovative equipment developed by FloraJordan, an armor and load bearing team engineer with the Marines Corps Systems Command.

Jordan worked on re-engineering new body armor that is 45 percent lighter than existing gear, is equally protective and can be adjusted to better fit men and women of all sizes. Because it is lighter weight and configured more ergonomically, it may improve the long-term health of Marines by easing back and shoulder stress.

“This design will impact every Marine in the Marine Corps,” said Col. Mike Manning, program manager at Infantry Weapons Systems. “It will enable Marines to be out in the fight longer and be more comfortable. Mackie’s contribution is a lasting one.”

Parimal Kopardekar: 2018 Service to America Medal Winner, Promising Innovations

Senior Technologist for Air Transportation Systems 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration 

“Not in my wildest dreams did I think I would grow this much, this fast.” – Parimal Kopardekar

The Federal Aviation Administration estimates that by 2020 there could be more than 700,000 commercial drones flying millions of times a year in low-altitude airspace to deliver packages, monitor traffic, track storms, inspect power lines, aid search and rescue operations, and more. 

This expected deluge will require a sophisticated air traffic management system for unmanned aircraft. At the forefront of this endeavor is Parimal Kopardekar, or “PK”, who with his team of engineers and scientists at NASA, has designed a first-of-its-kind system to safely manage multiple unmanned aerial vehicles flying in the same area at the same time. 

PK had the vision and skills to galvanize the public and private sectors to devise an entirely new air traffic management approach. From a $5,000 workshop, he created a program with an $18 million annual budget, and has set the stage for an entire new era in unmanned aviation and the potential to unleash a multibillion dollar U.S. industry. 


Tate Jarrow: 2016 Service to America Medal Winner, Call to Service

Special Agent 
US Secret Service

“Cyber criminals are victimizing millions of people and stealing hundreds of millions of dollars, and everybody is paying for that. It is important to hold these people accountable.” – Tate Jarrow

Tate Jarrow, a 33-year-old Secret Service special agent, fits the bill of a super cyber sleuth, having played a pivotal role in two of the U.S. government’s biggest cybercrime cases.  

Working with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, Jarrow helped collect evidence against individuals recently indicted for hacking into the computer systems of several large U.S. financial institutions, U.S. brokerage firms, a major news publication and other companies. 

Prosecutors said the breaches exposed the personal information belonging to more than 100 million people. More than 80 million of those stolen files came from customers at JPMorgan Chase, according to numerous news accounts. This breach represented the largest single theft of customer data from a U.S. financial institution in history, according to federal prosecutors. 

“He has demonstrated that U.S. law enforcement has the ability to consistently go outside U.S. borders to investigate cybercrimes and bring people to justice,” Tyron said. “We see Tate as being on the cutting edge of our investigative mission.”

Marshalyn Yeargin Allsopp, M.D.: 2018 Service to America Medal Winner, Career Achievement

Associate Director for Children with Special Health Care Needs 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“We all have to find our place and do what we can do to make this a better world. It’s not a time to back off. It is a time to ratchet it up as far as I’m concerned.” – Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp

As a pediatrician, Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp was deeply interested in childhood development and, after joining CDC in 1981, saw a huge opportunity to gain a better understanding of how many children are affected by developmental disabilities. In the process, she helped build the nation’s scientific infrastructure for surveillance of these conditions. 

As a result of Yeargin-Allsopp’s work, today we know that about 10 million children have some type of developmental disability due to physical, learning, language or behavior impairments, and as many as one million children are living with autism spectrum disorder. Most important, her research laid the foundation for health care providers, schools and support organizations to provide better services to these children and their families. 

Yeargin-Allsopp’s scientific contributions include more than 100 publications that have been cited more than 7,000 times, and developmental disabilities epidemiology studies that are considered among the best in the world.