Federal and State Officials

Federal and state officials hold positions in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government at the state and national levels. They include governors, judges, senators, representatives, and the president and vice president of the country. Government officials are responsible for preserving the government against external and domestic threats, supervising and resolving conflicts between private and public interest, regulating the economy, protecting political and social rights of the citizens, and providing goods and services. Officials may, among other things, pass laws, set up social service programs, and allocate the taxpayers' money on goods and services.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Commissioners, Governors, President, Representatives, Secretaries, Senators, Treasurers, Vice-President
Duties Serve in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government at the state and national levels
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available in every state, with many jobs found in Washington, D.C.
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • English
  • Government
  • History
  • Speech
Experience Prior experience in local government, the military, journalism, academics, or business
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Realistic
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements Varies by office
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Federal Official
  • State Official
  • Local Official

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