PUBLIC SECTOR

AT A GLANCE

The public sector is a broad category that includes city, county, state, and federal government offices and agencies. These occupations can have a big impact on the community, but also typically require a strong understanding of rules and regulations. Public sector jobs generally have long-term incentives, including retirement benefits and clear career progression.

 

OPPORTUNITY IN
THE PUBLIC SECTOR

NOW

543

entities in Seattle-King County

191,276

jobs in Seattle-King County

$89,900

average annual earnings

2028

11%

increase in public sector job demand

22%

Elementary, Middle, Secondary & Substitute School Teacher

21%

Police Officer

19%

Bus Mechanic & Diesel Engine Specialist

19%

Education Administrator

PUBLIC SECTOR PROPERTIES

WORK AREAS

City

County

State

Federal

Communication

Project flexibility

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Data literacy

POPULATION BASICS

PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS BY AGE

2018

19-24 (8%)

25-34 (20%)

35-44 (21%)

45-54 (24%)

55-64 (21%)

65+ (6%)

14-18 (1%)

PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS BY EDUCATION

Less than HS (6%)

HS or equivalent (17%)

Some college or Associate's (30%)

Bachelor's or Advanced (47%)

2017

 

CAREER MAP

This map includes some of the most in-demand public sector jobs in Seattle-King County. Roles and skillsets vary more widely than in other industries, from social services, to public infrastructure, to natural resource management. Advancement in some branches is attached to education, while others require hands-on experience. Most types of occupations exist within the public sector.

Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Healthcare

TRANSFER SKILLS BETWEEN

- Janitor & Cleaner

- Crossing Guard

- Office & Information Clerk

- Help Desk

- Community Health Worker

$13 - $23

Teacher Assistant

$14 - $20

LESS THAN ASSOCIATE'S OR SOME EXPERIENCE

ASSOCIATE'S OR BACHELOR'S OR MODERATE EXPERIENCE

ADVANCED DEGREE OR SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE

START

ENTRY-LEVEL
(MAY REQUIRE CERTIFICATION

Construction

PUBLIC SAFETY & EMERGENCY SERVICES

EDUCATION (SCHOOLS & LIBRARIES)

TRANSIT SERVICES

PUBLIC HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES

GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

Trade

Information Technology

Elementary, Middle, Secondary & Substitute Teachers

$24 - $36

Librarian

$29 - $40

Education Administrator

$36 - $59

Postsecondary Teacher

$29 - $56

Correctional Officer & Jailer

$24 - $34

Firefighter

$29 - $46

Police Officer

$33 - $47

Fire Lieutenant

$47 - $58

Police Lieutenant

$46 - $70

Fire Captain

$54 - $76

Police Captain

$60 - $85

Police Chief

$80 - $131

Fire Chief

$64 - $117

Bus Driver

$18 - $29

Bus Mechanic & Diesel Engine Specialist

$20 - $33

Civil Engineer

$31 - $50

Urban & Regional Planner

$33 - $49

Licensed Practical Nurse

$21 - $29

Research Assistant

$16 - $25

Medical Scientist & Epidemiologist

$24 - $60

Registered Nurse

$29 - $47

Social & Human Services Assistant

$15 - $25

Healthcare Administrator

$35 - $78

Social Worker

$19 - $33

Community Health Educator

$21 - $36

Secretary & Administrative Assistant

$16 - $25

Bookkeeping, Accounting & Auditing Clerk

$16 - $24

Analyst (BI, Computer Systems)

$34 - $56

Accountant & Auditor

$24 - $47

Software Development

Engineer

$40 - $74

Financial Manager

$42 - $87

Computer & Information Systems Manager

$50 - $88

Range of hourly wages from entry-level to experienced (2018), Emsi

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