In the 1960s and ‘70s, there were few things more reliable than a government job. The post office, public utilities, and city hall were places that our parents created long careers and then retired with pensions. While times have changed, the stability of a government or federal job has remained the same.
Sure, many federal government jobs are based in Washington, D.C., but upwards 84 percent of government jobs are outside of the nation’s capital. More than 50,000 federal government employees work abroad, not to mention the thousands of roles in major cities around the U.S. Plus, there are federal jobs suited to every interest and skill, from art history to zoology.
A government gig is also a great place to combine your skills and interests. Use your math background and your interest in all things eco-friendly by working as an accountant at the Environmental Protection Agency, your engineering degree to improve airport security, or your biology degree and interest in social good to conduct cutting-edge medical research at the National Institutes of Health.
So where do you start? Glassdoor of course! Here are 10 cool government jobs that are just waiting for your application. Ready, set, apply!
1. Biologist/Toxicologies, Environmental Protection Agency
Earth Day is every day at EPA! At the EPA, you can protect human health and the environment of all Americans. In this role, candidates are expected to provide expertise and technical guidance on scientific issues and new approaches related to new data technologies. According to the job listing, the salary range is $128,082.00 to $160,300.00 per year and any U.S. citizen may apply.
2. Medical Director, U.S. Postal Service
If you have a medical degree and knowledge of federal laws and regulations related to employee and workplace health and safety issues, this role is for you. The Postal Service medical director is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the national medical services and medical information programs for the Postal Service, which has over 10,000 employees.
3. Dietetics Food Management, U.S. Navy
Navy Dietitians serve in a variety of capacities. They may encourage healthy living among ship crews by teaching them how to maintain a well-balanced diet and regular exercise regimen. Or teach in a class setting, whether for health promotion or disease management. As a Navy Dietitian, you’ll deliver general nutrition education and wellness programs for servicemembers and their families, wherever they are stationed. And get the opportunity to participate in field and shipboard patient care and food service operations at home and abroad.
4. Public Health Officer, U.S. Air Force
It may seem like a small task to some, but keeping every Airman in peak health is key to the Air Forces ability to defend the nation. As an Air Force Public Health Officer, your mission will be to prevent, reduce and control the incidences of communicable diseases and occupational illnesses among Air Force personnel at home and abroad while working in garrison or deployed. Perks include 30 days of vacation with pay each year; excellent healthcare coverage for you and your family; a retirement pension after 20 years of qualifying service and a Thrift Savings Program [similar to 401(k)]. Prestigious leadership, training and educational opportunities. Free or low-cost world travel opportunities.
5. Clinical Psychology HPSP Student, U.S. Army
If you are a clinical psychology student, you could receive a full-tuition scholarship for one or two academic years. During academic breaks, you’ll train and work alongside other members of the U.S. Army Health Care Team. Plus, as your career progresses, you’ll have the opportunity to continue your education and gain experience through our unique training programs. All you need to apply is a bachelor’s degree in psychology or related field, enrollment in or acceptance to an accredited Doctor of Clinical Psychology program in the United States or Puerto Rico, ability to maintain full-time student status, and you must be a U.S. citizen. As a student, you’ll also receive: Monthly stipend for 10 1/2 months, officer’s pay during academic breaks, and reimbursement for certain academic fees.
6. Temporary Holiday Workers, U.S. Postal Service
The United States Postal Service is hiring for part-time temporary holiday positions at the two of the New Hampshire processing and distribution centers. Casual mail handler positions are available earning $12.00-$14.00 per hour and employment is from mid-November through the end of December. Applicants must be available to work nights, weekends, and other days as needed. If you need a little extra cash this holiday season, put your name in the hat.
7. Physical Therapy Student, U.S. Army
You can earn your doctorate in physical therapy while preparing for a successful career in the Army Medical Specialist Corps. The U.S. Army’s 27-month program emphasizes preventing, examining and diagnosing neuromusculoskeletal problems. In the last five years, 95 percent of their graduates passed the national physical therapy licensing examination on the first try. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, anatomy, and physiology, chemistry, physics, social sciences or statistics. And, you must have a minimum overall GPA requirement of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
8. Surface Warfare Officer (Nuke), U.S. Navy
Nothing projects naval power and capability more dramatically and instantaneously than the U.S. Navy’s Fleet of nuclear aircraft carriers. Surface Warfare Officers (SWOs) with advanced nuclear training oversee the propulsion systems and personnel aboard these multibillion dollar, megaton cities at sea. Because of their potential to carry so much of the Navy’s capabilities forward, aircraft carriers are at the core of ongoing missions. Nuclear Surface Warfare Officers ensure that Sailors in their division maintain and operate the ships complex systems safely and efficiently. In this role, you could serve as Commanding Officer over an elite crew and be an authority in every aspect of your Navy assignments.
9. Grants Management Specialist, National Institutes of Health
The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. As a Grants Management Specialist you will evaluate budget justifications and financial arrangements, including cost analysis and review of accounting systems; participate in the negotiation of the budget, award period, and terms and conditions for grant awards; provide expertise in negotiation, preparation, and administration of grants and agreements.
10. Tree Surgeon, City of Los Angeles
Love working outdoors? Earn between $46,938 and $66,816 working for the City of L.A. A Tree Surgeon climbs, prunes, trims, treats, sprays, plants, fertilizes, transplants and removes trees along City streets and highways, in City parks, over or on private property, and on public grounds to eliminate hazardous conditions; prevent interference with traffic, traffic signals and high and low voltage conductors and equipment; and to preserve and maintain the trees.