Should You Work for Uncle Sam?

Don't overlook the nation's biggest employer in your job search. The pay may be more competitive than you think, and Uncle Sam offers security and benefits that are hard to come by elsewhere. Find out if you're cut out for public service.

The nation's largest employer wants YOU. Due to an increasingly aging workforce, the federal government is going on a hiring spree -- especially among the 20-something crowd. Experts say about 44% of federal civil servants are eligible for retirement within the next five years, meaning there's a heck of a lot of job openings for younger workers to fill.

Recently, the federal government hired more workers between the ages of 20 and 24 than from any other age group, according to the Partnership for Public Service, a non-profit organization that educates the public about jobs in government. With one of the sweetest benefits packages around, Uncle Sam is aiming to lure prospective employees. But should you bite? After all, doesn't working for the government mean making a pittance at a mundane job in a soulless federal building?

Swipe to scroll horizontally

Subscribe to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Be a smarter, better informed investor.

Save up to 74%

Sign up for Kiplinger’s Free E-Newsletters

Profit and prosper with the best of expert advice on investing, taxes, retirement, personal finance and more - straight to your e-mail.

Profit and prosper with the best of expert advice - straight to your e-mail.

Sign up

To continue reading this article
please register for free

This is different from signing in to your print subscription

Why am I seeing this? Find out more here

Erin Burt
Contributing Editor,