Welcome to the 2009 Edition of Where the Jobs Are

Where the Jobs Are is the only comprehensive projection of hiring needs for critical occupations in the federal government. This edition is the third in an ongoing series produced by the Partnership for Public Service, covering fiscal years 2010 through 2012, and updating information in the 2005 and 2007 reports.

Top Areas Where Government Is Hiring

Medical and Public Health


Occupational areas and positions include physician (all disciplines), nursing, dietician/nutrition, occupational and rehabilitation therapy, radiology, pharmacy, industrial hygiene and consumer safety.

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Security and Protection


Occupational areas and positions include intelligence analysis, international relations, foreign affairs, security administration, transportation security officer, park ranger, correctional officer and police officer.

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Compliance and Enforcement


Occupational areas and positions include inspectors, investigators (including criminal), customs and border patrol and protection, import specialist and customs inspection.

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Occupational areas and positions include attorney, contact representative, paralegal, passport/visa examining and claims examining/assistance.

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Administration/Program Management


Occupational areas and positions include human resources, equal employment opportunity, management/program analysis, telecommunications and a variety of clerical support activities.

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Featured Agencies

Social Security Administration

With about 50 percent of SSA's workforce, including 66 percent of supervisors, eligible to retire by 2018, and SSA’s workload increasing dramatically due to expected baby boom retirements, SSA is facing many human capital challenges. In response to these challenges, SSA is actively recruiting a multi-generational, multi-cultural workforce with the right competencies to continuously provide the highest standard of considerate and thoughtful service for the public. SSA will continue to prioritize hiring in direct service positions, such as service and claims representatives, benefit and claims authorizers, and teleservice representatives in order to eliminate the claims backlog and prevent its recurrence. Most of these positions will be at the entry level and for locations nationwide. In addition, as the disability process improves in speed and quality, there will be an increased need nationwide for entry level legal professionals and information technology positions.


Ranked 6th out of 30 large agencies in the 2011 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

As NASA transitions from its current Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) missions to future endeavors such as the Constellation, Ares, and Orion Projects which are designed to return man back to the moon and beyond, Aeronautic, Science and Engineering jobs will continue to dominate its hiring program. However, designing vehicles and systems that allow travel beyond Earth’s orbit involve a unique set of competencies very different from those currently used to support the Space Shuttle and ISS. Building on the lessons learned through the Apollo Program and incorporating new technologies since, NASA will generate new exciting and challenging opportunities in the Aeronautics, Scientific and Engineering fields throughout the country in both the public and private sector.


Ranked 1st out of 30 large agencies in the 2011 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings.

Designed to help a broad audience of job seekers, policy makers and agency leaders, Where the Jobs Are identifies nearly 273,000 mission-critical employment opportunities that will be available in the federal government from October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2012.

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