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Career Path: Government

The government will always need workers for a variety of positions. It can be highly rewarding to work for the government at either a local, state or federal level. Employees get to learn the intricacies of the government operation, and often receive generous benefits in their employment packages. For example, government employees are eligible for a nationally recognized health insurance program, flexible scheduling to work around personal responsibilities such as raising children, and vacation days as well as sick days to ensure that they receive leisure and recovery time during the year, according to USAJOBS, the official job site of the U.S. government. The government will also often assist employees in planning for retirement.

Government jobs provide an excellent opportunity for individuals to help others. Positions often serve the public, which can be a highly rewarding experience. For example, social workers are in high demand to meet the needs of a growing population. They assist single parents, neglected children and unemployed and homeless people.

National security jobs are also on the rise. As the world shrinks with the advance of globalization, protecting the country's borders becomes more important than ever to ensure that residents of the U.S. as well as visitors are kept safe. Homeland security officers, in the form of border patrol agents and immigration and customs agents, provide protection from those seeking to enter the country by illegal means. They also protect the U.S. from potentially harmful pathogens and pests by imposing strict import laws. They inspect passengers arriving in airports, cars and boats, as well as inspect cargo and goods that arrive for sale. Intelligence analysts are valuable as well to ensure that potential terrorist threats are investigated.