Annotation by: St. Louis Public Library staff.
A civil service job is working for a government agency. America's largest employer is the government. The term does not include the armed services. There are nearly three million people employed by the federal government plus more at the state and local government agencies level. Each agency is responsible for its own employment system.
The United States Postal Service is an independent agency of the Federal government. It employs over 800,000 workers working in over 38,000 facilities and handles about 630 million pieces of mail a day.
Government jobs are highly sought and often considered to be among the most secure work environments. Salary is comparable to the private sector as well as comparable to the same job in a particular area of the country. There are opportunities for you to move upward in a field or to change fields.
As with any business or company there is a turnover rate due to retirement, promotions, and vacancies, so the government is always hiring. Hiring is based on performance and qualifications regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, disability or national origin. Civil service positions are filled from lists of qualified candidates that took competitive examinations, that are open to all citizens, and met the criteria for that position. Examinations are held for specific jobs, as needs require.
Civil servants enjoy a variety of benefits, including health and retirement benefits, paid vacations and sick leave, and career-development and training programs.
Almost anyone can find a suitable job at some level. Job opportunities are available in your own town, every state and across the globe to countries around the word. Whether you have a GED or a Ph.D. the government will have an opportunity for you.
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff