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The Top 10 Federal Agencies for Workers Under 40

The headquarters of the Government Accountability Office in Washington. D.C. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons by Coolcaesar)
The headquarters of the Government Accountability Office in Washington. D.C. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons by Coolcaesar)

Jobs in the federal government are becoming increasingly popular with workers under 40. Several occupations in the public sector offer job security, an opportunity for advancement, and the good pay and benefits that some popular industries lack.

What’s more, younger workers currently employed with the federal government report a high level of job satisfaction, according to an annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government report.

The report — published by the Partnership for Public Service (PPS) — found that out of 221,000-plus federal employees surveyed, 63 percent of younger workers were more than satisfied with their jobs.

Accordingly, the PPS published a list of the best large federal agencies for workers under 40. If you’re a young veteran looking for employment in the federal government take a look at the list to find the agency that suits you:

1.) Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Headquarters: Rockville, M.D. Regulates the nation’s civilian use of byproduct, source, and special nuclear materials to ensure adequate protection of public health and safety, to promote the common defense and security, and to protect the environment.

2.) Government Accountability Office (GAO). Headquarters: Washington, DC. Supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and helps improve performance, in addition to ensuring the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people.

3.) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Headquarters: Washington, DC. NASA aspires to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research.

4.) Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Headquarters: Washington, DC. Protects investors, maintains fair, orderly, and efficient markets and facilitates capital formation.

5.) Social Security Administration (SSA). Headquarters: Baltimore. Manages the nation’s Social Security numbers to U.S. citizens, maintains earnings records for workers under their Social Security numbers, and administers the Supplemental Security Income program for the aged, blind and disabled.

6.) Department of Justice (DOJ). Headquarters: Washington, DC. Leads foreign and domestic counterterrorism, enforces federal laws, provides legal advice to the President and to all federal agencies, investigates federal crimes and prosecutes violators, operates the federal prison system and ensures the civil rights of all Americans.

7.) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Headquarters: Washington, DC. Safeguards the environmental health of the nation’s air, water, and lands. The EPA also runs programs to control and reduce pollution and works with other federal agencies, state and local governments, and Native American tribal nations to conduct environmental research and set environmental standards.

8.) General Services Administration (GSA). Headquarters: Washington, DC. Helps federal agencies better serve the public by offering, at best value, superior workplaces, expert solutions, acquisition services and management polices.

9.) Department of the Army (DA). Headquarters: Arlington, VA. Provides expeditionary land forces wherever they are required. In conjunction with the Department of Defense, the Army trains and equips Soldiers and creates leaders among them to rapidly respond when they’re called upon to serve our nation.

10.) Department of Energy (DOE). Headquarters: Washington, DC. Coordinates the national use and provision of energy, oversees the production and disposal of nuclear weapons, and plans for future energy needs. The DOE promotes international nuclear safety, energy consumption and efficiency, as well as science and technology research and development.

If you want to learn more about federal job opportunities from veterans currently employed with an agency, visit Military.com’s Veterans Career Network (VCN). The VCN provides you with mentors that can help answer all of your questions about civilian jobs.

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