Who better to have information on government jobs than the government’s own employment tracking data system, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)! The BLS keeps tabs on employment trends and salaries throughout the country, including its own. ACCOUNTING GOVERNMENT JOBS has some promising prospects according to the BLS May 2012 Report. 

Government Jobs Compared to Other Industries

The BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook has documented BLS job categories that require at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field. One category: Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents are employed only by Local, State and Federal Governments; therefore, there is no comparison for this category to other industries.

Outlined below are 5 categories that have significant ACCOUNTING GOVERNMENT JOBS in Local, State and Federal Governments as compared to other industries:

  • Accountants and Auditors- Local Government and State Governments are the third highest employers, respectively. They have a combined total of 78,100 positions. The Federal Government is not listed as one of the top 5 employers but its 23,650 Accountants and Auditors are the second highest paid in the nation with median salaries of $90,560.
  • Budget Analysts- The top 3 highest employers in order are Federal, State and Local Governments! The Federal Government alone employs 11,450; only about 1,000 less than the 12,560 combined total of State and Local Budget Analyst employees. Federal and State agencies also report as the 2nd and 3rd highest concentration of jobs. Almost synonymous with Federal Government, the District of Columbia is listed as the highest paying state.
  • Financial Managers- Local Governments 4th place distinction shows the median wage of $90,860 is enjoyed by 19,110 people. The chances are good that a majority of Local Government Financial Managers are employed in California- the state with the highest employment level. It employs a whopping 66,450! That is more than the next two states, New York and Texas, combined!
  • Management Analysts- 56,660 employees earn a median annual salary of $84,300 from the second highest employer for Management Analysts- the Federal Government. The District of Columbia is also the state and metropolitan area with the highest concentration of jobs.
  • Chief/Top Executives- Companies are not the only organizations in need of Chief Executive or Chief Financial Officers. Local Governments are the second highest employers and State Governments are fifth. The 17,270 employed at the Local level earn an average of $110,600 and State employed weigh in with 6,790 employed at an average of $109,080. The Federal Government isn’t listed as one of the top 5 employers; however, the 8,640 working for them puts District of Columbia at the highest concentration of jobs.

Economic Growth for Government Jobs in Accounting

One of the questions many college freshmen ask their academic advisor when they enroll in college is “Will there be any jobs in my field when I graduate?” It’s difficult to predict the future but the BLS includes a job forecast. Overall, the average job is expected to grow 12% between 2010 and 2020. The projected growth for ACCOUNTING GOVERNMENT JOBS ranges from a 6% low for Budget Analysts to 19% for Management Analysts which bodes well for those interested in ACCOUNTING GOVERNMENT JOBS.

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