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

Government Accountability Office

Over the next several years, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) may hire over 500 staff members from a variety of academic disciplines that include accounting, economics, engineering, information technology, law, public policy and public administration, and the social and physical sciences. GAO expects the majority of its hires to be entry level analysts and specialists. In addition, GAO plans to hire upper level analysts and specialists (e.g., auditors, economists, information technology specialists, statisticians) to address succession planning needs, as well as critical administrative and professional staff (e.g., human capital, information management, budget, contract management). Hiring will be primarily for positions in Washington, D.C. with some positions also available in GAO field locations.


Ranked 2nd out of mid agencies in the 2011 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans to hire 200-250 people each year for the next few years. The majority of these positions will be in technical fields, including engineering, physical science and security analysis. Most will be located in Maryland, with the remaining assigned to regional offices. The Atlanta office will house the main force of engineers involved with the inspection of the construction of new reactors.


Ranked 3rd out of mid 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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