What Are Good Government Jobs for Someone with a Business Degree?

Surprisingly, the same types of jobs in the private sector that require a business degree are also good government jobs. Local, state and federal government agencies need talented managers, top executives, accountants and workers in other finance and business categories. A strong math propensity, ability to work with technology, good oral and written communication skills and interpersonal abilities necessary to work as part of a team are traits necessary for a candidate to obtain a position in any government related business fields. When searching the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) May 2012 Report of employment levels and industries at the three government designations consistently place among the top five in several business categories.

Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

It stands to reason that the Federal Government is the industry with the highest concentration of Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents as identified by the BLS. State and Local governments are the second and third highest industries for hiring these workers. A bachelor’s degree in business, finance, accounting or related field is required and usually some experience is an additional prerequisite. Experience depends on the specialization one wants to pursue and where the experience was obtained, such as an accounting, bookkeeping or tax firm. State and Local governments may have slightly less stringent standards than the Federal government but a bachelor’s degree is the consistent starting point.

Accountants and Auditors

The three government designations again are listed in the top five industries for employing Accountants and Auditors by BLS data. Local Government is listed at 3rd and State Government is listed at 4th. The Federal Government is the second highest paying industry making it no coincidence that the District of Columbia has highest concentration and pay for this category. The $87,370 annual median pay is well above the national median of $63,550!

Administrative Services Managers

All businesses have to have managers and government agencies are no different. Administrative Service Managers coordinate activities within their departments, schedule hours, train and assign work duties for employees plus do reviews and evaluations of their employee activities.
With many government agencies at the state and local level it’s easy to see why Local and State Governments score big as the industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation at number 1 and 2 respectively.


Statistician may sound like a boring profession but for anyone who loves math it’s perfect. Landing a position in either Maryland or Washington, D.C., the 2nd and 5th top employing states will offer plenty of opportunity for entertainment. The average median salaries above $93,000 and $103,000 should be adequate to cover the costs.

Chief Officers

By whatever title they go by; Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO) or Managing Director (MD), these top officials are responsible for an entire corporation or in the case of government jobs, a department. Local and State governments weigh in at 2nd and 4th places respectively with the highest levels of employment. Washington, D.C. is tops in the nation for the highest concentration of these officers.

Benefits of government positions go beyond salary. Set holidays, vacations, health care, job security and other enticing compensations are part of the package for choosing a government job. Further information on essential education and experience, job descriptions, knowledge and work context for government jobs can be found at O*Net Online.