Government jobs offer a great variety of positions. Civil service employees, often called civil servants or public employees, work in a variety of fields such as teaching, sanitation, health care, management, and administration for the federal, state, or local government. The Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity Monthly Employment Report states that there are 20,150 jobs in the Government field in Pinal County as of December 2018.

Source:, The Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity

Why choose Government jobs?

Public service provides a stable income and attractive benefits that are unmatched by most other lines of work. In rural areas, a local government job is often one of the best positions in town and it isn’t too shabby in a big city, either. Here are some of the reasons to work in local government.

  • Make a difference in your community
  • Great range of job positions
  • Generous benefits


How do I get into the Government field?

Here are a few ideas to get started in the Government field.

  • Apply for a Fellowship. A fellowship is a short-term opportunity lasting from a few months to several years that focuses on the professional development of the fellow. There are many fellowships that offer a greater degree of respect than an internship, a stipend to cover your expenses, and the chance to prove yourself to potential employers.
  • Volunteer on a Campaign. Working on a campaign doesn’t guarantee a job after the campaign—especially if the candidate you’re supporting doesn’t win. But assuming you pick the winner, being able to say that you knocked on doors in the pouring rain and made hundreds of phone calls gives you a strong leg up in the interview process. Whether you get a paid leadership position on the campaign or you’re out every weekend canvassing, proving your merit and aligning yourself with a candidate can lead to many open doors once the candidate assumes office.
  • Go Back to School (and Not Just for Public Policy). Returning to school always helps to build your credentials. When hiring managers are sifting through piles of resumes, the completion of a degree program can help you to stand out from the crowd. These days, a business degree is highly valued in the public sector as employers are looking for leaders who understand the ins and outs of management and finance. The investment of both time and tuition should not, of course, be taken lightly. But a lot of degree programs offer classes at night so you can prevent an accumulation of student loans while kick-starting your public service career. And many programs offer tuition forgiveness for students entering in public sector.

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Education in Arizona

The educational requirement for a career in government will depend on the specific job. For example, most upper level management or finance jobs will require a postgraduate university degree in a related field of study, such as business or accounting.