Feds to Hire 600,000 Employees by 2012
Chris McConnell | GovCentral
The report identifies five key areas where these new hires will reside. These five broad professional fields include:
- Medical and Public Health – 54,114 projected hires
- Security & Protection – 52,077 projected hired
- Compliance & Enforcement – 31,276 projected hires
- Legal – 23,596 projected hires
- Administration/Program Management – 17,287 projected hires
More specifically, Where the Jobs Are show some of the various positions that the federal government will need to hire. They include:
More than 23,000 Attorneys, paralegals and other legal experts to fill positions at 21 federal agencies including the Environment Protection Agency, the Food & Drug Administration and the Department of Justice.
- 5,696 human resource professionals at 14 agencies that identified HR as a mission-critical occupation.
Biological science experts to fill 4,886 jobs at the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, EPA, and others
Border patrol agents, customs officers, food inspectors and other compliance and enforcement positions to fill more than 30,000 positions at the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and others.
Accountants, tax examiners, auditors and budget and financial analystis to fill 16,644 jobs at the IRS, Department of Treasury and 15 other agencies.
IT experts for 11,549 positions
Engineers to fill more than 10,642 jobs at the Departments of Defense and Transportation, NASA and more.
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Another interesting aspect of the report is the geographical data they include. Not only what positions are projected to be available, but where in the country. Surprisingly, 85 percent of the federal workforce is located away from Washington, D.C. The states with the highest number of federal employees are: California, Virginia, Texas, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York, Washington, and Ohio.
Ethnic diversity is also something the federal government values. About 17.2 percent of all workers are African-American, 7.5 percent Hispanic, 5.1 percent are Asian/Pacific Islanders and 2.1 percent are Native American.