Find a Federal Government Job

Learn how to find a job with the federal government.

Federal Government Employment

Finding and Applying for Federal Jobs

Get information on federal jobs from USAJOBS.gov:

Note: Most federal jobs are listed on USAJOBS. However, some agencies post jobs independently on their own websites or elsewhere. View the A-Z Index of Government Agencies to locate the agency where you are interested in working.

If you need help or more information, visit USAJOBS Support.

Be aware that there is no fee to apply for a government or postal job. Government agencies and the U.S. Postal Service never charge application fees. Find information about government job scams and how to avoid them.

Former Federal Employees

If you are a former federal employee, you may be eligible for reinstatement, which allows you to apply for federal jobs without competing with the public. 

Students and Recent Graduates

Find student job opportunities to work for the government through internships and entry level positions.

Veterans

If you have served in the military and want to find employment in the federal government, FedsHireVets.gov provides information on veteran's preference, leave accrual, and other details when transistioning from military to federal civilian service.

People with Disabilities

People with disabilities can be appointed to Federal jobs non-competitively through a process called Schedule A.

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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training and related instruction in which you can learn skills needed to advance in your chosen field.

Apprentice programs vary in length from one to six years. During that time, apprentices work and learn as employees. When you complete a registered program, you will receive a nationally recognized certificate from the Department of Labor (DOL) as proof of your qualifications.

For more information:

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Civil Service Exam

There is no longer a single civil service exam to cover all government jobs. Many jobs with the federal government no longer require written tests, but any testing depends on the individual agency and position.

If you are applying for a specific job, the vacancy announcement on USAJOBS.gov will indicate if a specific written test is necessary and whom you may contact for more information.

To locate contact information for the personnel department of a federal agency, visit USA.gov's A-Z index of U.S. government departments and agencies. You may also try using the government section of your local telephone directory.

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Security Clearance

Whether for a government agency or private organization, a security clearance is a status granted to individuals allowing them access to certain information.

Federal Government

  • The U.S. Government assigns a security clearance when it determines that a person is able and willing to safeguard classified information.
  • Security clearances are for a particular level of clearance. The levels used by the U.S. government are confidential, secret, and top secret.
  • A clearance allows a person filling a specific position to have access to classified information up to and including the level of clearance that they hold.
  • During the security clearance process, background investigations are conducted to assess the loyalty, character, trustworthiness, and reliability of the person requiring the clearance. 
  • For general information about security clearances and background checks for U.S. government employment, please visit the Office of Personnel Management, Federal Investigative Services (OPM-FIS).
  • If you have questions about your specific security clearance, please contact the security officer of the federal agency that requested your evaluation. If you are not sure who to contact at a federal agency, please contact the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Systems Access Support Team (SAST) at 1-724-794-5612, extension 4600. They can help you find the right contact within a federal agency.

Private Companies

  • Sometimes private companies that do business with a local, state, or federal government agency are required to obtain a security clearance using that particular government's security clearance granting system.
  • Some private companies also use security clearances to protect such things as intellectual property rights and financial information. Most of these companies use a background check, which usually researches work, criminal, and credit history.

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