Federal Government Jobs

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Federal Job Locations

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Where are Federal Jobs Located?

Federal Job Locations / Finding Employment in Your Area

The federal government consists of fifteen cabinet departments and 100 independent agencies. These agencies have offices in all corners of the world. The 6 largest government employers are the Department of Defense, the United States Postal Service, the Veterans Administration, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice. Over 89,000 government employees work overseas. Most overseas jobs are at military bases or U.S.  Embassies.  California has the largest number of federal workers, 149,146 and Vermont the least with 3,831 workers.  All of the 339 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. and Puerto Rico have federal civilian employees. View employment by State in table 5-1 listed below.

Federal agencies are like corporations in the sense that each agency has a headquarters office, typically located in Washington D.C., regional offices located around the country to manage large geographic areas, and many satellite offices to provide public services and to perform agency functions. A good example is the Social Security Administration, which has offices in most areas to administer the Social Security program; manage disability claims, sign up those who retire at 62 and again at age 65 when they are required to elect Medicare options, etc.


Federal jobs can be found in all parts of the country and overseas — even in places you might never imagine. Do not exclude any location for a federal job, regardless of size. In 1975 Dennis Damp, the author of The Book of U.S. Government Jobs, was hired by the FAA to work at the Philipsburg Airport in central Pennsylvania. Philipsburg is a small town of 3,056 and he maintained navigational aids and communications facilities at the airport and State College. One of the main reasons he was hired was that few bid on these remote-location jobs. If you want to be successful in your job search, expand your area of consideration. It took Dennis three years to get trained and transfer back to his hometown.

To locate potential employers and federal offices in your area, check the blue pages in your phone book, and use the informational interview process to establish a network within local agencies of interest. Comprehensive agency job listings are available on this site to locate federal job vacancy announcements. Also use the links listed below to locate federal job announcements by occupation and other search criteria for your area.

Federal Employment by State


Alabama —  36,634
Alaska  — 13,833
Arizona — 41,229
Arkansas — 13,954
California — 158,635
Colorado — 38,195
Connecticut — 8,128
Delaware — 3,270
Florida — 82,356
Georgia — 75,123
Hawaii — 25,056
Idaho — 10,280
Illinois — 43,006
Indiana — 23,522
Iowa — 8,688
Kansas — 16,587
Kentucky — 25,499
Louisiana — 19,935
Maine — 10,866
Maryland — 106,391
Massachusetts — 26,296
Michigan — 27,693
Minnesota — 17,653
Mississippi — 18,052
Missouri — 33,178
Montana — 11,770
Nebraska — 10,359
Nevada — 10,944
New Hampshire — 4,193
New Jersey — 28,496
New Mexico — 26,433
New York — 61,010
North Carolina — 40,549
North Dakota —6,536
Ohio 48,402
Oklahoma 38,650
Oregon — 21,750
Rhode Island — 6,860
South Carolina —20,871
South Dakota — 8,672
Tennessee — 27,298
Texas — 127,859
Utah — 29,226
Vermont — 4,406
Virginia — 135,298
Washington — 54,852
Washington, D.C. — 128,324
West Virginia —15,620
Wisconsin — 14,830
Wyoming — 6,568
Overseas — 89,204
*Unspecified — 39,980