The federal government is one of the nation’s leading employers and is need of highly skilled individuals that meet the agency staffing needs and mission objectives. Realizing that veterans have skills and training that are valuable assets to the work place, the percentage of veteran new hires has increased increase. The Veterans Employment Initiative, which was established in 2009, is a program that is geared towards promoting the hiring of veterans in the executive branch. 2014 was the first year since the program launched that overall new employee hires increased.

Federal Government Opportunities

Hakeem Basheerud-Deen, director of veterans services at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recognizes that veterans receive a lot of training and development through their time in the military which could help fulfill the staffing needs of federal agencies.

According to the OPM, in 2014, the percentage of new hire veterans increased to 33% of all hires to the executive branch of the federal government. 2% of from fiscal year 2013. If you’re a veteran interested in working for the government, discover the federal government opportunities for veterans.

  • Defense,
    hired: 24,274.
  • Veterans Administration,
    Vets hired: 17,009
  • Social Security Administration,
    Vets hired: 2,863
  • Justice,
    Vets hired: 2,768
  • Department of Homeland Security,
    Vets hired: 2,646

​​While most veterans work in administrative positions, there are other areas like technical and professional positions that veterans pursue. Veterans usually seek federal employment because they have a passion to continue serving their country while others are looking for a new career path. Whatever the case may be, these areas of the federal government are hiring vets.