Want to be a teacher? Or a firefighter? How about police officer or a judge? Likelihood if you take any of these jobs is you’ll work for the government.
State and local governments employ about 7.9 million workers nationwide, placing them among the largest employers in the economy. Seven out of 10 of these employees work for local governments, such as counties, cities, special districts, and towns. In addition to these 7.9 million workers, large numbers of state and local workers work in public education.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics’ Web site, 3.8 million teachers are employed nationwide in 2004, only 10 percent in private schools.
The rest serve public education.
The largest job sector in governments - aside from teachers - are in the fire fighting and law enforcement areas.
Uniformed officers are employed by a variety of government groups: City police agencies, county sheriff’s departments and state highway patrol officers. Detectives may be found in local, state and federal groups.
Competition for these jobs will remain high for the higher paying state and federal jobs as well as the jobs in affluent areas, according to the federal Web site.
In Arizona, the state Web site, www.azstatejobs.gov, offers a view of opportunities in a variety of departments. Some recent job openings listed include a psychiatrist and a Windows operating system administrator.
Gilbert Personnel Analyst Mark Boynton said government employment, such as in Gilbert, offers its perks.
“People often site stability and great benefits when it comes to jobs in municipal government, but I think even more important than that is the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the citizens where you live and work,” he said. “We offer the opportunity for public service in one of the fastest growing municipalities in the U.S. With all of the growth comes a lot of opportunity to work hard, learn and grow professionally.”