Why are government jobs so appealing?

Federal employees have the widest selection of health care plans of any U.S. employer, generous paid time off, family-friendly policies, and retirement annuities based on years of service. They enjoy a job security rate of over 99% and the retirement of the Baby Boomers is causing a hiring boom at many agencies.

Here are five federal agencies and four federal government positions that require business skills.

1. U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The mission of the SBA is to support independent businesses through counseling, advocacy, and financial assistance.

Potential bachelor’s in business position: Business Development Specialist. Federal business development specialists help small businesses expand their knowledge of federal contracting, obtain financing with third party lenders, guarantee bonds, and assist business owners when they approach venture capitalists. They also oversee certified minority- and women-owned businesses.

2. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

The IRS helps U.S. taxpayers meet their tax responsibilities.

Potential bachelor’s in business position: Criminal Investigation Special Agent. Criminal investigation special agents at the IRS use their accounting skills as forensic accountants, searching for violations of the Internal Revenue Code. They investigate complex financial records and use forensic technology to recover encrypted, password-protected, or hidden financial data. IRS special agents also work closely with agencies such as the FBI and the Postal Service to uncover financial motives for crimes from embezzlement to homicide.

3. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

The OPM handles human resources for most federal agencies.

Potential bachelor’s in business position: Benefits Specialist. Federal benefits specialists manage benefits packages for federal employees, including retirement, health care, and insurance plans They use their business administration skills to research health care plans, evaluate job perks such as paid maternity leave, and recommend how to design benefits packages to meet the needs of a changing workforce.

They also serve as a resource for federal employees by explaining benefit packages and helping appeal insurance decisions.

4. Department of Defense (DOD) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Supply chain management is an essential behind-the-scenes need for both the DOD (national security) and FEMA (national emergencies and disasters).

Potential bachelor’s in business position: Inventory Management Specialist. Federal inventory management specialists ensure that personnel in disaster and war zones have the supplies they need to do their jobs.

They coordinate the distribution of essential equipment, track inventory, and work with suppliers to troubleshoot problems. They must also be able to forecast when supplies will be needed, and quickly adapt to fast-changing military or emergency situations.


Capella University’s Bachelor of Science in Business with a specialization in Business Administration prepares graduates with the business management skills they need to pursue a career in a government agency.

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