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USAJOBS, the primary portal for federal job seekers, launched a streamlined application service for college students and recent graduates called Pathways to better assist them with finding government work. While this is certainly welcome news in a competitive job market, one might wonder why there is so much interest in government jobs in particular.

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Given the economic slowdown of the last few years, many people have started to look for good paying work in places they may not have considered before. One of those places is the federal government. Despite the sequester and the slower economy, the federal government still is posting high-paying jobs in many parts of the country. Also, many state and local governments continue to hire briskly, as well. If you are interested in high paying, public sector, and public administration work, be sure to review the following high salary careers.

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It’s no secret that government jobs are some of the most coveted positions in the country. One of the biggest opportunities for job seekers in government is the growing need for technology professionals.

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A career in local government can be especially rewarding as it develops communities and provides important services to residents. In addition to competitive salaries, local government jobs offer job security, health insurance and retirement benefits that are as good as or better than those in the private sector. Local government employees also have the advantage of seeing the fruits of their labor on a daily basis. As the Baby Boomer generation moves into retirement, there is opportunity for advancement in all areas of local government. In a 2008 survey of local government managers conducted by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), 24 percent of respondents said they were eligible to retire and 43 percent said they would be eligible within the next five years. These retirements will lead to a large number of vacancies in government management positions. If you currently are working in local government and would like to take on new challenges and advance to higher level positions, these are five tips that will help boost your career:

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Pursuing a career in government is not for everyone. Certain attributes and personality traits are common among those who seek to serve the public good through their vocation. It would stand to reason that successful job candidates would be able to communicate these attributes through job interview wardrobe choices.

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