Careers at BLS

Careers at BLS

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Eddie Green"While in college, I found myself using a lot of BLS data. So upon graduating with a degree in Economics and knowing my desire was to work in the public service field, I knew that the Bureau of Labor Statistics was a great place to start."

"Eddie Green, Assistant Regional Commissioner, Atlanta, GA

Economists are our primary occupation. If you want an opportunity to work for one of the premier economic analysis organizations in the United States, BLS is the place to be. Become a part of our team!
Our economists are responsible for the review, collection and/or compilation of data from either primary or secondary sources. Data are reviewed for accuracy and consistency at which time an analysis of the findings is prepared. Results of the analysis may take the form of internal reports, press releases, or a portion of an article for publication. Typical duties may include:

Interested in an economist position outside of Washington, D.C.? Read more about BLS regional economists:

Information Technology Specialists provide the critical support needed to produce reports on a timely basis using the latest state of the art technology. This is a great place to learn, to grow, and to use your skills in a creative and technological work environment.

IT specialists analyze, design, implement and maintain computer systems to support the Bureau’s many statistical surveys. In all stages of planning, design, and implementation, computer specialists work closely with economists and statisticians. BLS uses state-of-the art hardware and software computing and communications technologies to collect, process, and distribute data. Computer programming languages in use include Java, .NET, Visual Basic, PowerBuilder, C++, and SAS. Database management systems used at BLS are Sybase and Oracle. Operating Systems include Windows and Unix. BLS uses Rational Unified Process (RUP) methodology for systems development.

Mathematical Statisticians are primarily responsible for assuring the statistical integrity of the sample survey estimates. We employ world class talent, offer excellent professional growth and educational opportunities, and work assignments that are both challenging and personally fulfilling.
Our positions offer opportunities in the design of large-scale sample surveys. There are also opportunities to pursue research into new techniques for sample design and estimation. In planning and designing sample surveys, professionals work closely with economists and computer specialists regarding program objectives, survey design, and systems development. Typical duties may include:

Other Career Fields

While Economists, IT Specialists and Mathematical Statisticians are the primary positions in which BLS recruits, we offer a variety of other career opportunities. Every BLS employee plays a key role in helping us to achieve our organizational goals and objectives. Here are some of the occupations where we are looking for energetic individuals who want to make a difference.

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Last Modified Date: December 7, 2010

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