Federal Jobs: What's Hot for 2012?

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By on January 17, 2012 in Current Events, Human Resources with 0 Comments


There are many pendants out there these days that will tell you Federal jobs are all but extinct. However, recent data would argue that point and when it comes right down to it, the Federal job market is really no different than any other job market in the fact that there are plenty of opportunities to be had if you know where to look. So, what are some of the hot Federal jobs for 2012 and where can you find them?

Best Places to Be

Of course knowing that there are Federal jobs available is one thing, but where they are located is still another. While critics will argue this list to a certain extent, for the most part the cities that boast the best opportunities for Federal work as well as the happiest Federal workers continue to be:

  • Washington, DC
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • New York, NY
  • Dallas, TX
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Tampa, FL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Los Angeles, CA


While these ten cities are not the only places where the Federal government will be looking to hire in 2012, they will more than likely be the strongest. Fortunately, for anyone who is close to any one of these Federal hot job factories, plenty of opportunity will abound in several areas

Hot Areas for the Fed in 2012

While the Federal government continues to provide steady work for those who qualify, there are five fields in particular that have seen a dramatic increase in hiring over the past few years. Even heading into 2012, these jobs show no signs of letting up in the sheer number of qualified people that are going to be able to be hired.

Mainly, the Federal jobs that have been hot and that are looking to stay hot are in fields that will likely always be in high demand. These types of fields are ones that will need to have qualified applicants filling the job demand at all times regardless of what the economy might look like. The top five Federal hot job fields include:

Medical: It is estimated that the medical field as a whole will see over 54,000 new hires for the time period of 2009 to 2012. This includes many sectors of the medical industry including nursing, all disciplines of physicians, consumer safety, pharmacy, industrial hygiene, radiology, and rehabilitation therapy.

Of course the most of job opportunities in the medical field at the Federal level will be in the larger metropolitan cites. Wherever there is an influx of Federal workers, there will be a need for their well-being being tended to by professionals in the medical field.

Protection and Security: Coming in just below the medical field is the protection and security field with an estimated 52,000 plus hires for the same time period. Because America is in a time where there is a lot of uncertainty, both here and abroad, there will always be an ongoing need for protection and security. 

Again, these hires are, and will continue to be, in a variety of areas including analysis for intelligence, foreign security affairs, international relations, Federal level security administration, transportation security officers, and even Federal level park rangers. Again, the edge will go to the larger metropolitan areas when it comes to the level of opportunity in the protection and security filed.

Compliance and Enforcement:
With over 31,000 projected hires over the 2009 to 2012 time period, the field of compliance and enforcement is one that continues to surge. With immigration being a main concern among many of the American people, this is a field that might see an even bigger bump than it already has moving forward into 2012.

Sectors that will be hiring will include border security, customs enforcement, customs inspection, as well as various levels of Federal inspectors and investigators. Many of these Federal jobs will be found in the border states that have large metropolitan areas.

Legal: Next on the list of hot Federal jobs for 2012 is the legal field. Recent changes to the way in which visas and passports are handled and processed are a likely reason that this field continues to add jobs to the tune of over an estimated 23,000 from 2009 and going into 2012.

Contract representatives, various attorneys, and all areas of visa and/or passport assistance will likely continue to see nice growth for 2012 and beyond. As most of the Federal jobs in the legal field are needed all over the country that means that qualified people can find opportunity nearly everywhere they look. However, the top metropolitan areas will likely still continue to offer the most amount of openings.

Administrative: For the 2009 to 2012 time frame, this field of Federal jobs is estimated to hire well over 17,000 people. That means a lot of opportunity in 2012 for those who are qualified for a variety of support activities for clerical positions, human resources for various Federal departments, program analysts, management analysts, and telecommunications for Federal resources. If you are computer savvy and can create a website, manage data, or organize projects, then there may well be a Federal job for you.

While these Federal jobs are not as plentiful as some of the other fields of Federal hot jobs, they do provide a distinct advantage. Nearly every corner of the country that has a need for an abundance of Federal workers will also have the need for highly trained and qualified administrative personnel. So, the amount of Federal jobs may be less for this field, but the areas of opportunity are indeed greater.

Again, there are more than just these five Federal job fields that will be looking to staff up in 2012, but these fields are going to no doubt be the hottest. Again, because these fields are ones that need to be filled no matter what is going on with the economy, they will likely stay on the Federal hot jobs list for 2012 and even further out. While there may not be enough Federal jobs to solve the unemployment problem in America, there are plenty of opportunities for those who qualify and those who know where to look.

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Jason Kay is a professional resume writer and regular contributor to KSADoctor.com, a professional federal resume service and repository of sample KSA statements.