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Agencies place high on list of appealing tech employers

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Despite the complicated process of applying for federal employment, many agencies are ranked among the best places to work in a recent survey.

In a look at the most attractive employers in America, 17 federal agencies made the top 100 list for IT. According to a survey of nearly 60,000 undergraduates and 6,000 MBA students by employer-branding firm Universum, the following agencies have real appeal for tech-focused job seekers:

  • FBI (#11)
  • National Security Agency (#12)
  • NASA (#13)
  • CIA (#15)
  • Defense Department (#20)
  • State Department (#22)
  • Energy Department (#30)
  • Air Force (#31)
  • Navy (#34)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (#49)
  • Treasury Department (#54)
  • Army (#60)
  • Peace Corps (#69)
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission (#91)
  • National Institutes of Health (#95)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (#97)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (#100)

Agencies also fared well in other categories: NASA was No. 1 among engineering employers, while NIH topped the natural science list.

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Reader comments

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 Steve

I can understand the desire to work for NASA. In tech circles working for NASA is still thought to be 'cool'. I just wonder how well all these agencies will do on retaining all these bright young technical workers as the economy improves and talented workers have better options available to them. It is one thing to attract talent with grandiose talk about the nobility of public service, it is a whole 'nother thing to keep them once they have personally experienced the day to day drudgery of the bureaucracy and the constant demagoguery by the politicians and media.

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