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Apr132011

Job Listings: 22,000 Government Positions Posted on USAJobs.com

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Looking for a booming job market? Look no further than the website USAJobs.com, where the federal government lists all its job openings. There are thousands of positions, many with six-figure salaries, and no apparent sign of budget belt-tightening.

Here is a sampling of some of what's listed:

The Air Force is offering up to $115,000 a year for an audio-visual specialist.

The assistant secretary of Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior plans to hire a "new media specialist" to deal with Facebook and Twitter for $115,000 a year. An Interior Department spokesman told ABC News this is an urgently needed post to fill because a court order has kept the Bureau of Indian Affairs off the Internet for seven years.

The National Weather Service has a dozen openings for meteorologists, paying up to $136,000 a year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is in the market for a speechwriter, offering a salary of $136,000 a year.

The Environmental Protection Agency will pay $155,000 a year for a new spokesman.

That's pretty good money. By comparison, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs made an annual salary of $171,000.

Indeed, there are many high-paying spokesman jobs listed, including one for the Department of Homeland Security that pays from $105,211 to $136,711.

There are also more exotic jobs:

There are 11 openings for lower-paying jobs at the military's posh Klipper golf course in Hawaii.

There is an opening for a fitness instructor on a U.S. Army base in Germany for $38,000. Among the perks: They'll help repay your college loans.

Overall, there are 22,000 jobs and no sign of an economic downturn. Indeed, since the recession started in 2007, the size of the non-military federal workforce has shot up by 250,000 workers, an increase of about 10 percent.

Tom Gavin, a spokesman for President Obama's Office of Management and Budget, points out that the president has imposed a two-year pay freeze on federal workers, a move that the White House says will save $60 billion in 10 years. And, Gavin said, the bulk of recent hiring has been in security-related agencies such as Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs. He pointed to this line in the president's budget: "Overall, security agency employment grew by 22 percent from 2001 to 2010. During the same period, employment in non-security agencies as a percent of population fell by 4 percent."

One thing that is not in dispute: These federal jobs come with nice benefits -- 10 paid holidays, 13 sick days and up to 26 vacation days. Additionally, there is a liberal leave policy "that provides ample time off to take care of your personal, recreational and your health care needs."

If there is any belt-tightening going on in Washington, it's not apparent here.

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