Career and Job Search Guide

Government Manager

Government Manager Government jobs offer better job stability than jobs in the private sector. Government jobs offer full-time hours with generous wages and benefits. Government employees usually work 40 hours a week. As previously mentioned, government jobs provide workers with stability because it is more difficult to fire employees, and their jobs will not be outsourced to foreign countries. Moreover, government employees have excellent inter-agency job mobility, often given preference over other applicants. The Office of Personnel Management estimates that by 2016, 60 percent of full-time government employees will be eligible for retirement benefits.

Eighty percent of government workers serve as managers compared to 25 percent of workers in the private sector. Government management positions exist in finance, public relations, technology, and human resources. Government employees can also work at embassies in foreign countries, or they can work in the United States at prisons, airports, and disability services agencies. Government agencies also collaborate with non-profit organizations.

Government managers must handle difficult work circumstances. For example, coordinating with other government agencies and firing insubordinate employees can be difficult. Likewise, getting hired as a government manager can take 6 months or longer.

Since many national and global corporations are downsizing, employment with the government can provide stability and provide people interested in public service a great opportunity.

Salary Data

Median (8 years of experience): $58,100

25-75 percentile (8 or more years of experience): $52,000-94,000


To become a government manager, a candidate usually needs a master's degree in public policy, business administration, or public administration. However, candidates with a bachelor's degree combined with experience can land employment, but sometimes previous public-sector work experienced is required.