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  • Eric K. Thomas

The Best Public Sector Jobs and How to Get Them

Working in the public sector means you are paid by the state and not by a private company. These jobs are myriad, and there are millions of them across the US, including in our schools, hospitals, and police academies. There’s a raft of benefits that comes from working in the public sector, too — like better holiday and a better pension — but there’s also that feeling that you’re helping the country and giving your labor back to the people who you care about the most: your fellow Americans.

Here are three great public sector jobs, and how to qualify for them.


As you’ll know, there’s a complex system of medical provision which encompasses both the private and public sector. For some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities, the publicly-paid doctor is one of the most vital resources in keeping their family safe, while the nurse who works for the state is a reliable anchor of empathy in their community.

It’s easy, therefore, to see why hundreds of thousands of young people choose to become a nurse or a doctor each year. It’s giving back to your communities, keeping people alive, and treating the illnesses of those who are less fortunate than yourself. The key to qualifying as both a nurse and a doctor is the university course: it is something you can save up to take in the future.


While the police have had a rough ride through 2020, they’re generally considered a highly respected public institution, keeping streets safe, helping those in need, and ensuring that communities are safe, comfortable, and well-provisioned. Often, local police departments are seen as centers of communities, and their staff are regarded with trust, respect and compassion across the board.

If the noble career of policing is something that interests you, you should consider taking an educational course to really qualify you for the travails and challenges that come as part and parcel of this job. For instance, achieving a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice will give you a huge leg up in your policing career and will pave the way for exciting detective or sheriff roles in the future.


Now we enter the territory that many people simply cannot imagine themselves in. And yet, there are hundreds of thousands of major and minor politicians across the US: it’s not just the President, the senate and congress. Indeed, there are local, municipal and state employees who all help to make the country run better, and make life for citizens happier and more comfortable.

Meanwhile, there are great changes taking place across US society. The American Dream isn’t just about making money; it’s also about rising above your expected station, and there is no office that epitomizes social mobility and success more than politics itself. To consider becoming a politician, you should be careful to study and learn, but, perhaps most importantly, care about those around you and constantly communicate with your local community about their wants and needs.

Use the three options above to plan your way into a successful career in the public sector, helping those around you live a fuller and happier life.

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