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President's State of the Union Address Highlights Need for New Hiring

President Obama declared his commitment to an ambitious program of government expansion in 2015. New hires are to be expected.

The President plans major initiatives to address energy, education, climate change, health and national security.President Obama’s State-of-the-Union address before the nation last week set an ambitious agenda of government expansion. He cited his goals over a wide spectrum of national issues ranging from energy independence to defense against cyber attacks to creating new jobs.

Some of the President’s objectives need Congressional approval before funds can be spent. However, there is much the President can do simply by exercising his executive authority. For example, he said regarding keeping jobs in America, “...Let's close loopholes so we stop rewarding companies that keep profits abroad, and reward those that invest in America.”

President Obama’s Objectives
The following list of priorities received particular attention in President Obama’s State-of-the-Union speech. Some of these items may be impacted by the budget restraints now facing the government, particularly in the Department of Defense. Even so the President’s commitment to these objectives will certainly result in additional attention on them and, as a result, additional hiring.

On the subject of energy the President said, “I want Americans to win the race for the kinds of discoveries that unleash new jobs -- converting sunlight into liquid fuel; creating revolutionary prosthetics, so that a veteran who gave his arms for his country can play catch with his kid; pushing out into the Solar System not just to visit, but to stay.” The continuing campaign to improve energy efficiency, lower cost and convert to renewable sources will create jobs within the Department of Energy.

Below is a list of some of the occupations with open vacancies as of this writing at the Department of Energy:

GS-1101 Natural Gas Analyst $106,263
GS-0840 Nuclear Engineer $126,245
GS-0801 General Engineer $89,924
GS-1102 Contract Spec $80,259
GS-0343 Program Analyst $107,325
GS-1101 Energy Industry Analyst $68,465

Improving the education of people of all ages for the purpose of enhancing their job skills will be a focus of the Administration in the coming year. The President said, “...That's why I am sending this Congress a bold new plan to lower the cost of community college -- to zero. Forty percent of our college students choose community college. Some are young and starting out. Some are older and looking for a better job. Some are veterans and single parents trying to transition back into the job market.”

Some of the occupations now open in the Department of Education include:

GS-2210 IT Specialist $126,245
GS-0201 HR Specialist $89,924
GS-0510 Accountant $43,057
GS-1730 Education Research Analyst $106,263

National Security
Because the Department of Defense has by far the largest budget in government, across the board budget cuts will affect Defense the most. However, funding America’s defense from attacks seems to enjoy wide bi-partisan support. The President has said, “No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids. We are making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyber threats, just as we have done to combat terrorism.... ”

Following are some positions now open at the Department of Defense that may be related to this effort:

GS-2210 Info Security Spec $76,359
GS-0391 Telecommunications Specialist $51,163
GS-1810 Investigator $107,325

Health Care
On the subject the President has said, “....our veterans receive the benefits they’ve earned, and our wounded warriors receive the health care – including the mental health care – that they need....” Veterans Affairs and Health & Human services will be initiating new programs to improve the nation’s ability to treat mental health disorders.

Below are some jobs currently open at VA and HHS:

VM-0661 Pharmacy Tech $41,137
GS-0602 Physician $98,967
GS-0610 Registered Nurse $49,804
GS-0101 Adv Med Support Asst $35,609
GS-0675 Med Support Asst $28,553

How To Apply
Candidates interested in any of the occupations listed above can scan this site for openings.

Interested applicants may also wish to visit the following websites.

Dept of Energy

Dept of Education

Dept of Defense

Dept of Veterans Affairs

Dept of Health and Human Services