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Survey finds feds will be looking for a few good IT pros

Federal agencies will need to hire more than 270,000 new employees during the next three years, information technology pros among them, according to the Partnership for Public Service. The nonprofit organization surveyed 35 federal agencies and found they will need additional help during the next three years to meet the Obama administration's goals and replace a rapidly retiring workforce. For selected agencies, here are how many systems analysis, security, application software, data management and network services jobs will be required in the years ahead.

Agency

Current

Eligible to retire in 2012

Projected hires
2009-2012

Agriculture

3,423

1,243

510

Army

1,390

2,497

1,874

Commerce

3,036

746

540

Defense (excluding individual services)

5,746

1,892

1,408

Education

206

43

20

Energy

607

197

217

Homeland Security

618

586

586

Justice

2,737

532

428

GSA

651

181

66

NASA

356

80

61

Total (35 agencies surveyed)

56,463

16,454

11,549

Sources: "Where The Jobs Are 2009," IT jobs: http://data.wherethejobsare.org/wtja/field/1502

About the Author

Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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