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Do You Need a Degree for a Federal Job?

Hi, I’m Karlos. Let’s talk about whether you need to have a degree to get a Federal job.

Is a College Degree Required for a Federal Job?

All Federal jobs DO have qualification requirements, but most DON’T require a college degree.

Generally, you can qualify based on:

  • your experience
  • your education
  • or a combination of the two.

Some jobs, such as engineers, accountants, chemists, and social workers, DO require a specific degree or coursework.

For example, if you’re looking for an accountant position, you will need a degree AND/OR have completed 24 semester hours of specific coursework. When you find a job that interests you on, carefully read the “Qualifications” section of the job opportunity announcement.

College Degree Required for a Federal Job

This section will include the knowledge, skills, abilities, competencies and any experience required to qualify for the job.00:50It will also include whether any education is required, and if you can substitute education for the experience.

Statistics say that more than 60 percent of people working in government do not have the appropriate education degree. Complete federal jobs list you can find on Below are some of careers examples.

Government Jobs for People Without a Degree

  1. Patrol Officer
  2. Library Assistant
  3. Financial Clerk
  4. Administrative Assistant
  5. Administrative Manager

The median salary for such job position is about  $37,000. Check out your GS Payscale Level

Remember, read the entire announcement, and pay close attention to the qualification requirements. If you think you meet the requirements and decide to apply, make sure you clearly state in your resume HOW you meet the requirements. In summary, many Federal jobs require a specific degree, but most do not. Visit us at and select the YouTube icon for more information to help you find and apply for a Federal job.

Thank you for reading and I wish you a successful job search!

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