The federal government is hiring more than 72,000 federal employees in 2015, according to the Office of Management and Budget. After years of sequestration and hiring freezes, it’s a relative bounce-back from several years of hiring slump.

When I consider the federal government’s hiring rebound, I get a little curious about the definition of rebound and whether or not that’s the right word to describe the increase in federal government jobs. defines rebound as a “spring back or bounce back from force of impact” or as a recovery “from a health or illness.” Well, both of those definitions seem to fit, depending on whether you considered sequestration an impact or an illness. Frankly, I could go either way. Whatever sequestration, furloughs, and hiring freezes were, the federal government’s hiring is now on the rebound. In fact, many federal agencies are looking to add jobs in 2015. 

Despite the Defense Department’s plans to trim its workforce a little in 2016 to keep up with the changing times, the agency wants to hire 20,600 employees in 2015. The Department of Homeland Security is also looking to add 3,800 jobs in fiscal year 2015. Other agencies that are expecting growth in 2015 are the Veterans Administration, the Justice Department, the Agriculture Department, and the Health and Human Services Department. However, if you’re looking to get hired at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), now may not be such a great time to do that. 

What jobs might the Defense Department be adding? The Defense Department is specifically looking to strengthen its cyber, acquisition, and shipyard workforce. The agency is also hiring support in sexual assault prevention, transition assistant, suicide prevention, and disability evaluation. For cleared, cyber professionals or those with a mental health background, now may be the time to check out the federal government and take advantage of the increase in demand.

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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.